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BenQ HT1085ST DLP 3D Projector Review
Chris Eberle - Thursday, 26 February 2015

BenQ HT1085ST DLP 3D Projector Review

Most of the sub-$2000 projectors I review require a full calibration to look their best. BenQ’s HT1085ST can ace my benchmark tests by simply switching to its Cinema picture mode. Coupled with a sharp bright picture, this is one impressive display.


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Paradigm Soundscape 5.1 Powered Soundbar Review
Kevin Lichterman - Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Paradigm Soundscape 5.1 Powered Soundbar ReviewParadigm can be defined as a “model for something that may be copied”. Based on their successes, the Canadian speaker manufacturer Paradigm is a company many of their competitors would like to model.


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Lyngdorf Audio TDAI-2170 Fully-Digital Integrated Amplifier Review
Robert Ebeling - Monday, 16 February 2015

Lyngdorf Audio TDAI-2170 Fully-Digital Integrated Amplifier Review

With their new, fully-digital integrated amplifier, the TDAI-2170, Lyngdorf Audio squarely targets the “iPod Generation” by taking the familiarity and ease of use oft associated with the ubiquitous portable player and combining it with true audiophile sound; all beautifully executed in a clean, sleek package.


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PMC twenty.22 Monitor Bookshelf Speakers Review
Piero Gabucci - Thursday, 12 February 2015

PMC twenty.22 Monitor Bookshelf Speakers Review

PMC refers to the newest line as twenty for a couple of reasons; first it had been in business 20 years when developed and also because they offer a 20 year warranty.


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Pono Portable Music Player Review
Rick Schmidt - Monday, 09 February 2015

Pono Music Player ReviewWe’ve been waiting for the PonoPlayer for a long, long time. Neil Young was first pitching this thing on Letterman in 2012. The kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly 15x the initial goal of $800,000 ended on Tax Day 2014 with delivery promised by October.


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Burson Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier Review
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Monday, 02 February 2015

Burson Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone AmplifierBurson Audio, based in Australia, markets power amplifiers and headphone amplifiers, mostly the latter. Their newest model is the Conductor Virtuoso. Its musicality amazed me.


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Marantz SR 5009 Receiver Review
Jim MIlton - Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Marantz SR 5009 Receiver ReviewMarantz has produced grin-inducing amps and receivers for many years. Their SR5009 will keep you smiling as it sends stunning sound to your speakers and gorgeous pictures to your TV. Featuring the latest high resolution audio decoders such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the Marantz SR5009 7.2 Network Home Theater A/V Receiver also includes Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding so you can connect front height speakers for a dramatically expanded front soundstage.


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Epson Home Cinema 3500 LCD Projector Review
Chris Eberle - Monday, 26 January 2015

Epson Home Cinema 3500 LCD Projector ReviewIt wasn’t long ago that a projector with lens shift would cost you at least $2,500. Epson’s new Home Cinema 3500 3LCD Projector breaks that barrier with an MSRP of $1,600. In addition you get a full set of calibration controls, 3D and plenty of light output.


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Tidal Music Streaming Service Review
Don Disbennett - Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Tidal Music Streaming Service ReviewTidal Music Streaming Service is the first CD quality (1411 kbps) music streaming service offered in the U.S. With over 25 million tracks in their catalog, they offer a wide variety of musical genres, in addition to curated Playlists and Music Editorials. For the video minded, they also include a catalog of 75,000 music videos, most of which are in HD resolution.


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Yamaha AVENTAGE MX-A5000 Eleven-Channel Power Amplifier Review
Mark Vignola - Monday, 19 January 2015

Yamaha AVENTAGE MX-A5000 Multi-Channel Amplifier Review

The Yamaha MX-A5000 is an 11-channel, incredibly flexible, multi-channel amp from one of the most respected names in home audio. The MX-A5000 is capable of working with a dazzling array of set-up combinations, and produces competent and clean amplification for those with even the most complex of setups.


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Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver Review
Jim Clements - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver Review

The Audioengine B1 is an easy to use add-on accessory that promises quality audio playback via Bluetooth technology for under $200. It uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology with the aptX Codec. This extends the B1’s range and gives you the best possible audio reproduction.


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Sony XBR-65X900B 65" Ultra HD (4K) Television Review
Chris Eberle - Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Sony XBR65X900B Ultra HD Television ReviewWhen 4K televisions first hit the market a year ago they were priced at the extreme high-end; but second-generation sets are becoming more affordable. In this review, I’m checking out Sony’s XBR-65X900B, a 65" (diagonal) Ultra HD set with great picture quality, solid connectivity, and a little more down-to-earth price-tag.


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GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review
Carlo Lo Raso - Monday, 29 December 2014

GoldenEar ForceField 5 Subwoofer Review

The ForceField 5 ranks as GoldenEar’s most potent offering in their subwoofer product line. Primarily, it will impress you by the significant quantities of tuneful, articulate bass it produces over a broad range of material. You will then be further amazed when you notice that all this sonic goodness is emanating from a cabinet that is barely the size of your average beverage cooler.


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Pioneer VSX-1124-K 7.2 A/V Receiver Review
Francisco Licon - Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Pioneer VSX-1124-K Receiver Review

The Pioneer VSX-1124-K is a current technology A/V receiver featuring 7.2 audio, HDMI inputs compatible with Ultra HD upscaling and advanced DAC technology. The VSX-1124-K features high power for a complete 7.2 channel system along with compatibility with current steaming sources.


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Anthem Statement D2v 3D Surround Sound Processor (SSP) Review
Robert Kozel - Monday, 15 December 2014

Anthem Statement D2v 3D Processor Review

The Statement D2v 3D is an incremental upgrade over the previous Statement D2v surround sound processor (SSP) and adds support for HDMI v1.4a and video passthrough for 3D content.


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Wireworld Mini-Eclipse 7 Speaker Cables Review
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Tuesday, 09 December 2014

WireworldWireworld's new Eclipse Series 7 cables depart from previous designs in that the conductors are arranged in a helix as compared to a simple spiral. I tested the Mini-Eclipse 7 in 25 foot lengths to power the rear speakers in my home theater. How did they compare to generic cables? Read our review to discover.


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Setting up a Home Theater Speaker System that doesn't Dominate the Room Decor - An Experiment with Axiom Audio Speakers
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Tuesday, 09 December 2014

Axiom

Over the past decade, we have seen the number of speakers in a home theater system go from 5.1, to 7.1 and beyond. This presents a problem in having the space to put all these speakers. Although it is nice to have large speakers that will play loud for the current deluge of high impact movies full of mechanical monstors and massive guns, putting nine or more speakers in the den where your home theater is, will certainly set off an argument with your significant other, even if the speakers are beautiful. So, I decided to put together a 5.1 system of small, but high quality, bookshelf speakers and a good subwoofer. You will be shocked at the visual change this produces, and yet, this system still has good surround sound (just not quite as loud), and it looks attractive in the room without seeming like it is the centerpiece of the den.


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Pass Labs X600.8 600 Watt Monoblock Power Amplifier Review
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Pass

With the success of the Pass Labs Xs series, Nelson Pass set out to create a line of additional power amplifiers that have most of what the Xs series has, but at much more affordable prices. The model under current review is the X600.8, which is a monoblock specified at 600 watts RMS output, with the first 50 watts in Pure Class A, and the rest in AB. Do they sound close to the Xs amplifiers? Read on.


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Legacy Aeris Floor-standing Speakers Review
Jim Clements - Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Legacy Aeris Floorstanding Speaker Review

Introduced in 2012, the Legacy Aeris speakers have become some of the most acclaimed speakers in recent memory. They are massive 4-way floorstanding speakers with dual powered 12” subwoofers in each tower. They are distinctive for many reasons with the most significant reason being their one of a kind room correction and time alignment capabilities.


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Bryston BUC-1 USB Converter Review
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Monday, 17 November 2014

BUC-1Modern DACs have asynchronous USB inputs to connect your computer for playing music files. This results in the bitstream being re-clocked to the outboard DAC's own clock, which is much more accurate than a computer's digital clock. However, older DACs, even expensive ones, don't have asynchronous USB inputs. The Bryston BUC-1 solves this by having a USB input for connection to your computer, and an accurately re-clocked digital output that can be connected to your old, and perhaps very expensive, DAC, giving you the essential asynchronous input.


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