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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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Dynaudio Excite Surround System (X38, X14, and X24) Review
Tyler Stripko - Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Dynaudio Excite Surround System Review

The Dynaudio Excite line has been thoroughly updated for 2014. On hand for review is a fantastic sounding surround system anchored by the flagship Excite X38 towers, the bookshelf Excite X14s for use as surround channels, and the Excite X24 center channel speaker.


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Revel Performa3 Series 5.1 Speaker System Review
Robert Kozel - Monday, 10 November 2014

Revel Performa3 Series Speaker System Review

The Revel Performa3 Series speakers offer a terrific blend of performance, quality, and value. In this review, I used the Performa3 Series speakers in a 5.1 configuration. The review system was comprised of a pair of Performa3 F206 floorstanding speakers, a pair of Performa3 M105 bookshelf speakers, a Performa3 C205 center-channel speaker, and a Performa3 B110 subwoofer. The speakers themselves are absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful lacquered finish, pleasing lines, and modest physical sizes that should fit into most listening rooms.


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HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Over-the-Ear Headphones Review
Stephen Hornbrook - Wednesday, 05 November 2014

HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones Review

The HiFiMAN HE-400i is an updated version of their entry model HE-400 featuring the new design changes introduced in the terrific HE-560 planar magnetic headphones. Believe it or not, at $499 the HE-400i is an absolute steal in the headphone world. Planar magnetic designs are often tricky, with drivers that require strong housings for the magnets which add extra weight along with needing plenty of wattage to drive. HiFiMAN has successfully solved both of these drawbacks with the HE-400i. They are easy to drive, light, and incredibly comfortable and that’s just the icing on the cake. These bring phenomenal tonal quality, clarity, and depth to the music they deliver.


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NAD M17 & M27 Masters Series Surround Separates Review
Chris Eberle - Monday, 03 November 2014

NAD M17 & M27 Masters Series Surround Separates Review

NAD has always reserved its finest technologies for the Masters Series of audio components. Now that distinction has been conferred to a new pair of surround separates – the M17 Surround Processor and M27 Seven-channel Power Amplifier.


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GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Review
Carlo Lo Raso - Wednesday, 29 October 2014

GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Review

GoldenEar has just expanded their SuperCinema sound bar product line with the introduction of the new SuperCinema 3D Array XL. While perhaps a little imposing, at a shade over 62 inches long, it has a depth of barely 3 inches making it perfect for wall mounting under your flat panel display


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Denon AVR-X2100W 7.2 A/V Receiver Review
Gabe Lowe - Monday, 27 October 2014

Denon AVR-X2100W Receiver Review

Denon’s IN-Command line of receivers puts network integration features at the top of the list. Combine them with the usual performance of a Denon receiver and you have a formidable entry in the mid-level receiver market. Here, we review their new AVR-X2100W 7.2 receiver.


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Anthem MRX 510 7.1 A/V Receiver Review
Chris Heinonen and Dr. David A. Rich - Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Anthem MRX 510 Receiver Review

When it comes to room correction firmware in A/V procesors and receiver, Anthem Room Correction (ARC) stands above the rest. With more customization available to users, and better algorithms than competing products, it can help to improve your listening experience. Until recently, the only way to have ARC was with their expensive processors. Now, with the MRX 510 A/V receiver, you have full access to 7.1 channels of ARC in a $1,600 receiver.


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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review
Chris Heinonen and David Rich - Monday, 20 October 2014

Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review

The Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 is an update to Emotiva’s XPA-1 500 watt monoblock amplifier. Improvements include more power (600 watts RMS into 8 ohms), and 60 watts of Class A bias.


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ATI AT6002 Multi-Channel Power Amplifier Review
Chris Heinonen and Dr. David A. Rich - Wednesday, 15 October 2014

ATI AT6002 Multi-channel Power Amplifier Review

ATI, one of the leading amplifier designers, has released their Signature Series multi-channel power amplifier, the ATI AT6002, an 88 pound, 300 WPC, fully balanced component.


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HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Over-the-Ear Headphones Review
Stephen Hornbrook - Thursday, 09 October 2014

HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

The newest planar magnetic headphones from HiFiMAN ushers in a new generation of design. A brand new single-sided driver allows for better imaging and sounds along with significant weight savings. Considerable thought has gone into the ergonomics of the new headphone and that has lead HiFiMAN to create the most comfortable over the ear headphone that I have had the pleasure to wear. Oh and they sound simply brilliant. A great buy in today’s bustling headphone market.


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Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers (Monitors) Review
Michael Galvin - Monday, 06 October 2014

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers (Monitors) Review

The Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers are small-footprint monitors, designed for small rooms or desktops where only a reference-caliber loudspeaker will do.


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Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Preamplifier Review
Jim Clements - Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Preamplifier Review

The Emotiva XPS-1 is a compact, affordable phono stage that can accommodate just about any phono cartridge on the planet, from the simplest moving magnet to the most exotic and demanding moving coil.


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Yamaha RX-A1040 7.2 A/V Receiver Review
Glenn Young - Monday, 29 September 2014

Yamaha RX-A1040 Audio-Video Receiver Review

This is an amazing receiver, offering a full slate of features equivalent to those offered by any of their competitors. The 4K pass-through puts the Yamaha ahead of many on the market. The sound is dynamic and the video performance is superb.


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