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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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Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Review
Jim Clements - Thursday, 25 September 2014

Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Review

The Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube preamplifier is a pure analog design with no solid state transistors in the signal path. It is based on a Cathode Follower architecture providing wide bandwidth, substantial gain even into difficult loads.


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NAD D 1050 USB DAC Review
Stephen Hornbrook - Monday, 22 September 2014

NAD D 1050 USB DAC ReviewThe NAD D1050 is a full-featured DAC with high resolution USB audio support. Plenty of inputs with two each of optical and coax make this a versatile DAC. The NAD D1050 even features both RCA and balanced stereo output. Enjoy neutral, spacious sound with all the intricate details of 24bit/192kHz material from the NAD D1050.


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Bryston Model A3 Floor-standing Speakers Review
Travis Allanson - Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bryston Model A3 Floor-standing Speaker ReviewThe Model A3 is the smallest floor-standing speaker in the new A series from Bryston. It is well suited for a two-channel system that requires a compact floor-standing speaker. It is capable on its own of full range music playback without a subwoofer. The Model A3’s sound is neutral and it can be driven to high SPLs without sounding strained. The Model A3 is detailed and accurate. Its sound quality will satisfy regardless of listening preferences.


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Mark Levinson No 52 Stereo Preamplifier Review
John E. Johnson, Jr. - Wednesday, 03 September 2014

LevinsonMark Levinson, one of the most respected names in audio, has just released their latest stereo preamplifier design, the No52. Its looks, handling, and performance are what you would expect from Levinson: Extraordinary.

 


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Emotiva ERC-3 Differential Reference CD Player/Digital Transport Review
Sean Latham - Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Emotiva ERC-3 Differential Reference CD Player/Digital Transport Review

The Emotiva ERC-3 Reference CD Player is designed from the ground up to be the reference in which all the rest of your music playing should be compared. Superbly designed chassis, Analog Devices AD1955 joined with fully balanced analog circuitry deliver world-class audio performance.


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NewClear Audio NC1000L Class D Stereo Power Amplifier
Chris Groppi - Monday, 01 September 2014

New Clear Audio NC1000L AmplifierClass D (i.e., "Switching") amplifiers have been around for quite a while now. What's clear from models produced so far is they all sound different, even when using the same core technology. Like many amplifiers of the type, the NewClear NC1000L uses the Bang and Olufsen ICEPower module. What makes the NC1000L different isn't this module; it's how that module is implemented. NewClear Audio was started by Sean Brady to improve upon the sound of existing switching amplifiers. Sean had heard some very good amps based on ICEPower technology, but thought he could do even better. The question is, does the NC1000L deliver the goods compared to similarly priced, traditional Class A/B amplifiers?


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Revel F208 Floor-standing Speakers Review
Stephen Hornbrook - Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Revel F208 Floor-standing Speakers Review

From Revel’s Performa3 line of speakers, the F208 full-range 3-way loudspeaker is brilliantly executed. From the rock solid cabinet to its beautiful, automotive quality finish, the F208 is one of the best buys in the oversaturated speaker market. These speakers have wonderful neutral tonal balance, a 3 dimensional soundstage and a top-notch low end. Hands down one of the finest speakers we have come across in its price range.


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Onkyo TX-NR535 5.2 A/V Receiver Review
Don Disbennett - Monday, 25 August 2014

Onkyo TX-NR535 AV Receiver Review

The Onkyo TX-NR535 5.2 A/V Receiver is part of Onkyo’s new line of entry level receivers and features HDMI 2.0 to allow it to pass Ultra HD 4K/60 Hz video. It also features built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy streaming of music from your tablet, smartphone and NAS.


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Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review
Chris Eberle - Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review

Epson continues is tradition of high-performance at a low price with the THX-certified Home Cinema 5030UBe. With plenty of light output and killer 3D, it should be on your short list if you're shopping for a new projector.


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Anthem MRX 310 5.1 A/V Receiver Review
Carlo Lo Raso - Monday, 18 August 2014

Anthem MRX 310 Audio/Video Receiver Review

Putting together a new home theater setup? Looking to upgrade that old receiver you’ve had soldiering on valiantly in your a/v cabinet? Well, the home theater enthusiast should find themselves spoiled for choice these days. But I have quite a few reasons why you should check out the Anthem MRX 310 A/V Receiver with the Anthem Room Correction System.


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AURALiC VEGA DAC Review
Chris Heinonen and David Rich - Monday, 11 August 2014

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

The AURALiC VEGA DAC is a stylish package that is one of the best sounding and performing units available today. At $3,499, it sits in the lower end of the price range for top notch DACs, but in the upper echelons of sonic output.


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DIY Media Server and DVR Review
Kieran Coghlan - Wednesday, 06 August 2014

DIY Media Server and DVR ReviewChris Eberle's most recent Technical Media Server review, he explained many of the options available today for media servers, streamers, and NAS systems, including the option to build your own “home-brew” media server. In the current article I’m going to go into the details of one such system – mine! In addition to being a full-blown media server, this system is also my HD-DVR, and it is pretty easy to set up and operate. Moreover, this system allows me to record most high definition shows from my cable subscription totally DRM-free. I’ve done all this without a single piece of hardware from my cable provider. Want to learn how I did it? Read on!


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Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE In-Ear Headphones Review
Jay Haider - Monday, 04 August 2014

Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector Review

The Beyerdynamic DX 160 iE is a well-crafted, well thought-out dynamic driver in-ear headphone at a good price, voiced with an intense low end.


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