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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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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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