Antelope Audio is a company originally based in the USA, but is now based in Europe, with the factory in Bulgaria. The manufacture DACs and A/D converters for the pro industry (recording studios). However, they also offer these products in a high end consumer edition. The Zodiac Platinum DAC with an outboard 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock is their latest set of DAC components for audiophiles.
Paradigm upgrades their Soundtrack soundbar and subwoofer with Bluetooth, virtual surround, and an improved remote.
The new Parasound Halo P 5 is so much more than a preamplifier, with the inclusion of digital processing and bass management.
The AURALiC VEGA DAC is a stylish package that is one of the best sounding and performing outboard DACs available today. The listening tests and bench tests were phenomenal. Wow!
HiFiMAN is probably best known for their headphones and headphone amplifiers, some of which we have reviewed, but they also manufacture portable music players as an alternative to the ubiqutious iPod. The HM-802 is one of several models, including the HM-700, which is less expensive than the HM-802, and the HM-901, which is more expensive. You also have the option of having a balanced amplifier module in the player or the standard unbalanced one. In this review, I cover the model HM-802, with the standard unbalanced amplifier module. It plays PCM music tracks up to 24/192 and DSD64, as well as wav, flac, mp3, alac, aac, and aiff files.
The Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system is a set of speakers voice matched to deliver a complete music or home theatre experience without an A/V receiver or any additional amplification. The system utilizes Bluetooth technology to access music on mobile devices.
Bryston is a great example of a company that takes component choice and design to heart. The SP3 7.1 Surround Sound Processor (SSP) does not strive to keep up with every mass-market product feature. Instead, it delivers on a singular goal of delivering outstanding sound quality for both two-channel stereo and multi-channel music and movies alike.
The Meridian Prime and its Prime Power Supply are a compact unit designed to fit on even the most cluttered of desks. Enjoy clean and neutral playback up to 192/24 bit PCM via USB connection. The Prime even has enough power built into it's mini stature to handle beefy planar magnetic headphones. At $2,000 for just the Prime, it is a bit pricey, but worth checking out if you need something small.
The Induction Dynamics ID1’s are large 4-way Floor standing Speakers with dual subwoofers built in to each cabinet. The speakers are available in many custom finishes or they can be mounted in-wall if you are building a high performance custom home theater. The speakers measured well; low distortion and a full frequency response from 25 Hz all the way out past the limits of human audibility. But that was only one part of the story. Subjectively, these speakers had an articulate sound that remained smooth and non-fatiguing at all playback levels. And they showed excellent imaging properties, filling the room with all their lusciousness.
Sony has introduced the Sony UDA-1 USB DAC Amplifier which is able to drive small bookshelf speakers and headphones and handle all lossless formats.
The DLA-X500R brings JVC's world-beating contrast and black levels to a more affordable price point. Featuring third-generation e-shift technology, you can now put a 4K projector in your theater for only $5,000. It also has 3D capabilities.
The Sony VPL-HW40ES is an entry level projector that produces almost 1600 lumens of light at 1080p resolution. Quiet and accurate, the VPL-HW40ES offers a huge amount of performance for the price.
Bryston, long known for their massive power amplifiers, has branched into marketing speakers. One of their first models is the Middle T, reviewed here, which is a three-way floor-stander. It is a surprising performer. Read on.
The Nue Voe in-ear headphones (earbuds) are long-time speaker manufacturer Polk Audio’s new entry into the hot headphone market and represent the top model of the Heritage series of in-ear headphones (earbuds).
The GoldenEar SuperCenter XL Center Channel speaker is designed to perfectly compliment the Triton Series towers, featuring a High Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeter along with two mid/bass drivers and two quadratic planar low-frequency radiators.
Schiit Audio is an irreverent company that builds high quality electronics for headphone listeners entirely made in the USA. The Asgard 2 and Bifrost are Schiit's most popular headphone amp and DAC, and they sound and look far more expensive than they are.
Wireworld has introduced its Model 7 line of interconnects and speaker cables, which replaces the previous Model 6. Using a DNA-like spiral design, the Model 7's continue Wireworld's plan to get that last bit of clarity in the sound that is missing in ordinary cables.
JL Audio is best known for their no-compromise mobile audio speakers and amplifiers. That's where it all started for them. But they also made a name for themselves with a line of extreme powered subwoofers for the home market, the Gotham and Fathom. These first JL Audio home subwoofers were big and bold. Now JL Audio has released the E-Subs, which are scaled down subwoofers at more accessible price points…Read More.
Since headphones have become so popular, it seems only natural that dedicated headphone amplifiers would follow. Many have come to market, and the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier has just been introduced. It has numerous digital and analog inputs, and the output stage operates in Pure Class A. It also can handle digital audio in the new ultra-high resolution formats, e.g., 24/352.8 PCM and DSD128. A dynamite product from a dynamite company, the HA-1 is a champion in the ring!
The BenQ GP20 LED projector houses a single DLP chip in a small lightweight chassis barely larger than a hardcover book. Its light engine is rated for 20,000 hours and will never change in brightness or color. It comes with a WiFi dongle to stream content wirelessly and a convenient carry bag so you can quickly set it up for an impromptu movie night. A complete set of inputs are provided including HDMI with MHL for easy connection to smart phones or tablets. It's compatible with a wide variety of still image and video formats so content can come from a laptop as easily as it does from a Blu-ray player. Today I installed it in my reference theater and put it through my benchmark suite as I have done for our prior BenQ projector reviews.