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Wednesday, 01 July 1998 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Z-Systems RDP-1 Digital Preamp and EQ
Introduction Prepare yourself to be amazed. The Z-Systems RDP-1 is one of the most revolutionary high end audio products I have ever encountered. Imagine this; the lights are dimmed, you spin one of your favorite CDs, but the sound is less than what you hoped for. What do you do? Change an interconnect, re-bias a tube, write a letter to a tweaky print magazine? The answer is none of the above. With a snifter of thirty year-old port in one hand and your Z-Systems RDP-1 remote in the other, you may now confidently make your music come to life. The Details. The Z-Systems RDP-1 is a $5000 digital preamp and tone control that serves as the control center for even the most high end audio systems. The Z-Systems RDP-1 accepts 6 digital inputs and then places the digital signal on top of a 40 bit - that's right 40 bit - word. From there, you ...
Friday, 01 May 1998 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
SAS 770 Checkpoint 3D Speaker Alignment Tool
Introduction Sound Alignment Systems has developed the easiest and most intuitive instrument for hassle-free speaker alignment ever devised. A laser is placed inside a precision-machined aluminum housing, allowing an installer (or home enthusiast) a method for determining the optimum loudspeaker placement in a matter of minutes. This handy instrument has taken the trial and error out of speaker alignment for home theaters. In addition to the laser tool itself, SAS provides several optional accessories to assist in various alignment tasks. The R2-D2 Tripod Rotary Base is used to set the angular alignment of any speaker or component in relation to another object or room position. Base plates can be attached to the speaker baffle so the 770 can be fitted flush to the speaker for hands free operation. The lens kit includes a line lens, beam splitter, adapter base and protractor plate for specialized alignment procedures.
Wednesday, 01 April 1998 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Camelot Technology Powered S-Video Cable
Introduction Upgrading the picture quality of your home theater is as simple as tossing aside those coax cables and using the S-Video connections you've may have had all along. As always, you should use the best possible cable for any connection, but Camelot Technology takes it a step further with their Powered S-Video Cable. The S-Video (also known as Y/C Video) connection incorporates the comb filters built into Laserdisc players and transmits the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) portions of the video signal separately. Luminance, the black and white portion of the video signal, provides the brightness information. Chrominance, the color portion of the video signal, carries information about the hue and saturation. By transmitting Y & C on two separate wires, you avoid the compromised picture common to composite video (NTSC) which mingles (and mangles) the two signals together. The Excalibur Powered S-Video Cable provides one S-Video input (from your video source) and one S-Video ...
Monday, 01 December 1997 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Avalon Designs AD2055 Mastering EQ
Introduction The Avalon 2055 is a $5000 fully balanced, dual mono, professional mastering equalizer. It features four full adjustable parameters of equalization in a dual mono configuration (one set for each of your left and right channels). Via its smaller controls, located below the four main EQ controls for both the left and right channel, the Avalon 2055 is capable of honing in on the tiniest imperfections in your sound. Conversely you can tailor large portions of your music or film system's performance with sweeping equalization over wide sections of the musical spectrum. You have always been told EQ is taboo. The old wives' tale that equalization is bad and that it introduces the dreaded audio menace `phase shift' is simply outdated. Let's look into the basic process which creates a compact disc. When a band is doing a basic tracking session in a studio, each track they record has the potential to be EQed. That could ...
Tuesday, 01 July 1997 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
dCS Elgar D/A Processor
Introduction The dCS Elgar digital-to-analog converter is a ground breaking, precedent setting, digital processor. The future of digital is, to say it politely, uncertain. Everyone knows standard 16 bit - 44.1 MHz sampling rate CDs are not the best digital performance we can currently achieve. The question is what will the next format be? Will it be 24 bit - 96 KHz, 24 bit - 192 KHz, Sony and Phillips' DSD, or something else. We're pretty sure the audio delivery method will be a DVD, but as for the format, there is quite a bit of speculation. Investing in a digital processor (DAC) for your audio system can be as risky investing in CCC rated bonds. The potential sonic returns can be amazing and worthy of the investment, but if technology changes you'll be lucky to get 20 cents on the dollar. Sensing this and seeing that most other high end DACs become ...
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