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Saturday, 01 July 2000 ,  Written by Tony Kaklamanos
Kenwood VH-600 / DM-VH7 Mini System
Introduction This contemporary mini-system isn't for the faint of heart. The VH-600 is the amp, receiver and CD player section. The DM-VH7 is the MD (mini-disc) section, which is optional and sold separately. The list price of this system is $599.00 for the VH-600 and $399.00 for the DM-VH7. Before we go further down the road with this review, I've got to tell you, I was quite a skeptic about the whole MD format thing. I thought, oh boy – great – another format to deal with. Well, I'm pleased to say this unit has turned my head. Read on. We'll start off with the features. First, the VH-600 / DM-VH7 is a bookshelf system. Kenwood has had the foresight to design the units for vertical placement. You might say; well, that's all fine and good, but how would I read the display? I'm glad you asked: the units have a gravity-triggered ReadRight backlit display, ...
Saturday, 01 July 2000 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Yamaha RX-V1 Receiver
Introduction Features, features and more features accurately describes Yamaha’s latest top of the line home theater centerpiece, the RX-V1. The $3,199 (in black) RX-V1 does much more than any other AV receiver that I know of. The not-so-short description of the features below is not exhaustive and if it is missing a feature you are looking for, don’t worry: the RX-V1 probably has it, I just ran out of space here. The Yamaha has an eight-channel amplifier; six channels at 110 watts and two effects channels at 35 watts each. The sixth channel is not for the LFE, but rather for 6.1 Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES, making this one of the first processors on the market to decode these new formats. The digital decoding circuitry in the RX-V1 is also the first to utilize Yamaha’s new 44-bit DSP, allowing for numerous sound field settings that can be used on their own or ...
Wednesday, 01 December 1999 ,  Written by Tony Kaklamanos
Onkyo TX-DS575 Receiver
Introduction This five-channel receiver has heavyweight features at the lightweight price of $529. That's right, just $529, which includes Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic and a whole lot more. Discrete 5.1 processing is just the beginning for the TX-DS575. Starting from the ground up, all of the unit's technology is housed in a black solid-steel chassis with ribbed side panels to resist vibrations and is finished by a brushed aluminum black face plate. Moving inside, we find the power amplifier section which delivers 70W (minimum) of continuous RMS power to each of the five channels at eight ohms, from 20 Hz to 20kHz, with no more than 0.08% THD. The power section also utilizes Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT) that, in the past, has been reserved for Onkyo's high-end amplifiers. In short, WRAT technology uses non-fluctuating ground potential through low-negative-feedback topology. (Oh sure, easy for me to say.) Translation: WRAT helps accurately reproduce present ...
Thursday, 01 April 1999 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Philips DVX 8000 Multimedia Receiver
Introduction Perhaps, the most compelling new concept in consumer electronics is the idea of convergence; which is the integration of real-time audio, video and data. Not surprisingly, Philips Electronics, is the first manufacturer to provide a practical and cost-conscience answer to convergence, the DVX 8000 Multimedia Home Theater. The DVX 8000 is the world's only A/V preamp/tuner that also combines a DVD drive, a line doubler, and a personal computer in the same chassis. Marantz developed the audio portion, incorporating Dolby Digital and THX's ReEQ(TM) circuit. Computers have become so prevalent in our lives that the idea of integrating them with our A/V gear doesn't sound as unnatural as it might have a few years ago. The powerful on-board computer is equipped with a 233MHz Pentium MMX(TM) processor, 32 MB RAM, a 3.1 GB hard drive, and a 3.5" floppy drive plus a 33.6 KBPS modem. The DVD drive can also access CD-ROM's and ultimately ...
Monday, 01 February 1999 ,  Written by Tony Kaklamanos
Yamaha RX-V2095 Receiver
Introduction In a nutshell, Yamaha has created the RX-V2095; a seven channel - two rack unit sleek black box - drenched with so many features that it once would have taken a stack of processing gear to duplicate its performance. Priced modestly at $1,599.00, the RX-V2095 is well worth a closer look. Let's get crackn'. First off, the 7-channels include; left /right main, center, left/right rear effects (surround) and left/right front effects. The addition of the front effect channel adds depth to the sound image. These effect channels are controlled by Yamaha's Digital Sound Field Processing, Cinema DSP, and Tri-Field Processing. Did I forget to mention this unit also has stored away built-in Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic? Chock-full. Yamaha's proprietary Tri-Field Processing applies digital sound field technology to Dolby Digital and DTS creating a realistic movie theater experience. The DSP functions deliver live music performances right in your home. There are a total of ...
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