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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
The New Frontier: High End Computer Audio, and USB DACs
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago downloading an MP3 file of an average length pop song would hog up tons of bandwidth and test the patience of a saint. Fast forward and today downloading  or streaming uncompressed, feature length films, full CDs, and huge graphic files are as common place as sending emails. Modern Internet bandwidth has created a new culture, one where massive file transfers, real time video, and wireless hot spots are part of daily life. But there have been other developments that have also changed the way we go about managing our media. Data storage has become affordable, and shockingly so. A 1TB USB external hard drive can be found at most electronics stores and e-tailers like Amazon for under a $100, with prices continuing to drop due to fierce competition and innovation. ...
Monday, 13 December 2010 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Keeping the Sound in the Room: Soundproofing
As home theater enthusiasts, we tend to get excited about making our home theaters bigger, better, clearer and louder.  We drool over more powerful amplifiers more capable speakers and subwoofers that provide just the right amount of boom. We want best sound possible for our home theater, but when it comes to areas outside of our viewing room - when we're reading a book in the next room or trying to sleep in our beds - we just want silence.  Hearing those massive speakers outside of the home theater is a no.Whether you've got a dedicated theater space or a multi-purpose room that you use for your home theater, there is a wide array of options available to you, ranging from the cheap and simple to the costly and complex. To know how to block the sound that's escaping your ...
Sunday, 05 December 2010 ,  Written by Dick Ward
You can have the best TV, the most feature packed Blu-ray player and the highest quality receiver on the market, but to get the full effect you'll need to get your hands on some great speakers.  What makes a great speaker depends entirely on your tastes and needs, so we've crafted a list that should satisfy a wide range of needs.Entry Level When it comes to the entry level, we're looking at speakers for folks that are stepping up from their TV's built-in audio or from home theater-in-a-box type setups.  Whether sold as a pair or as a full 5.1 setup, these range under $1,000 and are some of the best you can get at the entry level.Energy 5.1 Take ClassicAudio enthusiasts can't agree on much, but what seems to be unanimous is the suggestion of Energy speakers.  If you're ...
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
I had the pleasure of reviewing what I think is one of the most musical, beautifully made stand mount monitors, the ClairAudient 2 + 2 , by Audience, located in San Marcos, CA. I was not only impressed by the sound, but also the excellent workmanship. I found head honcho John McDonald to be one of the nicest guys in the high end audio business, and he constantly strives to improve his products in a highly competitive marketplace. And speaking of competitive, the audiophile cable arena is extremely crowded, with everyone from kitchen table type one man operations to established corporate entities offering cables of every conceivable design, and at price points covering the entire spectrum.  But Audience has managed to stand out from the fray for many years now with many positive reviews, an established dealer network, and yearly ...
Monday, 22 November 2010 ,  Written by Dick Ward
The holidays are a great time to get your friends and family gifts that they really want.  The giving season also grants you the opportunity to provide your loved ones with something they need – even if they didn't know they needed it.  Whether you're upgrading your own home theater or helping out someone on your list, we've got the receivers for you.Entry LevelJust because you're spending less than $500 doesn't mean you can't get a solid receiver from a great brand.  For those getting their first receiver or those that want a secondary setup, an entry level A/V receiver is more than enough.Harman/Kardon AVR1600Harman isn't especially well known for entry level gear, but the AVR1600 is a solid receiver with a retail price of just $499.  It's designed to not only provide high-quality sound, but to simplify some of ...
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