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Wednesday, 01 February 2006 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Escient Fireball SE-80 Music Server
Introduction Escient’s Fireball SE-80 is their latest entry-level music server offering. The SE-80 features an 80 GB hard drive, as well as an internal CD-RW drive, which can be used to load music onto the hard drive, create music discs from the music stored on the hard drive or as a CD player. Like the E2 and other Fireball units, the SE-80 also has a built in Internet radio receiver, file sharing and web server capabilities, all for the slim price of $995. The SE chassis and industrial design is consistent with the rest of the Escient family and measures 17-3/8 inches wide by four-and-five-eighths inches high and 11-7/8 inches deep. The chassis is finished in the same attractive brushed black aluminum as the E2 and other Fireballs. The front panel features a curved accent stripe, an oval CD drawer and a row of transport control buttons. The back panel of the SE is quite ...
Friday, 01 July 2005 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Escient Fireball E2-300 Music Server
Introduction The Fireball E2-300 is yet another high-tech solution from Escient to the ever-growing problem of media management. The E2-300 is a hard drive-based digital music manager with a large internal 300GB drive. It also serves as the brain or control center for up to 1200 compact discs in a daisy chain of players. The E2 controls CDs by managing up to three of Sony or Kenwood’s 400-disc changers, which can be routed through and switched by the E2. The E2 also has an internal CDR-W drive which can be used to load music onto the hard drive, create music discs from the music stored in or controlled by the E2, or even as a CD player. Like the other Fireball units, the E2 also has a built-in Internet radio receiver for more increasingly good music choices. The E2-300 retails for $3,999. The E2 is the same size as other units in the Fireball family, ...
Saturday, 01 January 2005 ,  Written by Tim Hart
Equi=Tech 2Q Power Conditioner
Introduction Power conditioning products have been getting a lot of attention over the last few years from audiophiles and video freaks alike. If you didn’t know better, you might think that AC power components were a bit more snake oil remedy than real-world solution to AV problems. Make no mistake, most places in the U.S. and Canada have lousy power that robs your high-performance gear of vast amounts of its potential. Although power conditioning and surge protection products have been around in the professional audio industry and scientific communities for quite some time, these solutions are fairly new to the AV enthusiast who in the last five years has been hearing all about “conditioning,” “regulation,” “regeneration” and much more. This education came with the home theater juggernaut and information about how adulterated power can affect the video signal. This was a ...
Friday, 01 October 2004 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Energy Connoisseur Speaker System
Introduction and Set-up For those of you who love the look and open sound of a pair of attractive, high-performance floor-standing speakers flanking your video display, the Energy Connoisseur line has several new options for you to choose from. This review system consists of a pair of $750 C-5 floor-standing speakers, a $400 C-C1 Center Channel, a pair of $400 C-R1 Rear Channels and the small but powerful $500 S8.2 Subwoofer. Only the Veritas series offers higher performance than the Connoisseurs in the Energy lineup of speakers. I don’t have a very large living room, so when the boxes arrived at the Audio Video Revolution offices, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I could fit the entire system into my compact car. I love monster speakers that can rock an amphitheater as much as the next guy, but I could tell that these reasonably-sized Energy speakers were going to be a good fit to my ...
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Escient Fireball DVDM-100 DVD and Music Manager
Introduction The Escient FireBall DVDM-100 retails for $1,995 and is a high-tech solution to the ever-growing problem of AV media management. The FireBall unit is best described as the brain or control center for up to 1200 CDs and/or DVDs. The Escient unit itself does not hold any discs, nor does it have an internal hard drive to store data (like the insanely overpriced Kalidescape products). Instead, these discs are housed in up to three of Sony or Kenwood’s 400-disc changers. The FireBall then acts as a switcher and controller for the external changers. The FireBall also thoughtfully has a built-in Internet radio receiver. For those of you with large MP3 libraries, the FireBall, when connected to a hard drive-based music storage system from Escient or another manufacturer, can access and manage playback of MP3 encoded music as well. The unit itself measures 17-3/8 inches wide by four-and-five-eighths inches high and 11-7/8 inches deep, about the size ...
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