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Monday, 01 May 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Sharp SM-SX100 Stereo Power Amplifier
Introduction A fact of life in the high-end world is that amplifiers are heavy, obtrusive square chassis with massive heat sinks. However, that is about to change with the release of Sharp’s SM-SX100 1-bit amplifier. The stylish silver chassis with colored accents looks more like an executive shelf component than the 100-watt 2 channel, $15,000 amplifier that delivers clean, unaltered sound, bringing digital technology to what was once a purely analog product. The SM-SX100 is rated with an amazing frequency response of 5 – 100 kHz. Okay, we mere humans can’t hear much above 18 kHz (if we’re lucky), but the extended range ensures a flat response throughout the audible range and a reproduction range commonly associated with analog signals. It is capable of driving a speaker with an 18-inch woofer, yielding devastating subsonic frequencies, while driving the tweeter and midrange effortlessly. Dynamic range is measured at 105 dB, though the theoretical dynamic range associated with ...
Tuesday, 01 February 2000 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Sunfire True Subwoofer Junior Subwoofer
Introduction The Sunfire True Subwoofer Junior is the latest in Sunfire’s line of subwoofers priced competitively at $895. Those of you who are regular readers of AudioRevolution.com should be familiar with this series of subwoofers. For those of you who are new to these pages or who just need a recap, here it is: big subwoofer performance, little box. The Junior is a nine-inch cube that weighs a beefy 28 pounds. This tiny cube can reach down to an amazing 22 Hz thanks to two long excursion six-inch drivers powered by a 1200-watt amplifier. The technology involved in moving so much air with these two small drivers is pretty interesting. Sunfire uses an advanced amplifier design that averages about 120 watts, but can produce up to 1200 watts when necessary, feeding horizontally opposed drivers. One driver is passive; both have long excursions that permit the displacement of large amounts of air, the true key to ...
Tuesday, 01 February 2000 ,  Written by Bryan Southard
Sonic Frontiers Line 3 Stereo Preamplifier
Introduction The Line 3 from Sonic Frontiers is the flagship of their preamplifier lineup. It’s a two-box system, with a separate power supply enclosure attached via a sizable umbilical cord to the Line Stage Preamplifier unit. Each enclosure measures in at 19 inches wide, 14-1/4 inches deep, and four-and-a-half inches tall, a size consistent with much of the Sonic Frontiers line. The combined weight is approximately 60 pounds. The Line 3 is a fully balanced tube preamplifier, incorporating a fully dual mono design. The Line 3 uses five 6922s and one 6U8A tube per channel, for a total of 12 tubes. There are sufficient input options, including two sets of balanced and four pairs of single-ended inputs. As for output options, there are two pairs of balanced and two sets of single-ended outputs for you to chose from. There are also external loops for tape in and out and a surround processor input which, ...
Wednesday, 01 December 1999 ,  Written by Tony Kaklamanos
Sega Dreamcast
Introduction Some of you may be a bit surprised to see a review of a video gaming system here in the pages of Audio Revolution. Home video game systems can be a significant part of home entertainment and are relatively inexpensive and easy to add to your home theater. The Sega Dreamcast is the current king of the hill and will not face any serious competition until Sony’s second generation Playstation is out (reportedly later this year). The Dreamcast is a technical powerhouse with many new and innovative features. The Dreamcast has a 200 mhz, 128-bit CPU. Coupled with the unit’s NEC VR chip set, this allows intricate three-dimensional graphics to be drawn quickly and smoothly. Most other console games have either 32- or 64-bit processing. The Dreamcast’s 128-bit processor allows processing of data in groups two to four times larger in size. The result is faster and smoother gaming. For audio processing, Sega went to Yamaha. Yamaha ...
Thursday, 01 July 1999 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Sony PFM 500 42-inch Plasma HDTV
The Sony PFM 500 plasma is a $10,000 high-definition ready, 42-inch diagonal television or data grade, 16x9 aspect ratio video monitor. At six inches deep, it is not the most slender in its class, but compared to traditional CRT sets, Sony’s Plasma is easily twenty inches narrower. It can be hung on a wall with an additional bracket ($900) or it can be set on a flat surface by engaging the feet built into the monitor. Note: I am calling the Sony Plasma a monitor. It is not a television, as it does not have the built-in tuner, amplification or speakers that you’d find on a conventional TV set. The Sony Plasma is ready for HDTV in neighborhoods where this technology is already available. You will need a $1500 HDTV tuner and after-market antenna set-up in order to receive your NFL ...
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