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Wednesday, 10 February 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Lately I have taken an interest in small artisan audiophile product manufacturers.  The internet has allowed highly skilled entrepreneurs without large established infrastructures to sell their wares directly to consumers, many with trial periods and money back guarantees. You can find tube amplifiers, speakers, and all sorts of components available from small operations, and even one man shops. This overview is part one of a two part survey of four audio cable companies.As many audiophiles are probably aware of, most high end audio signal cables employ hyper pure copper conductors. Copper is believed by many to be the most "neutral" sounding metal for cables. But many audiophiles and cable designers disagree. Silver, as a conductor, has a strong following in the perfectionist audio community.  Silver aficionados believe it offers more detail, more delicate highs, fuller bass, and a deeper soundstage.  ...
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 ,  Written by Augie Bettencourt
Sony VPL-VW85 SXRD Projector Review
Not long ago, projecting an image large enough to fill anything bigger than an 80” screen required purchasing a CRT (cathode ray tube) projector that weighed as much as a Smart Car and who only an investment banker could afford.  Those CRT projectors projected film-like images with wonderful lush colors and excellent contrast, but they were slowly replaced with digital projectors weighing and costing one forth as much.  Digital projection technology (DLP, HD-ILA and LCD) has made great strides in color accuracy, saturation, and contrast. Today's digital projectors can output brighter images on bigger screens and deliver the excitement of a big theater in the home, for prices well below those of our old friend the CRT projector.   The Sony VPL-VW85 Bravia SXRD projector is a digital projector based on SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display), which is Sony’s proprietary versions ...
Monday, 28 December 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Sony Bravia KDL-65W5100 LCD HDTV Preview
Sony’s KDL-65W5100 is the largest in the BRAVIA W series of LCD televisions.  The 65” HDTV features a 1080p resolution, a solid contrast ratio and a few extra features to help kick up the video quality.  It’s also one of what is still a relatively small number of TVs with streaming video and DLNA compliance. This sixty five inch BRAVIA W offers viewers a full 1080p picture at sixty frames a second, or at an optional twenty four through one of its four HDMI inputs.  The KDL-65W5100 also features Sony’s Motionflow technology, which grants 120Hz of smoother, less juddery picture. While not LED backlit, the 65” Bravia W has a pretty decent contrast ratio for an LCD screen.  It offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1 and an on-screen ratio of 2,000:1.  Those certainly aren’t plasma numbers, but they’re not bad either.  ...
Monday, 28 December 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Sonance Visual Performance VP89 In-Wall Speakers Preview
Sonance Visual Performance Series speakers are designed with not only audio performance, but installation, spacial consideration and a discrete look in mind.  The VP89 is the flagship of the VP series, offering the highest quality Visual Performance speaker Sonance has to offer. The VP89 is a subtle speaker in appearance when fully installed.  Thanks to new micro-trim grilles from sonance, the portion sticking out from the wall measures a mere fifth of an inch.  The grille is simple to remove, paint and reattach.  Rather than using a more invasive method, powerful magnets hold the grille in place. Rather than the carbon fiber construction seen in previous models, the VP89 has beryllium drivers which Sonance says were utilized in order to deliver reference-quality sound.  The 8” woofer sports a rubber surround and an extended pole piece, which helps to ensure a smoother response.  ...
Monday, 28 December 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Samsung UN46B8000 LED HDTV Preview
The UN46B8000 is a 46” LED backlit LCD television from Samsung that offers – among other things – edge based LED backlighting, impressive energy efficiency and a slick, slim design. Samsung’s 46” Series 8 television stands just a bit under 30” tall when set up on the stand, and weighs in at right about 50lbs.  The frame is black with a grey Touch of Color.  It’s a slim television, with a depth of 1.2”.  It’s not the thinnest television out there, but it certainly doesn’t have many competitors. Thanks to LED edge lighting, the UN46B8000 has a stated dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and provides dark blacks and bright rich colors.  LED lighting is also responsible for energy use much lower than that of standard LCD televisions and a cooler running unit overall. A 240Hz refresh rate is the main thing separating ...
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