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Thursday, 18 March 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
In 1979, Ray Kimber was working in professional sound and lighting and was trying to solve what was then a relatively new problem. The speaker cables he was working with at the time were picking up noise from the lighting system and causing a clearly audible drop in audio quality. His solution was to counter braid the conductors, surmising this would cancel out any magnetic interaction. A solution provided through ingenuity, thus Ray decided he had a marketable idea and began Kimber Kable. He literally began by hitting the pavement, walking into dealers with his cables to demonstrate the difference, and his reputation quickly spread.Fast forward to today and Kimber Kable is one of the most well-known cable manufacturers in high performance audio. Kimber has an interesting business model in that they offer products that cater to audiophiles in every ...
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
In the first installment of my silver cable survey (Link), I covered RS Cables and Element Cable products. In this second installment, I will be looking at silver cables by DH Labs, based in Alachua, Florida, and Decware, out of East Peoria, IL. I received samples of DH Labs Silver Revelation interconnects, and the Decware Silver Reference interconnects.This survey has been extremely illuminating and an eye opener for me. It has reaffirmed for me that you can get performance approaching the very best for a small fraction of the price of the most expensive audio cables on the market.  Ultra pricey cables, in my opinion, have become somewhat of a status symbol. Cables have been called “audio jewelry” by some well known high performance audio reviewers, and I agree. However, I also believe they are a very important link in ...
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.  ...
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