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Thursday, 04 April 2013 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Vanatoo Transparent One Powered Monitors Review
Active speakers have had a tough road in the audiophile world. They are fairly commonplace in recording studios and other pro sound environments. I have heard several theories for this, including the fact that powered speakers are not as tweakable. Certainly, audiophiles seem to relish in the ability to independently choose every element of a system, and maybe most importantly, the amplification.Powered speakers do offer several distinct advantages over passive speakers. In a nutshell, amplifiers inside powered speakers are usually matched to the specific characteristics of the drivers, enclosure, impedance, and frequency response. Another obvious advantage is the shorter signal path, and there is no need for speaker cables, which account for huge cost savings and other technical shortcomings.There is one market active speakers, especially monitors, have taken a foothold, and that is in desktop computer audio set ups. The ...
Monday, 10 January 2011 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Video Hits and Misses of CES 2011
It’s time to wrap up the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show with a look at what worked and what didn’t.  Find out how smart devices fared, what's become of Google TV and whether 2011 will finally be the year of the 3D TV.3D – HIT3D has been on the 'Miss' side of this list for the last two years, but I'm finally ready to say that it's here to stay.  Individual technologies have improved, the quality of the experience is better and prices just keep dropping.I’ve been a 3D skeptic ever since it started showing up at CES, but this year I’m starting to turn around.  Not just because the tech is getting better, but because there's just so much 3D around.  There's enough out there that it no longer feels like a niche product.  There are 3D games and movies ...
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Valhalla Technology Vibration Damping Feet Review
Audiophiles are a restless lot, constantly looking for ways to tweak a system by any means possible, short of taking the plunge for new components. There are numerous forums dedicated to audio “tweaks”; some advice is good, some is laughable, but most is well-intentioned. One often discussed tweak is how to minimize the mechanical vibrations that occur within components and speakers during playback. A variety of vibration-dampening devices are available in a wide range of materials, from hard plastics to brass. Why bother with dampening and isolation? In audio, vibration causes distortion and introduces unwanted sound into each component. Vibration dampening feet are engineered to reduce the effects of mechanical vibrations that occur within a speaker, amplifier or other component, by transmitting them away from the source to optimize the audio you eventually hear. After spending several weeks with Valhalla ...
Thursday, 12 November 2009 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Velodyne Optimum-10 Subwoofer Review
A friend of mine likes to tell the story of someone who has too much money. It seems he had an acquaintance who was planning on upgrading a home theater system and wanted to jettison his old gear quickly. Instead of trying to sell it – or even donate it – he was just going to push it all to the curb and let any interested party have dibs. The first to go was a Velodyne subwoofer that had nary a blemish. When my buddy heard the news, he soon paid a visit and came away with a sweet subwoofer and not a dollar lighter. That same speaker has been proudly pumping out the bass for more than three years in its new home. Oh, were it always that easy to “adopt” speakers. When I received Velodyne's Optimum-10 subwoofer, I ...
Monday, 01 September 2008 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Vizio VW22L 22-Inch LCD HDTV
Introduction While the home theater market concerns itself with larger, thinner displays with some reaching sizes of 100 inches or more, I’ve become increasingly interested in smaller, more affordable LCD displays. When I bought my house I set about getting an appropriately sized display in each of my three bedrooms and with a projection screen system in my main room I’ve been all but set when it comes to HDTV’s. However, having lived in my home for two years now I’ve noticed that my viewing habits don’t always fall within the confines of where I’ve placed larger displays throughout my home. For instance, I do a bit of work at my kitchen table which has a semi-obstructed view of my main projection rig, however I’m always a bit annoyed at having to power up the main rack in order to view ...
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