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Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver Review

Marantz is on one heck of a roll. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to evaluate a slew of their products, from reference-level hifi to entry-level home theater. Some ...

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Marantz HD-DAC1 DSD DAC & Headphone Amp Review

Marantz has been introducing new products into the marketplace at quite a clip over the past year. Even as a reviewer, it has been hard to keep up. Their recent lines of A/...

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Audio Art Cable Reviews

High performance audio cables are often the most controversial element of audiophile industry. This is generally due to the way they are marketed, and questionable claims made by wire manufacturers, and by the ...

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Eastern Electric Mini Max Supreme DAC Review

The high resolution Digital Audio Convertor market is, to me, the most exciting and fastest moving sector in the audiophile industry. It is also global. There are superb products being designed and manufactured ...

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DH Labs Mirage USB Cable Review

DH Labs -- run by Darren Hovsepian, hence the initials -- makes excellent analog cables, including interconnects, speaker wire, and power cords. They also make top-notch digital cables. I know this because I ...

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SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier & DSD DAC Review

SOtM, a Korean audiophile component manufacturer, is slowly but surely making the industry sit up and take notice. They offer a line of impressive and versatile computer audio products that compete with much ...

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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review

It’s no accident Marantz has established itself as the dominant player in sub-$1000 stereo components. The company has a talent for trickling down technology and performance from their reference line on ...

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Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier Review

I’ve reviewed a number of Musical Fidelity products over the course of the last few years. I have dabbled mostly in the entry-level series of products, with reviews of the V-DAC ...

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SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server & mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Review

I have long established a digital audio playback system based on an Ethernet network. I’m not down with a computer in my equipment rack, and have very little patience for all ...

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Denon AVR-X3100W Home Theater Receiver Review

Last month while reviewing the amazingly priced Denon AVR-S700W, I wondered how Denon could offer significant performance improvements without a significant increase in cost. Well, here comes the AVR-X3100W. The 700 was ...

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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review

Tisbury Audio is a relatively new artisanal audio design firm located in London, England a few blocks away from the Wimbledon village, where the famed tennis championships are played. It is rather fitting. ...

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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews

D&M Holdings has been on a tear recently. The company that owns Denon has been flooding the market with products chock full of cutting edge features, and priced at amazingly reasonable ...

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 | 
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As great a format as Blu-ray is, it can still be difficult to get people on board when their favorite films have yet to be released.  Among those hotly anticipated films, more than a few of them come from director Steven Spielberg. Thankfully, the wait will soon be over for those craving his 1993 masterpiece 'Jurassic Park.'  The original film and its two sequels will be hitting Blu-ray on October 25, 2011.  The films have, of course, been completely remastered and you'll be able to enjoy 7.1 channel surround sound.
 
Monday, 27 June 2011 | 
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Last week, from seemingly out of the blue, the folks at Hulu received a buyout offer from Yahoo.  There's been no disclosure on just how much Yahoo was offering, but it seems to have gotten Hulu's attention.  After rejecting the offer from Yahoo, the folks at Hulu hired themselves a few investment bankers and will be going on sale within the next few weeks. While Hulu itself may not be a big money maker, the opportunities licensing deals and streaming infrastructure open up a world of possibilities to potential buyers.
 
Thursday, 23 June 2011 | 
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Stamford, Connecticut's Philips Electronics is debuting five brand new AirPlay Speaker Systems as a part of their Fidelio series, ranging in price from $229 - $799.  The most expensive model, the SoundSphere DS9800W systems, features  two two-way speakers, each with a 5.25-inch woofer, a 1-inch tweeter and a 2x50-watt amp.  An IR-remote and iPhone/iPod charging stand is included.  The $799 DS9800W will be the first in the series to debut, coming to stores next month.  It's available with a black lacquer finish.

 
Thursday, 23 June 2011 | 
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Budget display manufacturer, Westinghouse, jumped into the 3D pool at CE Week in New York City, with the announcement of its first 3DTV, the 47-inch W47S2TCD.  Unlike most 3D displays on the market, Westinghouse has decided to go with passive glasses display technology, rather than active.  Passive glasses 3DTVs don't offer full 1080p/per eye stereo 3D available with active technology, but both the passive (polarized) glasses and the televisions themselves tend to be more affordable.

 

 
Monday, 20 June 2011 | 
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Low-profile loudspeaker prices may soon be on the rise, thanks to a 1400% cost increase (since 2008) for the rare-earth metal, neodymium.  Shin-Etsu Chemical , which mines neodymium, has announced a 40%, July 1st price increase for the rare earth magnets, which are made into smaller-than-average loudspeaker drivers for such companies as Martin Logan, Definitive Technology, Wisdom Audio, Earthquake, BG Radia, and Totem Acoustic.

 
Thursday, 16 June 2011 | 
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The ShowStar Blu-ray Entertainment Server is the latest release from Mozaex, a company well known for their whole home entertainment systems. Unlike the company's main line of servers, the ShowStar is designed to be as simple as possible.  It's made for folks who want a plug and play solution without a lengthy or complicated setup.  It's also completely legal according to Mozaex, since it doesn't ship with unlicensed decryption software.

 
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 | 
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The VPL-HW30ES is the latest from Sony and is designed to offer SXRD technology without a hefty price tag.  While last year's VW90ES came in at $10,000, the HW30ES will only set you back around $3,700. Sony's VPL-HW30ES boasts a contrast ratio of 70,000:1 and 13,000 Lumens brightness.  It also includes a new 3D system that Sony says will have a significant effect on the reduction of crosstalk. 

 
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