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Sonore microRendu Ethernet to USB Streamer Review

In 2016 network file players and streamers are king. This is because just about everyone who has done comparisons has found that mass produced, consumer grade, off the shelf computers are not state of ...

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Intona High Speed USB Isolator Review

It is no secret that digital audio transmitted via USB is not perfect. USB was never intended for high performance audio, but eventually overtook S/PDIF as the most common connection method. Virtually ...

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Bryston BDP-2 Server and BDA-3 DAC Review

There has never been a better time to be a fan of high end digital audio. Audiophiles and non audiophiles alike can spend as little as a few hundred dollars for high quality ...

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Wireworld Signal and Power Cable Review

I had the good fortune to review Wireworld digital cables last month. I say “good fortune” because their AES/EBU and USB cables improved the performance of both my systems in ...

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CLONES Audio Asher DAC Review

CLONES Audio, based in Hong Kong, has been one of my favorite small, artisanal hifi purveyors for a few years now. I was turned on to CLONES Audio by some very knowing ears. ...

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Wireworld Digital Cables Review

Wireworld has been making audiophile grade cables for decades now, and the company’s products have been on my “to investigate” list for several years. This is for a number ...

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Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier & DSD DAC Review

Marantz has been on a serious winning streak with their recent line of SACD players/DAC combos, streamers, receivers, home theater line, and stand alone DAC models. Especially the HD-DAC1 DSD DAC headphone ...

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Audioengine HD6 Powered Speakers Review

Audioengine has left very tangible imprint on the high end and computer audio markets. Their products allow ordinary people, who aspire to better sound, to connect a source directly to a loudspeaker with ...

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JL Audio Dominion d108 Subwoofer Review

JL Audio, based in Miramar, FL, is without question one of the handful of top tier subwoofer manufacturers in the world. Some of the best-sounding and lavish systems I've heard had JL ...

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SVS SoundPath RCA and Ultra Speaker Cables Review

SVS is known for making excellent high-end stereo and home theater speakers that are priced so attractively, most folks do a double take to make sure they got the price right. Their subwoofers ...

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Rogue RP-5 Preamplifier Review

Rogue Audio, based in Pennsylvania, deserves iconic status alongside other legendary American makers of tubed home audio products. They've made steady progress in product design, understand customer relations, dispense completely with any ...

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Rotel RB-1590 Power Amplifier Review

I’ve been familiar with the legendary Rotel brand since childhood. My father would often take me along when he would frequent hifi shops and I remember their components on display alongside ...

Thursday, 17 November 2011 | 
When we talk about the best deal for streaming video, there's no question that Netflix is still at the top of the list.  When we talk about quality though, Vudu reigns supreme.  They do it right, reaching near Blu-ray quality with HDX films. Today they've taken another step in the right direction, offering customers the ability to download purchased movies.  Simply swing on over to Vudu, go to your purchased movies list and hit "download."  Nice and easy.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 | 
Vizio used to be a name that wasn't worth talking about on a home theater site except to call it the best of the budget sets.  The company has really turned around over the last few years, and they've become a force to be reckoned with. The new M-Series Theater 3D televisions are the latest to come out of the company, and the impact that they have on the industry overall should be interesting to see.  Not only are they affordable 3D TVs, but they use passive 3D so users don't have to shell out for expensive glasses or worry about compatibility.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 | 
Portable audio is a difficult proposition for audiophiles.  The convenience is great, sure, but the sound quality leaves much to be desired.  HiFiMan aims to give it a boost with the new HM-101 DAC.  The HM-101 is quite small and boasts both a USB input for use with computers and a standard mini in for other devices.  "A friend asked me to develop a DAC that everyone could afford yet would substantially improve the sound of any conventional audio product," says HiFiMAN president Fang Bian.  The result is the HM-101 which he describes as "an affordable product for the masses yet with really good sound." Affordable is right - the HM-101 comes in at just $39.
Monday, 14 November 2011 | 
The brand new E-Series Music Receiver from T+A aims to do a little bit of everything and to do it all well.  It's packed with plenty of options for sources and a good amount of inputs on the back.If you're playing a CD or streaming music from a PC or music server - you can stream both wired and wirelessly - your sound will go through a 32-bit dual-mono DAC.  Other sources will still get 24-bit 192kHz processing.
Friday, 11 November 2011 | 
With the rise of internet video, streaming services and a glut of new technology, there's no question that TV is in for a big change.  In ten or twenty years, televisions may be completely different than what it is today, and Sony wants to be leading that charge. CEO Howard Stringer says that Sony is at the forefront of the next generation of television and is hoping to beat Apple to the punch.  Part of that is the four-screens concept, which will bring together smartphones, tablets, television sets and PCs onto one content platform.
Thursday, 10 November 2011 | 
The whole DVR thing is pretty great but it doesn't exactly do the trick if you're using multiple TVs on a regular basis.  You've got to set up all of your recordings on any TV that you think you might want to watch a show on - pretty inconvenient.  The new TiVo Premiere Q solves that issue.  Simply put the Premiere Q in your main viewing room and then put a TiVo Preview in any room you want to watch TV in.  The Preview doesn't have a built in hard drive, but can access anything that's on the Premiere, including your recorded shows and on-demand programming.
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 | 
Having an outdoor speaker system is incredibly cool, but it's not always the most convenient thing to hook up new sources to on the fly.  The newest speaker from Russound is different.  Russound says that the AirGo Outdoor Sound Station is the first ever to include AirPort compatibility. Simply pick up an AirPort Express, plug it in to the weather-proof chamber of the AirGo and you're ready to rock.  You'll be able to hook up to your iPod, iPhone or iPad using AirPlay.
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