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Thiel TM3 Loudspeaker Review

I’ve been a fan of Thiel loudspeakers going on almost a decade now. I reviewed multiple products from the legendary company. Their flagship, at the time, CS3.7 floorstander was one of ...

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Reviewed: MusicScope Analysis Software by Xivero

High-resolution digital audio is clearly here to stay, and many audiophiles have started to replace their CD titles with corresponding hi-res alternatives. They cost more, and are mostly in download form, although there ...

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Fluance XL7F Loudspeakers Review

Fluance is a speaker manufacturer based in Ontario, Canada. They have been around since 1999, but, I admit, they were a new name to me when I received an email from their very diligent ...

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Luminous Audio Axiom II Passive Preamp Review

I believe in passive preamps or, maybe more accurately, passive controllers. There is nothing simpler than a device that lets listeners use a power amplifier, with the ability to connect one or multiple ...

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Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amplifier Review

Denon, the longstanding electronics firm now owned by D&M, produces products for virtually every market. They also have prided themselves on staying ahead of the curve with new technologies, designing products ...

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CLONES Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier Review

CLONES Audio out Hong Kong, has enjoyed an amazing amount of awareness stateside generated in a very short period of time. This is due to positive reviews, and international distribution. On these pages ...

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Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker Review

Bryston Ltd, the long-standing Canadian firm, is one of the audio companies I respect most. Their products are produced from a true engineering standpoint, with real world pricing, and backed with standard-setting service ...

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Denon HEOS System Review

Distributed audio has been around for a while now. Companies like Sonos and others have taken advantage of the advances in wireless technologies and music streaming services to offer unprecedented access to digital ...

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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 ...

Thursday, 30 June 2011 | 
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The new SR5006 and SR6006 from Marantz have been designed to replace the SR7005 flagship from last year.  Both include Ethernet ports that allow you to stream internet radio stations, but more exciting for Apple device owners is the inclusion of AirPlay, which makes pulling audio from an iPhone, iPad or iPod simple.
 
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 | 
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You can throw out all the fancy numbers you want, you can talk about halved resolutions and flicker and all the other things that make up a picture, but what matters in the end is how good something looks to the average viewer.  According to a new study organized by LG, passive sets are preferred by 80 percent of people. The study, which was carried out by research firm Morpace, matched up LG's 47LW5600 against a Sony KDL-46EX723 and a Samsung UN46D6420 and asked users to watch identical content on each set and select the one that they prefer over the others.
 
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.

 
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