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In Appreciation of the Harbeth Compact 7 ES-3

The Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 stand mounted loudspeakers have the distinction of being in residence in this reviewer's system for seven consecutive years. The speakers, in a distinguished cherry finish, are not only ...

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RHA MA750i In Ear Headphones Review

I’ve reviewed a number quality earbuds, all priced within reason, and designed for comfort and high quality sonics. Anyone interested in this product category will be aware you can spend practically ...

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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/...

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 
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The Theos is the newest addition to MartinLogan's acclaimed speaker line, and the most affordable hand-built electrostatic speaker they have.  Don't confuse affordable with cheap though - the Theos takes a lot from the CLX loudspeaker and introduces not only greater visual transparency but a better bass response than in previous MartinLogan models.
 
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 
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When most companies talk home theater, they put emphasis on the word "home."  They're all about making a compact, nice looking set of speakers that will provide you with some decent sound while not fundamentally changing the look of your room.  Wilson Audio puts the emphasis on the word "theater."  That's evident from products like the brand new Watch Center Series 3 speaker, which combines some of the finest parts of Wilson's other speakers into one impressive center channel package.
 
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 
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If you've gone to see a traditional 2D movie at a theater that also does 3D you may have noticed something lacking in your film.  It's not that 3D movies look better - that's a matter of opinion - and it's definitely not your imagination.  The problem stems from the difference in technology needed for 2D and 3D films.  At the most basic level, 3D movies require a polarizer for the effect and have been created with that in mind. They're brighter to make up for the amount of light lost.

 
Friday, 20 May 2011 | 
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 The folks at NHK - known to the English speaking world as Japan Broadcasting Corporation - have been working since 1995 on an exciting new broadcasting standard known as Super Hi-Vision. Super Hi-Vision boasts a resolution 16 times that of 1080p, which is significantly more that even the most up to date movie theater.  It provides a nearly 33 megapixel picture for ridiculously lifelike images.
 
Friday, 20 May 2011 | 
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The folks at BenQ debuted a pair of projectors, announcing them as "the ultimate in big screen entertainment."  That may be a big of an overstatement, but the W1100 and W1200 are pretty slick projectors regardless.  The W1100 offers a twelve-lens optical system for sharp pictures, a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens, a 4,500:1 contrast ratio and a 10-bit color processor.  It offers a color management system that lets you adjust hue, contrast, color temperature and gamma.


 
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 
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When you pick out a 3D TV, you're stuck making adecision.  You can sacrifice a 1080presolution in favor of lighter and cheaper passive glasses or you can deal withexpensive glasses that need to be fed new batteries or recharged on occasion.  The new tech from Samsung and RealD combinesthe best parts of active and passive technologies but without thedownside. 

 
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 
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Traditionally, mid-range sets between 40 and 49 inches havedominated the market, but in the first quarter of 2011 there has been adefinite shift toward larger sets. The folks at market research firm iSuppli have crunched the numberson TV sales in the first quarter of 2011 and come to the conclusion that largersets are on the rise.  

 
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