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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 ...

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 | 
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In the last few years there have been a variety of media streamers competing for the top spot, but Roku has always been at the forefront in terms of price, capability and innovation.  The Roku 2 brings more to the table than its predecessors without mucking about with higher prices. The baseline model is the Roku 2 HD and it offers the basics - built in Wi-Fi, music and movie streaming and a 720p resolution. The XD steps things up to 1080p while the XS adds a motion control for gaming, an ethernet port for those who want to go wired, and a free copy of Angry Birds.  Even more exciting is that the XS model finally introduces a USB port for playback of files.
 
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 | 
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Some companies like to doll up their receivers with features like internet radio capabilities, iPhone control and streaming functionality.  NAD goes the other route, offering only features to enhance the listening experience. The new T-757 boats a high-speed DSP for decoding high definition audio formats and can convert stereo source material into a surround sound experience using EARS surround mode.  It remembers custom settings for each of your sources and you can even name the inputs to match the source that's attached.
 
Monday, 18 July 2011 | 
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Sick of tiny touch screens and looking for something more substantial?  Crestron hears you.  Their newest creation, the V24-C, is a significant 24 inches and aims to combine the convenience of a touchscreen display with the size and watchability of an HD computer monitor. The new V-Panel plays nice with Crestron DigitalMedia 8+ systems and is able to control lighting, thermostats, home theaters and whatever else you've got automated.  Its DGE-2 graphics engine can hide up to 330 feet away so you don't have to clutter up your room.
 
Thursday, 14 July 2011 | 
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It's been a long time coming, but Spotify has finally launched in the US.  The music streaming service offers instant access to what seems like a limitless library of songs.  The free version of Spotify gives you that instant access, but you'll have to listen to ads from time to time.  It also requires an invitation, which you can sign up for on Spotify.com.  Shelling out $5 a month gets you an ad free experience, but the excitement comes with the Premium service.
 
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 | 
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After Netflix announced a price change that managed to turn them from heroes to villains overnight, it's time for their competitors to step up and try and take advantage of the glut of people cancelling their subscriptions. Blockbuster's offering is a different take on things that reflects their in-store rental policy. Instead of signing up for a subscription, you can rent discs individually at a price of $4.99.  Simply pick your disc and it'll be on the way to your door for a 7-day rental period.
 
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | 
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Say goodbye to the good old days of cheap, unlimited DVD rentals and unlimited streaming for less than ten dollars. Starting today for new customers, and after the first of September for existing customers, U.S. Netflix subscribers will find pricing on the unlimited streaming / unlimited DVD rentals (1 at-a-time) jumping from $9.99/month to $15.98/month.  Blu-ray rentals are of course $2-5 per month extra (depending on the plan).  This price jump isn't really a surpise given the amount of cash Netflix has been sinking into original programming and licensing agreements, but still 60 percent is quicte a rate hike. 
 
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | 
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One of the problems that's been facing fans of 3D is a significant lack of content.  While there are an increasing number of 3D Blu-rays and a few 3D channels on the market, there isn't enough to fill a full day of entertainment. It's not an issue of 3D content not being released - there just isn't much out there.  Sources say that CBS hopes to help solve this by converting 2D content to 3D and popping it on to a brand new cable channel.  The company has apparently been shopping the idea around to cable providers and showing off their 2D to 3D conversion tech.
 
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