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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 ...

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ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review

Cable manufacturer ZenWave Audio, out of Lafayette, CO, is headed up by Dave Cahoon, a passionate audiophile who has been on a mission to build the highest quality products, at the fairest price, ...

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REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review

REDGUM Audio has been producing beautiful looking and high value audiophile amplifiers in the state of Victoria, Australia for the past twenty-one years. REDGUM has never produced cookie cutter products. Their designs, as ...

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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2.0 Headphone Amp & Preamp Review

Linear Tube Audio, formed in 2015, is based out of Washington DC, where they hand builds tube components in their workshop. The firm is headed up by Mark Schneider, a highly experienced product design ...

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iFi Micro iUSB 3.0 & Gemini USB Cable Reviews

iFi, the U.K. based high end audio company, has fleshed out their product line over the past few years at a pace that is impressive by any measure. iFi was founded as ...

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Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver Review

There has never been a time in high-end audio where customers have demanded plug and play devices that can accommodate a slew of sources like the current market. Ironically, early on, the home ...

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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier Review

I reviewed and loved the U.K. sourced Tisbury Audio Mini Passive “preamp”, and actually regretted sending it back to Wes Young at Tisbury Audio. As the name indicates, the Mini ...

Thursday, 09 June 2011 | 
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At the lower end of the new line are the AVR 1565 ($479) and AVR 1650 ($599) - receivers made for the budget conscious movie lover that doesn't want to give up all the bells and whistles.  They're both 5.1 channel receivers and both offer HDMI 1.4 connections.  The 1650 features 95 watts of power per channel instead of the 1565's 70 watts and also adds an FM stereo, an extra HDMI input and EzSet/EQ tech for simple and flexible setup.
 
Monday, 06 June 2011 | 
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Streaming television is coming to the Xbox 360, with Kinect integration for searches and more.  When the Xbox 360 was first launched, one of the rumors about its future capabilities included use as a tuner or DVR, but the closest we got was Netflix streaming.  Now it seems that those initial rumors are coming true, even if it's in a slightly different way that we expected.
 
Monday, 06 June 2011 | 
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The latest app from Samsung is one that's incredibly cool - at least if you own a 2011 Samsung Smart TV and a Samsung Galaxy S II. Smart View is a free download that allows you to watch whatever's happening on your TV on your phone over Wi-Fi.  That's not limited to Smart TV applications either.  You can watch Blu-rays, live television, or even videogames - anything that's hooked up to your set.
 
Thursday, 02 June 2011 | 
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The TH-NR1009 is the latest receiver to come from Onkyo, and it's a doosie.  Not only does it pack the things you'd expect from a high-end receiver, but it's also the first to offer DTS Neo:X, a technology that allows a maximum of flexibility in your speaker setup.  First of all, it upconverts 2.0, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 channel audio to 9.1 or 11.1 channel audio.  That's not all though - you can choose to add extra surrounds in the back for ambience, in the back and front for an expanded soundstage, or even add front height and width speakers.
 
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 | 
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There's nothing wrong with trying to do something exciting and new when it comes to disc packaging, but it doesn't always work out quite right. We've seen plenty of strangely shaped boxes and even a 'Back to the Future' Blu-ray set with packaging so bad it required instructions. The latest fiasco stems from the packaging for the Stanley Kubrick box set.  When pulling a disc out of the sleeve that it's stored in, you'll meet a bit of resistance and have to apply a fair deal of force to get it out.   While several videos and reviews mentioned the packaging as being a pain, some people are reporting damaged discs.
 
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 
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Though 3D television has been kicking off with a great deal of hype, there's a bit of a problem when it comes to the viewing of 3D content from your cable or satellite provider. The picture may look good, but it's not Full HD 1080p.  What you're getting from your cable company is a pair of 1080i images - one for your right eye and one for your left.  Japan Broadcasting Company (NHK) wants 1080p for both.  They can make it happen too, but it's a little bit complicated.
 
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.
 
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