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Audioengine A2+ Desktop Speakers Review

I have been into computer audio since the time it meant ripping your CDs into lossy files to either load them up on your mp3 player or to play them back over plastic ...

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Darwin Truth Silver Cable Review

Over the past year or so I have come to rely on a few cable manufacturers that make reference products at their price points and even beyond. Darwin Cables, who I first heard ...

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Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE Loudspeakers & TR-3D Subwoofer Review

My first extended experience with an Anthony Gallo loudspeaker was two years ago, when I reviewed the Classico Cl-1 monitor and matching CLS-10 subwoofer. Having already heard much about Gallo products -- from ...

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Denon DA-300USB DAC Review

Denon has introduced a number of notable new products in the last year or so, including streamers, AV receivers, Blu-ray players, HiFi components, and headphones. I recently reviewed their very nice DHT-S514 Soundbar. ...

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The SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer Review

SVS is one of those companies that established themselves in this “new economy” with a direct-to-consumer, high value, business model that has grown to include a burgeoning retail footprint as more ...

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Denon DHT-S514 Soundbar Review

Television soundbars are all the rage today, and for good reason. They allow you to enjoy high fidelity sound -- without a bank of front, right, center, and rear channel speakers -- in ...

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Merrill Audio THOR Mono Block Amplifiers Review

Merrill Audio has made quite a few waves in the audiophile community. The company is relatively young, but has already garnered excellent reviews for their Veritas monoblock amplifiers. The firm is based in ...

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Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier Review

Plinius is a 30-year-old high performance audio company based in New Zealand. They enjoy a stellar reputation, and fiercely loyal fan base, thanks to achievements in industrial design, build, and ergonomics. More importantly, ...

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KEF R700 Loudspeaker Review

U.K. speaker legends KEF have been front and center lately with cutting edge products like the flagship Blade and the 50th anniversary stand-mounted LS50. At $1500, the LS50 is a remarkable bargain for ...

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Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC Review

As noted in my recent review of the terrific Marantz NA-11S1 network player and DSD DAC, the Japanese company has been on quite a roll with respect to digital source components. The ...

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Musical Fidelity V90 DAC Review

I'm no stranger to Britain's Musical Fidelity, having reviewed a number of their budget minded and mid tier products over the past few years. A few of the items that have ...

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Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player & DAC

Having been fortunate to review over a dozen Marantz components in the past, I now come to expect very good things with every new product announcement. Marantz has recently made a big play ...

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | 
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It's finally here!  As of today, the CALM act is officially in effect.  For those not familiar, the main thrust of CALM is to ensure that commercials are not louder than the shows that they're airing with.  In other words, no longer will you be blasted with a crazy loud commercial for sponges or something when you've just experienced a really sweet or sad moment in your favorite show.

 
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | 
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The folks at Redbox have finally revealed all of the details of their disc and streaming subscription service and it's looking good, especially if you're a Blu-ray fan.  The service will cost $8, which is the same price that Netflix charges for its streaming service.  It's coming to iOS and Android devices as well as TVs and other gear from Samsung and LG as well as Google TV, with more almost certainly on the way.  The streaming doesn't seem to give you much that Netflix doesn't, but Redbox more than makes up for it with the disc rental component of the deal.

 
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | 
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High definition streaming can be confusing to some, mainly because the traditional 1080p and 720p labels don't mean as much as the bitrate at which they're encoded.  Typically, higher bitrate means higher quality.  Netflix says that they've changed things up with their own streaming service though, and are offering a new streaming quality that they say offers higher quality at a lower bitrate.

 
Monday, 10 December 2012 | 
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Alright, let's start with the obvious.  No, nobody watches you back through your TV, no matter what conspiracy theorists say.  Well, the CIA is planning to, but that's not the point.  The point is that Verizon has plans for a DVR that will pack both a camera and a microphone to allow for better targeted advertisements.
 
Thursday, 06 December 2012 | 
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Two big pieces of news came in from the world of streaming video delivery, both of which weigh in the favor of Netflix.  Firstly, Redbox Instant has been delayed to the spring of 2013.  The company says that they're still doing private beta tests within the organization and will be conducting a public test of the service in January.  The second bit of news is that Disney has signed a significant deal with Netflix that includes pay-TV window streaming rights to feature films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and their most recent acquisition – Lucasfilm.
 
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 | 
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If you're picking up a UHDTV or projector, you're going to want something to watch on it.  Upscaled Blu-rays and TV shows are a start, but for native UHD content, you don't have a lot of choices.  The folks at RED, better known for their cameras, have announced the new Redray player, which is capable of playing back 4K video files, and of handling HFR 3D – the same tech being used in theaters for screenings of 'The Hobbit.'
 
Monday, 03 December 2012 | 
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When people want a giant screen at a low price, or they want to pick up the biggest TV around, Mitsubishi has been accommodating.  They've provided massive DLPs for the same price as much smaller LCDs and plasmas.  They've also innovated and worked with different technologies, such as their use of lasers.  That's all over, as it turns out.  Mitsubishi has officially announced the end of its TV business.
 
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