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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 ...

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DH Labs Mirage USB Cable Review

DH Labs -- run by Darren Hovsepian, hence the initials -- makes excellent analog cables, including interconnects, speaker wire, and power cords. They also make top-notch digital cables. I know this because I ...

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SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier & DSD DAC Review

SOtM, a Korean audiophile component manufacturer, is slowly but surely making the industry sit up and take notice. They offer a line of impressive and versatile computer audio products that compete with much ...

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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review

It’s no accident Marantz has established itself as the dominant player in sub-$1000 stereo components. The company has a talent for trickling down technology and performance from their reference line on ...

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Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier Review

I’ve reviewed a number of Musical Fidelity products over the course of the last few years. I have dabbled mostly in the entry-level series of products, with reviews of the V-DAC ...

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SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server & mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Review

I have long established a digital audio playback system based on an Ethernet network. I’m not down with a computer in my equipment rack, and have very little patience for all ...

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Denon AVR-X3100W Home Theater Receiver Review

Last month while reviewing the amazingly priced Denon AVR-S700W, I wondered how Denon could offer significant performance improvements without a significant increase in cost. Well, here comes the AVR-X3100W. The 700 was ...

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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review

Tisbury Audio is a relatively new artisanal audio design firm located in London, England a few blocks away from the Wimbledon village, where the famed tennis championships are played. It is rather fitting. ...

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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews

D&M Holdings has been on a tear recently. The company that owns Denon has been flooding the market with products chock full of cutting edge features, and priced at amazingly reasonable ...

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CLONES Audio 25p Power Amplifier Review

Having travelled to Hong Kong several years ago, I was surprised to see a large number of high-end audio shops filled with hifi aficionados. Mainland China has been an audiophile hub for decades ...

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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 ...

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 | 
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The folks at LG are bringing plenty of cool stuff to CES this year, but the most intriguing of them is the HECTO Laser TV System – a projector and screen combo that gives users a large 1080p picture without requiring a ton of space.  The laser projector, which boasts a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, needs to be just 22 inches away to fill up the included 100 inch screen
 
Thursday, 20 December 2012 | 
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The folks at Sceptre are stepping up their game for 2013.  They've announced their lineup – though the details are still under wraps – and it includes some very cool additions in both TVs and monitors.  Sceptre is referring to the new sets as Rimless, and they sport bezels of just 4mm.  Those monitors aren't tiny either, ranging from 32 inches on up to 55.  What's really intriguing though, is the soundbar.

 

 
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | 
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So you're looking for a new remote and you want something that can handle everything you throw at it?  URC has a contender for you.  Not only is it capable of controlling both home theater gear and lighting, but it can be programmed to handle up to 200 devices thanks to a customizable two inch LCD touchscreen.

 

 
Monday, 17 December 2012 | 
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The folks at Amazon have slowly but surely turned their streaming service into something real and desirable, instead of just an afterthought.  The hybrid subscription/transactional service is available on a variety of game consoles, TVs and now it's arrived on the iPhone.  Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired.
 
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.

 
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