- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 19 November 2014
Introduced in 2012, the Legacy Aeris speakers have become some of the most acclaimed speakers in recent memory. They are massive 4-way floorstanding speakers with dual powered 12” subwoofers in each tower. They are distinctive for many reasons with the most significant reason being their one of a kind room correction and time alignment capabilities.
- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 24 November 2014
The first projectors utilized incandescent lamps as their light source. Despite advances in every other area of display technology, this fact is basically unchanged. Today’s digital units still rely on a hot-running ultra-high pressure lamp to create an image. In addition to their short lifespan and high cost, they dim and shift color as they age. There has to be a better way! A few years ago, LEDs were put forth as an alternative light source. They’re still available in a few expensive models. At this year’s CEDIA Expo, Epson introduced two laser projectors, the LS10000 and LS9600e. They’re not the first of their kind but they are the first to sell for less than $10,000. We hope this breakthrough will encourage other manufacturers to follow suit in embracing this exciting new tech.
- Written by Robert Kozel
- Published on 10 November 2014
The Revel Performa3 Series speakers offer a terrific blend of performance, quality, and value. In this review, I used the Performa3 Series speakers in a 5.1 configuration. The review system was comprised of a pair of Performa3 F206 floorstanding speakers, a pair of Performa3 M105 bookshelf speakers, a Performa3 C205 center-channel speaker, and a Performa3 B110 subwoofer. The speakers themselves are absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful lacquered finish, pleasing lines, and modest physical sizes that should fit into most listening rooms.
- Written by Stephen Hornbrook
- Published on 05 November 2014
The HiFiMAN HE-400i is an updated version of their entry model HE-400 featuring the new design changes introduced in the terrific HE-560 planar magnetic headphones. Believe it or not, at $499 the HE-400i is an absolute steal in the headphone world. Planar magnetic designs are often tricky, with drivers that require strong housings for the magnets which add extra weight along with needing plenty of wattage to drive. HiFiMAN has successfully solved both of these drawbacks with the HE-400i. They are easy to drive, light, and incredibly comfortable and that’s just the icing on the cake. These bring phenomenal tonal quality, clarity, and depth to the music they deliver.
- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 03 November 2014
NAD has always reserved its finest technologies for the Masters Series of audio components. Now that distinction has been conferred to a new pair of surround separates – the M17 Surround Processor and M27 Seven-channel Power Amplifier.
- Written by Chris Heinonen and Dr. David A. Rich
- Published on 22 October 2014
When it comes to room correction firmware in A/V procesors and receiver, Anthem Room Correction (ARC) stands above the rest. With more customization available to users, and better algorithms than competing products, it can help to improve your listening experience. Until recently, the only way to have ARC was with their expensive processors. Now, with the MRX 510 A/V receiver, you have full access to 7.1 channels of ARC in a $1,600 receiver.
- Written by Chris Heinonen and David Rich
- Published on 20 October 2014
The Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 is an update to Emotiva’s XPA-1 500 watt monoblock amplifier. Improvements include more power (600 watts RMS into 8 ohms), and 60 watts of Class A bias.
- Written by David A. Rich, Ph.D.
- Published on 18 September 2014
The ATI 6002 and Emotiva XPA-1 represent a major advance in amplifier designers. To my knowledge these are the first, high power, full balanced amplifiers with feedback from the input to the speaker terminal in high volume production. These amplifiers have significantly better performance when compared...