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BlueSound PULSE Soundbar & Subwoofer

BlueSound PULSE Soundbar & Subwoofer Review

The Bluesound PULSE Soundbar and Subwoofer are the latest products from the Lenbrook Group’s wireless speaker company. With much of our media consumption coming from streaming services, cloud storage, or our own local digital storage, wireless streaming speakers have become quite popular. Bluesound and competitors like Sonos seek to provide an ecosystem in your home for consuming media via their wireless amplified speakers.

HiFiMAN HE1000 V2 Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

When I reviewed the original HiFiMAN HE1000 Planar Magnetic Headphones about two years ago, I was pretty much bowled over by their performance, looks and sound quality. They were, at the time, the best pair of headphones that I had ever heard and still remain amongst a handful of reference headphones that I would consider as my all-time favorites. Ever the busy little bees that they are, the engineers at HiFiMAN have not seen fit to leave well-enough alone and recently released the HE1000 V2. The updated model is said to incorporate several modifications gleaned from customer feedback along with HiFiMAN’s general desire to keep refining their designs.

MartinLogan Cadence Soundbar

MartinLogan Cadence Soundbar and Dynamo 700w Subwoofer Review

Soundbars come in many different sizes and configurations, but the new MartinLogan Cadence offers many more features that set it apart from the competition. With assistance from the MartinLogan Dynamo 700w subwoofer, the Cadence offers excellent sound quality for both movies and music. Add to that wireless network connectivity, three HDMI inputs, one HDMI out, two optical, and two RCA inputs with a sub out and you have the fixings for a veritable “Swiss Army Knife” of soundbars.

Bluesound Pulse 2 All-In-One Streaming Music System

Whole-house audio gets easier and better with each new product introduction. Today I’m looking at the Bluesound Pulse 2 All-In-One Streaming Music System. It combines a BluOS streaming player with a DirectDigital tri-amplifier, premium speakers, and support for nearly every music format including MQA. It’s the ultimate in convenience, quality sound, and high-end styling. The lifestyle audio product genre may have to shoot for a newly elevated benchmark.

GEM Dandy PolyTable Turntable

GEM Dandy PolyTable Turntable Review

While turntables have become so ubiquitous that the news of any new model is pretty much white noise, it’s time to pay attention. Starting with a price around $1600, the GEM Dandy PolyTable is George Merrill’s gauntlet and it’s nothing short of superb.

NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier

NAD M32 Direct Digital Amplifier Review

Enthusiasts covet sound quality above all, while others prioritize convenience. The NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier bridges the gap between audiophile and lifestyle products. This smart-amp incorporates advanced amplifier technology from the Masters Series along with an optional BluOS module that pulls music in from the Internet and your personal library. It’s just as comfortable playing your most treasured vinyl as it is pulling in alt-rock from iHeartRadio.

Auralic

AURALiC ALTAIR Wireless Streaming DAC Review

The AURALiC ALTAIR is a beautiful-looking digital audio product that combines a high-end DAC with wireless streaming solution. To achieve the highest quality of digital sound reproduction, ALTAIR is equipped with the Femto Master Clock, full linear power supply, and four built-in filter modes for sound customization.