Putting together a new home theater setup? Looking to upgrade that old receiver you’ve had soldiering on valiantly in your a/v cabinet? Well, the home theater enthusiast should find themselves spoiled for choice these days. But I have quite a few reasons why you should check out the Anthem MRX 310 A/V Receiver with the Anthem Room Correction System.
Mark Levinson, one of the most respected names in audio, has just released their latest stereo preamplifier design, the No52. Its looks, handling, and performance are what you would expect from Levinson: Extraordinary.
The AURALiC VEGA DAC is a stylish package that is one of the best sounding and performing units available today. At $3,499, it sits in the lower end of the price range for top notch DACs, but in the upper echelons of sonic output.
Chris Eberle's most recent Technical Media Server review, he explained many of the options available today for media servers, streamers, and NAS systems, including the option to build your own “home-brew” media server. In the current article I’m going to go into the details of one such system – mine! In addition to being a full-blown media server, this system is also my HD-DVR, and it is pretty easy to set up and operate. Moreover, this system allows me to record most high definition shows from my cable subscription totally DRM-free. I’ve done all this without a single piece of hardware from my cable provider. Want to learn how I did it? Read on!
The ALO Studio Six is a Class A single-ended triode circuit design with zero feedback. It delivers a warm and rich tone via its full vacuum tube amplification. It isn't cheap but it delivers a lot of quality tube power...
The AURALiC TAURUS MKII uses their proprietary ORFEO Classs-A output modules to deliver amazing sound to high-end headphones. Enjoy incredible transparency and tonal quality via either the standard or balanced output of the TAURUS MKII. Easily one of the best headphone amps on the market and a reference quality pairing with the HiFiMAN HE-6 planar magnetic headphones.
Antelope Audio is a company originally based in the USA, but is now based in Europe, with the factory in Bulgaria. The manufacture DACs and A/D converters for the pro industry (recording studios). However, they also offer these products in a high end consumer edition. The Zodiac Platinum DAC with an outboard 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock is their latest set of DAC components for audiophiles.
Paradigm upgrades their Soundtrack soundbar and subwoofer with Bluetooth, virtual surround, and an improved remote.
The Emotiva XPA-1 Gen2 is an update to Emotiva’s 1,000 watt per channel monoblock amplifier. There are subtle improvements, from a higher quality RCA jack and electrical changes, but the most noticeable is a switch up front. It allows the XPA-1 to run in Class A for the first 60 watts of power.
HiFiMAN is probably best known for their headphones and headphone amplifiers, some of which we have reviewed, but they also manufacture portable music players as an alternative to the ubiqutious iPod. The HM-802 is one of several models, including the HM-700, which is less expensive than the HM-802, and the HM-901, which is more expensive. You also have the option of having a balanced amplifier module in the player or the standard unbalanced one. In this review, I cover the model HM-802, with the standard unbalanced amplifier card, as well as with the optional balanced amp card. It plays PCM music tracks up to 24/192 and DSD64, as well as wav, flac, mp3, alac, aac, and aiff files.
The Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system is a set of speakers voice matched to deliver a complete music or home theatre experience without an A/V receiver or any additional amplification. The system utilizes Bluetooth technology to access music on mobile devices.
Bryston is a great example of a company that takes component choice and design to heart. The SP3 7.1 Surround Sound Processor (SSP) does not strive to keep up with every mass-market product feature. Instead, it delivers on a singular goal of delivering outstanding sound quality for both two-channel stereo and multi-channel music and movies alike.
The Meridian Prime and its Prime Power Supply are a compact unit designed to fit on even the most cluttered of desks. Enjoy clean and neutral playback up to 192/24 bit PCM via USB connection. The Prime even has enough power built into it's mini stature to handle beefy planar magnetic headphones. At $2,000 for just the Prime, it is a bit pricey, but worth checking out if you need something small.
The Induction Dynamics ID1’s are large 4-way Floor standing Speakers with dual subwoofers built in to each cabinet. The speakers are available in many custom finishes or they can be mounted in-wall if you are building a high performance custom home theater. The speakers measured well; low distortion and a full frequency response from 25 Hz all the way out past the limits of human audibility. But that was only one part of the story. Subjectively, these speakers had an articulate sound that remained smooth and non-fatiguing at all playback levels. And they showed excellent imaging properties, filling the room with all their lusciousness.
Bryston, long known for their massive power amplifiers, has branched into marketing speakers. One of their first models is the Middle T, reviewed here, which is a three-way floor-stander. It is a surprising performer. Read on.
The Nue Voe in-ear headphones (earbuds) are long-time speaker manufacturer Polk Audio’s new entry into the hot headphone market and represent the top model of the Heritage series of in-ear headphones (earbuds).