When Ultimate Ears Custom contacted me about a meeting at the 2014 New York Audio Show, I said: “Absolutely”! I had a terrific experience reviewing the entry level UE 4Pro CEM and was eager to hear what was new in the world of custom audio.
As one of the speakers in the current JBL home-audio series, Studio 290 employs features derived from JBL longstanding history and experience in audio. This review hopefully sheds some light on the bang-for-the-buck performance of these speakers.
I wasn’t able to attend CEDIA 2014 last fall in Denver where Paradigm Audio revealed their new Prestige Series, but I was able to tour their facility in Mississauga, Ontario where the speakers are completely designed and fabricated in-house. Then I was able to review them in my own space.
The Motion 60XT tower speaker is the flagship conventional loudspeaker from the electrostatic speaker giant MartinLogan.
As its name suggests, the Mini A is the baby of Bryston’s Model A lineup. It has a 1” metal dome tweeter, 3” midrange, and 6.5” woofer, in a slender rear-ported trapezoidal enclosure. All of the drive units are custom made to Bryston’s specifications, in a Canadian factory.
Sony continues to release lots of new products bearing the “HI-Res Audio” logo. This review focuses on three of these products - the Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones, the Sony PHA-3 battery powered DAC/headphone amp and the Kimber Kable MUC-B20BL1 balanced headphone cable.
With nice styling and remarkable sound quality, the Paradigm Millenia LP speakers are an excellent choice for anyone that lacks the room for big tower speakers but craves better than soundbar fidelity. The Seismic 110 sub rounds out the bottom end with help of Paradigm's Perfect Bass Kit. This incredibly thin speaker system from Paradigm can deliver the sonic goods for both movies and music listening.
With their new, fully-digital integrated amplifier, the TDAI-2170, Lyngdorf Audio squarely targets the “iPod Generation” by taking the familiarity and ease of use oft associated with the ubiquitous portable player and combining it with true audiophile sound; all beautifully executed in a clean, sleek package.
We’ve been waiting for the PonoPlayer for a long, long time. Neil Young was first pitching this thing on Letterman in 2012. The kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly 15x the initial goal of $800,000 ended on Tax Day 2014 with delivery promised by October.
Marantz has produced grin-inducing amps and receivers for many years. Their SR5009 will keep you smiling as it sends stunning sound to your speakers and gorgeous pictures to your TV. Featuring the latest high resolution audio decoders such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the Marantz SR5009 7.2 Network Home Theater A/V Receiver also includes Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding so you can connect front height speakers for a dramatically expanded front soundstage.
Tidal Music Streaming Service is the first CD quality (1411 kbps) music streaming service offered in the U.S. With over 25 million tracks in their catalog, they offer a wide variety of musical genres, in addition to curated Playlists and Music Editorials. For the video minded, they also include a catalog of 75,000 music videos, most of which are in HD resolution.
The Yamaha MX-A5000 is an 11-channel, incredibly flexible, multi-channel amp from one of the most respected names in home audio. The MX-A5000 is capable of working with a dazzling array of set-up combinations, and produces competent and clean amplification for those with even the most complex of setups.
The Audioengine B1 is an easy to use add-on accessory that promises quality audio playback via Bluetooth technology for under $200. It uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology with the aptX Codec. This extends the B1’s range and gives you the best possible audio reproduction.
The ForceField 5 ranks as GoldenEar’s most potent offering in their subwoofer product line. Primarily, it will impress you by the significant quantities of tuneful, articulate bass it produces over a broad range of material. You will then be further amazed when you notice that all this sonic goodness is emanating from a cabinet that is barely the size of your average beverage cooler.
The Pioneer VSX-1124-K is a current technology A/V receiver featuring 7.2 audio, HDMI inputs compatible with Ultra HD upscaling and advanced DAC technology. The VSX-1124-K features high power for a complete 7.2 channel system along with compatibility with current steaming sources.
The Statement D2v 3D is an incremental upgrade over the previous Statement D2v surround sound processor (SSP) and adds support for HDMI v1.4a and video passthrough for 3D content.