For the first time in its history, the Emotiva company is offering a full entry-level surround sound system called the BasX (Basic-X) line. I find this particularly interesting because I’ve previously reviewed (and bought with my own money, and for full price) the Emotiva BasX stereo gear, including the PT-100 preamp...
It’s a preamp. We don’t like ‘em, they’re hard to get right, but you gotta have one. For $299, you won’t find any better than the Emotiva BASX PT-100.
It’s hip to be square (with apologies to Huey Lewis and the News). Tubes are back and if you want to go beyond the current vinyl craze down the retro path, this VTA ST-120 power amplifier is a great way to get there!
The MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A speakers are evolutionary improvements on their classic hybrid electrostatic line. The sound however, is quite something else.
Cary Audio attempts to provide tube-like sound from their newest 300 watts-per-channel solid-state integrated amplifier. In some aspects, I think they’ve succeeded. It sports a Class A preamplifier section with a well-built power amplifier. A premium-quality, and very versatile DAC is also included.
Martin-Logan’s Impression ESL 11A speakers are the newest generation of hybrid electrostatics from that company. In addition to offering wide dispersion, dual woofers, optional room-correction software and the famously-pure and transparent midrange...
Yamaha’s newest wireless speaker, the WX-030, boasts MusicCast whole-house wireless connectivity, streaming via Ethernet, and convenient pairing with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The speaker offers high sound quality usually unavailable with wireless speakers.
Yamaha’s newest middle-of-the-line sound bar, the YSP-1600, boasts wireless connectivity and faux surround sound. Dual built-in subwoofers provide enhanced bass response and it all comes at a very reasonable price.
Glenn became involved with audio electronics and speaker building under the tutelage of the station engineer for the local public radio station in Baton Rouge, LA. During college, he earned pocket change by modifying Dynaco and other vacuum tube electronics. When the compact disc came out, he (foolishly) sold his vinyl collection and spent the next decades trying to recover the magic that was lost. Finally, with the implementation of hard-drive based digital music files, the joy of music has been "recovered". Glenn's daughter inherited his love of music and completed her bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance! Glenn is a safety consultant and continued to pursue better and better home audio and home theater performance. Although he has not enjoyed vinyl for many years, he is still of the opinion that only the very best digital systems can compete with a good phonograph record. Glenn's musical tastes are very broad…. electronica (Lords of Acid, Republica, & African Head Charge), popular music (including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry & LMFAO), small ensemble music (Atlantic Brass Quintet and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields), large orchestra music, vocalists, jazz, rap and anything not heard before. His A/V environments are constantly changing, but include multiple brands of speakers, power amplifiers, preamplifiers and DACs along with his Oppo BD93.