Kieran Coghlan

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.

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Bluesound PULSE Soundbar Preview

Bluesound, a division of the Lenbrook Group (who also own NAD and PSB), released their PULSE Soundbar last year, and recently announced a subwoofer designed to go with it. Their products all run wirelessly in conjunction with smartphone...

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Xiaomi Mi Box Review

The product category of “media player” continues to grow and cross over with media streamers and media servers. “Smart” apps, once the realm of “smart” TVs, are now the primary feature in media players, game consoles, HDTVs and almost every other device that connects to your home entertainment system.

Xiaomi Mi Box Preview

Xiaomi Mi Box Preview

As part of my ongoing search for the do-it-all media player box, I recently picked up a Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV. The tiny Mi Box runs Android TV, Google’s software answer to the likes...

DIY Media Server and DVR Review

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!

Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver

5.1, 7.1, 9.2... even 11.2 and beyond. Yes, I'm talking about the numbers of channels available in multi-channel home theater systems. It seems to be getting out of control, don't you think? Well, Yamaha may have the prescription for your multi-channel nausea: good, affordable, old-fashioned 2-channel stereo, done right. In this review, we take a look at their R-S700 Stereo Receiver. For many folks, two channels is enough.

Yamaha RX-A2000 7.1 A/V Receiver

I've been using a Yamaha receiver in my home theater for well over a decade. The fact that I've been happy with the sound from this receiver for so long though, speaks volumes for the quality Yamaha built into their receivers back then. Although I have reviewed one of their entry-level receivers, I decided it was time to take a look at one of their better, current offerings, the RX-A2000 to see how far they have advanced in the past decade.

Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player

“Convergence” is a buzz-word in the consumer electronics industry that we have heard a lot about over the last two years. The idea is that eventually, all our media and information needs will be handled by just one super-appliance in the home. Sony's PS3 was possibly the first significant step toward an off-the-shelf convergence device. Home Theater Personal Computers (HTPCs) are custom built boxes that also approach the convergence ideal.

Sennheiser HD 238 Precision High Resolution Stereo Headphones

Let me start this review by getting a few things clear: I am not, or was not anyway, what I would consider a true audiophile. I also am not (or was not) much of a headphone user. All this changed when I got the chance to spend a couple months with the Sennheiser HD 238 Stereo Headphones. Have you ever had a toy or product that just made you giddy every time you got to use it, and you ended up loosing track of time because it was so enjoyable? The HD 238s have been that for me.

Yamaha RX-V665 7.1 A/V Receiver

Part of what I enjoy most about this hobby is helping other people get into it. Given that, I'm a big fan of mid- to entry-level home theater equipment, since most people asking for advice about their first system are not looking to dole out beaucoup bucks, especially in this economy. Yamaha has a great history with their A/V receiver product line, with many excellent products in the mid- to entry-level range.