JBL makes a dizzying array of products, from personal wireless earbuds to car audio for Ferrari to concert line-array speakers. One of its (relatively) small product lines is JBL Synthesis, a sub-brand focused on custom home theater...
Let me start with a disclaimer: In no way is this meant to be an all-encompasing primer on the electrical properties of copper, nor to compare super-cable “X” to super-cable “Y”. To me, one of the quickest and biggest audio “bangs for the buck” is upgrading the wire connecting...
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.
The new "X" line of M&K Sound subwoofers consists of three models: the X8, X10, and X12. When asked how the new "X" line subwoofers were different from the previous generation, Claus Glaesner, President of M&K Sound USA, replied, "These subwoofers are a major step up in every way from our previous subwoofers. The build quality, driver quality, and sound quality represent a new reference level of subwoofer that was previously not available on the market."
I've got a Pioneer receiver and a Polk sub along with Pioneer's Andrew Jones HT speakers. I want to place the electronics in a closet. I'm bouncing between the RedMere HDMI cables or cat6 with baluns for the TV. The sub will be 50 feet from the receiver. What are the best ways to get the signal to the sub using the LFE input?
- Don C
Robert's passion for audio was awakened at an early age by his father's purchase of a pair of original VonSchweikert Audio VR-4 floor standing speakers. Much like wine lovers (himself included) remember that first "Ah ha!" moment when they try their first "great" wine tastes a wine icon, this was his "Ah ha!" moment in audio. From this point on he was on a quest for what he considers "Audio Truth", a belief that the ultimate reproduction of sound is to produce the identical auditory experience as if it were live, without coloration, enhancement, refinement, or other influence imparted by audio equipment. As he has not found this "Audio Truth" yet, he has decided to share this quest with others by writing about it. Robert's reference setup includes a custom built "floating" room using the Cardas "Golden Ratio" for dimensions specifically designed for audio evaluation. His gear includes an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-Ray player, Jolida Glass FX tube DAC, Marantz AV 8801 pre/pro, Marantz MM 8077 multi-channel amplifier, Sony 1080p VPLVW60 Projector, and Stewart Filmscreen 130 Reference Screen. For home theater speakers, he has Definitive Technologies CLR2500BK 150 watt speaker for the center channel, Definitive Technologies BPXBK speakers for side and rear surrounds, and Definitive Technologies 1,500 watt SCIBK Super Cube Subwoofer all connected via 14AWG x 4 speaker cable. The front two channels are heavily modified Von Schweikert VR-7SE MKIIIs, with 4" thick cabinets, custom milled speaker isolation spikes powered by a Channel Island Audio D-500 MKII monoblocks on dedicated 20 amp lines direct to the breaker box. The VR-7's are connected to the Marantz pre/pro (in Home Theater bypass mode) via Mogami quad star balanced ICs, and to the CIA monoblocks via "shotgun" Master Built cables. Robert attended Baylor University where he met his wife (who beat him at fencing). He attended medical school at UTMB in Galveston, TX, served his Internship in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center. He is currently a practicing Radiation Oncologist in the Greater Atlanta area and enjoys fly-fishing, cooking, playing with his new daughter, and of course pursuing "Audio Truth". (and somewhere in there he went to culinary school)