Reviews

Torus Power AVR20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer

Torus Power AVR20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer Review

Torus Power makes power isolation transformers for all applications. Their lineup includes the TOT, RM, AVR and wall-mount series. These products provide surge suppression and power isolation for high quality audio or home theater systems. The AVR20 model reviewed here is rated up to 20-amps and features automatic voltage regulation. It not only protects your equipment, but it allows your system to shine like never before.

Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block Amplifiers Review

Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block Amplifiers Review

The Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block amplifiers offer the highest performance and technology currently available from their extensive lineup. With a mas -0sive power output of 850 watts, this hybrid tube/transistor design provides an extremely accurate reproduction, with virtually none coloration found in some all-tube or all solid-state designs.

ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System Review

The ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System is a stylish and well-designed speaker line whose components can deliver resounding performance when used either individually or as a complete system. Designed by acclaimed speaker engineer Andrew Jones, ELAC’s Uni-Fi line is available in two versions. We are reviewing the “Slim” versions, which were originally designed for the European market and have narrower front baffles with deeper overall cabinets and two satin paint finishes. The “Standard” versions have wider front baffles, are not quite as deep and have a different brushed vinyl finish. Both versions are said to sound identical although the “Slims” command a higher price due to the aesthetics. Be assured though, the price-to-performance ratio of either version is quite exceptional. Thank you ELAC. It’s good to have options!

McIntosh D1100 2-Channel Digital Preamplifier Review

I know many audiophiles who have ditched their analog-based music setups and gone strictly digital. Whether that means entirely computer-based (be that MAC or PC), network-attached storage (NAS)-based, large racks of round plastic discs (CDs), or a combination of the above, these folks no longer use a single analog-based device. Their music lies entirely within the realm of zeros and ones. It is for this customer that McIntosh has designed their new D1100 2-Channel Digital Preamplifier.

Shure M97xE Phono Cartridge Review

If you're looking for a good quality mid-level phono cartridge to enable your dreams of vinyl nirvana (on a budget), then the Shure M97xE is definitely worth your consideration. While perhaps not the most revealing cartridge in the world, the Shure M97xE does provide a few notable features and has a sound signature that many should find to be smooth and fatigue-free. It has a particular knack for taming brighter recordings and, overall seems to be an excellent value and a solid, engaging performer.

Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Retro Receiver

Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Retro Receiver Review

Whether you are into streaming high resolution music, USB audio files, Internet Radio, or prefer to play vinyl records, the Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Retro Receiver will deliver great sound quality while giving your audio rack a distinctive retro look.

Edifier RT1280T

Edifier RT1280T Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

The Edifier RT1280T is a new brand of speakers that is finding advocates among people looking for inexpensive high-quality audio. The Edifier RT1280T powered bookshelf speakers retails for less than a hundred dollars and packs a punch in a nicely designed device that could be used with a computer, small stereo system or even as a plug in to a phone or media player. It consists of two speakers, one containing a power amp for both speakers, all the connecting cables for output and input, along with a mini remote.

BenQ MH530FHD Compact DLP Projector

BenQ MH530FHD Compact DLP Projector Review

Today, I’m looking at BenQ’s latest compact DLP projector, the MH530FHD. It offers 3300 lumens claimed brightness along with 3D, plenty of connectivity, and a compact lightweight chassis. It achieves high output with a whisper-quiet fan. 3D fans will enjoy its bright presentation and independently-adjustable 3D picture mode.

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Fluance Signature Series Hi-Fi Three-Way Floorstanding Speakers Review

Just how much speaker can one get from only $699.00? The Signature Series floorstanding speakers from the Niagara region of Ontario aim to deliver as much as possible from that low price, cramming dual 8” drivers, a custom midrange and tweeter into a 4’ tall 60-Lb box. While this is an internet only speaker company with no showrooms the free one-way shipping makes it easier to demo these speakers in your own listening room. Something that should be done with every speaker which is not always an option with dealer offered products.

MartinLogan Forte Amp

MartinLogan Forte Amp Review

High resolution wireless playback using DTS Play-Fi and Apple AirPlay is combined with high-power in the MartinLogan Forte amp. Wireless streaming is easy to set up and use with the Forte amp. Compatibility with other manufacturer’s components and speakers allows the Forte amp to be used in any situation and home wi-fi. Superb sonics round out the Forte amp’s strengths.

Legacy Signature SE

Legacy Audio Signature SE Tower Speakers Review

In an effort to bring the critically-acclaimed sound quality of their Focus SE speakers to a larger audience, Legacy Audio has created the Signature SE Tower Speaker. Sporting very similar drivers in a smaller cabinet, the Legacy Audio Signature SE strives to bring the big Legacy sound to those with smaller rooms or a lower budget.