The B&W 803 D3 is part of a top-to-bottom, revolutionary rethink of an iconic speaker line. It features cutting edge speaker technologies combined with avant-garde styling to bring the end user something truly special, both visually and sonically.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audeze's iSine 10 creates a new category of earphones. Most headphones and earphones are minor variations on well-established themes. Audeze's iSine 10 is more "mashup" than "variation." In the iSine 10, Audeze fit an open back planar magnetic driver into an…earphone?
HiFiMAN’s Shangri-La electrostatic headphones break the sound barrier and took 20 years to develop. The headphones come with a pure Class A fully balanced headphone amplifier that uses 300B triode tubes in the output stage, producing a warm lush midrange that is simply beyond beyond.
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.
Whole-house audio gets easier and better with each new product introduction. Today I’m looking at the Bluesound Pulse 2 All-In-One Streaming Music System. It combines a BluOS streaming player with a DirectDigital tri-amplifier, premium speakers, and support for nearly every music format including MQA. It’s the ultimate in convenience, quality sound, and high-end styling. The lifestyle audio product genre may have to shoot for a newly elevated benchmark.
The JWM Acoustics Alyson AML is a custom built, studio quality monitor loudspeaker that has beautiful looks and beautiful sound. Originating as a true monitoring speaker for recording engineers the JWM Acoustics Alyson AML is designed to deliver the highest fidelity from the recorded source. Aesthetics and technology are combined in this loudspeaker in a unique way that makes this speaker compelling for the discerning music lover. Will this beautiful looking speaker scale the lofty expectations of a critical, musicians ear?