AudioControl’s new Maestro M9 Surround Sound Processor handles every available consumer surround codec, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It utilizes Dirac Live room correction and employs a host of automation features which make it the ideal nerve center for a high end home theater.
When I reviewed the original HiFiMAN HE1000 Planar Magnetic Headphones about two years ago, I was pretty much bowled over by their performance, looks and sound quality. They were, at the time, the best pair of headphones that I had ever heard and still remain amongst a handful of reference headphones that I would consider as my all-time favorites. Ever the busy little bees that they are, the engineers at HiFiMAN have not seen fit to leave well-enough alone and recently released the HE1000 V2. The updated model is said to incorporate several modifications gleaned from customer feedback along with HiFiMAN’s general desire to keep refining their designs.
The Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones represent the top of the company’s offering, and exemplify their 50+ years of developing reference-level audio equipment. With very high quality audio reproduction featuring strong bass characteristics, the P9 Signature Headphones also offer up a high level of styling, craftsmanship, and comfort.
The image quality of UltraHD Blu-ray continues to meet and exceed expectations with every new disc release. Building upon the success of their UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray disc player, OPPO has introduced the UDP-205. Ultra HiDef videophiles can now enjoy the audiophile experience with this...
Soundbars come in many different sizes and configurations, but the new MartinLogan Cadence offers many more features that set it apart from the competition. With assistance from the MartinLogan Dynamo 700w subwoofer, the Cadence offers excellent sound quality for both movies and music. Add to that wireless network connectivity, three HDMI inputs, one HDMI out, two optical, and two RCA inputs with a sub out and you have the fixings for a veritable “Swiss Army Knife” of soundbars.
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.
When you want greater accuracy and precision from a display, the best solution is an outboard video processor. The Murideo Prisma Video Processor supports 3D look-up tables and advanced image enhancement for any flat panel or projector. Not satisfied with your display’s color? The Prisma can fix it for you!
You know a format has arrived when Oppo makes a player for it. Today I’m looking at the all-new UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. UHD Blu-ray discs offer an exceptional visual improvement over HD Blu-ray and look significantly better than 4K streaming. New content continues to flow from the studios bringing the ultimate audio and video experience into the home.
Part of the BenQ Home Theater line, the BenQ HT1070 3D DLP Projector sports a single-chip light engine with 3D, optional wireless HDMI, built-in audio, and a compact form factor. Don’t let its small size fool you. The HT1070 packs some seriously high accuracy, sharp optics, amazing picture quality into its diminutive chassis...
While turntables have become so ubiquitous that the news of any new model is pretty much white noise, it’s time to pay attention. Starting with a price around $1600, the GEM Dandy PolyTable is George Merrill’s gauntlet and it’s nothing short of superb.
Enthusiasts covet sound quality above all, while others prioritize convenience. The NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier bridges the gap between audiophile and lifestyle products. This smart-amp incorporates advanced amplifier technology from the Masters Series along with an optional BluOS module that pulls music in from the Internet and your personal library. It’s just as comfortable playing your most treasured vinyl as it is pulling in alt-rock from iHeartRadio.
The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones are very convenient in their portability: they have a 17-hour battery life. Their luxurious appointments bring a high sense of styling and fashion to their design. But does high fidelity audio reproduction get sacrificed in the interest...