The Vacuum Tube Audio (VTA) M-125 Mono-Tube Power Amplifiers offer performance rivaling products up to five times their price. But to get that performance, one has to give away some features. So how hair-shirt an audiophile are you? For those willing to read the owner’s manual, the Vacuum Tube Audio M-125 mono-tube power amplifiers offer amazing sound for the money – but are you up to the challenges?
Today, I’m checking out the newest generation of Vizio’s P-series, the P65-E1 Ultra HD TV. It’s a 65” VA panel with 128 backlight zones, 3840x2160 resolution, HDR10 & Dolby Vision, extended color, built-in Chromecast, and Vizio’s own SmartCast streaming interface. For just $1700, it delivers reference-level image quality and easy access to lots of content thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and four HDMI 2.0 inputs.
Can projectors get any cheaper? I’ll answer that question today when I check out BenQ’s HT1070A 3D DLP Projector. It’s an update to the HT1070 which I reviewed earlier this year. The new model has 2200 lumens versus its predecessor’s 2000 and costs $50 less. It retains the convenience of a small, portable chassis with a quiet fan and great image quality. 3D? Yeah, it’s got that too.
The MartinLogan Motion SLM X3 is a thin, wall mountable speaker to be used under or near a flat screen TV. The Motion SLM X3 is flexible in that it can stand alone on a shelf or mantle. Using high performance drivers and crossover, the MartinLogan Motion SLM X3 is designed to deliver uncompromising performance for the movie and music lover.
The MartinLogan Crescendo X is a stylish looking and great sounding networked speaker that can bring you your music from a variety of sources, whether they be wired or wireless. It incorperates the latest Blutooth functionality, is AirPlay certified and can be controlled in depth through the DTS: Play-Fi app on either Android or iOS devices.
The McIntosh MA8900 stereo integrated amplifier follows a long line of classic solid-state integrated amplifiers from McIntosh. It features high power, autoformer speaker-coupling, and the usual generous array of McIntosh controls; all implemented with state-of-the-art technology. The McIntosh MA8900 offers the classic Mac sound, looks, and quality for the twenty-first century.
The Zappiti One 4K HDR media player is an innovative and feature-complete movie playback solution for the home. Think of the Zappiti One similar to a Sonos audio system but for video, with the ability to add devices in other rooms to view your videos...
The line between portable and dedicated home theater displays blurs when considering BenQ’s HT3050 3D DLP Projector. It’s small and light, and only costs $899, yet it provides super-accurate output, artifact-free 3D, and optics superior to many more expensive models. I’ll be running it through my benchmarks and viewing tests today.
What is the NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player? A handsome computer exclusively for music; it has software, hardware, storage, a touch-panel screen, a CD drive, and connects to the internet - Steve Jobs couldn’t have envisioned it any better. It combines the legacy NAD M50 Digital Music Player and the M52 Digital Music Vault into one all-digital component.
In the ultra-competitive market for mid-range receivers, the Onkyo TX-NR676 stands out due to the company’s commitment to audiophile quality sound over gimmicks.
Today, I’ll be testing my first Ultra HD DLP Projector, BenQ’s HT9050. Part of the CinematicColor series, it offers a 20,000-hour LED light engine with DCI-P3 color and lens shift in a premium-built chassis. Thanks to its generous output, it can easily anchor a medium to large theater providing high-end quality for your Ultra HD Blu-ray movie...
The Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer sports not one, but two 18-inch drivers on opposite sides of its CNC-milled box. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) ICE plate amp of the Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer provides a continuous 1700 watts (4300 watts, peak). The 137-pound subwoofer is competition for any residential subwoofer on the market, and is a bargain for the price.
NAD’s Director of Advanced Development, Bjorn E. Edvardsen, has been so pleased with the Hypex UcD Class D tech from the D 3020 integrated amplifier, that he uses this “hybrid digital” module in the new NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier. Along with this sleek technology comes some other interesting advancements, such as built-in Chromecast and Wi-Fi streaming capabilities. It may not win any design awards for aesthetics, but the NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier can still deliver the sonic goods and can drive almost any speaker on the market.
The Fluance AB40 High-Performance Soundbase comes in as advertised. It is a well thought out and extremely uncomplicated piece of hardware for those who want stereo sound without multiple boxes and a mess of wires. It features 90 Watts in Class D, 6 Drivers, Bluetooth streaming and it sounds great to boot!
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.