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Best of Awards for 2017

SECRETS Best of Awards 2017

The Editorial Team spends several weeks debating and considering, which is challenging, as every year SECRETS has an opportunity to review great products across the many audio and video components and some products are truly outstanding. It is to the outstanding...

Anthem AVM 60 Preamplifier Processor

Anthem AVM 60 Preamplifier Processor Review

The Anthem AVM 60 is an 11.2 channel preamplifier-processor which supports both the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio formats, as well as the Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers. The AVM 60 includes Anthem Room Correction (ARC), DTS Play-Fi and is ready for 4K UHD TV and UHD Blu-ray with support for HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, HDR (high dynamic range), BT. 2020 wide color gamut, and Dolby Vision.

Shinola Runwell Turntable Review

The Shinola Runwell Turntable is the inaugural audio component from the Detroit, Michigan-based manufacturer, and with the help of turntable-legends VPI Industries, they have produced a very high quality turntable that will appeal to those just entering the world of vinyl playback, and vinyl veterans alike. With incredibly good looks, a built-in phono pre-amplifier, and stellar build quality, the Shinola Runwell Turntable provides a complete analog solution.

LG HF80JA Laser DLP Projector

LG HF80JA Laser DLP Projector Review

LG ups the ante in portable displays with its HF80JA Laser DLP Projector. It features a single DMD chip and a 20,000-hour laser light engine rated at 2000 lumens. It can project an 80” diagonal image from just over eight feet away turning your living room into a theater in seconds. With a built-in speaker, all you need add is a source. Or use the LG SmartOS streaming interface to download your favorite content over its built-in Wi-Fi.

Vacuum Tube Audio M-125 Mono-Tube Power Amplifier Review

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?

Vizio P65-E1 Ultra HD TV Review

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.

BenQ HT1070A 3D DLP Projector

BenQ HT1070A 3D DLP Projector Review

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.