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Best of September

September 30, 2009 By HE Staff

CEDIA, PL IIz vs. DSX and More

It was a big month here at Home Entertainment. At the top of the month we had CEDIA. Then there's our big Dolby Pro Logic IIz  vs. Audyssey feature, and of course some more High-End Headphones.

Those, plus reviews of speakers big and bigger, swoopy Italian amps, and more.

All the links after the jump...

Dolby Pro Logic IIz vs. Audyssey DSX vs. DTSDolby Pro Logic IIz vs. Audyssey DSX vs. DTS
Three new surround formats from Audyssey, Dolby and DTS aim to bring your theater sound to a whole new dimension. Literally.

You want me to buy more speakers? Yeah, I get that. To be honest, that was my first thought when I heard about height speakers. Just a gimmick, right?

Well, to find out, I journeyed up and down the California coast visiting the headquarters of the formats’ creators. more...

High-End Headphones
Head Games

Headphones sound fundamentally different than speakers. The sound is, after all, all in your head; with speakers, it's in the room. And that's the problem.

Room acoustics, your position relative to the speakers and the room itself dramatically affect the sound you hear. Room reverberation, reflections and standing waves—not to mention ambient noise—all conspire to blur detail and obscure quiet sounds. With headphones there's nothing between you and the sound.


Wisdom Audio Sage L75 Review
Skip the new sedan—the new Wisdom Audio Sage L75 Floorstanding Speakers are a better way to spend $31,000.

The L75 speaker system is part of Wisdom Audio's Sage Series, which has 20 in-wall, on-wall and floorstanding speakers. They are all hybrid speakers, so they incorporate newly designed, proprietary, thin-film planar magnetic drivers for mid and high frequencies and conventional drivers for bass. more...

NuVo Grand Concerto ReviewNuVo Grand Concerto Review
Music in eight rooms and looks to match the iPod.

The iPod has had the same transformative effect on multiroom audio that the Mac had on computers: Both changed an unfriendly, daunting entity into something the average person could relate to.

While many manufacturers have brought the iPod’s basic functionality to their remotes and keypads, few have captured the look and feel.

Count NuVo Technologies among the few who have escaped the black hole of generic white faceplates. more...

Viva Solista MkII Amplifier Review
The Light Fantastic

“See me, touch me, hear me!” Those would be the Solista MkII's first words, if it could talk. more...

Infinity C336 Tower Speaker Review
Twin Peaks

The beauty of owning a pair of floor-standing speakers that clock in at just under five-feet tall can be conveyed with just one word: POWERFUL. more...


The Beatles Stereo Remasters Review
Who doesn't want to know how these discs sound? more...

The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video)

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Restoration Hardware Custom Installation
A painstaking interior renovation combines with whole-house automation and a/v systems to redefine an 1853 Georgetown brownstone for the 21st century.

From Spec to Spectacular Home Theater
In a Difficult Housing Market, an Elegant Home Theater Can be Just the Thing to Turn “For Sale” into “Sold.” more...

A Barn Reborn Custom Installation
A deteriorating barn is transformed into a state-of-the-art home-entertainment space with original-looking beam work and warm, stained woods. more...


Savant TrueImage Control
The most intuitive visual interface... ever. more...

Bang and Olufsen R8 Spyder 5.2
Sorry. Audi. Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 more...


CEDIA 2009 WrapUpCEDIA 2009 WrapUp
Miss our CEDIA Expo Coverage?

By most accounts, this year's CEDIA Expo was not the ghost town most were expecting. In fact, there was a fair amount of traffic and quite a lot of cool new gear.

Check out the new products and news in our WrapUp. more...

Green Home Theater
Guilt-Free HT: Solar panels help get your theater off the grid.

All across the consumer electronics industry, manufacturers are looking for ways to make their products more energy-efficient. Power reduction is a great goal, but let’s talk about power generation.

If you could create enough clean energy to power all of your A/V components, then you could spend less time fretting over individual watts and more time enjoying the fruits of your theater’s labor. more...

There's no such thing as an LED TV
Pure Marketing Obfuscation more...


TV Stands and Media Racks

Denon DP-200USB Turntable Review

BG Radia BGX-4850 Subwoofer Review


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