Home Entertainment - Pre-amps &amp; Processors http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/33/0 en Denon Announces Major Hardware and Firmware Upgrade http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577 <p><strong>3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Pass-Through, Audyssey and Dolby Upgrades Added</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Denon Electronics is offering owners of its flagship AVR-5308CI A/V receiver and AVP-A1HDCI MultiMedia preamplifier a major hardware and firmware upgrade that will provide full 3D pass-through capability, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey DSX and Dolby PLIIz.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;We are very excited to bring these leading-edge features to owners of our flagship products, noted Jeff Talmadge, Director, Product Development &amp; Systems Integration, Denon Electronics. &quot;Early adopters who purchased these components nearly 4 years ago bought them with the confidence that they would experience the very best home entertainment for years to come. This upgrade opportunity is yet another example of how Denon is committed to ensuring that our customers are ‘future ready' and remain at the leading edge of all the latest performance-enhancing technologies.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577#comments Tech Talk News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:22:26 -0800 MarkE 22577 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Proves Everything Old is New Again http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, the 60-year old audio manufacturer, has announced a new range of elite hi-fi separate components with a style reminiscent of the company's classic stereo models of the 1980s. All three models, the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, incorporate Onkyo's new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC) to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference.Despite being beyond the normal range of human hearing, frequencies above 100 kHz are susceptible to clock pulses and other forms of distortion from digital devices., Such distortion in the super-high frequency range can generate &quot;beat interference,&quot; which in turn affects the character or atmosphere of the original sound.</div> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:32:47 -0800 MarkE 22508 at http://www.hemagazine.com IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit Streams HD, 3D, Digital Audio Content From up to Six Devices http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22445 <p>IOGEAR has debuted the Wireless 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Media Kit (GW3DKIT), which wirelessly streams HD audio/video and 3D content up to 100 feet away.  Six different A/V devices can be connected and stashed away for discrete performance, making the GW3DKIT a hub of digital home activity. </p> <p>According to the manufacturer, the Wireless 3D Media Kit broadcasts with almost no latency and no interference from nearby wireless routers. Content can be streamed to a total of four wireless 3D receivers, simplifying the process of setting up multi-room or multi-display environments with additional freedom to install displays in non-traditional locations without worrying about line-of sight placement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22445">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22445#comments Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products Multiroom Audio/Video News Pre-amps &amp; Processors Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:05:15 -0800 MarkE 22445 at http://www.hemagazine.com Meridian Introduces New Compact Active Loudspeaker, Controller System http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423 <p>Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of two new products, the DSP3200 Compact Digital Active Loudspeaker and the Audio Core 200 Stereo Audio Controller. The DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeakers are designed to echo the lines of Meridian's flagship DSP8000 and are the most compact Meridian loudspeakers designed to date.</p> <p>DSP3200 Active Speakers<br />The manufacturer touts its Meridian's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies as &quot;delivering powerful, room-filling sound with the performance of a conventional system many times the size.&quot; Featuring a wide-range driver that allows the DSP crossover frequency to be well outside the speech band, the DSP3200 delivers an effortless, open and spacious sound, even at high listening levels, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the DSP3200's digital signal processing provides dynamic bass protection with accurate transients. The DSP3200 is designed for a wide range of room positions - on or in furniture, on floor stands or on wall brackets and is offered with two high-gloss paint finishes; high-gloss white and high-gloss black.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22423#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Speakers Thu, 20 Jan 2011 11:30:59 -0800 MarkE 22423 at http://www.hemagazine.com Airplay Capability Now Available on Denon and Marantz Components http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421 <p><strong>Users Can Unleash Their iTunes® Music Libraries, Stream Songs from iPhone®, iPad<sup>TM</sup> or iPod Touch® Devices to Denon or Marantz Systems </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Denon Electronics, the 100 year-old technology innovator and Marantz America, a leader of advanced home entertainment solutions, have announced the availability of AirPlay music streaming capability on nine network-capable audio/video components in their respective lineups, making the A/V receivers the world's first to include AirPlay capability. Given the availability of the newly launched Apple iOS 4.2 update to its mobile operating system, owners of AirPlay-compatible Denon and Marantz components may now stream songs directly from their iTunes music libraries, as well as music stored on their mobile devices, though their Wi-Fi enabled networks from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.* The AirPlay upgrade is available at both the Denon and Marantz websites for $49.99.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421#comments Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products News Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:12:51 -0800 MarkE 22421 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sensio Expands 3D Content Viewing http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22338 <div style="text-align: justify">Press releases today from Sensio Technologies, Inc. report three major announcements regarding 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup>. These advancements will be launched at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, beginning this coming Thursday, January 6, 2011.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Press Release 1:</p> <p>With the current dearth of 3D content, SENSIO has negotiated the rights to an extensive and varied library including independent movies, documentaries, and blockbusters, which it will encode in the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D format, to be distributed through the video-on-demand (VOD) platform of RoxioNow<sup>TM</sup>, a major player in OTT services. Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices incorporating the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D decoder will be able to offer viewers access to this expanding library of 3D content.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22338">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22338#comments Tech Talk News Other Video Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Video Talk Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:30:14 -0800 MarkE 22338 at http://www.hemagazine.com Revolutionary Aelius Hybrid Power Amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285 <div style="text-align: justify">Aaudio Imports, an importer of esoteric audio products, will be exhibiting the Aelius, a new high-performance push-pull hybrid monoblock power amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece, at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Capable of driving any loudspeaker, the hybrid Aelius combines single-ended triode (SET) amplification with the power of push-pull amplification. According to Aaudio, SET amplifiers help instruments and voices retain their natural presence, making listeners feel they are hearing real music played by real people. Music flows in a way that happens only in live unamplified performances. Operating in Class A, where current flows independently of the audio signal, they deliver a sound that makes it easier to feel music's inherent drama and momentum. The Aelius is said to provide a tonal palette of immense width, producing clear, undistorted music that brings listeners as close as possible to the actual music event.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22285#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Wed, 22 Dec 2010 07:51:46 -0800 MarkE 22285 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Vinyl Corner: Parasound Ships Halo Phono Preamp http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241 <div style="text-align: justify">Parasound, the San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production run of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier. Nearly 20 years ago Curl also designed the Vendetta Research SCP2B that is still regarded by many audiophiles as the preeminent phono preamp. As of this writing, the JC3 is so new, we beat the Parasound website to the punch; we could find no reference to it yet.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">The new Parasound Halo JC 3 is a high-performance dual-mono phono preamplifier. Like all phono preamplifiers, the JC 3 must multiply the tiny audio signal generated by a high-end low-output moving coil or moving magnet phonograph cartridge and make it strong enough to deliver to the input of a line level preamplifier. The JC3 uses the smallest possible amplifier circuit and the least amount of copper to reduce potential noise and distortion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:38:53 -0800 MarkE 22241 at http://www.hemagazine.com Classé SSP-800 and CT-SSP Are Now 3D-Ready with HDMI 1.4 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22165 <div style="text-align: justify">Classé Audio recently unveiled new HDMI 1.4 video capabilities in its updated SSP-800 and CT-SSP Surround Sound Processors. They are now available with the new video board. The new board has five full-featured HDMI 1.4 inputs and two outputs, which support all standard 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> video resolutions and formats plus HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channel) and ARC (Audio Return Channel).</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;The SSP-800 and its rack-advantaged twin, the CT-SSP, are the most successful products in Classé history,&quot; said Dave Nauber, Executive VP, Brand Development. &quot;They have the right technology, performance and price. Adding new HDMI 1.4 capabilities will ensure they remain the processors that everyone wants to own.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">According to Classé, the original video board was designed in such a way that it could be easily replaced, making upgrades to existing units both possible and straightforward. The new video board fits in the original rear panel space. It adds a fifth HDMI input by eliminating two S-Video inputs, deemed no longer necessary. Upgrade kits sell for $1,500 and are available through authorized Classé dealers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP for SSP-800 and CT-SSP is $9,500 each.</p> <p>For additional information about <a href="http://www.classeaudio.com/" target="_blank">Classé Audio visit:</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22165">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22165#comments Hot Products News Pre-amps &amp; Processors Tue, 30 Nov 2010 07:27:43 -0800 MarkE 22165 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Launches Heavy Artillery Flagship Separates http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, known for its home theater receivers, has expanded its product line to include three new flagship, THX Certified separate components.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The PR-SC5508:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">A THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified, 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup>-ready, network-capable, 9.2-channel audio-video controller. The PR-SC5508's video performance comes in the form of HQV Reon-VX processing, 1080p upscaling, and individual ISF calibration capability for all video sources. This THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified system offers height channels, setup calibration, and state of the art processing from Dolby, THX, DTS, and Audyssey, including the latter's new MultEQ XT 32. The PR-SC5508's connectivity options includes 8 HDMI inputs, dual USB's, two balanced line-level XLR audio inputs, and nine XLR preamp outputs. The networking features offer DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 compatible connection to PC audio and Internet radio. The system is configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, Mediafly, Slacker, Napster, VTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.</p> <p> <strong>The PA-MC5500:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">This nine-channel THX-Ultra2 certified analog power amplifier is 8-ohm rated at 150 Watts per channel, and up to 400 Watts dynamic power into 3 ohms. It utilizes Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) design philosophy, which proscribes low negative feedback, low distortion, extended frequency response, and a power supply with high instantaneous-current capability. To achieve all this, the PA-MC5500 uses large, custom output transistors in push-pull configuration and a massive power supply consisting of a large toroidal power transformer and two 22,000 µF storage capacitors. A three-stage inverted Darlington circuit preserves sonic subtlety. The 51-lb PA-MC5500 has a rigid, anti-resonant chassis, gold-plated inputs and outputs, plus multi-zone and bi-amp capability to allow full utilization of all channels no mater what the system configuration.</p> <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>The BD-SP808:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo's THX Certified and DLNA 1.5 Certified Blu-ray Disc Player features Video On Demand, premium Marvel Qdeo<sup>TM</sup> video scaler, and studio-master quality Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio<sup>TM</sup> sound. A highly rigid chassis and a balanced, center-mounted drive minimize vibration. An Ethernet port enables interactive Profile 2.0 BD-Live features such as picture-in-picture and web-sourced firmware updates. An SD card slot allows playback of downloaded web content or stills and video from a digital camera. In HDMI Source Direct mode, the player can output the video signal in its native resolution for optional external processing.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MSRP: PR-SC5508 Controller $2,199, PA-MC5500 Amplifier $1,699, BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player $599</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information visit <a href="http://onkyousa.com/" target="_blank">www.onkyousa.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016#comments Blu-ray Players Amplifiers Hot Products Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:48:34 -0700 MarkE 22016 at http://www.hemagazine.com Integra Debuts New Line At CEDIA http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21879 <div style="text-align: justify">Integra has introduced a range of new audio-video components specifically engineered for custom installation, which are now being shipped to its dealer base of custom installers and systems integrators. The new products will be shown at the 2010 CEDIA Expo held in Atlanta, GA., which opens Thursday. The new lineup consists of four AV receivers, two AV controllers, and two Blu-ray disc players.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21879">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21879#comments Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:28:47 -0700 MarkE 21879 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon AVR-4311CI 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel <p>Denon’s new A/V receiver, the AVR-4311CI, is now available and has been chosen as a finalist in the 2010 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards. </p> <p>The 9.2-channel Network receiver includes a variety of advanced features. It has the Audessey MultEQ 32 Room Correction, which has 32 times the resolution quality than that of the current MultEQ XT system. Additionally, it has Audessey’s new Sub EQ HT that allows the AVR-4311CI to have access to the highest level of audio playback quality. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel#comments Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:18:08 -0700 liz123 21867 at http://www.hemagazine.com Parasound Upgrades Preamplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/parasound_preamp_preamplifier_JC <p>Parasound has a new preamplifier, which stems from the company’s widely acclaimed Halo JC 2 stereo preamplifier. This new version is called the JC 2 BP. Parasound’s new preamp now includes a home theater bypass function that allows the device and its companion power amplifier and speakers to be connected as the front left and right-channels of a surround sound system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/parasound_preamp_preamplifier_JC">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/parasound_preamp_preamplifier_JC#comments Pre-amps &amp; Processors Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:24:40 -0700 liz123 21865 at http://www.hemagazine.com Linn Majik DS-I Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review <p><strong>Brèagha ceòl: Linn's new Majik DS-I combines the best bits of their digital player, preamp and digital amplification, all squeezed into one package. </strong></p> <p>To be honest, I think Linn is an odd company. </p> <p>Looking at their product lines, you have to wonder if they lack a decent spell-check or are just lifting names straight out of the Ikea catalog. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:38:36 -0700 geoffm 21815 at http://www.hemagazine.com Wadia 151PowerDAC mini Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review <p><strong>Don't let the size fool you</strong></p> <p>Wadia is the maker of one of my favorite products of the past few years: the <a href="/node/Wadia_170iTransport_Review" target="_blank" title="Wadia 170iTransport">170iTransport</a>, the only digital iPod dock. </p> <p>It was clearly a success for them, as the 151PowerDAC mini was designed to match up with the 170, with a nearly identical form factor. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:05:23 -0700 geoffm 21783 at http://www.hemagazine.com Micromega AirStream WM-10 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Micromega_AirStream_WM-10_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Wireless DAC </strong></p> <p>The AirStream is an interesting product. </p> <p>It's a wireless DAC, nothing more, but in its standard setup the way it goes about it is rather quirky. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Micromega_AirStream_WM-10_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Micromega_AirStream_WM-10_Review#comments Product Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:03:29 -0700 geoffm 21780 at http://www.hemagazine.com Simaudio MOON 300D Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON_300D_Review <p><strong>10 Best winner, scaled down and spruced up</strong> </p> <p>The 300D is, for the most part, the DAC portion of the 10 Best Award winning MOON i3.3 Integrated Amp. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON_300D_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON_300D_Review#comments Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:02:22 -0700 geoffm 21781 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com Hegel H100 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review <p><strong>Mix together one part amp and one part DAC and you get Hegel's H100 Integrated Amp.</strong> </p> <p>I am loving the influx of high-end audio gear that plays nice with computers. </p> <p>It's taken long enough, but it seems like the audiophile companies are embracing computer-based digital audio for the future that it is. <br />    <br />Whch brings us to this, the Hegel H100 Integrated Amp. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:20:11 -0800 geoffm 21462 at http://www.hemagazine.com McIntosh 60th Anniversary Special Edition System Review http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>The 60th Anniversary Limited Edition C22 Tube Preamplifier and MC75 Tube Monoblock Power Amplifier aren't exact replicas of the originals—they're better! <br /></strong><br />McIntosh is commemorating its 60th anniversary with 120 sets of its legendary C22 stereo preamplifier and MC75 monoblock power amplifiers for the U.S. market. Like the re-born, retro-styled, Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, these components look the part and seduce the eye with classic styling, but inside, they feature modern design touches.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Pre-amps &amp; Processors Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:05:29 -0800 geoffm 21416 at http://www.hemagazine.com Marantz SC-7S2, MA-9S2, and SA-7S1 Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Marantz goes for truth in nomenclature with their new Reference series <br /></strong><br />The Reference Series is Marantz's no-holds-barred line of audio components, which includes several amps, preamps, integrated amps, control amps and disc players.  </p> <p>The flagship components in my review system are two MA-9S2 monaural power amplifiers, the SC-7S2 Control Amplifier and the SA-7S1 CD/SACD player.</p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:41:34 -0800 geoffm 21414 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fatman iTube Red-i and Peachtree Audio Nova Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>When Digital Met Analog</strong></p> <p>Ditch the transistors and go tubing with old-fashioned, oh-so-analog vacuum tube audio gear from Peachtree Audio and Fatman.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Speakers Mon, 19 Oct 2009 03:18:00 -0700 geoffm 21367 at http://www.hemagazine.com Anthem Statement D2v Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Anthem_Statement_D2v_Review <p><strong>No ifs, ands, or Buts</strong></p> <p>Writing this review is causing me stress. I know the first rule of modern product reviewing: “Always have a good ‘but’.” Sure you can wax breathlessly for a good thousand words about a product, but you’d better wrap things up with a snarky caveat: “The image generated by this display is fantastic, but really, the manufacturer should have built in a Cuisinart.&quot;</p> <p>Honestly, though? I’ve got nothing. If I have but one complaint about Anthem’s new Statement D2v A/V Processor, it’s that it didn’t come into my life sooner.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Anthem_Statement_D2v_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Anthem_Statement_D2v_Review#comments Product Reviews Pre-amps &amp; Processors Tue, 29 Sep 2009 02:16:29 -0700 geoffm 21333 at http://www.hemagazine.com Dolby Pro Logic IIz vs. Audyssey DSX vs. DTS http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Wall of Sound: Three new surround formats from Audyssey, Dolby and DTS aim to bring your theater sound to a whole new dimension. Literally.</strong></p> <p>You want me to buy <em>more</em> speakers? Yeah, I get that. To be honest, that was my first thought when I heard about height speakers. Just a gimmick, right? </p> <p>Well, to find out, I journeyed up and down the California coast visiting the headquarters of the formats’ creators.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX#comments Product Reviews Other Features Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:18:06 -0700 geoffm 21319 at http://www.hemagazine.com Bel Canto CD-2, Dac3, and REF500 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Bel+Canto_CD-2_Dac3_REF500_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Sonic Solutions</strong></p> <p>I’m just guessing, but Bel Canto’s founder and CEO John Stronczer must be a contrarian. Don’t get the wrong idea, he’s a perfectly nice guy; it’s just that Bel Canto’s compact, lightweight, cool running e.One Series components use just a tiny fraction of the AC power consumed by their hotter-running, bigger and heftier competition. </p> <p>Bel Canto does things differently.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Bel+Canto_CD-2_Dac3_REF500_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Bel+Canto_CD-2_Dac3_REF500_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:44:42 -0700 geoffm 21137 at http://www.hemagazine.com