Home Entertainment - Product Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Review: The Sonos iPad APP http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22786 <p style="font-size: 140%">With a little practice, anyone can control all their music easily.</p> <p><img style="float: left" src="http://www.electronichouse.com/images/uploads/ipad.JPG" alt="Sonos' iPad app" hspace="10" vspace="5" /></p> <p>Are you, like I am, tired of fighting with your sluggish and ill-behaved laptop computer? Are you fed up with juggling multiple remote controls when switching between Pandora, the radio, and your personal music library? When you get home from work and all you want to do is unwind to some relaxing tunes, the last thing you want to do is battle with temperamental technology. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, waiting for the solution to our (very) common problem, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. There’s just no other way to say it: <a href="http://www.sonos.com/">the SONOS Controller</a> for iPad makes music fun again.</p> <p><strong>Free*</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22786">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22786#comments Product Reviews Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:26:34 -0700 Administrator 22786 at http://www.hemagazine.com Review: Peerless HD Flow Wireless High Def. http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22741 <p style="font-size: 140%"><strong>Easy-to-use product lets you cut the HDMI cord.</strong></p> <p><img style="float: left" src="http://www.electronichouse.com/images/uploads/HD_flow_group.JPG" alt="Peerless' HD Flow Wireless" hspace="10" vspace="5" /></p> <p>There’s a time and a place for everything, unfortunately you can’t always find the time or the place to run a new HDMI cable clear across your house or your ceiling to hook up a home theater projector or a flat panel TV. Wouldn’t it be nice to connect said gear wirelessly?</p> <p>Well, of course it would, but that’s like saying wouldn’t it be nice to get an actual photo of bigfoot. It doesn’t sound so hard, but then why don’t people do it every day? Wireless high def has been launched, tried, retracted and tried again several times over the past few years. A few TVs have been shown with wireless HDMI built in, but the concept has never really caught on commercially, despite how excited people get at the CES press conferences.</p> <p>So let’s say I was slightly skeptical when the <a href="http://www.hdflow.com/">Peerless HD Flow</a> product showed up. Peerless primarily makes mounts for projectors and flat panel TVs, so why should the company care about wireless high-def transmission? Probably because if it were easier to get signals anywhere in the house, people would be more likely to put projectors and TVs anywhere in the house.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22741">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22741#comments Product Reviews Thu, 14 Jul 2011 06:06:24 -0700 Administrator 22741 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Media Center Unveiled Today http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007 <div style="text-align: justify">Today, Western Digital (WD) announced the debut of its new Live Hub media center. Actually, it was unveiled at a press bash at Siren Studios in Hollywood, last night. Awesome party. Live Hub's 1 TB hard drive will store music, videos, vacation slideshows, photos and other personal entertainment. For you non-techies, a terabyte is in excess of over one thousand gigabytes. That's big. Sporting 2 USB ports, Live Hub is also expandable. Live Hub supports a wide variety of video formats. It is also a media server - connection to your home network via Ethernet gives you access to video streaming, photos and music from any Mac, PC or material on the Internet. Video can also be streamed to a WD TV Live media player or any DLNA/UpnP compatible TV, Blu-ray player or game console. Users also can stream content from their WD TV Live Hub media center to iPads<sup>TM</sup>, iPhones® or Android<sup>TM</sup>smartphones using third-party applications. It is also compatible with Windows® 7, including the &quot;Play To&quot; feature.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007#comments Product Reviews Home Automation &amp; Remotes Multiroom Audio/Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 26 Oct 2010 06:51:48 -0700 MarkE 22007 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Poetry of Motion http://www.hemagazine.com/Martin_Logan_Motion_Series <p><strong>MartinLogan’s newest loudspeakers have us questioning the old adage about getting what you pay for</strong></p> <p>The sad fact of the matter is that most readers of Home Entertainment will take one look at the prices of MartinLogan’s new Motion Series loudspeakers and never even consider auditioning them. That’s a curious thing to say, perhaps, in a publication that has reviewed and enthusiastically endorsed speaker systems with stickers comparable to a Porsche 911 Carrera 4, but without the installment plans or leasing options.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Martin_Logan_Motion_Series">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Martin_Logan_Motion_Series#comments Product Reviews Speakers Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:01:30 -0700 liz123 21845 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 iPad @ hOme http://www.hemagazine.com/iPad_Home_Automation_Control_Apps <p><strong>Sure it's cool and trendy, but what can the iPad do for the A/V Enthusiast? Well, quite a lot it turns out.<br /></strong><br />Somewhere after the time the fanboy lines abate and before it cures cancer or something, the iPad turns out to be a ridiculously useful device for the ePerson. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/iPad_Home_Automation_Control_Apps">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/iPad_Home_Automation_Control_Apps#comments Product Reviews Home Automation &amp; Remotes Other Features Fri, 09 Jul 2010 01:55:48 -0700 geoffm 21805 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pass Labs INT-30A Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review <p><strong>The Pass Laboratories INT-30A integrated amplifier doesn't do much, and that's what makes it great!</strong></p> <p>I've probably reviewed well over a hundred amplifiers, but I can't say I've ever really heard one. I'm always listening to an amplifier driving a speaker, so the sound is really the combination of the two. </p> <p>I'm pretty sure Nelson Pass has not only listened to more amps and speakers than I have, he's designed more than a few of my favorite high-end amps. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Fri, 02 Jul 2010 02:37:18 -0700 geoffm 21791 at http://www.hemagazine.com HiFi Digital Audio http://www.hemagazine.com/HiFi_Digital_Audio <p><strong>Digital Audio<br />Analog Sound<br /></strong><br />Everyone has music on their computer. </p> <p>The question though, is what’s the best way to get it from there to your ears? </p> <p>We take a look at how it all works and poke at three DACs vying for your attention while we're at it. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/HiFi_Digital_Audio">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/HiFi_Digital_Audio#comments Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Other Features Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:05:38 -0700 geoffm 21778 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 Zu Audio Essence Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Zu_Audio_Essence_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Zu Audio's Essence speaker breaks almost every high-end design rule and sounds all the better for it!</strong></p> <p>A great speaker should make you feel like you're there, with the music. That's the idea, but it almost never happens, even with some of the very best speakers money can buy. </p> <p>They can sound great, but they rarely sound like the real thing. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Zu_Audio_Essence_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Zu_Audio_Essence_Review#comments Product Reviews Speakers Mon, 14 Jun 2010 02:22:01 -0700 geoffm 21760 at http://www.hemagazine.com AT&T U-verse 3D Review http://www.hemagazine.com/ATT_U-verse_3D_Review <p><strong>World Cuppage</strong></p> <p>This morning ESPN 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> broadcast their first real program, the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, a game between South Africa and Mexico. </p> <p>Using a new Panasonic VT25 series plasma, I take a look at this next generation of television.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/ATT_U-verse_3D_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/ATT_U-verse_3D_Review#comments Product Reviews 3D Other Video Gear Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:51:12 -0700 geoffm 21758 at http://www.hemagazine.com Bang and Olufsen Beosound in the Aston Martin DB9 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Bang_Olufsen_Aston_Martin_DB9_Review <p><strong>Hi-fi at 190</strong><br /><br />Bang &amp; Olufsen finds space in the Aston Martin DB9 for 13 speakers and 1,000 watts. <br /><br />Geoff finds happiness.</p><p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Bang_Olufsen_Aston_Martin_DB9_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Bang_Olufsen_Aston_Martin_DB9_Review#comments Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Other Features Speakers Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:56:15 -0700 geoffm 21746 at http://www.hemagazine.com Tunebug Vibe Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Tunebug_Vibe_Review <p><strong>Everything's a Speaker</strong></p> <p>The tiny Tunebug Vibe turns any flat surface into a speaker. </p> <p>No, really.</p> <p>And it works much better than you'd expect. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Tunebug_Vibe_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Tunebug_Vibe_Review#comments Product Reviews Speakers Thu, 27 May 2010 02:45:43 -0700 geoffm 21731 at http://www.hemagazine.com Russound Collage Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Russound+Collage <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Russound’s Collage Powerline Media and Intercom System sets a new standard for retrofit multiroom audio systems.</strong></p> <p>If Twitter-synched pet collars and Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet aren’t enough to convince you that we’re living in the future, consider this: I just installed two zones of distributed audio at opposite ends of the house in one fairly laid back Saturday afternoon. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Russound+Collage">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Russound+Collage#comments Product Reviews Home Automation &amp; Remotes Multiroom Audio/Video Plasma TVs Speakers Fri, 21 May 2010 02:07:55 -0700 geoffm 21710 at http://www.hemagazine.com Tannoy Kensington SE Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Tannoy_Kensington_SE_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Tannoy's Prestige Kensington SE doesn't sound like any other high-end speaker; it's something else again. </strong></p> <p>I may have written hundreds and hundreds of speaker reviews, but I can pretty much guarantee that if someone asks me about the Tannoy Prestige Kensington SE speaker in 10 years I won't have a problem recounting this review. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Tannoy_Kensington_SE_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Tannoy_Kensington_SE_Review#comments Product Reviews Speakers Mon, 26 Apr 2010 01:55:35 -0700 geoffm 21684 at http://www.hemagazine.com Runco Q-750i Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Runco_Q-750i_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Dim bulb? How about no bulb!<br /></strong><br />Specialist video maker Runco QuantumColor Q-750i and Q-750d front projectors got a lot of attention at last year's CEDIA, as they’re the company’s first offerings that include a trio of high-output, light-emitting diodes that provide the light source, in lieu of the traditional high pressure lamp. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Runco_Q-750i_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Runco_Q-750i_Review#comments Product Reviews Projectors &amp; Screens Mon, 19 Apr 2010 02:52:55 -0700 geoffm 21674 at http://www.hemagazine.com Vivitek H9080FD Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Vivitek_H9080FD_Review <p><strong>LED will set you free<br /></strong><br />It's a beefy looking thing, this projector. It's not much larger than other high-end single chippers, but there's something about its boxy, ribbed design that makes it a little more commanding than others. This is a good thing, I think. If you're going to spend 15 large on a projector, it should look the part. </p> <p>Its claim to fame, though, is not its size or aesthetics, but its light source. Three little LEDs—making all the light needed to fill your big screen. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Vivitek_H9080FD_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Vivitek_H9080FD_Review#comments Product Reviews Projectors &amp; Screens Mon, 05 Apr 2010 02:18:11 -0700 geoffm 21651 at http://www.hemagazine.com Stewart Filmscreen Cabaret and StudioTek 100 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Stewart_Cabaret_StudioTek_100_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Big Big Screen</strong><br />Stewart Filmscreen's Cabaret and StudioTek 100 combine for a 130-inch big-screen experience.</p> <p>I scoff at your puny big screen. I am amused by your 42-, 50- and 60-inch TVs. These are not big screens. These are just TVs. Go big or go home as people I don't like often say. </p> <p>But go big I have, with a 130-inch diagonal screen. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Stewart_Cabaret_StudioTek_100_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Stewart_Cabaret_StudioTek_100_Review#comments Product Reviews Projectors &amp; Screens Mon, 15 Mar 2010 02:14:30 -0700 geoffm 21617 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon AVR-4810CI Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review <p><strong>All the bells and whistles<br /></strong><br />Reading the features list on modern receivers is like some sort of Tolstoy-esque torrent of acronyms and abbreviations. </p> <p>This is a good thing, believe it or not, at least when it's all implemented correctly. Denon has a strong history at being able to get it all to work together, so we take a look at their AVR-4810CI to run it through its paces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review#comments Product Reviews Receivers Fri, 12 Mar 2010 02:51:45 -0800 geoffm 21615 at http://www.hemagazine.com KEF XQ40 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/KEF_XQ40_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Coaxially Cool<br /></strong><br />The most common type of speaker design has a tweeter towards the top of the speaker and a woofer below it. Some speakers mix it up with a woofer above too, or maybe a mid-range in there somewhere. </p> <p>The XQ40 from KEF, like most of their speakers, does something a little different. The tweeter is <em>inside</em> the woofer. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/KEF_XQ40_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/KEF_XQ40_Review#comments Product Reviews Speakers Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:23:42 -0800 geoffm 21606 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sony VPL-VW85 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Sony_VPL-VW85_Review <p><strong>Something Old, Something New, Something Red, Green and Blue</strong></p> <p>I have this déjà-vu feeling that I've reviewed this projector before. And in some ways, I have. Much of this projector is very similar to the VW70 I reviewed last year, which itself was similar to the VW60 and the 50 and so on. </p> <p>Each generation, though, has had notable and noticeable improvements, each a step up from its predecessor. The new VW85 brings us a big jump not just in contrast ratio or brightness, but in resolution.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Sony_VPL-VW85_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Sony_VPL-VW85_Review#comments Product Reviews Projectors &amp; Screens Mon, 01 Mar 2010 02:12:06 -0800 geoffm 21594 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sonus faber Liuto Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonus_faber_Liuto_Review <p><strong>RocknRolla<br /></strong><br />Sonus faber may be a small Italian speaker company, but you can literally see its influence in the curvy look of various B&amp;W, KEF, Magico, Tannoy, Wharfedale and countless other speakers. </p> <p>Thanks to Sonus faber, the box is out and round is in. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonus_faber_Liuto_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonus_faber_Liuto_Review#comments Product Reviews Speakers Mon, 15 Feb 2010 02:40:34 -0800 geoffm 21573 at http://www.hemagazine.com THX II 5.1 Audio System in the Lincoln MKS Review http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Sync Sounds<br /></strong><br />I don't drive big cars. Hate them. In my book, if a car's going to weigh 4,300 pounds it better have a second car sitting on top of it. </p> <p>And despite all that, I was sad to see the MKS go. It's a fantastic ride, mostly due to the THX sound system and, gasp, Microsoft's Sync.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review#comments Product Reviews Blogs Other Audio Gear Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 09 Feb 2010 02:22:22 -0800 geoffm 21564 at http://www.hemagazine.com