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BenQ HT8050 DLP Projector Reviewed

BenQ HT8050 DLP Projector Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell reviews BenQ's HT8050 DLP projector, one of the first to incorporate the new 4K chip from Texas Instruments. This THX- and ISF-certified single-chip DLP projector has a rated light output of 2,200 lumens and a rated dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1--but how does it compare with its rivals in the 4K-friendly market? Continue Reading

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MartinLogan Illusion ESL C34A Center-Channel Speaker Reviewed

MartinLogan Illusion ESL C34A Center-Channel Speaker Reviewed

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing MartinLogan's Expression ESL 13A, an electrostatic speaker that uses a relatively large panel to reproduce everything over 300 Hz in a dipolar radiation pattern. As electrostatic systems differ significantly from traditional speaker designs,... Continue Reading


RSL C34E In-ceiling Speaker Reviewed

RSL C34E In-ceiling Speaker Reviewed

Scott Schumer reviews RSL's C34E, a full-range in-ceiling speaker that uses dual 4.5-inch woofers and a single 0.88-inch cloth dome tweeter. This "edgeless" speaker carries an asking price of just $125 each. Continue Reading


Etymotic ER4XR In-ear Monitors Reviewed

Etymotic ER4XR In-ear Monitors Reviewed

Etymotic Research didn't jump on the headphone bandwagon. Rather, the company helped hitch up the horses and get the wagon rolling. With roots in acoustic research and hearing aid design, Etymotic developed its first high-performance, noise-isolating earphone, the ER4, back... Continue Reading


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CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up

CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up

The annual CEDIA Expo--which celebrates high-end home theater, whole-house AV, and all things custom-oriented--took place recently in San Diego. Adrienne Maxwell and Dennis Burger discuss the latest trends and new products on display. Continue Reading


Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor?

Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor?

AV technology is always advancing (sometimes quite quickly), and that means some pieces of gear inevitably get left behind. Do you own a product that became obsolete far sooner than you would've preferred? Continue Reading


Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews?

Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews?

One question we get from some of our most loyal readers is, "How come there aren't more negative reviews on the website?" Jerry Del Colliano answers this question and gives more insight into our review process. Continue Reading


Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently?

Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently?

Looking for a pressure-free way to audition the latest AV gear? Check to see if your local specialty retailer hosts regular listening or AV demo events. Adrienne Maxwell describes a recent event she attended at Colorado's ListenUp store. Continue Reading


Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services?

Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services?

Amazon has launched its Smart Home Services to provide in-home setup and tech support in limited markets. Should specialty AV retailers be worried? Jeff Berman asks industry analysts for their take. Continue Reading


Making the Case for Wireless Headphones for Audiophiles

Making the Case for Wireless Headphones for Audiophiles

The headphone category is booming, and wireless headphones are the way of the future. But can audiophiles embrace them? Jerry Del Colliano makes the case for why they should. Continue Reading

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Sep 20
Origin Announces Terrestrial Line Array Outdoor Speaker System At the recent CEDIA Expo, Origin showed off its latest partnership with Bang & Olufsen: the Terrestrial Line Array outdoor...

Sep 19
Anthem Debuts STR Stereo Preamp and Amp Anthem has announced the new STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier, which will join the STR Integrated Amplifier in the...


Sep 18
Pioneer Introduces Elite SC-LX502 AV Receiver Pioneer will add a new 7.2-channel AV receiver to its Elite line this month. The $1,099 SC-LX502 supports Dolby Atmos...

Sep 16
Paradigm Introduces the Décor Custom Collection of On-Wall Speakers Paradigm has introduced the new Décor Custom Collection of on-wall speakers, which are customizable in both size and channel configuration....

Sep 15
Definitive Debuts New Demand Series Bookshelf Speaker Line At last week's CEDIA Expo, Definitive Technology showed off a new bookshelf speaker line. The Demand Series, which will replace...


Sep 14
Epson Announces LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw 1080p Laser Projector At the recent CEDIA Expo, Epson showed off a new ultra-short-throw 1080p projector that uses a laser light source, which...

Sep 13
Apple Introduces Apple TV 4K and iTunes 4K Content Apple has finally joined Roku, Amazon, Google, and NVIDIA in offering a streaming media player that supports 4K and HDR....

Sep 12
HARMAN Shows Off New Lexicon Electronics at CEDIA 2017 It's been awhile since we've seen new electronics from the Lexicon brand. At last week's CEDIA Expo, HARMAN showed off...

Sep 11
JVC Announces 2017 D-ILA Projector Lineup At last week's CEDIA Expo, JVC unveiled its 2017 trio of 1080p D-ILA projectors that uses updated e-shift technology to...
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