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Dec 05, 2009

Polk R150 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The black vinyl clad R150 may look like just another black box, but its 0.75 inch silk dome tweeter and 5.25 inch mineral-filled polymer composite midrange/woofer blend nicely to form a system that favors warmer recordings with less bass content. Continue Reading
Polk R150 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk RTi A1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Polk RTi A1 bookshelf loudspeaker sits solidly in the middle of the Polk product line at $339.95 per pair. At 89 dB efficiency the A1 is easy to drive with an airy top end, and a natural midrange that was low on listener fatigue and high on musicality and finesse. Continue Reading
Polk RTi A1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

With a pair of 5.25 inch bi-laminate organic fiber cone midrange/woofers, the TS1200 can create a wide deep image with fairly precise imaging. It needs some space away from the wall to sound its best, since it has more bass extension than many small speakers. Continue Reading
Polk TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

The SS-B3000s "presented a surprisingly lively, crisp sound with decent warmth and depth." The sound had "good overall coherence" while the bass "held together well overall and kept pace with the overall presentation." This model "plays loud when asked" and "offers more technology and design than typical low-budget bookshelf speakers." Continue Reading
Sony SS-B3000 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Nov 26, 2009

Pioneer Elite EX Series In-Wall/In-Ceiling Loudspeakers

Known more for their AV receivers and KURO plasma HDTVs, Pioneer Elite has a full line of affordable in-wall speakers that are worth of consideration for the value minded consumer. Read the HomeTheaterReview.com review here. Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite EX Series In-Wall/In-Ceiling Loudspeakers

Nov 16, 2009

Rotel RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Integrated amps are great for those looking to get a little audiophile, without going all tubey. The RA-1520 from Rotel doesn't even have a screen, but has several analog and digital inputs. We test it out. Continue Reading
Rotel RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 16, 2009

Parasound 5250 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

The new Parasound 5250 five-channel power amp not only has 250 watts for each of its channels, but it is THX Ultra-2-Certified, ensuring it performs among the best in its class. We put the big amp through its paces. Continue Reading
Parasound 5250 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 16, 2009

Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

You have to be impressed with the look of this Vizio soundbar with its polished ends and sexy looking hardware. Add in a wireless (there is an AC power plug) subwoofer and you start to see why Vizio is also eating up market share in the soundbar category. Continue Reading
Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer Reviewed

Nov 09, 2009

Definitive Technology Mythos 7 On-Wall Speaker Reviewed

This center channel speaker will blend in seamlessly with any home theater environment. The low-end audio from the speaker "is far superior to almost any other center channel speaker in the same price range" according to our reviewer. Essentially, this mid-range priced speaker includes many elements of higher-end design elements... Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Mythos 7 On-Wall Speaker Reviewed

Nov 09, 2009

Benchmark DAC 1 HDR Reviewed

The aptly named Benchmark DAC 1 HDR has the well-earned reputation as "the one to beat" even among far pricier DACS. This $1,895 wonder is smaller than a shoebox yet has all the functionality of a DAC and a preamp, making it an ideal candidate for any superior high-end desktop or computer-based system. Continue Reading
Benchmark DAC 1 HDR Reviewed

Nov 08, 2009

Krell FBI Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

For those looking for an integrated amp that has all of the guts and glory of a big separates system comes the Krell FBI. The Fully Balanced Integrated has the beef to power up nearly any load known to man right from on chassis. Read the Brian Kahn review here. Continue Reading
Krell FBI Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 04, 2009

Definitive Technology UIW 75 In-Wall Speaker Reviewed

One of the primary functions of a first-rate in-wall speaker is its ability to disperse superb high-end audio to every... Continue Reading
Definitive Technology UIW 75 In-Wall Speaker Reviewed

Nov 04, 2009

Outlaw Audio ECS-10 Subwoofer Reviewed

The ESC-10 maintains a compact footprint, "yet packed the punch that fans of Outlaw subwoofers have come to expect." Even though this model is a lot smaller than most subwoofers, it did not impair "the amazing amount of adroit bass audio that I was experiencing." The design is "nice and compact while still giving off a feeling of raw power" Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio ECS-10 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 31, 2009

Conrad Johnson CT5 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

For half the price of their flagship model, the CT5 delivers much of the same sonics. With its lush midrange and large detailed soundstage, the CT-5 delivers exceptional performance through its single-ended only outputs. Continue Reading
Conrad Johnson CT5 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 29, 2009

Energy ESW-V10 Subwoofer Reviewed

While watching movies, the ESW-10 "did an impeccable job of dispersing the low-end needed during action sequences" while at the same time "delivered a nice amount of bass elements during all of the movie's louder musical sequences." The appearance of this model makes it "one of the most attractively designed subwoofers on the market today" Continue Reading
Energy ESW-V10 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 27, 2009

Audio Research Reference 3 Preamplifier Reviewed

Superlatives tend to abound in any review of an Audio Research component, but the Reference 3 is special even among Audio Research preamps. Astoundingly good, it can serve as the heart of a truly exceptional audio system. Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference 3 Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2009

Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

The retro good looks of the Cary SLP-98L feature exposed vacuum tubes, and hand-soldered point-to-point wiring. With stunning sonics the SLP-98L rates high on the performance to price ratio. The reviewer was so impressed by the SLP-98L that they bought one. Continue Reading
Cary Audio SLP-98L Preamplifier Reviewed

Oct 26, 2009

Bryston 2B SST Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Boasting one of the best warranties in the business and the reputation as one of Canada's best amps (along with Anthem and Classe) Bryston is a recording studio and movie theater standard. Home theater enthusiasts and audiophiles alike love the somewhat dry sound of these powerful yet controlled amps. Read the Jerry Del Colliano review here. Continue Reading
Bryston 2B SST Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 20, 2009

Canton Chrono SL 580 DC Loudspeaker Reviewed

OK, I admit it. I am attracted to tall, slim and beautiful...loudspeakers. No surprise, then, that the new Canton Chrono... Continue Reading
Canton Chrono SL 580 DC Loudspeaker Reviewed

Oct 19, 2009

PSB Imagine T Loudspeaker Reviewed

The PSB T system is an entire line of speakers that can be used equally well in a two channel or home theater system and PSB offers multiple options for all speakers in a home theater. PSB is known for great value and the host of models allows this system to be customized to your needs. Continue Reading
PSB Imagine T Loudspeaker Reviewed

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