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Dec 05, 2009

JBL ES20BK Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 10.3 lb. JBL ES20BK has a smooth modern look that also extends to its sonics. It's three-way design employs a "super-tweeter" that only begins operation at 12kHz. At only 86 dB efficient, the ES20 wants something better than a low-powered receiver to drive it. Continue Reading
JBL ES20BK Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch RB-61 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sitting second from the top of Klipsch's RB line of bookshelf speakers, the 22 lb. RB-61 delivers 95 dB efficiency making it ideal to mate with low-powered electronics. With slightly aggressive sonic profile, the RB-61 is ideal for electronic material. Continue Reading
Klipsch RB-61 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch Synergy B-2 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

For $250 per pair the Klipsch Synergy B-2 includes the company's signature Tractrix horn-coupled 0.75 inch aluminum dome tweeter and a 5.25 inch injection molded graphite midrange/woofer. With explosive dynamics and a warm midrange this easy to drive speaker can rock. Continue Reading
Klipsch Synergy B-2 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Klipsch Icon WB-14 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

At $599 per pair the Klipsch Icon WB-14 aims to provide a more balanced and less in-your-face overall sound. It's less directional than other horn designs and is better suited to wider variety of music than other models. It has less of a "horn sound' and more suavity as well. Continue Reading
Klipsch Icon WB-14 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk LSi7 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The venerable Polk LS series has been around since 2001. The two-way LSi7, which was developed with John Hopkins University, has two ports, one on the front and one on the rear, to reinforce it's lowest frequencies and increase it's power-handling capabilities. Continue Reading
Polk LSi7 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 05, 2009

Polk TSi100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Full of Polk's proprietary technologies, including dynamic balance drivers, flared ports, and a narrow front baffle, the TSi100 delivers a stylish exterior coupled with above average performance, with crisp high frequencies and a midrange relatively free of nasal colorations. Continue Reading
Polk TSi100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

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

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