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Dec 31, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

These attractive looking and compact speakers reminded our reviewer why he loves bookshelf speakers: "fantastic midrange presence and definition with a nimble, sweet tweeter, all in a compact package." He also found the 685s "are among the best spatially, "throwing a wide and well-defined soundstage that is anything but vague and/or artificial..." Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins 685 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 31, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins XT4 Loudspeaker Reviewed

B&W's lifestyle speakers the XT4's are aesthetically designed to fit into a modern design scheme while offering the sound B&W is famous for. These speakers can easily be paired with a matching center channel, surrounds and subwoofer for use in an ultra sleek home theater. Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins XT4 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Reviewer Andrew Robinson was thoroughly impressed with the M12s, stating that "for late night or ambient music listening, I'm not sure it gets better than the M12 for the money." It possess a "full-bodied, rich sound that has a delectable midrange and a very sweet and detailed high-frequency response that doesn't become harsh or fatiguing..." Continue Reading
Revel Performa M22 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Velodyne SMS-1 Subwoofer Processor Reviewed

The SMS-1 is a "standalone device that uses powerful software to analyze and compensate for room anomalies, which reduce the performance of your subwoofer." Reviewer Jim Swantko note that the difference the SMS-1made to his system was "jawdropping". It is extremely powerful and easy to operate Continue Reading
Velodyne SMS-1 Subwoofer Processor Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Vudu Internet Based Movie Service and Server Reviewed

Since being sold to Wal-mart as their in-house video streaming service, VUDU's has since dumped its smutty porn channel which was a VHS-like draw for many of its competitors. Read a review of the original service and server here. Continue Reading
Vudu Internet Based Movie Service and Server Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

As a company, Outlaw is committed to affordable excellence and the LCRs are no exception. It "looks far more impressive than its price" especially "when you consider the level of control and customization packed into such a compact and affordable speaker." While the music playback is excellent, the LCRs "can rock a film soundtrack and/or explosion like nobody's business..." Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio LCR Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

It's not uncommon for a consumer electronics giant to have various product offerings tailored to a variety of different consumers... Continue Reading
Revel Concerta M12 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Concerta F12 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Concerta F12 is one of the smallest first generation Revel speakers. Offered at a budget price but with the same upper end as the larger models in the Concerta line this can still be a great speaker especially when well mated to a subwoofer. Continue Reading
Revel Concerta F12 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 30, 2008

Revel Performa F52 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

The largest of the mid-level first generation Revel speakers, the F52 had solid full range performance with a simple cabinet design. These speakers got the same treatment as all Revels with matched drivers to ensure each speaker perfectly matched their standard. Continue Reading
Revel Performa F52 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 29, 2008

JBL Studio L Series L890 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

A four way design with super tweeter to handle the ultra high frequencies it offers an open sound in a visually slender cabinet. JBL didn't stop their the speaker is front ported making placement close to the rear wall easy and offers plenty of wiring flexibility too. Continue Reading
JBL Studio L Series L890 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 29, 2008

JBL Studio L820 On-wall Loudspeaker Reviewed

JBL is known for making party speakers but with the L820, they have begun to produce on-wall speakers for the first time. The results are impressive as our reviewer noted that the L820 "acts more like a full range tower than any satellite subwoofer combo ever will"... Continue Reading
JBL Studio L820 On-wall Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 29, 2008

JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

The L830s were described as "one dynamic loudspeaker despite its size." Its bass performance was described as "solid and a tad more robust than most bookshelf speakers in its class." Overall, it was deemed a "solid performer, featuring a full-bodied, natural midrange with a smooth, albeit lively, top end." Continue Reading
JBL Studio L Series L830 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Dec 28, 2008

Parasound Halo A52 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Andrew Robinson reviews the five channel Parasound Halo A52 power amplifier. His thoughts? If you are in the market for a home theater on a budget, you will be happy with what Parasond offers. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo A52 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 28, 2008

Parasound A51 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Parasound are masters of high-performance, high-value amplifiers. Andrew Robinson tries out the A51 five channel power amplifier and found the amplifier to live up to the company's reputation. Continue Reading
Parasound A51 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 04, 2008

B&W Signature Diamond Loudspeakers Reviewed

When a speaker maker like B&W makes a signature diamond model you have to expect the best. From the design and attention to detail of the cabinets to the sound produced by them I want it all. To see if these will meet all your needs. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
B&W Signature Diamond Loudspeakers Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Okoro OMS-LX100 Media Center PC Reviewed

During the era of Windows Vista and before Apple really got their act together comes the Okoro OMS-LX100 PC-based media server. While lacking some of the key features like a Satellite TV tuner - this computer is designed to work right in your AV system. Continue Reading
Okoro OMS-LX100 Media Center PC Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Apple Mac mini Media Center Reviewed

One of the most cost effective and easy to use ways to set up a music server based system is to start with an Apple Mac Mini. Perfect for setting up iTunes and powering a network of AppleTVs, iPads, iPods and iPhones. Continue Reading
Apple Mac mini Media Center Reviewed

Nov 23, 2008

Ayre Acoustics MX-R Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

At 300 Watts-per-channel - the new Ayre Acoustics MX-R reference monoblock amps are truly an audiophile aspirational component. With American made quality and quick bass - audiophiles are easily sucked into the sound. To hear more about what Jim Swantko thought read the full review here. Continue Reading
Ayre Acoustics MX-R Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 09, 2008

Definitive Technology Mythos 2, 3 & Gem Speakers Reviewed

The Mythos line features cutting edge design that fits in well with modern flat panel televisions and has been engineered to be equally adept at handling music and movies. Our reviewer said they provide "exceptional sound quality regardless of placement"... Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Mythos 2, 3 & Gem Speakers Reviewed

Nov 09, 2008

Escient Vision Series Multiroom Media Server Reviewed

While parent company Denon & Marantz pulled the plug on media streaming company, Escient, not too long ago - in their day they made some pretty robust music and media serving devices that competed with the ReQuests of the world. Continue Reading
Escient Vision Series Multiroom Media Server Reviewed

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