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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

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Sep 18, 2017

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
BenQ HT8050 DLP Projector Reviewed

Sep 11, 2017

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
RSL C34E In-ceiling Speaker Reviewed

Sep 06, 2017

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... Continue Reading
Etymotic ER4XR In-ear Monitors Reviewed

Sep 04, 2017

Pass Labs HPA-1 Stereo Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

In this week's featured review, we explore the HPA-1 from Pass Labs. The HPA-1 is a solid-state analog stereo preamplifier and a headphone amplifier with an MSRP of $3,500. Continue Reading
Pass Labs HPA-1 Stereo Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 28, 2017

Marantz AV7703 11.2-Channel AV Processor Reviewed

Brian Kahn explores Marantz's AV7703, an ISF-certified 11.2-channel processor with support for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, UHD/HDR pass-through, hi-res audio streaming, Audyssey MultEQ32 room correction, and more. Continue Reading
Marantz AV7703 11.2-Channel AV Processor Reviewed

Aug 21, 2017

LG UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell reviews the UP970, LG's first entry in the Ultra HD Blu-ray category. The UP970 is the first sub-$300 player scheduled to support Dolby Vision HDR, but it lacks other features found in similarly priced players. Continue Reading
LG UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Aug 14, 2017

AudioControl Maestro M9 Home Theater Processor Reviewed

Dennis Burger puts AudioControl's Maestro M9 processor to the test. This 7.1.4-channel home theater processor features Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding, support for HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Dirac Live room correction. How does it perform? Follow the link to find out. Continue Reading
AudioControl Maestro M9 Home Theater Processor Reviewed

Aug 09, 2017

Mytek Brooklyn DAC Reviewed

After producing pro audio products for nearly two decades, Mytek has become a more common name in consumer circles--thanks in... Continue Reading
Mytek Brooklyn DAC Reviewed

Aug 07, 2017

Nuvyyo Tablo DUAL Over-the-Air HD DVR Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell auditions Nuvyyo's Tablo DUAL over-the-air DVR, which features two tuners, 64 GB of internal storage, and the ability to stream OTA content to mobile devices and most major streaming media platforms. Continue Reading
Nuvyyo Tablo DUAL Over-the-Air HD DVR Reviewed

Aug 02, 2017

Google Chromecast Ultra 4K Media Bridge Reviewed

Google's Chromecast technology has pretty much become ubiquitous since we reviewed the original media bridge back in 2013. Chromecast built-in... Continue Reading
Google Chromecast Ultra 4K Media Bridge Reviewed

Jul 31, 2017

MartinLogan Cadence Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Sean Killebrew auditions MartinLogan's Cadence three-channel soundbar, which uses a total of nine drivers and features HDMI video pass-through, Anthem Room Correction, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and DTS Play-Fi. Continue Reading
MartinLogan Cadence Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Jul 26, 2017

PSB Imagine XA Dolby Atmos Speaker Module Reviewed

Partnering with speaker manufacturers to develop the Atmos-enabled speaker module with up-firing drivers was probably one of the smartest things... Continue Reading
PSB Imagine XA Dolby Atmos Speaker Module Reviewed

Jul 24, 2017

Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Reviewed

Dennis Burger explores Rotel's RAP-1580 surround amplified processor--which is basically an AV receiver sans tuner section that features seven channels of Class AB amplification and supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and 4K/HDR pass-through. Continue Reading
Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Reviewed

Jul 19, 2017

Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Samsung's Sound+ HW-MS650 ($399.99) is a three-channel soundbar that uses nine built-in speakers (three tweeters and six mid/bass drivers), each... Continue Reading
Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 Three-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Jul 17, 2017

Polk Signature S55 Floorstanding Speakers Reviewed

The name Polk invokes a certain brand promise--one of quality and value built over a long history of fine products... Continue Reading
Polk Signature S55 Floorstanding Speakers Reviewed

Jul 12, 2017

MartinLogan Bravado Wireless Speaker Reviewed

Sean Killebrew auditions MartinLogan's Bravado wireless speaker, which features dual Folded Motion tweeters, a five-inch aluminum woofer, a 200-watt Class D amp, Anthem Room Correction, and support for both DTS Play-Fi and AirPlay. Continue Reading
MartinLogan Bravado Wireless Speaker Reviewed

Jul 05, 2017

LG Sound Bar Flex SJ7 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

LG's new Sound Bar Flex SJ7 ($399.99) is a three-piece surround sound system that includes two speaker units and a... Continue Reading
LG Sound Bar Flex SJ7 2.1-Channel Soundbar Reviewed

Jul 03, 2017

Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Tower Speaker Reviewed

Bob Barrett reviews Emotiva's Airmotiv speakers--including the three-way T1 tower ($699/pair), the C1 center channel ($249), and the B1 bookshelf speaker ($299/pair). Continue Reading
Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Tower Speaker Reviewed

Jun 26, 2017

JVC DLA-X970R D-ILA Projector Reviewed

Adrienne Maxwell explores JVC's THX-certified DLA-X970R e-shift projector, which supports both High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut technologies and has a rated light output of 2,000 lumens. Continue Reading
JVC DLA-X970R D-ILA Projector Reviewed

Jun 21, 2017

Pandora Premium Music Service Reviewed

I have long been a fan of Pandora's free music streaming service. While I have apps for Spotify, Apple Radio,... Continue Reading
Pandora Premium Music Service Reviewed

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