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IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

— November 19, 2021 01:50

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators Review: Improving Your Loudspeakers Sound

IsoAcoustics GAIA Isolators proved there is real science behind the sonic benefits of decoupling and isolating your loudspeakers from the floor. I explore the results tested on Revel & RBH Sound speakers.

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Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

— July 05, 2020 05:00

Hayward Industries pHin Brings “Hi Tech” to Pool Care

Are you a high tech gear junkie with a pool? Check out Hayward Industries pHin Smart Water Monitor.The pHin checks your pool chemistry 1,000 times a week and send the results to your phone. Read on.

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Mytek Reboots With All-New Audiophile Product Lineup

— August 02, 2021 00:35

Mytek Reboots With All-New Audiophile Product Lineup

Mytek is on track to launch 9 new audiophile products before the end of 2021. The biggest change comes to the company’s streaming DACs, which now run on a new Mytek OS with an integrated Roon Core.

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Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 and EDGE NQ Are Now Roon Ready

— April 10, 2020 06:00

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 and EDGE NQ Are Now Roon Ready

Cambridge Audio’s CXN V2 network audio streamer ($1,099) and flagship EDGE NQ preamp ($5,000) are now Roon Ready, meaning they enjoy the highest level of Roon support and features. Read on.

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AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

— April 14, 2021 09:00

AirPlay 2 and Dolby Vision Arrive On Roku

Roku’s flagship streaming device, the Roku Ultra ($100) has been updated for 2020. Now with Dolby Vision on board, the Ultra is better equipped to compete with other streamers

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TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

— February 06, 2020 04:05

TiVo EDGE DVRs Deliver Dolby Atmos & Dolby Vision, Automatic Commercial-Skipping

TiVo released details on new products at CES 2020. TiVo’s EDGE DVRs are the company’s first offerings to support Dolby Vision 4K HDR video. They can also skip entire commercial breaks automatically.

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THX Launches Onyx, Portable MQA-DAC/AAA-Headphone Amp Review

— April 08, 2021 11:10

THX Launches Onyx, Portable MQA-DAC/AAA-Headphone Amp Review

THX has launched its first consumer product! Onyx is a portable DAC/Amp featuring MQA and THX's AAA amplifier topology in a portable USB-powered package. Read on to see how it compares to Audioquest.

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Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Review

Xavier Burgos — October 17, 2019 23:00

Fluance RT85 Reference High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Review

At $499 the Fluance RT85 turntable is touted to be a great bargain with amazing looks and a platform punching above its price point. Read the full review to find out if this was the case.

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Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

Gavin Baier — January 26, 2021 08:00

Can An All-In-One Turntable System Work? Plus Audio Review

The new +Record Player from Plus Audio is incredibly realistic for an all in one record player system. Is it worth the $1,600 price tag? Read our review to find out.

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Sony PlayStation VR & PS4 Review - Should You Go PS4 Pro or No?

Brandon Dimmel — October 09, 2017 00:00

Sony PlayStation VR & PS4 Review - Should You Go PS4 Pro or No?

The Sony PSVR virtual headset is an impressive looking device but is it worth adding to the aging Playstation 4? Read on to find out.

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Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

— December 31, 2020 00:00

Shielded Audio Cables Offer Quality without Snake Oil

If you're looking for high end 'snake oil free' speaker cables, check out Shielded Audio. This family run business prides itself on quality engineered audio cables without the nonsense.

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Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 D/A Converter Review

— April 19, 2016 10:00

Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 D/A Converter Review

The newly minted Optoma-NuForce brand has wasted no time getting new lines of hifi audio products to market. The DAC80 is the result of the company's push into high-end. Read on to see how it sounds.

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Arylic Brings Whole Home Audio To Your Favorite Speakers

— October 19, 2020 00:05

Arylic Brings Whole Home Audio To Your Favorite Speakers

We reviewed the Arylic Audio compact, affordable streaming pre-amplifiers (S10 & S50Pro) and an A50 amplifier that allow you to re-use existing speakers to transform your whole home audio.

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Apple Watch Sport Review

Eric Shelton — August 19, 2015 10:00

Apple Watch Sport Review

The Apple Watch Sport is a jack of all trades master of none device. The Apple Watch line has great potential but currently requires a software update to reach more of its potential.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

— May 20, 2019 00:00

Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR Streams Over-The-Air Broadcasts To Your Devices

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a DVR for over-the-air broadcasts. Starting at $230 will this allow you to finally cut the cord once and for all? Read on to find out.

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Line 6 AMPLIFi TT Guitar Effects Processor Review

Steve DellaSala — March 22, 2015 18:00

Line 6 AMPLIFi TT Guitar Effects Processor Review

The Line 6 AMPLIFi TT guitar effect processor is a groundbreaking product that allows any musician to connect to their home theater system or take a portable solution to their gigs. Read our review.

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The TiVo Bolt OTA Takes The Pain Out Of Cord-Cutting

— February 25, 2019 22:00

The TiVo Bolt OTA Takes The Pain Out Of Cord-Cutting

The TiVo Bolt OTA (Over the Air) is a DVR designed to record over-the-air broadcasts. Does it have the features you need to ditch cable? Read on to find out.

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Cable Keeper Review: A Hip Cable Organization Solution

— June 29, 2014 08:00

Cable Keeper Review: A Hip Cable Organization Solution

Product Review: The portable Cable Keeper is a functional and stylish cable organization and transportation solution for audio buffs, installers, and electronics junkies. Click to read more.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

— January 20, 2019 00:00

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube Lets Alexa Control Your Home Entertainment System

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one media streamer and voice-activated smart speaker. Can we finally ditch our remote controls and let Alexa handle all of our entertainment needs? Read on.

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Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/Preamp Review

— December 15, 2013 10:00

Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/Preamp Review

Review: The Emotiva Stealth DC-1 is a two channel preamp, DAC, and headphone amp all in one. The $500 price tag would be worth it for any 2 of those but Emotiva gave you all 3. Highly Recommended!

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Fluance Launches 4 New Audiophile Turntables at Great Prices!

— December 17, 2018 08:00

Fluance Launches 4 New Audiophile Turntables at Great Prices!

Canadian audio company Fluance released 4 new audiophile turntables recently: The RT82, RT83, RT84, and RT85 offer industry-leading build quality and high-end components at reasonable prices. Read on.

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DVDO Air3 Review: Wireless 3D HDMI for All!

— December 04, 2013 08:00

DVDO Air3 Review: Wireless 3D HDMI for All!

Review: DVDO Air3 Wireless HDMI Adapter. We ran it through its paces passing 3D HD audio and video. Results? It's not perfect, but is arguable the best wireless HDMI solution we have ever reviewed.

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Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

— September 25, 2018 08:00

Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

Denon released two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show. With advanced built-In phono equalizers and integrated sensor for precise speed these turntables might be for you.

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V-MODA BoomPro Microphone Review

— September 20, 2013 08:00

V-MODA BoomPro Microphone Review

Review: The V-MODA BoomPro is a mic upgrade for any headphones with detachable cables that have a standard 3.5mm plug at the headphone. The BoomPro performed well and are recommended.

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Control More With Control4: Entertainment And Automation Controllers

— August 26, 2018 11:00

Control More With Control4: Entertainment And Automation Controllers

If you want a complete and cohesive smart home experience, you need a home automation controller to run the show. Control4 has 4 levels of controllers (CA-1, EA-1, EA-3,and EA-5) compared herein.

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Leap Motion Touch-free Controller Review

— September 02, 2013 21:00

Leap Motion Touch-free Controller Review

The Leap Motion Controller is a touch-free motion controller for your Mac or PC. While I really like it, the Leap Motion is more of a curiosity than a necessity. At $80, it might be worth it to you.

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Monoprice Monolith Portable Headphones/Amps Preview

— July 06, 2018 00:00

Monoprice Monolith Portable Headphones/Amps Preview

The Monoprice Monolith USB DAC Headphone Amp, Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology, and M565C/M1060C Over-Ear Closed-Back Headphones are the newest editions to the Monoprice line.

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Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable Review

— June 03, 2013 11:45

Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable Review

This is a review of the Kimber Kable 8TC speaker cables. They measure, look and sound great.

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SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter Allows Audiophiles to Cut the Cord

— May 24, 2018 14:00

SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter Allows Audiophiles to Cut the Cord

The SVS Soundpath Wireless Audio Adapter offers an uncompromised wireless connection to run a pair of powered surround or mult-zone speakers or a powered subwoofer. Are you ready to cut the cord?

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Pimping Your Ride with Sony's XM-ZR704 Amp and XS-GTX Speakers

— February 20, 2013 22:00

Pimping Your Ride with Sony's XM-ZR704 Amp and XS-GTX Speakers

It's not often that you get a chance to "pimp" your ride, so when Sony suggested we take a look at their newest ZR Series amplifier and their GTX speakers, we ran out and immediately located a victim.

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5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

Zahub Shahid — April 08, 2018 21:00

5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

Looking for a budget friendly microphone for podcasting? We've compiled a list of the top 5 best microphones for under $100 that offer excellent performance for all your recording needs.

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Sony XAV-701HD A/V Receiver with Bluetooth Review

— December 02, 2012 21:20

Sony XAV-701HD A/V Receiver with Bluetooth Review

The new Sony XAV-701HD in-dash A/V receiver has a lot to offer today's tech-savvy customer. With all kinds of smartphone connectivity, it makes this unit an easy choice for those looking to upgrade.

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Mark Levinson № 515 Turntable Preview

— December 15, 2017 00:00

Mark Levinson № 515 Turntable Preview

Looking for a high end turntable to spin your vinyl? The new № 515 Turntable from Mark Levinson with cooperation from VPI Industries may be your answer. At $10k, it isn't cheap but plays the part.

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V-MODA Faders Tuned Earplugs Review

— August 15, 2012 07:35

V-MODA Faders Tuned Earplugs Review

The V-MODA Faders Tuned Earplugs are designed to protect both your hearing and your listening experience. At $20 a pair, anyone serious about protecting their hearing should have a pair of Faders.

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McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier Preview

— October 25, 2017 00:00

McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier Preview

Introducing the new MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier from McIntosh. One of the most coveted names in home audio is doubling down on the headphone market. Is it worth the price? Read on and decide.

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HardCandy Bubble Case for Kindle Fire Review

— July 16, 2012 21:35

HardCandy Bubble Case for Kindle Fire Review

I'm a fan of the Bubble Case for Kindle Fire by HardCandy. At just over two ounces, it doesn't add much to the weight of your device while offering a lot of protection. Overall - recommended.

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ALO Audio Continental V5 Portable Tube Amp Review

Smit Patel — August 11, 2017 09:00

ALO Audio Continental V5 Portable Tube Amp Review

The ALO Continental Dual Mono DAC/Amp has a plethora of features and options for customizability. This headphone amp offers compelling sound and the ability to drive a wide variety of equipment.

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Review: IOCell NetDisk 351UNE: But Will it Stream Media?

— November 29, 2011 16:45

Review: IOCell NetDisk 351UNE: But Will it Stream Media?

IOCell NetDisk SOLO NEWFAST 351UNE, which is enough names for two devices. But a clumsy naming convention is easily forgiven because, as we'll see, the 351UNE makes good on being fast.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review

— August 10, 2017 00:00

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review

Media streaming is a must have feature for a modern home theater. We look at the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV to see if they are a better alternative to streaming from your source device or HDTV.

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Jawbone JAMBOX Portable Wireless Speaker Review

— April 25, 2011 03:20

Jawbone JAMBOX Portable Wireless Speaker Review

On a recent visit to an Apple store, Jawbone's JAMBOX caught my eye. Could this little dynamo offer me the sound quality and convenient size I have been looking for to fill my hotel rooms with music?

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HiFiMAN SuperMini DAP Preview

— March 20, 2017 18:00

HiFiMAN SuperMini DAP Preview

HiFiMAN's new SuperMini DAP sports expandable memory up to 256 GB via micro SD card, 22 hours of playtime, and a MSRP of only $399. This might be the best all around lightweight DAP on the market.

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Grace Digital WiFi Micro System GDI-IRMS300 Review

— April 22, 2011 02:15

Grace Digital WiFi Micro System GDI-IRMS300 Review

Whether its Pandora, Rhapsody, Internet radio, or streaming music from your local Mac or PC, Grace Digital's Micro Bookshelf system seems to pull it off with a nice system that screams retro.

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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Tube Headphone Amp Review

Smit Patel — November 27, 2016 20:00

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Tube Headphone Amp Review

The Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 is a tube amp with a clear acrylic top and respectable build. For $1,100 this headphone amp is definitely something worth listening to. Read on to find out more.

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Dymo Rhino 5200 and 6000 Labelers Reviewed

— March 28, 2011 01:50

Dymo Rhino 5200 and 6000 Labelers Reviewed

Rhino has long been the professional's choice in label creation for quite some time. The new 5200 and 600 label systems offer flexibility and usability for CE professionals and custom A/V installers.

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Questyle QP1R Digital Audio Player Review

Smit Patel — November 05, 2016 19:00

Questyle QP1R Digital Audio Player Review

Featuring a 2.35 inch screen, beautiful aesthetics and hi-fi charm, the Questyle QP1R reinvigorates your audio files by instilling detail, speed and dynamism in its arsenal of sonic prowess.

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RipDigital Audio CD Ripping Service Review

— March 14, 2011 01:40

RipDigital Audio CD Ripping Service Review

The CE professional is truly targeted by RipDigital's service. If you're doing an AV install and your client has tons of CDs in his or her collection, there's a better solution than to rip each one.

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Parasound ZoneMaster 4 DAX Four-Zone DAC & Crossover Preview

— October 25, 2016 22:00

Parasound ZoneMaster 4 DAX Four-Zone DAC & Crossover Preview

Parasound has introduced the ZoneMaster® 4 DAX, the first four-zone DAC with crossovers for the custom installation industry to create high performance multi-zone systems with subwoofer management.

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Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT Flagship Multimedia AV Navigation Receiver Review

— January 28, 2011 04:30

Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT Flagship Multimedia AV Navigation Receiver Review

We recently got ahold of one of Pioneer Electronics' flagship GPS receiver, the AVIC-Z120BT and had the chance to take it for a spin in a 2007 Honda Element SC. The results were quite addictive.

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Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Amplifier Review

Smit Patel — August 21, 2016 08:00

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Amplifier Review

The Schiit Yggdrasil DAC & Ragnarok amp represent Schiit’s finest components. With a thoroughly engineered component system, this pair offer incredible sound without compromise, but at a high price.

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Microlab MD332 iPod Stereo System Review

— December 28, 2010 22:05

Microlab MD332 iPod Stereo System Review

All we could really say about the Microlab MD332 was "wow". Our first impression remained that single word - at least until we were able to temper our excitement with a bit of down-to-earth evaluation

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Fluance RT80 & RT81 Turntables Preview

— April 08, 2016 10:00

Fluance RT80 & RT81 Turntables Preview

Fluance announced two high performance turntables; the RT80($199) and RT81($249). Both feature Audio Technica cartridges and stylus. This may be your best bet for getting into Vinyl on the cheap.

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Logitech Revue GoogleTV Hands-on Full Review

— October 29, 2010 09:20

Logitech Revue GoogleTV Hands-on Full Review

DISH and Logitech have worked together to bring the Revue GoogleTV to consumers in a way that integrates full DVR control and search along with Internet browsing and apps in a fresh, new way.

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Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC & Mjolnir 2 Hybrid-Tube Headphone Amp Review

Smit Patel — March 27, 2016 09:00

Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC & Mjolnir 2 Hybrid-Tube Headphone Amp Review

Schiit has unveiled a new addition to an already booming line-up: The Gungnir Multibit. Also unveiled was the Schiit Mjolnir 2, a tube-hybrid balanced amp which pairs nicely with the Gungnir Multibit.

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DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR Review

— October 25, 2010 05:25

DISH ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR Review

We've been fans and clients of DISH for some time, and have been following their ViP 922 DVR with great interest for nearly two years. When it was finally released, we jumped all over it.

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Fiio X7 Android-Based Digital Audio Player Review

Smit Patel — February 28, 2016 17:00

Fiio X7 Android-Based Digital Audio Player Review

We review the X7, the latest touch-screen Android-based DAP from Chinese audio giant Fiio. It hosts a plethora of features including an exchangeable amp module and ability to use streaming services.

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Bheestie Bag Personal Electronic Water Removal System Review

— January 08, 2010 07:15

Bheestie Bag Personal Electronic Water Removal System Review

We've all had that sinking feeling when we hear the plop of an electrical device hitting the water. The Bheestie company decided to do something about this problem by inventing a bag with little

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ELAC DS-101 Discovery Music Server Preview

— February 09, 2016 08:00

ELAC DS-101 Discovery Music Server Preview

Easy management and playback of your audio library has always been tricky. ELAC has it solved with their DS-101 Discovery music server and integrated Roon software which they unveiled at CES 2016.