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WiiM ‘Ultra’ Streamer & WiiM Amp Pro Offer Class Leading Performance/Price

— July 09, 2024 00:00

WiiM ‘Ultra’ Streamer & WiiM Amp Pro Offer Class Leading Performance/Price

The WiiM Ultra ($329) is a flagship streamer with a touch-screen. The WiiM Amp Pro ($369) is an upgraded all-in-one streaming amp. Both feature the ES9038 Q2M Sabre DAC chip and built-in room correction.

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Apple Vision Pro: Another 3D Comeback?

— March 21, 2024 00:20

Apple Vision Pro: Another 3D Comeback?

The $3,500 Apple Vision Pro is here. Although not for everyone, this product — and future products of this type — can deliver a 3D video experience far better than any previous technology.

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The $299 WiiM Amp Breathes New Life Into Old Speakers

— March 20, 2024 00:15

The $299 WiiM Amp Breathes New Life Into Old Speakers

The new WiiM Amp is a compact streaming amplifier that turns any pair of passive speakers into a modern streaming audio system for only $299. It offers 60 wpc, HDMI ARC, bass management, and ESS Sabre DACs.

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ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

— February 23, 2024 00:35

ZapperBox Helps You Ditch Cable With Their M1 Over The Air DVR

Looking to cut the cord to cable? ZapperBox's new M1 ($250) over the air DVR may help. The M1 promises 4K video, Dolby Atmos and Dolby AC-4 sound, is HDR video compatible AND has NO monthly fees.

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Cambridge Audio MXN10 and DacMagic 200M Review

— December 19, 2023 00:00

Cambridge Audio MXN10 and DacMagic 200M Review

The Cambridge Audio MXN10 network streamer ($499) and DacMagic 200M DAC ($549) offer excellent sound, high build quality, and easy usability in a compact form factor for a wide variety of systems.

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Arylic B50 Amplifier Turns Your Bookshelf Speakers Into a Streaming Machine

— November 06, 2023 00:00

Arylic B50 Amplifier Turns Your Bookshelf Speakers Into a Streaming Machine

The $139 Arylic Audio's new B50 Wireless Amplifier pushes 50 watts x 2, has a sub and phono out, HDMI ARC and is an easy way to turn a pair of passive speakers into a streaming powerhouse!

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Kaleidescape Releases Bigger and Faster Terra Prime Movie Servers

— October 14, 2023 12:00

Kaleidescape Releases Bigger and Faster Terra Prime Movie Servers

Kaleidescape, the premier digital media server for the best 4K and Dolby Atmos source playback, released Terra Prime series with SSD drives making it possible to download 4K content in 4 minutes!

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Apple Vision Pro: The Good, the Bad and the Creepy

— July 10, 2023 00:55

Apple Vision Pro: The Good, the Bad and the Creepy

Apple Vision Pro at WWDC23 introduced spatial computing and Apple's mixed reality VisionOS. Will VisionOS change computing, home theater, and immersive audio or will it be another Apple Newton?

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iFi Audio’s Latest Audiophile DACs Cram in the Features

— May 22, 2023 00:35

iFi Audio’s Latest Audiophile DACs Cram in the Features

The iFi Audio Uno is a $79 USB DAC for newcomers wanting better sound from their laptops and smart devices. The $1,299 iFi Neo Stream is a unique music streamer and DAC designed for audiophiles.

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The OREI HDA‑939 HDMI Audio Extractor is No One‑Trick Pony

— March 06, 2023 00:00

The OREI HDA-939 HDMI Audio Extractor is No One-Trick Pony

The OREI HDA-939 ($199) is a multi-function AV tool that works as a 4K HDMI Scaler, eARC Audio Extractor, audio/video processor and much more. What CAN'T the OREI HDA-939 do? Read on to find out.

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Victrola Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable

— January 21, 2023 00:25

Victrola Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable

Looking to play your vinyl through your Sonos system without wires? Victrola has you covered with their $800 Stream Carbon Works with Sonos Turntable. Read on.

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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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Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

— August 20, 2021 01:10

Crestron Motorized Window Shades Reviewed

Blinding glare on your new UHD TV can be frustrating. Check out our review of Crestron automated window treatments to see how these innovative shades can help with your home theater glare.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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AMD Fuels Nightmares of Intel & Nvidia

— September 04, 2020 07:00

AMD Fuels Nightmares of Intel & Nvidia

From thread-ripping Ryzen CPUs to the Big Navi GPU hype-train, this year everything’s coming up AMD, and its resurgence is giving competitors Intel and Nvidia good reason to worry.

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IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

— July 31, 2020 22:00

IPORT Home LUXE WallStation iPad Mount Review

Don't want to bring your phone to the table while eating dinner to control all your smart home features? Check out the IPORT LUXE WallStation and IPORT LUXE Case to simplify your automation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.