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SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter Allows Audiophiles to Cut the Cord

SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter Allows Audiophiles to Cut the Cord

We’ve seen our share of wireless adaptors through the years, but like upfiring Atmos speakers, some of them get the job done but we usually only recommend them when you can't use the real thing. Knowing the engineers at SVS though they’ve probably upped the ante on these wireless adapters to do wireless sound without compromise. Get the details to see if it's time to cut the cord once and for all.

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?

— May 24, 2018 14:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

5 Best Microphones Under $100 for Recording Vocals

Are You strapped for cash and in desperate need of a cheap but good microphone to do podcasting in hopes of becoming the next late night talk show host or YouTube internet sensation? The following article goes through the top five budget friendly microphones for recording vocals that you can purchase easily and still have plenty of money left over to focus on building your recording studio or taking vocal coaching lessons.

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.

Zahub Shahid — April 08, 2018 21:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Mark Levinson № 515 Turntable Preview

Mark Levinson № 515 Turntable Preview

Looking for a high end turntable to spin your vinyl? Look no further than the new № 515 Turntable from Mark Levinson. With help from VPI Industries this ultra precise turntable incorporates a 3D printed tonearm, precision-machined pulley and triple belt drive, and a a highly damped vinyl-wrapped composite and aluminum sandwich main chassis. If money is no object and you have the $10,000 to spend on a really fancy record player then this might be the unit for you.

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.

— December 15, 2017 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier Preview

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, not long after launching its MHP1000 headphones, McIntosh is supporting its new cans with a high-end portable headphone amplifier and DAC. McIntosh says the MHA50 is designed to help you get the best possible sound out of your headphones. Is it worth a whopping $700? Only a true McIntosh fan may be able to answer that question.

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.

— October 25, 2017 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

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

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

I'll admit it, when Sony last year announced plans to release their own virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 -- a five-year-old console -- I was skeptical. As positive press about the product started rolling in, I finally decided to purchase a unit earlier this year. But, despite all the great reports let's take a closer look and see if it's worth the significant investment.

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.

Brandon Dimmel — October 09, 2017 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

ALO Audio Continental V5 Portable Tube Amp Review

ALO Audio Continental V5 Portable Tube Amp Review

The ALO Continental V5 portable amp has been the result of a long-time collaboration between audio manufacturers ALO Audio & Vinnie Rossi. With a plethora of features and options for customizability, this amp offers a richly detailed sound bringing the best of the solid state and tube amplifier sound. At $799, the V5 features a single triode tube with an output power of 325 mW per channel and 9 hour playback. Read our review to find out more about this great device.

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.

Smit Patel — August 11, 2017 09:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Review

Media streaming is a must have feature these days for a modern home theater. Many Blu-ray players and HDTV's do a poor job serving this function, so external devices are usually the way to go. We look at the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV media streaming devices to see how they handle popular streaming services like Netflix, and Amazon Prime, as well as gaming apps. Check out our YouTube Video review for a detailed overview of these products and a tour of their navigation menus to see how they work.

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.

— August 10, 2017 00:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

HiFiMAN SuperMini DAP Preview

HiFiMAN SuperMini DAP Preview

Looking for a super light weight super high quality portable player? HiFiMAN may have just your thing with their new SuperMini digital audio player. In addition to offering exceptional sound quality, the HiFiMAN Supermini supports all lossless file formats including DSD. With expandable memory up to 256 GB via micro SD card, 22 hours of playtime, and a MSRP of $399 this might be the best all around lightweight DAP. Read on to find out more.

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.

— March 20, 2017 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Tube Headphone Amp Review

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Tube Headphone Amp Review

The MicroZOTL2.0 is a tube amp which represents the latest configuration of the previously adored MicroZOTL by David Berning. The amp, although unconventional in its tuning, shares an agile and intelligible character which make tracks sound incredibly engaging and involving. The clear acrylic top and respectable build also add a touch of premium manufacturing and showcase quality engineering. To find out more about this $1,100 creation, read on…

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.

Smit Patel — November 27, 2016 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Questyle QP1R Digital Audio Player Review

Questyle QP1R Digital Audio Player Review

The QP1R is the latest flagship DAP of Questyle Audio, a company striving for audio perfection in the already crowded arena of portable players. Featuring a 2.35 inch screen, beautiful aesthetics and hi-fi charm, the QP1r reinvigorates your audio files by instilling detail, speed and dynamism in its arsenal of sonic prowess. Will this $899 DAP be the end-game for your portable needs? Read the review to find out.

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.

Smit Patel — November 05, 2016 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Parasound ZoneMaster 4 DAX Four-Zone DAC & Crossover Preview

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. The 4 DAX was designed in response to custom installers who create multi-zone systems based around the Sonos Connect®, Heos Link®, BlueSound Node® or Google Chromecast™ Audio, and are looking to upgrade their clients’ digital sound quality, with unique connectivity for subwoofers, stereo or mono speakers, and system control options.

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.

— October 25, 2016 22:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Amplifier Review

Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Amplifier Review

The Schiit Yggdrasil & Ragnarok represent Schiit’s finest creations to date. With multibit architecture and a thoroughly engineered component system, the pair offer incredible sound without compromise. At $2299 and $1699, respectively, the models are a big investment which in my opinion, is worth taking considering the durable design and exceptional sonics. Coupled with the Ragnarok’s great versatility and the Yggdrasil’s adept technical abilities, there really is no room to go wrong. Read the review to find out more

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.

Smit Patel — August 21, 2016 08:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 D/A Converter Review

Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 D/A Converter Review

What happens when a seasoned video projector giant from China like Optoma purchases a California-based hi-fi company like NuForce? The projector company gets its own hi-fi line dubbed — Optoma-NuForce. You’d think Optoma would completely realign NuForce to fit a projector-centered, home theater vision. But Optoma-NuForce is not only lingering in the two-channel hi-fi niche, but is also putting out new products with the NuForce pedigree. The DAC80 D/A Converter is such a product that we've had the privilege to review today.

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.

— April 19, 2016 10:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Fluance RT80 & RT81 Turntables Preview

Fluance RT80 & RT81 Turntables Preview

Fluance is dabbling into the audiophile market, first by unveiling their Signature Series speaker like with high end aspirations and now with two turntables. That's right, Fluance wants you to spin vinyl with them and best of all, they are helping you do it affordably with the RT80 ($199) and RT81 ($249), respectively. They both come armed with some serious sonic chops including Audio Technica cartridges and stylus and solid wood body construction (RT81), and RCA phono outputs instead of a fixed length cable. We like what we're seeing here so if your on the fence about dabbling in Vinyl, these two turntables from Fluance may be your best bet.

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.

— April 08, 2016 10:00 in AV Gadget Reviews