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Impact Acoustics SonicWave Speaker Cable Review

Impact Acoustics SonicWave Speaker Cable Review

Impact Acoustics SonicWave Speaker cables come pre-terminated with a choice of screw-on ends. If you're after a true high performance cable that measures better than most of the costlier esoteric designs, but don't want to break the bank, the SonicWave cable should be on your short list. While it isn't as cheap as a DIY type alternative, folks less inclined to prep and terminate their own cables should find their convenience worth the cost added. Aesthetically they are nice, though not as fancy as some of the exotics named after snakes or tropical resorts but they will finish off your system nicely.

Impact Acoustics SonicWave Speaker cables come pre-terminated with a choice of screw-on ends. If you're after a true high performance cable that measures great, look no further.

— October 04, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI Switcher/Repeater Review

Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI Switcher/Repeater Review

The Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI switcher-repeater is an engineering marvel. Adding, expanding or sending HDMI signal long distances can be tricky business. Careful thought and planning were definitely involved in the development of the Select-4. Excellent build quality, elegant design, flawless high performance, ease of use and features make this an easy recommendation. The fact that the Select-4 is built in the USA makes it even more compelling. Radiient Technologies Select-4 switcher can solve most HDMI deficiencies - five stars and highly recommended.

The Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI switcher-repeater is an engineering marvel. Radiient Technologies Select-4 switcher can solve most HDMI deficiencies - five stars and highly recommended.

— August 14, 2006 23:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

DVIGear Custom AV Wall Plates Review

DVIGear Custom AV Wall Plates Review

DVIGear Custom AV Wall Plates can take your DIY install and make it look professional. With 60 different connection types and 15 different plate colors (and more coming each day), they've got the wall plate you need. You know how it is, move into a new home and any respectable audioholic will quickly find himself looking around and planning cable runs for home theater. DVIGear is here to help you make the right connections. From their unparalleled build quality and performance of their HDMI 1.3a 1080p compliant cables to their custom accessory items, DVIGear has got you covered.

DVIGear Custom AV Wall Plates can take your DIY install and make it look professional. With 60 connection types and 15 different plate colors (increasing daily), they've got the plate you need.

— August 06, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Qsonix Q100 Digital Music System Review

Qsonix Q100 Digital Music System Review

Music managers seem to be the wave of the future. Every product seems to claim some sort of music management system no matter how rudimentary. It also seems that the more of these reviews I do, the more often I get comments like, “Yeah but you can do all that with your computer.” My answer has always been – but how well? I don’t care if you can store 5 billion albums on your modded PC. If it crashes all the time, takes forever to access your library, and you can only listen to it from your office, it is useless. In my opinion, the most important part of a server of any kind is that it works – every time. The Qsonix Q100 Digtial Music System is designed to do just that.

The Qsonix Q100 Digital Music System has a 15" touchscreen, 160 gigs of storage, and the interface is simple enough for anyone to use. At $5500, it is aimed at the custom install crowd.

— August 01, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics Meteora Speaker Cable Review

Impact Acoustics Meteora Speaker Cable Review

Impact Acoustics offers the Meteora speaker cable for users looking to get performance on a budget. We ran them through our tests and they came out clean. In the market of pre-terminated cables, the Meteora solution is dynamic and flexible and will support your home theater system during its inevitable evolutionary upgrades and changes. Simply select your termination preference, install, connect and you're done. Excellent performance, no nonsense build quality and snake oil free, these are some of the finest terminated speaker cables we've tested.

Impact Acoustics offers the Meteora speaker cable for users looking to get performance on a budget. Excellent performance, no nonsense build quality and snake oil free: Highly Recommended!

— June 12, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Roadmaster VRFM9 FM Modulator Review

Roadmaster VRFM9 FM Modulator Review

You’re going on a road trip. This isn’t a question – it’s summer and I know you’re gearing up to take the family on that Griswold vacation that will leave you craving anything but fast food and screaming children. Well, I’ve taken four 9-hour car trips in the last 30 days and I’m here to tell you that you want… no, you NEED to get yourself an FM modulator for your vehicle. Off the top of my head I can think of several uses for these products, many of which will revolutionize the way you view taking your music on the road.

You’re going on a road trip. This isn’t a question – it’s summer and I know you’re gearing up to take the family on that Griswold vacation that will leave you craving anything but fast food and

— May 15, 2006 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

ADS Tech SimpleTOUCH USB 2.0 External Drive Review

ADS Tech SimpleTOUCH USB 2.0 External Drive Review

If you’re reading this it’s a good bet that you have a PC. Either that or you’re at the library or school and probably should be studying instead of reading product reviews - but I digress. If you’re like me, you have lots of music and data files that would make life difficult if they suddenly up and disappeared. I was thinking of that possibility when ADS Tech sent me an interesting product for review. The USB 2.0 SimpleTOUCH HDKit is a simple USB 2.0 enclosure that is designed to hold just about any size ATA-IDE, Ultra DMA, or AT-6 hard disk. It also has a feature which includes a backup function that can be activated with the push of a button. I like the concept. It’s simple (now that’s an aptly-named product) and it makes sense. Now it was my job to test it out and see if it held up under my kind of use.

If you’re reading this it’s a good bet that you have a PC. Either that or you’re at the library or school and probably should be studying instead of reading product reviews - but I digress. If you’re

— April 27, 2006 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Slim Devices Squeezebox v3 Digital Music Player Review

Slim Devices Squeezebox v3 Digital Music Player Review

Slim Devices has taken a great thing and made it even… well, greater. The Slim Devices Squeezebox v3 Digital Music Player should have a prominent place in anyone’s home theater. I am enamored by its upgraded body work and the consistent attention to firmware updates and software upgrades cannot go unnoticed. Slim Devices is a company that is paying attention to its user base and it shows. With the Slim Devices Squeezebox v3, users can rip their CDs to a hard disc in one of the lossless formats and play it back through the high fidelity Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC.

With the Slim Devices Squeezebox v3, users can rip their CDs to a hard disc in one of the lossless formats and play it back through the high fidelity Burr-Brown 24-bit DAC.

— April 13, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

2partsfusion DMS-701 Media Server HTPC Review

2partsfusion DMS-701 Media Server HTPC Review

I'm not going to lie to you; the thing that excited me most about the reviewing the 2partsfusion DMS-701 was the ability to record TV. I know, I know, lots of stuff can do that for a lot less money but ever since I moved out of LA, I've been without the ability and I've missed it terribly. Plus, with a pregnant wife that is chronically tired and about to pop, I needed some way to reliably record 24 and Scrubs. Hey, you've got to have your priorities. 2partsfusion is really marketing their products to the more "hands on" and computer literate among us. While the Escient Fireball DVDM-300 retails for more than you can get a fully loaded DMS-701 with a 3-year warranty, 2partsfusion are really targeting different consumers. 2partsfusion is looking to help someone take the hassle out of building their own HTPC from scratch. And to that end, they are a great success.

If you are at all PC savvy and don't mind having to fiddle with it, the 2partsfusion DMS-701 can be a toy that will bring you years of pleasure. At its price point, no set-top box can compete.

— March 27, 2006 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Antex XM3000 Triple Play Receiver

Antex XM3000 Triple Play Receiver

When I received word that I would be reviewing the Antex TriplePlay XM-3000 receiver I thought, “WhooHoo! Score, baby!” finally, a chance to play with satellite radio and perhaps convince both of us that the benefits outweighed the costs. Now, the purpose of this review is to evaluate the hardware, not XM radio as a whole… so this is the last I will speak of the service. I’ll leave it up to each of you to decide if the monthly charge is worth the return.

When I received word that I would be reviewing the Antex TriplePlay XM-3000 receiver I thought, “WhooHoo! Score, baby!” finally, a chance to play with satellite radio and perhaps convince both of us

— March 19, 2006 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Yamaha MusicCAST MCX-2000 Digital Music Server Review

Yamaha MusicCAST MCX-2000 Digital Music Server Review

The Yamaha MusicCAST MCX-2000 is a dream come true to anyone looking for an easy to use, intelligent file management and server solution for their music database. It will be the hit at any of your social gatherings or parties and although unobtrusive in appearance, will make itself known to your guests when they hear all of the great songs, interruption free, you selected for your playlists.

The Yamaha MusicCAST MCX-2000 is a dream come true to anyone looking for an easy to use, intelligent file management and server solution for their music database.

— March 05, 2006 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Blue Jeans 5T00UP 10AWG Speaker Cable Review

Blue Jeans 5T00UP 10AWG Speaker Cable Review

Blue Jeans 5T00UP 10AWG Speaker Cable is the real deal. With the flexibility of customizing cable lengths, termination types to your needs, CL3 approval for behind drywall installations, and choosing between pre-terminated convenience or self terminating cost savings options, you simply cannot go wrong. Their sliding price scale which decreases with increasing order size makes for a great solution for custom installers running cabling through a pre-construction house for whole home audio solutions. Highly Recommended!

Blue Jeans 5T00UP 10AWG Speaker Cable is the real deal. With the flexibility of customizing cable lengths and termination types, CL3 approval, and more, you can't go wrong with Blue Jeans Cable.

— February 28, 2006 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics RapidRun Interconnect Review

Impact Acoustics RapidRun Interconnect Review

Impact Acoustics recently introduced an ingenious system that solves many of the problems associated with pre-wire. They take most of the guesswork out of the process and create a near foolproof way to pre-wire your home for multi-media called RapidRun. The system consists of two different breakaway main wire runners: PC/Video or Home Theater. The main wire runner is installed in the framework of your home, then you choose the termination module and/or breakout cable.

Impact Acoustics recently introduced RapidRun, a two part system where the main wire runner is installed in the framework of your home, then you choose the termination module and/or breakout cable.

— February 14, 2006 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

WireTracks WT-RF-01-10 Wire Management System Review

WireTracks WT-RF-01-10 Wire Management System Review

A recent upstart company, Wire Tracks, located in the great Pacific Northwest has introduced the WT-RF-01-10 Wire Management System, a unique product that can help the average home theater DIY'er pre-wire their home theater easily and cost effectively. The Wire Tracks kit can be installed behind existing baseboard or surface mounted. There is also a kit for crown molding installation. The wires are neatly hidden within the plastic molding in a large chamber.

A recent upstart company, Wire Tracks, has introduced the WT-RF-01-10 Wire Management System, a unique product that can help the average home theater DIY'er pre-wire their home theater easily.

— December 21, 2005 18:00 in AV Gadget Reviews