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K&B Signal Solutions Concert Series Speaker Cable Review

K&B Signal Solutions Concert Series Speaker Cable Review

K&B Signal Solutions is introducing the Concert Series Speaker Cables with "Interconnection Modularity". That's a fancy term for "can easily change the terminations or extend the cable". The Concert Series cable from K & B Signal Solutions is an affordable cable comparable to a good quality 12AWG Zip Cord popularized by Monster Cable and other well known cable vendors, but with nicer cosmetics and the inclusion of a variety of terminations all of which can be implemented tool-lessly. If you envision yourself repositioning speakers and/or electronics in the future and desire to re-use your cables by simply adding more cable lengths by daisy chaining them via the Splice termination, than this is one cool feature you must have and one unique to the K & B Signal Solutions Concert Series speaker cables .

K&B; Signal Solutions is introducing the Concert Series Speaker Cables with "Interconnection Modularity". That's a fancy term for "can easily change the terminations or extend the cable".

— October 11, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Verbatim USB Drive Review: Store 'n' Go 512MB

Verbatim USB Drive Review: Store 'n' Go 512MB

In prepping for our CEDIA coverage this year one of the things I wanted was an easy way to carry helpful website and graphics files around with me during the show. As you can probably guess, lugging a laptop around is not my definition of a good time during a convention and CDs are kind of bulky by today’s standards. No, a better solution is the use of a smaller, portable drive. The new Store ‘n’ Go USB drive from Verbatim proved to be an invaluable remedy to my data storage needs.

In prepping for our CEDIA coverage this year one of the things I wanted was an easy way to carry helpful website and graphics files around with me during the show. As you can probably guess, lugging

— September 28, 2004 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Speaker Cable Face Off 1

Speaker Cable Face Off 1

Speaker cables have become one of the least quantified and objectively analyzed audio products in the audio marketplace. Many cable vendors and forum cult hobbyists insist on the abandonment of measurements and engineering truths in favor of subjective listening tests in hopes that the listener will think they hear a difference, even if none exists, to justify their unproven claims and sometimes extravagant prices. To that end, we have analyzed six different brands/models of speaker cables ranging from as little as $0.46 / ft to $55 / ft. Don't let price fool you however, as in many cases, cables especially, price doesn't always dictate quality.

We have analyzed six different brands/models of speaker cables ranging from as little as $0.46/ft to $55/ft. Think higher price equates to better performance? Better think again.

— August 29, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Speaker Cable Reviews - Faceoff 2

Speaker Cable Reviews - Faceoff 2

With a dozen different cables, we introduce Speaker Cable Faceoff 2! After almost two years of objectively writing about speaker cables for A/V applications and dispelling a majority of the myths surrounding them we have come to find an audience appreciative of our efforts with enthusiastic desire for us to measure just about every cable on the market. While we would love to accommodate such requests, this would certainly be a daunting task, one which would require a full time staff. To be more practical we have come up with a Speaker Cable Face Off series of articles in which we feature a handful of popular cables currently being sold in the consumer marketplace.

With a dozen different speaker cables in the mix, we introduce Speaker Cable Faceoff 2! Which cable measures best? Find out by reading.

— August 29, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

PODZ CD Storage Cases Review

PODZ CD Storage Cases Review

If you are interested in new ways to store your CDs and CD-Rs and tire of the center hubs and shells breaking on your traditional jewel cases, PODZ may be a good option for you. As PODZ innovator Dave McMichael puts it: "Traditional CD cases crack, shatter, lose lids, flip open and offer only minimal protection. Students are always on the go -- they need something that allows them to toss CDs in a backpack and not worry about whether their music or school documents will be damaged."

If you are interested in new ways to store your CDs and CD-Rs and tire of the center hubs and shells breaking on your traditional jewel cases, PODZ may be a good option for you. As PODZ innovator

— August 20, 2004 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Verbatim DigitalMovie DVD-Rs Review

Verbatim DigitalMovie DVD-Rs Review

I received some samples of Verbatim’s relatively new “DigitalMovie” DVD-Rs and got to take a close look at them. I was surprised to find that great care was taken in the silk-screening of the labels to make them truly look like miniature canisters of film. Look at one up close and you will even see sprocket holes that reveal a hint of textured film behind them. You’ll also see ribbed edges that depict film within the “reel”. Verbatim really went for a neat look and pulled it off with these discs.

I received some samples of Verbatim’s relatively new “DigitalMovie” DVD-Rs and got to take a close look at them. I was surprised to find that great care was taken in the silk-screening of the labels

— August 11, 2004 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

AViC Speaker Cable 11 Review

AViC Speaker Cable 11 Review

AViC's Speaker Cable 11 is certainly an interesting offering. Its shiny silver wrapping reminds me of a disco-tech style look from Saturday Night Fever or the evil Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. They were cool looking and could certainly dress up any high end system quite nicely. Their banana connectors fit snugly and they appeared to have no problems making a nice solid connection with several brands of speakers that I tried them out on. Overall, we found the AViC Speaker Cable 11 to be attractive, fairly well measured and not too caught up in snake oil hype.

Overall, we found the AViC Speaker Cable 11 to be attractive, fairly well measured and not too caught up in snake oil hype. They are expensive, however.

— August 03, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

CD Storage Cases by Slappa

CD Storage Cases by Slappa

Ever have one of those hot summer days where you jump in your car, rush to turn on the air conditioner, fire up your audio system to get your mind off the heat only to find your CD storage case plastic pouches have glued skin tight to your CDs? I certainly can recall more than one instance of this and I have the smudged Pat Metheny CDs to prove it. I remember saying to myself "Why can’t someone design a better CD storage case?" Well thankfully they did, and that someone is Slappa.

Ever have one of those hot summer days where you jump in your car, rush to turn on the air conditioner, fire up your audio system to get your mind off the heat only to find your CD storage case

— July 18, 2004 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Gefen KVM USB Switcher Review

Gefen KVM USB Switcher Review

The Gefen USB Switcher KVM Switch is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who has two computers in close proximity. It can save lots of time and money not to mention hassle. I left the Mac scene around 2001 for the world of build-it-yourself PCs that cost less than $500 – but I cannot get myself to ditch the Mac for several reasons. As the Editor of the largest home theater review website I have to be sure that our pages, articles and designs look good on both platforms. I also admit that I like venturing into the world of Mac OS X from time to time for a refreshing (but fortunately no longer superior) alternative to the Windows world. The only way to make this transition is via physically moving from one PC to another – or by employing a KVM (keyboard, video & mouse) switch.

The Gefen USB Switcher KVM Switch is an incredibly useful tool for anyone who has two computers in close proximity. It can save lots of time and money not to mention hassle.

— July 05, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Axiom Audio Interconnects & Speaker Cables Subjective Review

Axiom Audio Interconnects & Speaker Cables Subjective Review

Axiom Audio, the well known Internet Direct speaker manufacturer, has released a line of cables including speaker, coaxial and optical digital audio, analogue audio, s-video, and every flavor that has an RCA end. Examine the Axiom Audio analogue interconnects and you will find gold-plated, stiff RCA connectors that comfortably grip when attached without risking damage during insertion or removal. They have a secure connection, yet are removable without much difficulty. Of all our samples, all had excellent solder connections. Plus, they are pretty.

Axiom Audio, the well known Internet Direct speaker manufacturer, has released a line of cables including speaker, coaxial and optical digital audio, analogue audio, s-video, and RCA style.

— May 31, 2004 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Yamaha MusicCast 1000 Digital Music Server & Client Review

Yamaha MusicCast 1000 Digital Music Server & Client Review

When Yamaha offered us the opportunity to review their new MusicCAST 1000 Digital Audio server and client system, I jumped on the opportunity. Having built a home theater PC and having been a fan of MP3 audio as a storage mechanism and playback format, Yamaha's solution of an easy-to-use set top MP3 and PCM audio server seemed a timely solution. It might, I thought, even be an evolutionary step into the world of CD audio archival and playback. It is no big surprise that the falling prices of hard disks and increasing processor speed would make CD archival and playback a viable format, but with regards to the masses, an easy-to-use solution would be necessary.

Yamaha's MusicCAST 1000 is their foray into digital music storage and streaming. While it worked well, the high price and small drive have left us wishing for more.

— September 29, 2003 19:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

Sony SCD-CE775 SACD Audience Mod

Sony SCD-CE775 SACD Audience Mod

After a few phone conversations with Audience's Technical Director Richard Smith, he made a convincing argument about parts selection mass produced players tend to use, which are primarily chosen for budgetary reasons and not necessarily audiophile performance. Rich ard was nice enough to extend me the offer of modifying my stock SCD-CE775 unit in exchange for reviewing the unit on Audioholics.com. I graciously accepted the offer and shipped out my barely-used SACD changer to them.

After a few phone conversations with Audience's Technical Director Richard Smith, he made a convincing argument about parts selection mass produced players tend to use, which are primarily chosen for

— July 07, 2003 20:00 in AV Gadget Reviews