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  1. 2-Channel Audio
    My wife inherited a nice set of audio equipment when a display system was retired at her workplace: It's a Bryston 2B LP Pro power amp, estimated 5-6 years old (20 year warranty) and a pair of PMC TB2 speakers. All in excellent condition, complete with top-of-the line cables, even speaker pads...
  2. Speakers
    The battle for speaker supremacy never ends, so rejoice when a compelling new option comes along. KLH Kendall towers are overachievers that you will want to hear. What makes a great tower speaker? If you are splurging on the furniture, you want tangible benefits in terms of...
  3. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Any recommendations for a 2-channel amp, im looking for around $250. It doesn't need to be amazing or have all kinds of features, just a decent amp to power two bookshelf speakers from my computer.
  4. 2-Channel Audio
    This morning I received an open letter from Marine de Rogez-Presson, the organizer behind the LA Audio Show 2018 , which was to take place in Irvine, California. The letter announced that this year's show, which would have been the second under this banner, is cancelled and that refunds are...
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    It seems common knowledge that most forms of physical entertainment media are on the decline. For example, Best Buy recently announced it would no longer sell CDs in its stores. Meanwhile, streaming content is growing by leaps and bounds. But one physical format seems immune to this trend: vinyl...
  6. 2-Channel Audio
    Everyone knows that high-end audio gear is pricey, and McIntosh is one of those brands that sits at the top of the heap when it comes to recognition by audiophiles. Now, the company has released its latest accessory, the Light Box ($1500) . However, don't go running to check your...
  7. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    What's the difference between the Audio Source AMP100VS and the AMP102VS? Also, how does this compare to the Dayton APA102? I'm in need of a 2 channel amp to power two of my Atmos speakers.
  8. Speakers
    A new system for official AVS Forum 2-channel speaker reviews Speakers and subwoofers are my two favorite types of audio products to review. That's because the impact they have on a system is so profound, whether we're talking 2-channel, surround-sound, or 3D immersive audio. Amps, DACs, and...
  9. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The new Pioneer Elite SX-S30 ($500) is a compact, low profile 2-channel networked receiver that offers AV-friendly features such as HDMI support, decoding for popular multichannel audio formats from Dolby and DTS, as well as high-resolution playback of 2-channel PCM and DSD files. Despite...
  10. Headphones
    The THX AAA-0 headphone amplifier is the first electronics component from THX, the company founded by George Lucas in 1983 that is synonymous with high-fidelity sound. According to THX, this new amplifier offers the world's best specifications when it comes to measurable distortion, noise...
  11. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The nifty new two-channel ELAC Element EA101EQ-G integrated amp ($700) that was first shown at CEDIA 2016 is now available to purchase. This BASH-amp powered, 80 watts per channel integrated comes loaded with digital inputs that include USB, dual optical plus one coaxial SPDIF connection, and...
  12. Speakers
    Canadian affordable high-end audio electronics and speaker maker Bryston chose TAVES 2016 to debut the third iteration of its towering flagship Model T speaker system, one that's based on a dedicated electronic crossover. The company contends that many active speaker systems are compromised...
  13. 2-Channel Audio
    The Paradigm PW Amp ($500) is an all-in-one, compact, networked integrated amp. It's part of the company's Premium Wireless lineup and supports DTS Play-Fi, which means it is interoperable with a wide variety of wireless products from multiple manufacturers that are part of an expanding...
  14. 2-Channel Audio
    Rotel rolls out its latest two-channel audio offerings, the 14 Series of compact components. Designed to be sleek and simple, the three new models are the CD14 CD player ($600), the A12 integrated amp ($900, 60 watts per channel), and the A14 flagship integrated amp ($1300, 80 W/ch). Let's...
  15. Speakers
    Although I had recently auditioned Focal's Sopra No. 2 speakers ($14,000/pair) at AXPONA 2016 , Capital Audiofest provided another chance to hear a pair of these highly regarded speakers. I took it, hoping to figure out what makes people go gaga for the brand. My prior experiences with Focal...
  16. 2-Channel Audio
    While Capital Audiofest is a modest-sized high-end audio show, KEF and VPI's presence more than made up for it by presenting a room full of high-end audio wonders. The spare-no-expense system I heard featured the $48,000 VPI Titan turntable (making its debut at the show) and an astonishing...
  17. 2-Channel Audio
    Bluesound has announced that its latest firmware update to BluOS 2.2 enables MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) decoding. Bluesound—unlike Sonos and some other wireless systems—handles hi-res audio, which is what MQA promises to deliver at bitrates appropriate for streaming. Compared to MQA...
  18. 2-Channel Audio
    Affordable DAC darling Schiit Audio has posted a statement outlining why it will not support MQA audio. The company feels there are too many unknowns to embrace the format, which promises to squeeze the quality of a 24-bit/352kHz recording into a much smaller container, primarily by preserving...
  19. 2-Channel Audio
    Hi AVS Forum Crew, First time poster, long time reader. I know for some on here, adding a subwoofer to a 2-channel system is paramount to blasphemy, but please bear with me. I have a friend who's asked me for some advice on adding a sub to his current 2-channel in-ceiling setup. I'm not sure...
  20. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Emotiva is a company that is well known for its affordable high-performance audio products. Its new BasX (pronounced basics) line of audio components—including multi-zone amps plus stereo preamp/tuners—is engineered to work together and be easy to operate. Company founder and president Dan...
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