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  1. Headphones
    Most of the headphones I've owned over the past three decades have benefited when paired with a dedicated headphone amp versus being powered by portable devices. There are countless amp options at every price point, but in that crowded field, the Samson QH4 ($70) stands out. The new QH4 got...
  2. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    There are multiple benefits to adding one or more subwoofers to a stereo, surround system, or even a soundbar. With a good sub, you can improve the low-frequency extension of most systems and relieve amplifiers of the burden of reproducing those frequencies. Typically, it's a win-win for your...
  3. Speakers
    This is an exciting time to be an audio enthusiast. Thanks to computer-aided design and modern materials, it's possible to design and build affordable speakers that perform at a very high level. This review is about a pair of speakers that are on the cutting edge of the price/performance curve...
  4. Speakers
    In a world awash with mediocre "lifestyle audio" products, it's nice to see a performance-first powered-speaker system such as Klipsch's R-15PM powered monitors. These compact 2-way bookshelf-style loudspeakers offer flexible connectivity options that—when combined with the included remote—allow...
  5. Latest Industry News
    Ultra HD Blu-ray is finally here, with both discs and players available for purchase. This Tuesday, March 1 will see the release of a dozen titles in the new format featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks. The dozen movies are Sicario (Lionsgate), Ender’s Game (Lionsgate), The Expendables 3...
  6. Soundbars
    Compared to a typical TV's speakers, a soundbar is a serious sonic upgrade targeting the nexus of price, performance, aesthetics, and convenience that many consumers crave. Some soundbars are simple, inexpensive devices that exist for the sole purpose of replacing the abysmal built-in audio...
  7. Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion
    As a rule, I stay away from movie theaters in favor of the comforts of home. Currently, there are only 13 theaters equipped with Dolby Cinema auditoriums in the US. However, after reading Scott Wilkinson’s articles about the viewing experience at Dolby Cinema-equipped venues, I knew I had to...
  8. AVS Forum® Articles
    Whenever I attend a show that features audio demos—be it CEDIA, CES, or any of the numerous regional audio shows—I make a point of cataloging the tracks I hear. The best demos use music that's carefully selected to highlight one or more desirable attributes of the system, and in that context...
  9. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Audio amplifiers have exactly one job to do—take an electrical signal and magnify it without adding distortion. That goal was elusive in the vacuum-tube era, as well as in the early days of solid-state amplification. However, modern amplifier designs have evolved to the point where measurable...
  10. Latest Industry News
    2016 marked my third trip to the techno-carnival known as CES. Despite knowing what to expect this time around, I was still taken aback by the sheer immensity of the show. I spent the majority of my time hopping from suite to suite at The Venetian, where a lot of audio-centric exhibitors had...
  11. 2-Channel Audio
    A bit over one year ago, I first heard about MQA—Master Quality Authenticated—at a press event in NYC. The audio format utilizes a novel lossless compression method for reducing the bandwidth required to deliver hi-res audio. MQA is the brainchild of Bob Stuart, who is the co-founder of Meridian...
  12. 2-Channel Audio
      Despite the plethora of new technology on display at CES 2016, one of the more talked about debuts at the show was essentially a blast from the past. That’s right, I’m talking about the reintroduction of the Technics SL-1200 series turntable in the form of the SL-1200G ($4000), and the...
  13. Speakers
    One of life's great pleasures is enjoying music or a movie at home while listening to a properly dialed-in surround system. Whether it's an old-school 5.1 rig or a new-school 7.2.4 immersive audio setup, a key to getting goose bumps and achieving suspension of disbelief is to experience sound...
  14. AVS Forum® Articles
      Q: I have a 5.1.4 speaker system hooked up to a Marantz SR7010 AVR. My speakers consist of Yamaha NS-777 mains, NS-555 surrounds, NS-444 center, and NS-333s for the elevation channels. I want to upgrade the mains and the center speaker. Since all of the speakers in my system are rated at 6...
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