Integra DHC-60.5 Network A/V Controller Specs
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Integra DHC-60.5 Network A/V Controller
AT A GLANCE
HDBaseT audio/video via CAT5e/6
4K upconversion and passthrough
Feature packed and futureproof
The futureproof, feature-packed, and easy-to-operate midline DHC-60.5 is a custom installer’s dream, but it falls short on sound quality.
Integra’s new THX Ultra2 Plus–certified DHC-60.5 A/V controller—one of the first to offer HDBaseT connectivity—is clearly intended for the custom install market. But with its generous feature array and ease of operability, the $2,000 midline offering will no doubt also attract its share of retail consumers.
Whether you support it or not, few of us are completely comfortable with the fact that the government can read our e-mails and listen to our phone calls. On the other hand, without much thought, most of us freely give away our privacy to various companies. Now, that privacy debate is coming into our home theaters.
Vizio S4251W-B4 Soundbar System Test Bench
Vizio S4251W-B4 Soundbar System Specs
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Vizio S4251W-B4 Soundbar System
AT A GLANCE
Dedicated surrounds for true 5.1-channel sound
Bluetooth connection to mobile sources
Effective DTS Volume mode
Less impressive performance with music
A surprisingly good-sounding, high-value choice for movie sound, though serious music lovers might need to look elsewhere
Home theater, as I’ve always defined it, is the union of big-screen TV and surround sound. At their best, they have the power to suspend disbelief and pull you into a cinematic narrative or musical experience. Sometimes soundbars make the cut, and sometimes they don’t. Any decent-sounding soundbar—whether it has 2.0, 2.1, or 5.1 channels—is likely to improve over the awful speakers built into most TVs. Making the evening news intelligible is no small contribution to household happiness. But few soundbars try to cross the barrier from convenience to full-bore 5.1-channel rapture. The Vizio S4251W-B4 is just such a product.
Meridian Director USB DAC Specs
Meridian Director USB DAC
AT A GLANCE
Enhances computer audio
High-end build quality
No headphone jack
The Director is the best USB DAC we’ve heard yet.
I will never forget the moment when I first heard digital audio in 1985. It was a profound disappointment. I had just bought my first CD player and played my first Compact Disc. The sound was harsh and alienating. How could that be? CDs offered perfect sound forever. There must be something wrong with my ears, I thought. It took years to trust my senses and rethink my digital signal source.