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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 02, 2004 0 comments

A year or so ago, a new "universal" DVD player - one that could handle both DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD multichannel music recordings as well as conventional DVDs and CDs - priced at anything less than a thousand bucks might have been big news. Today, a growing number of universal players are finding their way onto dealers' shelves.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 01, 2009 0 comments
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 18, 2010 0 comments

Marantz, the longest-running name among all receiver makers, has taken a decidedly “audiophile-value” approach with its current lineup.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 20, 2012 0 comments

Here are two words I never thought I’d use together in a sentence: audiophile soundbar. Yet MartinLogan’s new Motion Vision model indisputably qualifies.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 18, 2002 0 comments

There once was a time when audio/video components didn't have USB or Ethernet ports. When "kilobits per second" was not a hi-fi term. When a kid who stumbled over a stack of LPs in a dumpster actually knew what they were.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 03, 2007 0 comments

the listWhat if you had all the money in the world but only room for one more item on your shelf? What if you cared deeply about DVDs and CDs but not a fig for DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray Disc, or HD DVD?

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 10, 2008 0 comments
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$1,200 (as tested) / MIRAGESPEAKERS.COM / 866-428-2122
Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 26, 2010 0 comments

The name is different, but the speakers are basically the same. MK Sound’s resurrection of the classic 150THX speaker system delivers controlroom sound to those seeking precision, clarity, and detail in their movie and music presentation.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: May 16, 2014 0 comments
PRICE $1,599

Neutral tonal balance
Honest vocal and dialogue presentation
Handsome, understated looks
Limited volume output
Ergonomic shortcomings

Fine vocal and musical balance from an elegant, though not inexpensive, soundbar.

Pity the poor soundbar, the dancing bear of the audio world. (The audience applauds not how well the bear dances, but the fact that he dances at all.) And pity more the poor soundbar reviewer, tasked with saying something cogent about a not-inexpensive product that, while worlds better than any TV’s built-in speakers, is almost always demonstrably inferior to any number of affordable freestanding speaker suites, including the same manufacturer’s. Monitor Audio is a long-established, widely respected maker of just such speaker suites, a firm that presumably can read the handwriting on the wall just as well as the next guy: s-o-u-n-d-b-a-r-s-&-h-e-a-d-p-h-o-n-e-s.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 13, 2011 0 comments

Yes, you're going to need a bigger desk.

If, that is, you consider the new Clarity HD Multimedia Speakers from MonsterCable (yes, the ex$pensive-wire people) to be "desktop audio." I do – they're flanking my 20-inch monitor as I write this, and while it's true that they rather crowd the work-top, they sound sweet enough in doing so that I'm willing to overlook their bulk.


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