Organizing a CD or DVD collection used to mean alphabetizing a huge pile of discs and painstakingly filing them away on shelves. But a new breed of component called a media server - a cross between a traditional A/V component and a full-featured PC - gives you easy, expanded access to your collection by letting you store it as digital data on a hard-disk drive.
Say what you want about soundbars, but the category counts as one of the more active areas of speaker design. Sure, many products pumped out over the last few years are low-end ones designed to be sold as accessories for flat-panel TVs. But plenty of serious speaker companies have also gotten into the game, and the performance of the resulting products, while not yet at a level to make audiophiles toss out their tower speakers en masse, has proven more than sufficient for casual home theater use, as well as for background music listening.
Anthem's AVM-series home theater audio preamp/processors are considered among the best - if not the best - for the money. An enthusiastic review in these pages back in November 2004 made much of the AVM 30's THX Ultra2 certification, multichannel analog input with full bass management, and extensive list of surround modes.
Color temperature (Cinema mode, Low color temperature before/Cinema mode, Custom color temperature after calibration): 20 IRE: 7,119 / 5,818 K 30 IRE: 7,329 / 6,353 K 40 IRE: 7,526 / 6,449 K 50 IRE: 7,159 / 6,485 K 60 IRE: 7,067 / 6,634 K 70 IRE: 7,028 / 6,618 K 80 IRE: 6,954 / 6,552 K 90 IRE: 6,874 / 6,554 K 100 IRE: 6,875 / 6,534 K Brightness<
Here's a question to wrap your mind around: What's the best home-entertainment deal going? If you answered, "a Windows Media Center PC," you're way off track. If you thought, "a $49 progressive-scan DVD player," you're closer, but still no cigar. But if you blurted out, "an LCD front projector," you're absolutely right.
Housed in a billet-like slab of aluminum, the HRT microStreamer’s clean, utilitarian design tips you off right away that it means business. In this case, that biz is performing the same basic tasks as the Dragonfly, including decoding files with up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. And at a mere 2.5 inches, it checks in for work in a similarly compact form factor.
Color temperature (User Mode/Low Color Temperature): 20 IRE: N/A 30 IRE: 6,576 K 40 IRE: 7,301 K 50 IRE: 6,951 K 60 IRE: 6,610 K 70 IRE: 6,561 K 80 IRE: 6,437 K 90 IRE: 6,684 K 100 IRE: 6,617 K Brightness (100-IRE window): 50.4 ftL
Q. I've been using separates in my surround system for some time and have a collection of high-end amplifiers. But the surround processing modes, HDMI connectivity, and video upconversion on my preamp/processor are now out of date. New receivers seem to have the latest technology at a much more reasonable price than most of the pre/pros with similar attributes.