Daniel Kumin

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 03, 2007 0 comments

DOLBY DIGITAL PERFORMANCE

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 17, 2004 0 comments

A short stack of Jacksons: four hundred dollars, more or less. Used to be a lot of money. Today, it'll buy one piece of chrome for your Hog, a box of average Cubans, or a decadent dinner for two in New York City. On the other hand, you might use a similar sum to buy an impressively powerful and flexible A/V receiver, setting the foundations for a serious home theater.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 04, 1988 0 comments

I've come to expect stellar bench results from high-echelon Onkyos (and lower-echelon ones, too, usually), and I got them. Noise and distortion measurements were uniformly state of the art. Frequency response was excellent as well, though the TX-SR875 exhibited a very small rolloff, of about 0.5 dB per octave, above about 10 kHz in all playback modes.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 16, 2010 0 comments

The Sherwood Newcastle R-972 A/V receiver is the most eagerly anticipated product of its kind to arrive in these parts in some time. Not because it’s the brand’s first new flagship receiver in 4 or 5 years. Not because it’s an all-new 7 x 100- watt, HDMI v1.3, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio-decoding design. And not because it boasts top-shelf Reon video processing.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 02, 1988 0 comments

Meridian's G95 measured excellently in every test. Power was just about spot on its 100-watt spec, though the unit fell a bare 0.8 dB short of this level with all 5 channels driven. True to its high-efficiency Class D nature, the G95 remained at virtually the same temperature (warm, but not hot) whether it was left idling all day, or driven to the verge of clipping for long periods.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 20, 2011 0 comments

RSL Speaker Systems is the current manifestation of Rogersound Labs, a SoCal company that goes back a few years — 30 or so, in fact. Like many speaker makers, RSL got its start through garage tinkering, in this case by Howard Rodgers, owner of a well-known retail chain of the same name. (How the “d” got dropped from the company name is a story for another day.)

Despite a long, successful run, the original RSL, again like many other speaker companies, eventually faded away. But after regaining rights to the company name just last year, the firm was reincarnated after a long hiatus by its founder and his family.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 16, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,200 / PIONEERELECTRONICS.COM / 705-742-5325
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Oct 16, 2012 0 comments

When we first looked at iPhone/iPod touch remote control solutions in our September 2010 issue, the concept was novel enough that we were unabashedly gushy. There was only a bare handful of remote control apps, and the variety of angles by which they attacked, mostly success- fully, the ever-vexing problem of how to operate an A/V system without losing any marbles (and then throwing them, hard, at expensive components) was truly cool.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 02, 2006 0 comments

If Gumby were shopping for speakers, the new Infinity Cascades are what he'd choose. Their shapes quickly call to mind the green, bendable character - at least for boomers or SNL addicts who recall Eddie Murphy's classic routine ("I'm Gumby, dammit!").

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Daniel Kumin Posted: May 05, 2003 0 comments
So you're shopping for a home theater speaker system and you've got between one and two grand to spend. Welcome to the jungle. This is one of the most densely populated and competitive price ranges in all of speakerland. The good news is that there's lots to choose from.

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