Daniel Kumin

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 05, 2011 0 comments

Difficult though this may be to believe, not everyone in 2011 America can afford to earmark $1,500 for an A/V receiver — or even $500. Still more shockingly, not every person who can would even choose to. Well, then, how about $400? Onkyo apparently sees this figure as being a bit more like it.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 29, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Dreaming of a preamp/processor to anchor a high-performance home theater, you'd probably imagine some pretty sophisticated hardware. It would have 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES Discrete decoding, of course, along with outputs for either one or two back surround speakers.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 10, 2012 0 comments

I am of the school that believes that more power is always better than less power. That school also professes that amplifiers, while operating within their linear abilities (a big “if”), are not generally distinct in their sonics.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 10, 2009 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,000 / INTEGRAHOMETHEATER.COM
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 25, 2013 0 comments

Wireless is, uh, in the air these days. Audio, video, telecom, and most everything else up to and including war-making are all proceeding nicely without any lengths of braided copper trailing behind. But too much of the time, this is more about wireless-ness than about what happens when the signal gets wherever “there” is. (Unless, that is, you have the misfortune to be riding in a car in the mountains of northern Pakistan…)

Not this time. And the rather unexpected reason is a new family of wireless speakers dubbed Xeo from Dynaudio, the Danish loudspeaker (and transducer) maker that is as widely respected in the hushed confines of pro audio as in the rough-and-tumble of high-end hi-fi.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 04, 2006 0 comments

Sony's latest top-of-the-line A/V receiver, the STR-DA5200ES, might more fairly be labeled a V/A receiver, being one of the most video-intensive encountered so far.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 17, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza Long ago, I used to sell audio/video gear for a living (not a very good living, I might add).
Daniel Kumin Posted: Jan 27, 2011 0 comments
Key Features
$1,906 monitoraudio.com
• Bronze BX2 ($489/pair): 6½-in (nominal) woofer, 1-in dome tweeter; 13¾ x 7 5 /6 x 10 in; 12¾ lb
• Bronze BX Center ($299): (2) 5½ -in (nominal) woofers, 1-in tweeter; 6½ x 18 1 /8 x 6½ in; 13½ lb
Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 03, 2007 0 comments

the listWe A/V mavens tend to sneer a little (okay, a lot) at those who choose sleek, on-wall aesthetics over all-out audio chops (damn the cost in looks, livability, or length of marriage).

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 03, 2004 0 comments

Unlike almost everything else, the price of new home-entertainment gear moves only one way - down. While $99 DVD recorders bulk-stacked at the Quik-Mart are still a few years away, DVD recorders have already come down to match what a high-end VCR used to cost. Witness Pioneer's new DVR-320 and DVR-520H, with list prices of just $399 and $599, respectively.

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