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Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 12, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$1,499 (pair) Sonystyle.com
• 7 x 120 watts (1 kHz, 0.7% THD, 2 channels driven)
• Wired network-ready
• Shoutcast and Rhapsody Internet music access
• DLNA certified
•3D-ready (pass-through); HDMI audio return channel
• Upconverts analog video to 1080p format via HDMI
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Daniel Kumin Posted: May 31, 2008 0 comments

The Short Form

Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 12, 2012 0 comments

Were we to travel to, say, Jupiter, and abduct its leading audio engineer (turnabout is fair play, after all), we might want to ask him (or it) this question: what’s the very best way to design a loudspeaker for the reproduction of high-fidelity music?

There’s no doubt in my mind as to how our Jovian guest would answer: “Active/powered!”

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 10, 2009 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,000 / INTEGRAHOMETHEATER.COM
Snapshot
Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 25, 2012 0 comments

As home theater has become ever more digitally sophisticated, A/V separate components, specifically preamp-processors, have become thinner on the ground as many smaller, separates-oriented manufacturers drop away. While A/V receivers today steal much of the limelight (and dollars), separates soldier on, mostly from the major-brand makers, each of which offers a flagship pre-pro. So too do a handful of low-volume, high-end makers offering very expensive models.

Rotel is one of a very few to occupy the middle ground with a separates line dedicated to both performance and value, and priced for people who might still have to think about it. The RSP-1572, the firm’s most recent pre-pro, is the company’s marquee A/V component.

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).
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 09, 2010 0 comments

It has long been axiomatic that Apple changed the world forever when it unveiled the iTunes online Music Store. (At least the computer-savvy, mainstream music-listening, iPod-toting part of it.) But where does that leave the rest of us-the freaks, geeks, and old-folks who still rely on to physical media, because it just doesn't feel right to drive an expensive audio system, replete with digital processing power greater than the Apollo moon lander's and speaker cables as wide as a fire hose, via a toy-like portable device?

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: Jun 05, 2001 0 comments
At some future date, someone, somewhere, will come up with a bigger, heavier, more powerful, and more fully featured A/V receiver than the one reviewed here. But until then we'll just have to make do with Denon's AVR-5800 - all 62 pounds, 1,190 watts, and seven THX Ultra-certified channels of it.

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