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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 07, 2016 3 comments
To buy or not to buy? That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to pay an Ebay seller several hundred bucks for an ancient Luxman L-80 or take arms against a sea of regrets—that is what has been troubling me for years as I've ogled this stereo integrated amp from 1975. I don't need it; yet I want it. I'm suffering from non-buyer's remorse.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 04, 2016 0 comments
MQA Is Coming to NAD’s BluOS operating system, which covers a variety of wireless-savvy audio components. MQA can stream hi-res audio at CDquality data rates.

Lionsgate Is Adopting Dolby Vision HDR, making it the second movie studio to do so after Warner, as well as Dolby Atmos surround, making it number six following HBO, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner. Dolby Vision boasts 35 streaming titles, but no Blu-ray yet...

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 20, 2016 2 comments

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,800

AT A GLANCE
Plus
CI focus, including eight-port Ethernet hub
9.1 channels for 5.1.4/7.1.2 surround
Redesigned setup mic
Minus
No Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, or DLNA

THE VERDICT
The Sony STR-ZA5000ES combines a hard-kicking amp with custom-install-friendly features.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story “Silver Blaze,” from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the great detective has this conversation with a police inspector, who speaks first:

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Just as the dog that didn’t bark enabled Holmes to identify a killer, the features that the Sony STR-ZA5000ES doesn’t have are clues to its identity. This $2,800 receiver doesn’t have Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, or any other wireless connectivity or network audio option—not even DLNA to work with its Ethernet jacks.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 16, 2016 0 comments
Dynaudio says the soft dome tweeter in its new Contour Series is the best one it's ever used.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 16, 2016 0 comments
The BMR flat-panel driver has been featured in several Cambridge Audio speaker lines. Its latest iteration is the Aeromax series.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 16, 2016 0 comments
Bose aggressively downsized satellite speakers long before it became fashionable. The new Lifestyle 650 system continues the campaign with the OmniJewel, Bose's smallest satellite yet.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 16, 2016 0 comments
Montreal's Totem Acoustic is a speaker brand we haven't celebrated as often as we'd like because for many years its lines didn't reflect a surround sensibility. But CEDIA 2016 turned up two new lines—one with a center speaker, the other with an LCR—that got our attention.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 15, 2016 0 comments
The Denon AVR-X6300H is the brand's first AVR to have 11 amp channels, making it a logical choice for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 use.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 15, 2016 0 comments
The SuperSub X joins the SuperSub XXL in the pantheon of GoldenEar Technology subs.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 15, 2016 3 comments
Shop for cheap cables on Amazon and it won't be long before Monoprice comes up. But the company is good for more than cables.

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