Daniel Kumin

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 05, 2002 0 comments

The two-tiered THX certification system for A/V components reminds me of canned black olives: the smallest ones you can buy are labeled "large," and they range upward from there to "jumbo," "colossal," and, I suppose, "gargantuan." Similarly, the lowest THX rating, THX Select, is awarded to very good midprice gear, while THX Ultra2 (an upgrade of plain ol

Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Sometimes boring is better, like Canada's boringly complete and universal health care, boringly low crime rates, and boringly high educational levels. And then there's the boringly predictable excellence and value of the speaker systems that march south from Canada to the showrooms and home theaters of the lower 48.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 06, 2001 0 comments

The "trickle-down" economics theory didn't work, but it sure seems to describe what's happening in the world of home theater electronics. Take one of the latest multichannel refinements, those 6.1- and 7.1-channel surround modes that require adding one (or two) back surround speakers to the standard five-speaker-plus-subwoofer array.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

Almost 20 years ago matrix-encoded Dolby Surround videotapes and laserdiscs brought surround sound to home theaters. Almost 15 years ago Dolby Pro Logic decoding raised the ante by extracting a center-channel signal from Dolby Surround recordings. And more than half a decade has passed since Dolby Digital brought discrete digital 5.1-channel surround sound home.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 26, 2001 0 comments

When this magazine's predecessor, Stereo Review, evaluated Energy's Take 5 system some four years ago, micro-size home theater speaker systems weren't too common.

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.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Feb 02, 1989 0 comments

Denon's AVR-4308CI impressed, with very good power results, and virtually perfect noise and linearity performance. Power with stereo channels driven handily bettered Denon's 140 watts spec, and performance with 5 channels driven was only a scant half-dB shy of that mark, at 126 watts.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 31, 1988 0 comments

Pioneer's latest A/V receiver produced uniformly excellent bench results: linearity and S/N were close to perfect on both PCM and Dolby Digital signals, while distortion and frequency response were nearly as good (the latter, in particular, on 96/24 PCM).

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 05, 1988 0 comments

As seems usual for Onkyo, the TX-SR605 showed just how technically accomplished mass-produced electronics can be today, with perfectly flat frequency response and perfect D/A linearity to -90 dB (and beyond). Both are as good results as I've measured, and while my memory isn't infallible, I believe this to be the first time these two particular aces have been drawn by the same unit.

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