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Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 17, 2010 0 comments

If Porsche made a front-engine, water-cooled delivery van, would it still be a "real" Porsche? Car nuts could argue such a question 'til doomsday — and indeed have, beginning in 1978 when Porsche debuted its muchdebated water-cooled, front-engine Model 928. Audio buffs no doubt are ready to do likewise regarding the new Motion speaker range from MartinLogan.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 16, 2010 0 comments

I’ve seen plenty of loudspeaker “breakthroughs” in my half-a-lifetime around the audio sideshow, including speakers shaped like ears, tubas, and croquet balls. And there have also been “revolutionary” new driver designs that resembled stars, chafing dishes, and origami.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 26, 2010 0 comments

The name is different, but the speakers are basically the same. MK Sound’s resurrection of the classic 150THX speaker system delivers controlroom sound to those seeking precision, clarity, and detail in their movie and music presentation.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 18, 2010 0 comments

Marantz, the longest-running name among all receiver makers, has taken a decidedly “audiophile-value” approach with its current lineup.

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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 04, 2010 0 comments

I've seen plenty of loudspeaker "breakthroughs" in my half-a-lifetime around the audio sideshow, including speakers shaped like ears, tubas, and croquet balls.

Daniel Kumin Posted: May 07, 2010 0 comments

Earthquake Sound's origins are deep in the world of 12-volt (that's car stereo to you and me), where they take their bass, and their SPLs, very seriously. So while I was a bit dismayed by the size of the carefully shrink-wrapped pallet that its Titan Telesto-based speaker system arrived on - it could easily have contained a whole-house stand-by-generator - I was not particularly surprised.

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: Jan 21, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$1,140 Polkaudio.com
• OWM5 front left/right and center ($180 each) (
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jan 10, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$799 Svsound.com
• Audyssey DSP room/ subwoofer equalization • Supplied

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