Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  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.

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

Mark Fleischmann  |  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.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Five years in the making, Paradigm's Persona is the company's new top line. It includes four towers, monitor, center, and sub.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Polk Audio's new Signature Series of speakers and Magnifi Mini compact soundbar are bristling with bright aspirations and cunning engineering, including ideas pioneered by now-retired cofounder Matthew Polk himself.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 12, 2016  |  1 comments
Bose sets its sights on kids eight years and older with the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. The 4.75-inch cube comes as a kit with eight silhouette covers, side panels, speaker panel, control panel, power supply, speaker magnet, voice coil, and 40 clips.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  0 comments
The Netflix Binge Scale measures series likely to be consumed in a single week. At the top end are thrillers like Breaking Bad and Dexter, while political dramas like House of Cards and The West Wing are watched over a longer period.

UltraFlix brings UHD and HD streaming to partnering smart TVs (from Hisense, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Vizio) and media players (Roku 4). It offers more than 1,000 hours of movies, shows, sports, concerts, and documentaries...

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2016  |  1 comments
It seems like a dream come true. After decades of sabotaging efforts to create a cable-ready standard for television sets, the cable industry appears to have come to its senses. The NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association) has proposed a “ditch the box” initiative that embraces several necessary components of a scheme to replace the ailing 14-year-old CableCARD standard.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 30, 2016  |  0 comments
Rovi has bought TiVo, everyone’s favorite DVR maker, and adopted its name. Why is this $1.1 billion deal so richly ironic? Rovi got its start in 1983 as Macrovision, a videocassette anti-copy system that caused strobing of images on playback of illegal tape-to-tape copies. As an unintended side effect, the system sometimes did the same even with authorized prerecorded tapes. So it’s quite an eyebrow raiser to see Macrovision’s successor absorbing a company devoted to personal video recording.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 25, 2016  |  0 comments

LCR3 Speaker
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SB-900 Subwoofer
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FS3 Soundbar
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PRICE $1,550 to $2,075 as reviewed

Slim-profile passive soundbar, or...
Compact LCRs in front, with...
One sub or two
AVR required for passive bar
Inherent limits of 8-inch sub

Whether configured with a three-channel soundbar up front or compact LCRs all around, this system delivers deeply satisfying performance for the price, with plenty of listening comfort.

How should your 5.1-channel system handle the three channels in front? You might use the traditional approach of three separate speakers. Then again, you might simply use a passive soundbar with left, center, and right drivers. We’ve reviewed both kinds of systems—but until now, we haven’t reviewed both options at once. In this Test Report, that’s just what we’re going to do. We’ll start with Atlantic Technology’s new FS3 soundbar in the front and two voice-matched LCR3 satellites in the surround positions. Then we’ll swap out the soundbar for three more satellites to see what that brings to the table. To make it even more interesting, we’ll start with a single 8-inch SB-900 subwoofer, then contemplate the advantages of adding a second one.