David Vaughn

David Vaughn  |  May 02, 2024  |  9 comments

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PRICE $1,599

AT A GLANCE
Plus Fantastic build quality
Universal disc compatibility
Analog XLR audio output
Minus
No Wi-Fi or onboard streaming apps
Horrible remote

THE VERDICT
The player's build quality is top-notch, but there are a few quirks that need to be addressed.

Though the famous Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) quote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” has been twisted over time from the original quote, “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” both very much apply to the state of physical media today.

David Vaughn  |  Aug 22, 2023  |  2 comments

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The Greatest Showman is a musical inspired by the life of Phineas Tayler “P.T.” Barnum, creator of the world famous (and now defunct) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. It’s the story of how an ambitious and imaginative entertainer rises from humble beginnings to become a showbiz pioneer and one of the best looking and sounding movies available on home video.
David Vaughn  |  Aug 04, 2023  |  18 comments
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Set in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, the film follows the story of Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten), a Jewish singer who becomes involved with the Dutch Resistance after the family hiding her is killed in a bombing raid. Disguised as a blonde Gentile, Stein successfully infiltrates German headquarters as a spy, using her charm, wit, and sex appeal to gain valuable information. However, as her undercover work intensifies, she finds herself entangled in a web of deceit, danger, and unexpected alliances.
David Vaughn  |  Aug 03, 2023  |  7 comments

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PRICE $2,189

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Foundation-shaking bass
Outstanding Build Quality
Servo-control is the real-deal
Minus
Very Heavy
Large footprint can make room placement challenging

THE VERDICT
Rythmik’s direct servo technology isn’t a marketing slogan—it provides the most precise bass these ears have ever heard.

David Vaughn  |  Jun 23, 2023  |  3 comments

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1923 — exclusive on Kaleidescape through early August — is a prequel to the popular TV show Yellowstone that follows the Dutton family in the early 20th century as they struggle to survive the harsh realities of the American West. Set in 1923 during Prohibition — a time of cascading hardships including drought and the lead-up to the Great Depression — the Duttons must fight to keep their Montana ranch and preserve their way of life amid challenges by new enemies and rapid change brought on by the transition to electricity, modern appliances, and automobiles.
David Vaughn  |  Jun 22, 2023  |  3 comments

RSL W25E In-Wall Speakers
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RSL CG25 Center Speaker
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RSL Speedwoofer 12s
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PRICE $2,020 (as tested)
(2) W25E left/right speaker, $199
(1) CG25 center speaker, $425
(2) W25E surround speaker, $199
(1) Speedwoofer 12s subwoofer, $799

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Clean output
Edgeless magnetic grille
Angled baffle design improves imaging
Minus
Installation requires insulation behind the speaker

THE VERDICT
Outstanding sound quality at an affordable price that will please even the most demanding audiophile listener.

I recently upgraded from traditional box speakers to in-wall speakers after delving into the world of in-walls with my recent review of the SVS 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer, which I installed in my den. My wife never liked the aesthetics of the entertainment system because the first thing you saw walking through the door was a wall-mounted bookshelf speaker, which stuck out a good 8 inches from the wall. Despite the great sound, it wasn't so easy on the eyes.

David Vaughn  |  May 31, 2023  |  0 comments

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PRICE $2,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Tight and fast bass response
Adjustable tuning controls via handy app
Frees up floor space
Minus
Installation limitations based on room construction
In-wall convenience comes with a steep price

THE VERDICT
The SVS 3000 In-Wall subwoofer is a powerful and customizable high-end subwoofer that delivers impactful bass without taking up any floor space.

Renowned for its expertise in crafting high-performance subwoofers, SVS has carved a niche for itself within the home theater and music system communities. Established in 1998 by a team of passionate audio enthusiasts their mission was to revolutionize the subwoofer market by delivering exceptional performance that exceeded existing offerings.

David Vaughn  |  May 14, 2023  |  1 comments

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HBO has a long tradition of creating “must watch” shows over the past 25 years. Their latest hit, The Last of Us, is based on the video game of the same name that was developed by Naughty Dog and released back in 2013 for the PlayStation 3. The series is created by Craig Mazin, known for his work on the HBO series Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the video game.
David Vaughn  |  Apr 25, 2023  |  3 comments
For eight months, I've had a Kaleidescape Strato-C and 48TB Terra server in my system and the user experience has been outstanding. At the time my initial review posted many readers argued that the system offered poor value compared to ripping discs onto local storage solutions and playing them through an Nvidia Shield or similar front-end device.
David Vaughn  |  Apr 11, 2023  |  7 comments

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James Cameron’s epic sci-fi film Avatar changed the landscape of movie-making when it debuted in 2010. Fans of the celebrated director flocked to theaters, ultimately producing box office receipts that topped $2.9 billion worldwide and making it the top grossing film of all-time. Now, 13 years later, Avatar: The Way of Water is enjoying the same mega-blockbuster success, having grossed over $2.3 billion since the sequel was released to theaters in December, making it the third highest grossing film in history behind 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which raked in $2.8 billion.

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