Daniel Kumin

Daniel Kumin  |  Jun 05, 2006  |  0 comments
Crystal Acoustics is a new brand to me, and to most American home theater fans. The British outfit exploits the far from revolutionary concept of combining European design with made-in-China cost efficiency to reach for a new level of affordability.
Daniel Kumin  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  0 comments

For most people, flagship A/V receivers costing $4,000 to $6,000 are just too much: too much size, weight, complexity, and, for sure, money. But the cheapest models are too limited in connections and, more often than not, too flimsy. The result?

Daniel Kumin  |  Apr 03, 2006  |  0 comments
It's not cheap, but Inteset's luxury-class Windows Media Center server does it all, and does it well. After years of false starts, the age of convergence app
Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 03, 2005  |  0 comments
Revel is the most audiophile-oriented speaker division of the Harman International empire, which includes JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, and Lexicon.
Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 03, 2005  |  0 comments
Over the years, there's been an Apricot (a brand of computers), an Orange Micr
Daniel Kumin  |  Oct 03, 2005  |  0 comments

Pioneer sure packed an awful lot of stuff into its new A/V receiver, the Elite VSX-74TXVi, beginning with the mouthful of letters in its model name. Far more engaging is its iPod connectivity: this is the first receiver we've seen to offer fully integrated control for Apple's ubiquitous iPod music player.

Daniel Kumin  |  Jun 19, 2005  |  0 comments

What's big and black, rumbles a lot, and can go really, really deep? If you said "a submarine," you're right. If you said "a subwoofer," you're half right.

Daniel Kumin  |  Apr 30, 2005  |  0 comments
Don't buy this receiver if you have a bad back, a rickety rack, or a bulging credit limit. Because Denon's latest flagship, the AVR-5805, is as tall as many receivers are deep, as deep as many are wide, as heavy as a pair of many other flagship models - and as expensive as a two-year-old Kia.
Daniel Kumin  |  Apr 05, 2005  |  0 comments

Santa squeezed an awful lot of flat-panel TVs down an awful lot of chimneys last year. (He bends the space-time continuum, that's how.) And as those lucky households recover from holiday bills, thoughts are turning to sleek on-wall speaker systems to finish the job.

Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 27, 2004  |  0 comments

Sure, it's great to be an "early adopter" of new technology. You get to play with the latest, coolest gear before any of your oh-so-20th-century friends, and you can learn about new trends as they emerge, transforming yourself into a thundering bore . . . er, valued cocktail-party guest.