Daniel Kumin

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Daniel Kumin  |  Feb 02, 2007  |  0 comments

The Onkyo TX-SR804's overall performance was fairly typical of mid-range receivers today, which is to say astonishingly good in most respects: Noise, distortion, and frequency response were generally very good.

Daniel Kumin  |  Jan 01, 2007  |  0 comments

I encountered no glitches or surprises while testing the Sunfire Theater Grand Receiver 3. Power output was consistently among the highest I have measured from a multichannel receiver, and its 165 watts (22.2 dBW) per channel with 5 channels driven represents a clear benchmark for the category (3 to 4 dB greater than flagship receivers from many other manufacturers achieve).

Daniel Kumin  |  Jan 01, 2007  |  0 comments

In a career spanning four decades, Sunfire's founder and chief designer Bob Carver has morphed from bushy to bald, young Turk to elder (or at least older) statesman, and iconoclast to anointed icon. Throughout, one thing neither he nor his designs has ever been is dull, and Sunfire's latest "Theater Grand" A/V receiver is no exception.

Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 04, 2006  |  0 comments

Sony's latest top-of-the-line A/V receiver, the STR-DA5200ES, might more fairly be labeled a V/A receiver, being one of the most video-intensive encountered so far.

Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 02, 2006  |  0 comments

The Sony STR-DA5200ES presented no surprises. Power was generous in all tests save all-channels-driven, where the receiver topped out at 66 watts all around; note that this is only 4 or 5 dB less than from the most powerful receivers we've tested on the demanding all-channels-driven test.

Daniel Kumin  |  Nov 04, 2006  |  0 comments

For years, Baltimore's Definitive Technology has produced phalanxes of tall, imposing, powerful floorstanding towers.

Daniel Kumin  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments

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Daniel Kumin  |  Nov 02, 2006  |  0 comments

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Daniel Kumin  |  Oct 04, 2006  |  0 comments

And now," said Dr. Freud, "we will do a little free association, ja? If I say Vienna, do you say ... sausage? Waltz? Sacher torte?"