Pioneer SC-85 Receiver Review

Over a year ago I reviewed the Yamaha CX-A5000 preamp which was one of the first to use the ESS SABRE 9016 DAC in a multi-channel product. The sound quality from this was well ahead of other preamps I had used but it is expensive at $2,500. Now Pioneer has used those same ESS DACs […]

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Samsung SUHD Calibration

On April 2nd in New York, Samsung held a press event to celebrate the release of their SUHD TVs. While these have actually been shipping for a bit now, some of the other models were not officially announced yet and the prices were unknown. Far more interesting to me, and many of the reviewers on-hand, […]

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Oppo PM-3 Headphones

Oppo PM-3 Headphones Review

The PM-3 is Oppo’s third planar magnetic headphone, following the PM-1 and PM-2. Unlike the PM-1 and PM-2, the Oppo PM-3 is a closed back design. Not only is outside noise reduced, allowing more of the music to be heard, music leakage from the headphone is also limited. The Oppo PM-3 utilizes a new 55mm […]

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Oppo HA-2 Headphone Amp and DAC Review

Oppo’s previous personal audio releases, the HA-1 Headphone Amp and PM-1 and PM-2 headphones, scored very well with Reference Home Theater. Now they are supplementing their personal audio lineup with the new HA-2 Portable Headphone Amp and DAC. Even with the high bar set by their headphones, the Oppo HA-2 performs even better. Packed with […]

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Pioneer Elite Atmos Speakers Featured

Pioneer Elite Atmos Speakers Review

Atmos was the break-out technology of the 2014 CEDIA Expo. Over a dozen companies were showcasing it in some manner with two distinct approaches. Many companies were using in-ceiling speakers, which being a custom install show should not be a surprise. Yet how many people do you know that are eager to drill and install […]

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OmniMount OE120IW TV Mount Review

The OE120IW, part of the OmniElite Series, is a brand new style from OmniMount featuring Ultra Low Profile in-wall installation. How do they obtain such a low profile? All the mounting hardware is situated inside the wall, between 2 studs. This allows the extension arm to retract into the gap between the studs and the […]

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SlingTV Review

Wednesday night I got to see Russell Westbrook take an inbounds pass in overtime, dash down the lane, and score with 0.8 seconds left to give the OKC Thunder a win at Washington. When I put the kids to sleep I sit there and read Twitter while I wait for them to finally fall asleep. […]

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Kaleidescape Alto Featured

Kaleidescape Alto Review

Kaleidescape Cinema One delivered the Kaleidescape system to people at a new price point, but caused confusion. You were able to import and playback your DVDs on the Cinema One, but Blu-ray discs were a bit different. You could import them, but to play them back required the disc to be in the player or […]

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