Component Reviews


Channel Master OTA HD-DVR+ Recorder</br>SRP: $250 Channel Master OTA HD-DVR+ Recorder
SRP: $250

Published on March 26, 2014

The best current cut-the-cord option if you receive good OTA TV where you are.


Nova II Phono Preamplifer</br>SRP: $1200 Nova II Phono Preamplifer
SRP: $1200

Published on February 21, 2014

A very high quality phono preamp at a reasonable price; runs on batteries.


Astell&Kern AK100 Hi-Res Mobile Player 
SRP: $699 Astell&Kern AK100 Hi-Res Mobile Player SRP: $699
Published on December 10, 2013

Taking your hi-res audio files with you portably is certainly worth it, but an expensive option so far.


Mapleshade Speaker Plinths, 
c. $495 pr. for tower speakers,
Center Channel Bedrock c. $240 Mapleshade Speaker Plinths, c. $495 pr. for tower speakers, Center Channel Bedrock c. $240
Published on October 26, 2013

A useful tweak to improve the sound of most any speakers.


Aperion Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers,
SRP: $699 pr. Aperion Verus Grand Bookshelf Speakers, SRP: $699 pr.
Published on September 10, 2013

A fine example of reasonably-priced bookshelf loudspeakers.


Pioneer SE-DIR800C Digital Wireless Surround Headphones Pioneer SE-DIR800C Digital Wireless Surround Headphones
Published on June 04, 2013

Pioneer SE-DIR800C Digital Wireless Surround Headphones SRP: $400 Components: Infrared transmitter unit  Cordless stereo headphones Vertical stand for phones AC wall wart 2 rechargeable batteries (approx. 16 hours usage time) Coax digital cable Manual Features: Can create up to five virtual speakers in your head from DTS or Dolby Surround digital sources Built-in Dolby Digital, […]


Surround Master Processor Surround Master Processor
Published on May 06, 2013

A very effective pseudo-surround processor for any stereo source, lacking proper switching into an already-existing surround system.


Free DSD Firmware Update for Oppo 103 & 105 Universal Disc Players Free DSD Firmware Update for Oppo 103 & 105 Universal Disc Players
Published on March 29, 2013

Oppo BDP-103 and105 players can now play DSD files. A free update gives users a taste of the ultra-high end.


Oppo BDP-105 Universal 3D Blu-Ray Player Oppo BDP-105 Universal 3D Blu-Ray Player
Published on February 19, 2013

Terrific audio and video disc playback, but somewhat problematic in network streaming.


XpanD x104 Universal 3D Shutter Glasses XpanD x104 Universal 3D Shutter Glasses
Published on September 21, 2012

The first totally compatible (all shutter-system 3D brands) and IR or Bluetooth-capable 3D glasses.




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