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    Equipment Reviews


    Epson 8345 Projector Review

    Mar 14 2014 07:47 PM | Kevin Collins in Equipment Reviews

    Projector Review: Epson 8345



    When we met up with Epson at CEDIA last year, we spoke with Jason about the new line-up of Epson PJ’s and some of the existing PJ’s that have been in the Epson line-up. While Epson has a vast array of PJ’s from entry level 2D and 3D all the way up to PJ’s specifically for the CEDIA channel, Epson always focuses on price to value performance.

    Many enthusiasts are looking to move to something significantly larger than a rear panel LCD can offer and they want to do that within a budget. Previously “within a budget” meant being satisfied with a 720P projector and one that had poor performance characteristics. The Epson 8345 is changing what performance an enthusiast can get for a very reasonable price.

    Read story →    18 comments    **---    Hardware Review, Hardware, LCD

    XTZ 99.26 MKII Reference Bookshelf Review

    Jan 10 2014 01:16 PM | Dave Upton in Equipment Reviews

    XTZ is a Swedish manufacturer and seller of audio gear that is manufactured as affordably as possible, at the highest quality possible with top of the line components from vendors such as SEAS and Peerless, then sent to the consumer at internet direct prices. Due to the unique quality, value and styling of XTZ products, they are extremely popular in Europe, enjoying a cult following and an excellent reputation. XTZ has only recently broken into the US market, but is looking forward to showing US consumers why they are so popular in Europe.

    Read story →    8 comments    -----    2-Channel, Speaker

    KEF E-305 5.1 Surround Sound Review

    Nov 21 2013 01:40 PM | Sam Posten in Equipment Reviews

    I was first introduced to KEF Speakers at the dawn of the release of DVD by a neighbor who was both a huge audiophile and a laserdisk fan. At the time I had just gotten my first 'real' job and was intent on building a home theater that would be capable enough to make the new format sing. His set of KEFs was certainly drool worthy but clearly out of my league price wise, and auditioning their lower end speakers was a bit problematic in my area, ultimately I went with another brand but the experience left a lasting impression.

    Read story →    21 comments    ***--    Hardware Review, Speaker and 2 more...

    Boston Acoustics TVee One Speaker Base Review

    Nov 14 2013 09:41 AM | Type A in Equipment Reviews

    Introduction
    Being a satisfied Boston Acoustics Receptor Radio owner for many years, its been my trusty alarm clock radio for over a decade, I was intrigued to hear the performance of the Boston Acoustics TVee One Speaker Base. Will it impress me in the ways my little Boston clock radio has? Would it have the same unusually good bass response? Is it a very simple and intuitive design just like my radio? And is it well worth the price of admission and yet beyond your standard run-of-the-mill sound bar? High expectations, and comical since they're based on a clock radio, but lets a take a look and see if Boston can make that $300 a worthy investment and a considerable improvement to your lame TV speakers you're currently enjoying...

    Read story →    0 comments    ***--    Hardware, Hardware Review and 1 more...

    Power Sound Audio XS30 Subwoofer Review

    Oct 18 2013 08:12 AM | Dave Upton in Equipment Reviews

    If you haven’t heard the name of our newest forum sponsor Power Sound Audio yet, don’t worry; it’s only a matter of time before the brand goes completely viral. Co-founded by Tom Vodhanel and Jim Farina and headquartered in Mineral Ridge, Ohio; Power Sound Audio is an American audio company to its core. Both the co-founders have a long history in the industry and are known for designing killer products that deliver impressive bang for the buck. This same philosophy has become the core of what Power Sound Audio does today, producing high quality subwoofers at affordable prices while never compromising on performance.

    Read story →    26 comments    *****    Hardware, Subwoofer, Ztagtest

    Salk Signature Sound HT2-TL & HT2C Review

    Aug 19 2013 04:44 AM | Dave Upton in Equipment Reviews

    If you happen to be a follower of the online AV community, chances are that at some point you have seen the name Salk mentioned. Mentions of Jim Salk’s name and his products have grown more frequent over the past few years, and for good reason. Jim Salk and his company Salk Signature Sound manufactures speakers that have taken the Internet direct audio world by storm.

    Read story →    0 comments    *****    Ztagtest, Hardware

    Orb Audio People's Choice System Review

    Aug 15 2013 04:57 AM | Eben Atwater in Equipment Reviews

    What Orb sells is designed, manufactured and assembled here in the US: I don't know about you, but that sure does make a difference to me.

    Orb is employee-owned and dedicated purely to making great speakers. Contact the company and you'll talk to real employees who know what they're talking about and speaks with genuine passion for their craft. Everybody from owners to designers share duties answering phones and emails.

    Read story →    5 comments    -----    Ztagtest, Hardware, Subwoofer

    SVS Ultra 5.0 speaker review.

    May 22 2013 07:53 PM | schan1269 in Equipment Reviews

    Read Sam Chandler's review of the new SVS Ultra series speakers. Whether you're into music, movies or some combination inbetween, you'll want to read this write up on what promises to be one of the hottest home theater products of the year. -Ed.

    Read story →    2 comments    *****    Subwoofer, SVS, Hardware and 1 more...

    Axiom Audio Epic 80 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Review

    May 15 2013 07:16 AM | Dave Upton in Equipment Reviews

    In the small but innovative world of Internet direct audio manufacturers, Canadian manufacturer Axiom Audio has been steady and consistent presence in a rather tumultuous industry. In 1980 Axiom Audio was born and by 1981 had released its first product. Founder Ian Colquhoun joined Canada’s National Research Council project with the iconic Dr. Floyd Toole, their focus on research aiming to standardize loudspeaker measurement – methodologies that are widely used today. By 1986 Axiom had released its second speaker and had garnered its first award. Since then, Axiom has grown and evolved but maintains the same focus on quality, customer service and audio purity that it has since its inception.

    Read story →    1 comments    -----    Subwoofer, Hardware

    Ceton InfiniTV6-ETH Network Cable Card Adapter Review

    May 14 2013 10:46 AM | mattCR in Equipment Reviews

    From the beginning, I've followed Ceton. I received one of the very first InfiniTV4, in the first batch, as soon as they had them. I participated in the Echo and App Betas. And from the beginning, I loved the direction that Ceton was taking. Ceton was bringing real life to the cable card in Windows Media Center, and allowing us to do things that just we always wanted.. but Microsoft and others never pushed. ATI had their 2-Tuner external USB Cable Card device, but outside of being clunky it was nearly ungettable; you had to acquire it through specific sources and it's tuning capabilities were rather poor.

    Read story →    6 comments    -----    Hardware

    Panasonic TC-P55ST60 3D Plasma HTF Equipment Review

    May 13 2013 07:19 AM | mattCR in Equipment Reviews

    I’ve spent a lot of time this year focusing on our new theater room. In putting together that room, I wanted the best that I could get.. within reason, and I wanted to be able to have a theater that really brought the movie experience home. As we worked to build that room, I realized – with a little prodding – that I spend more than my fair share of time watching TV in our bedroom, and the 4+ year old Samsung 46” LCD we were using could use a refresh too.

    One of the decisions to make really revolves around how much money you really want to spend for what kind of quality. There is no doubt that cheap LCD big screens are available everywhere – no name brands with mixed quality. I wanted to get the highest quality possible at the best bang for the buck.

    Read story →    23 comments    -----    Hardware