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  1. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Anthem Statement A5 Multi-Channel Amplifier Review

    Anthem Statement A5 Multi-Channel Amplifier Review As a firm believer in the importance of amplification in my home theater, I am always eager to hear the effect a change in amplification can have on the performance of my system. For the past few years, my daily driver speakers have been...
  2. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review Seagate Personal Cloud: HTF REVIEW

    Seagate Personal Cloud Reviewed by Ronald Epstein March 2015 There are clouds everywhere you look. Tech-Savvy people are uploading and keeping their valuable information on a multitude of online services like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Google Drive. All these services offer free...
  3. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review Review: Henge Docks Gravitas iPhone and iPad Media Dock

    By Ronald Epstein January, 2015 One of the smartest choices I made last year was my decision to switch from Android back to iOS with my purchase of the iPhone 6 Plus. At the time of that purchase I was amazed that the market was absolutely void of any media docks for Apple's new phones...
  4. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Review

    Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Review As I was walking the halls of CEDIA Expo 2013, I chanced upon Definitive Technology’s booth, where they had a pretty long line of folks waiting to hear their new flagship loudspeaker. At the time I had no idea that this was the Mythos...
  5. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K Projector Review

    If you’re anything like me, the 4K displays on the horizon are a promising sign of a future we enthusiasts eagerly await. A future that offers increased resolution and contrast, sharper images and hopefully an extended color gamut. Sony is among the first manufacturers to offer a “true” 4K...
  6. Todd Erwin

    Hardware Review Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review

    When you mention Plantronics, most immediately think of high-quality hands-free headsets for their office or mobile phone. But Plantronics has been slowly edging their way into the entertainment and fitness space with the introduction of their Backbeat series of headphones. Their latest product...
  7. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Feature: PC Gaming in the Home Theater – ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC Review

    PC Gaming in the Home Theater – ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC Review Some of us have reluctantly admitted that gaming in the home theater is something best done on consoles, and despite the best efforts of Sony and Microsoft to bring state of the art visuals to the new generation PS4 and Xbox One...
  8. AlaskanAVGuy

    Hardware Review Samsung F8500 / Review / Calibration / VE Shootout 2013 2014

    Samsung PN64F8500 Plasma Crowned King of HDTV by VE Shootout 2014...again? That's right the Samsung F8500 has now became the very first HDTV to win the infamous VE Shootout back to back. In 2013 it was the battle of the Plasma's, between the Panasonic VT & ZT series which are no longer...
  9. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review BenQ W7500 DLP 3D Projector Review

    Overview As a current owner of BenQ’s W6000 projector I was eager to see what has changed in BenQ’s DLP lineup for the home theater two generations after my projector was introduced. Following 2013’s W7000, the W7500 includes the same 3D functionality but ships without any included 3D glasses...
  10. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review NEST Thermostat with Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote Integration: A Review

    The Perfect NEST For The Home Review by Ronald Epstein July 2014 I have been wanting a Nest thermostat ever since it was introduced to the market in 2010 by Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. These were two guys who who were unimpressed by the herd of thermostats that were...
  11. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote with Nest/Sonos/Philips Integration: A Review

    Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote with Nest Integration Review by Ronald Epstein July 2014 As I sit here about to write this review, it feels like I am continually revisiting an old friend. I have been a huge fan of Logitech and their remote controls. I bought my first Logitech Universal...
  12. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review Dyson Animal DC65 Upright Vacuum: REVIEW (Is it Worth Spending $500+ For A Vacuum?)

    DYSON D65 ANIMAL Reviewed by Ronald Epstein February 2014 You are probably wondering what a vacuum cleaner review is doing in a forum devoted to Home Theater. Well, truth be, I am a reviewer by heart and it just so happens that I was in need of a new vacuum cleaner to replace my Kenmore...
  13. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Oppo PM-1 Headphone Review - Planar Magnetic Perfection

    Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphone Review When long time HTF sponsor Oppo announced they were getting into the headphone market, I was very excited for a multitude of reasons. First, and probably most obvious to those members who own an Oppo player, is that Oppo doesn’t build any mediocre...
  14. Sam Posten

    Hardware Review Paradigm Soundtrack 2 Sound Bar Review

    Paradigm Soundtrack 2 Sound Bar Review I admit to being a bit of a 5.1 snob but have recently had a chance to spread my wings a bit and look at a few 2 channel options that have made me give some consideration to that format and come away more impressed than I expected. The first was in...
  15. Dave Upton

    Hardware Review Marantz AV8801 Processor Review

    Marantz AV8801 Processor Review Marantz is a well respected name in the A/V industry. Founded by Saul Marantz in 1953 in Kew Gardens, New York, the company subsisted by licensing its products to other companies. Acquired by several other companies over the years, Marantz has been owned by...
  16. Ronald Epstein

    Hardware Review Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard: HTF Review

    Harmony Smart Keyboard Reviewed by Ronald Epstein April 2014 Those of you who have been following my reviews over the years already know that I am a huge fan of Logitech Harmony remotes. I have reviewed several of their flagship products over the past decade and find myself continually...
  17. Todd Erwin

    Hardware Review SVS SB-2000 & PB-2000 Subwoofers Review

    The new 2000 series of 12-inch subwoofers from SVS features their new Sledge STA-500D amplifier with DSP controls, boasting 500 watts of power and distortion-free performance. The subwoofers come in a sealed (SB-2000) and ported (PB-2000) design. SVS sent samples of these new products for Home...
  18. Doug Hess

    Hardware Review Fluance SXHTB 5-Channel Home Theater Speaker System

    Is this the Perfect “Friend Package”? You and I are here because we’re different. Our parents and our friends often don’t understand our predilection for this stuff. And unfortunately, we live among people who think MP3 (or AAC) is indistinguishable from uncompressed sound, and who can’t...
  19. Kevin Collins

    Hardware Review Epson 8345 Projector Review

    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...
  20. A

    Hardware Review New AudioControl 4K Receiver Review

    Wasn't sure where to post this but a very nice review of a higher AV receiver from AudioControl in Widescreen this month from the team here in Seattle. We have been making home audio for nearly 40 years and are very proud of this launch. Keep up the great work as well Home Theater Forum, we love...
  21. Doug Hess

    Hardware Review Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Speaker System Review

    I sold high-end audio gear back in the ‘80s and loved it. Mirage and JSE speakers, Threshold amps, Nakamichi tape decks, VPI turntables that we set up with a test LP and an oscilloscope--it was a dream job for any 20-something audiophile. Unfortunately, that job also made me a snob. My...
  22. Todd Erwin

    Hardware Review Monoprice Premium 5.1-Ch. Home Theater System with Subwoofer Review

    Speakers are, perhaps, the most subjective piece of a home theater system. What sounds fantastic to some will sound horrible to others. For newcomers to home theater, the choices for speakers, and their prices, can be overwhelming and intimidating. So, when I was given the opportunity to review...
  23. schan1269

    Hardware Review Pioneer Elite SC79 review

    I'm keeping this review short and tidy. I had it for 3 weeks so there are numerous things I didn't do, nor care to try as I wasn't going to re-wire many things for such a short time. I concentrated on what mattered, to me, most. How it sounded. Also going to throw in two major kudos to...
  24. Type A

    Boston Acoustics TVee One Speaker Base Review

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  25. Sam Posten

    Hardware Review KEF E-305 5.1 Surround Sound Review

    KEF E-305 5.1 HTIB Review Introduction 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...
  26. Todd Erwin

    Hardware Review Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray Disc Player Review

    Sony’s BDP-S5100, which replaces last year’s BDP-S590, is loaded with features, enhancements, and a new design. Over the last four months, I’ve developed a love-hate (mostly love) relationship with the player, mostly due to Sony Tech Support’s responses to a few issues I’ve had. Overall, though...
  27. Type A

    Hardware Review Boston Acoustics TVee One Speaker Base Review

    Boston Acoustics TVee One Review 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...
  28. Adam Gregorich

    Hardware Review Panasonic Viera WT60 LED LCD 47" HDTV Review

    Panasonic Viera WT60 LED LCD 47" HDTV Review If you have always associated Panasonic with plasma technology, then you should be aware of their LCD offerings also. The recently released Viera WT60 line features LED edge lighting, 3D technology with passive glass, and an ultra thin bezel (1.3"...
  29. Alfonso_M

    Boxee: Mr. Jeckyll and Dr. Hyde, an HTF Review

    Is anyone here using 'Boxee live tv' USB adapter (49.00 USD) which connects to an OTA-HD antenna for local HD channels, I'm looking into this box and this feature would be a plus for me as I could retired my old samsung HD-STB. Also, ATT provides free online U-Verse TV service to broadband...