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German Physiks Releases a Gorgeous Goodie for the Ears, the HRS-130
Mar 04, 2015 - 4:53 PM - by Todd Anderson
German Physiks isn’t shy about style. Artfully intriguing and mystifyingly intimidating, its speaker model designs certainly break the mold with untraditional cabinet stylings that make for a remarkably unique group. In fact, uniqueness runs in spades through all of the company’s designs, with each one looking strikingly different than the next. There is one commonality across models, however, and that lies in the use of the company’s proprietary Dicks Dipole Driver (DDD) which looks more like a prop from a Sci-Fi film than a Hi-Fidelity component. The DDD, (a suspended cone-in-a-cage design forged by the mind of Peter Dicks) is an omnidirectional radiator that carries the frequency load from 200Hz up to 24kHz; midrange frequencies are never compromised by a crossover, making for a seamless transition from high to lows.

Recently, German Physiks announced the arrival of its latest creation, the HRS-130 loudspeaker. Today we’ll take a preview peek at the high-end speaker – after all, who doesn’t love to dream?


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Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker Review
Mar 01, 2015 - 10:10 AM - by AudiocRaver
Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker Review

Audioengine B2 (MSRP/Street): $299/$299

by Wayne Myers


The Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker is a high-performance Bluetooth stereo speaker system for receiving a stereo music stream from a smartphone or tablet or any other Bluetooth music transmitter, allowing you to play tunes from your portable devices with room-filling sound at CD quality. It is a little box with big capabilities.

This is the second product I have reviewed by Audioengine. Together, those reviews have demonstrated that the Audioengine team likes to pack lots of...

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AKG K 701 Headphone Review
Feb 27, 2015 - 11:56 AM - by AudiocRaver
AKG K 701 Headphone Review

AKG K 701 (MSRP/Street): $539 / $231

by Wayne Myers


The AKG K 701 Headphone, AKG's flagship headphone until being replaced by the K 812, is well-known for its flat frequency response. In some circles it is considered the flattest headphone available for mixing and mastering or as a portable frequency response reference.

AKG Reference Family

Following is a comparison chart of the current AKG Reference line, including the obsolete K601. Bass response is very flat (thank you,...

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Onkyo Expands Its Online Hi-Res Music Store to United States
Feb 27, 2015 - 11:22 AM - by Todd Anderson
To my fellow Western Hemisphere friends: raise your hand if you know that Onkyo has been operating a Hi-Res music download service since 2005.


You are not alone. At least I think you’re not alone.

Onkyomusic.com is rolling out in the United States, Britain, and Germany.

There are two possible outcomes to today’s article. Either I’ve had my head (and wallet) buried so deep in Apple’s toxic wasteland of music compression depression that I’m about to reveal an embarrassing level of e-music ignorance. Or, I’m about to enlighten you, my fellow enthusiasts, with breaking news that Onkyo has been in the Hi-Res download game for nearly a decade. And to be quite frank, I’m not sure which is the more likely outcome.

Over the past year, we’ve discussed the AV industry’s abrupt gravitation toward marketing Hi-Res playback. It has become an all-out FLAC attack. Of course, there...

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Power Sound Audio MTM-210 Speaker Review
Feb 26, 2015 - 9:55 AM - by AudiocRaver

Power Sound Audio MTM-210 Speaker Review

PSA MTM-210: $799.50 each

by Wayne Myers


The Power Sound Audio MTM-210 is a recently introduced audiophile speaker from the Mineral Ridge, Ohio based speaker and subwoofer manufacturer. While the company's target market is primarily home theater enthusiasts, the MTM-210 caught my attention as an offering poised to cross into two-channel territory, and I was anxious to hear what co-founders Tom Vodhanel and Jim Farina had come up with. The two questions in my mind were:
  • Could the MTM-210 really be considered an audiophile speaker?

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NAD Introduces New Products Emphasizing Integration and Ease of Use
Feb 24, 2015 - 9:46 AM - by Todd Anderson
NAD has been in the audio business for the better part of 40 years. Originally founded in Britain by Dr. Martin Borish (who cut his teeth at Acoustic Research), the brand has been long known for performance on top of value. In fact, the company’s missions are simply stated as: Quality, Performance, and Simplicity. While these descriptors are completely subjective company speak, there is no denying that NAD has hit some home runs over the years with popular selling models, and has received quite a few recognition awards for AV products in the last several years. Its price points have remained middle of the road amongst other high performance gear, partly because NAD migrated production from Taiwan to Chinese facilities several years ago.

The NAD CI 980 Multichannel Amplifier.

Recently, NAD released two new Multichannel amplifiers for custom installers in addition to two new tech convenience add-ons. Today, we’ll take a preview look at...

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Power Sound Audio Welcomes ICE and is Set To Release New Subwoofer Models (S1500, V1500, S3000, S3000i)
Feb 19, 2015 - 4:39 PM - by Todd Anderson
Power Sound Audio (PSA) has released images and details covering four new subwoofer designs. The Ohio based company has also unveiled a new slick-looking website. We have a lot to cover, so let’s dive in and take a look at what Tom Vodhanel and Jim Farina have been cooking-up for fans of the low-end.

Power Sound Audio's new V1500 subwoofer.

BASH is Out, ICE is In
The story behind the story is that PSA is abandoning their use of BASH amplifiers in favor of ICE amps on new subwoofer models. The company says the shift is driven by performance and build quality rationale, but also because Speaker Power (the maker of ICE amplifiers) assembles their amps in the USA. That “Made in the USA” badge should help PSA with inventory logistics, but also makes PSA subwoofers practically created by parts sourced wholly from businesses within the United States. The...

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The GIK Acoustics $750 Shopping Spree Giveaway!
Feb 17, 2015 - 2:19 PM - by Todd Anderson
Win a $750 Shopping Spree at GIK Acoustics!

Home Theater Shack and GIK Acoustics have teamed-up for a $750 Shopping Spree Giveaway. This is a tremendous opportunity to make your Home Theater or Listening Room sound significantly better! GIK Acoustics' products are beyond simple do-it-yourself panels that are found on the market today. They use high-quality materials that will not sag or leak over time, and they build every panel by employing a unique two-frame system. GIK's team of professional builders handcraft each acoustic panel, bass trap, and diffusor to exacting standards, creating attractive and effective products. Dollar for dollar, GIK proudly claims that its products absorb more sabins (sound) than any other traps on the market.

For our exciting Giveaway, one lucky member at HTS will receive a $750 store credit to be used toward a

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