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What single measure best indicates speakers will sound Natural, Refined, Clear, & Transparent?
Frequency Response - flat. - 27.27%
6 Votes
Frequency Response - smooth, not flat, but the changes in the response curve are gradual when viewed with 12th-octave smoothing. - 40.91%
9 Votes
Distortion - especially low mid-frequency distortion. - 13.64%
3 Votes
Distortion - especially low high-frequency distortion. - 0%
0 Votes
Impulse Response - close to ideal impulse shape. - 13.64%
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Impedance vs. Frequency - minimum variation across frequency range. - 0%
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Phase Response - close to linear phase. - 4.55%
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Total Votes: 22
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Gearing-Up for CES 2015: LG Says to Prepare for Quantum Dots
Dec 18, 2014 - 1:00 PM - by Todd Anderson
It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearly in the books, and as you’ll see in our forthcoming “Year in Review,” a lot has happened in the A/V world over the past 12 months. For most, this time of year is a wind-down period meant for food, gifts, family, and festivities. Tech manufacturers, however, are spinning-up for the largest electronics show on the planet: CES 2015. There’s simply no rest for the weary. In a few short weeks the tech world will descend upon the Vegas strip, with an estimated* 3,600 companies showing off more than 20,000 new products to some 160,000 attendees.



LG is jumping into Quantum Dots.


Recently, companies have begun to hint at some of their more interesting offerings; secrecy is no longer the name of the game. Why wait when your product can jump into the spotlight now? This week, LG took the press plunge and announced some very interesting Ultra HD TV news. Quantum Dots.

Rubbing your eyes?...

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Dolby Looks to the Future with Dolby Cinema
Dec 15, 2014 - 6:03 PM - by Todd Anderson
For decades, commercial cinemas remained the only destination capable of delivering the grandeur of true movie magic, easily eclipsing home theater performance in nearly every category imaginable. The home theater realm seemed suspended in an everlasting game of catch-up and imitation, handcuffed by the limitations of existing technologies. The tables were turned, however, in the early 2000s with the introduction of high definition (HD) screens and media. In a matter of years, the masses were given access to radically larger displays, improved projector images, crystal clear picture clarity, and ear shattering HD audio codecs…all in the comfort of their own homes.



Dolby has a futuristic vision of what commercial cinemas will offer.


The intrusion of in-home AV quality and convenience into commercial cinema's future plans has been undeniable, illustrated by the fact that ...

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SVS Prime Tower Review
Dec 12, 2014 - 3:37 AM - by AudiocRaver


SVS Prime Tower Review








SVS Prime Tower: $499.99 each



by Wayne Myers



Introduction

The SVS Prime Tower was introduced at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October. At $1000 per pair, the Prime Tower has a lot of competition in its class, speakers that are trying to sound like their more expensive bigger brothers. Some come close but most have flaws which hold them back, as is to be expected. A few really shine, seeming to break any rules about how much a speaker should cost to sound really good.

I got a good introduction to the...

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SVS's New PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer is Shipping Now
Dec 08, 2014 - 11:35 AM - by Todd Anderson
Just in time for the Holidays, SVS Sound has declared open season on its new PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer. Originally announced in October, SVS’s latest rounded subsonic bass master was certainly overshadowed by the reveal of its new Prime Speaker line. Nevertheless, the company says they are now in stock and ready to ship.



SVS's new PC-2000 is shipping now.


Why a giant cylinder, you ask? The company’s three different cylindrical models offer a uniquely small footprint for users with tight space requirements. Instead of taking up floor space like their boxy ported brothers, they offer enclosure volume through height. In addition, cylinders present a fresh physical design element for non-dedicated home theater spaces (such as living rooms and family rooms) without a...

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Power Sound Audio’s MTM-210 Loudspeaker: A First Look Review
Dec 02, 2014 - 8:03 PM - by Todd Anderson
Home Theater Shack recently took possession of a pair of Power Sound Audio’s (PSA) new MTM-210 loudspeakers. Today, we’re giving you, our members, a first look at the speaker, with a more detailed review by HTS Staff Speaker Guru Wayne Meyers coming sometime in mid-December.



Power Sound Audio's MTM-210 Loudspeaker.


The MTM-210 is the largest model in PSA’s new loudspeaker line (the MT-110 is its smaller sibling). Measuring 28"H x 11"W x 16"D and a hefty 55-pounds, the MTM-210’s size pushes the standard definition of a bookshelf speaker. That being said, it’s not tall enough to be a true floorstander and, despite its girth, is sized appropriately to perch on speaker stands (they fit perfectly on a pair of sand-weighted VTI stands).
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Introducing Denon's New Flagship Network Receiver: The AVR-X7200W
Nov 25, 2014 - 3:23 PM - by Todd Anderson
Saving the best for last, Denon recently completed its 2014 rollout of new AVR gear with the announcement of its AVR-X7200W Atmos Network A/V Receiver. Loaded with tantalizing features such as 9-channels, 3 zones, Dolby Atmos, a beefy power section, MultEQ XT32, and 4K 50/60Hz upscaling, the X7200W looks to be a world-beater and will surely find itself on the shortlist for enthusiasts targeting a new receiver in the coming year.



Denon's Flagship AVR: The X7200W

Headlining the X7200W’s list of features is news that Denon is shipping their top unit with Dolby’s latest decoding technology. Atmos has been stealing headlines for several months and early indications seem to suggest that this latest codec has a real chance of sticking. In addition, Denon is including Auro3D, an Atmos-like technology that allows for additional height and top channels to create an immersive multi-layered sound effect. Auro3D, however, is not installed...

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Old News Turns Into Good News: Plasma Sell-Off Means Great Deals Are Here
Nov 21, 2014 - 1:15 PM - by Todd Anderson
It would appear that reality has finally set-in. Cinephiles, hang your heads. Plasma is officially dead. We’ve known this day has been coming. We’ve known there’s no turning back. Manufactures have been digging its grave for years, and retailers are now delivering the casket. I get it…but it’s still hard to accept.




Perhaps the home theater junkie in me is brazenly supercilious, but this death feels far too premature. It’s hard to understand how manufacturers could shun plasma’s superlatives: Seemingly limitless off-axis viewing angles, superior contrast, seductive black levels, sensational color, and supreme motion reproduction. And it’s harder to understand why the masses didn’t show the technology more love, pushing demand and forcing plasma’s survival. Admittedly, this last bit of confusion is a bit short sighted…the industry most likely would have ushered plasma to the door no matter what...

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Pendulumic Stance S1 Wireless Headphone, Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver, Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Bluetooth Music Transmitter
Nov 19, 2014 - 2:49 PM - by AudiocRaver
Three Bluetooth Device Review - Pendulumic Stance S1 Wireless Headphone, Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver, Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Music Transmitter



Pendulumic Stance S1 Headphone: $199
Audioengine B1 Receiver: $189
Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Transmitter: $65

by Wayne Myers



Introduction

Wireless technology has been edging its way into the world of high fidelity audio more and more in recent years. Bluetooth, with its recent aptX extensions, appears destined to take its place as a truly hi-fi wireless option. And when one has tripped over and stepped on as many wires and cables as I...

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