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The 2015 Capital Audiofest "Best of Show"
Sep 01, 2015 - 4:19 PM - by Todd Anderson
It’s entirely impossible not to begin a download of the 2015 Capital Audiofest (CAF) without mentioning the infectious enthusiasm of the event’s organizer, Gary Gill. I began my journey through the halls of the DC metro area’s premier audio event by chatting with Gary, noting an excited twinkle in his eye and an undeniable grin, accompanied by a hint of pre-show anticipation. Perhaps it was the new – spacious – digs at the Rockville Hilton, or just relief that the show was underway, but Gill was jazzed. And his vibe definitely echoed through the halls and audio rooms throughout the seven hours I spent soaking-in all that the show had to offer.




If you haven’t had the good fortune to attend the Capital Audiofest, then your most certainly missing out on one of the friendlier events around. This year’s venue was simply spectacular, offering an easy-to-navigate layout, classy user-friendly signage, and a staff that was eager to aid and...

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Oppo PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphone Review
Sep 01, 2015 - 10:44 AM - by AudiocRaver
Oppo PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphone Review




Oppo PM-3: $399



by Wayne Myers





Introduction

The Oppo PM-3 is the latest addition to Oppo's line of planar magnetic headphones. The company known for bringing us universal media players has successfully branched into the world of headphones and headphone amplifiers in recent years, and the PM-3 is a worthy addition to that line.


Description

The PM-1 and PM-2 (the PM-1 without some of its nicer accessories) are open versions of the planar magnetic...

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Last Call? Pioneer Releases Two More Andrew Jones Designs (SP-T22A-LR, SP-BS22A-LR)
Aug 27, 2015 - 6:44 AM - by Todd Anderson
Pioneer Electronics hit pay dirt with their well-reviewed line of Andrew Jones designed loudspeakers. If you’ve spent any time researching the budget speaker market, then you’ve undoubtedly read the heaps of praise the company has received for Jones’ highly affordable options. Several months ago, Jones left Pioneer to become vice president of engineering for ELAC America, but it appears his legacy at Pioneer will live to see a new day. Recently, Pioneer announced two new Jones designed products that attack the fertile market grounds created by the emergence of Dolby Atmos. Both new models are upward firing Atmos-enabled products, each designed for specific applications.



The SP-T22A-LR is an add-on module with a footprint that mates perfectly with Pioneer’s current line of compact and floorstanding speakers (SP-BS22-LR and SP-FS52). In fact, it features the same RF-molded, black-wood grain laminate, cabinet as the company’s other speakers, so the match is seamless. And with...

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DALI Announces Details About Its New Opticon Series of Speakers
Aug 23, 2015 - 5:12 PM - by Todd Anderson
Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries (DALI) was born from Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain in the early 1980s. The company says it saw a market opportunity not offered by existing brands and “committed [itself] to the task of creating loudspeakers with outstanding performance and natural sound at competitive prices.” The latter part (about pricing) is something that most companies claim, but DALI seems to deliver in a zone sandwiched right between moderate and high-end. They've also hit the “outstanding performance” target with lots of popular models including the well-reviewed Zensor 1 5.1 series. Aside from design, they reach for higher performance by manufacturing their own speakers with as many in-house parts as possible, creating extremely tight control over quality.



DALI's new Opticon series has a total of seven models.


Earlier this month, DALI revealed details about its new Opticon Loudspeaker Series. There are...

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LG Unveils First Curved Soundbar (LGS855)
Aug 18, 2015 - 4:58 AM - by Todd Anderson
Electronics manufacturers have aggressively attacked the soundbar market space for a number of years, hoping to get into the pockets of consumers looking for better sound without sacrificing floor space and running wires. For a non-primary system, soundbars can offer a significantly improved sound experience over standard television speakers. There is a small problem, however, for those folks that have invested thousands of dollars in a new curved UHD set: a straight soundbar makes for an odd pairing. Until recently, Samsung was the only curved soundbar player in town.




Last week, LG jumped into the game by announcing the arrival of its first-ever curved sound bar. The LGS855 Music Flow Wireless Curved Sound Bar is designed to match the company’s growing stable of curved OLED televisions, helping to deliver appealing aesthetics for consumers looking to bring style to their living rooms. Adding to its room integration appeal, the unit can be placed on a tabletop or wall...

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Anthem MRX-710 7-channel A/V Receiver Review
Aug 17, 2015 - 10:24 AM - by Peter Loeser
Introduction
Anthem has been producing solid AV receivers and multi-channel amplifiers for high end home audio and home theaters for a while now. They bridge the gap between lower cost mainstream electronics and high dollar separates. They have a reputation for good quality and one of the best room correction systems available. With a relatively short feature list compared to others in the same price range, however, they definitely fall into the no-frills category. The lack of bells and whistles certainly makes them even more attractive to the purists looking to get the best sound for their dollar, and not interested in wasting a single penny on unnecessary features. With that in mind, I've decided to focus on build quality, user-friendliness and reliability, sound quality, and room correction for this review.


Overview
The MRX-710 is a seven channel, networking capable AV receiver with a variety of audio and video inputs, 4k resolution...

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PreSonus Sceptre S8 CoActual Powered Studio Monitor Review for Home Theater Use
Aug 14, 2015 - 2:21 AM - by AudiocRaver
PreSonus Sceptre S8 CoActual Powered Studio Monitor Review for Home Theater Use



PreSonus Sceptre S8: $749.95 each
PreSonus Sceptre S6: $599.95 each




by Wayne Myers




Introduction

PreSonus is not a company one normally thinks of for home theater gear. The 20-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana company, was once known mainly for audio interfaces and mic preamps for semi-pro and home studios, but now they make mixers, signal processors, recording software, studio and sound reinforcement gear, and studio monitors.

The S6 and S8 Studio Monitors caught my attention...

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Sharp Exits North American Television Market
Aug 12, 2015 - 4:33 PM - by Todd Anderson
Sharp and its Aquos moniker have been mainstays in the display world for years. As evidenced by the company’s early adoption of LCD technologies, the unveiling of the world’s first 80-inch HDTV, and innovations such as a yellow sub-pixel integrated for picture quality, Sharp has desperately tried to stay relevant in a dog-eat-dog television market. But, much like Toshiba’s recent decision to abandon the U.S. television market, Sharp has decided to raise a giant white flag; it too is leaving North America.




As reported by multiple news outlets, including PR Newswire, Sharp is following its 2014 decision to leave the European television market by selling its North American operation to the Chinese brand Hisense for a cool $23.7 million. According to Forbes, Sharp’s overall electronics business has been hemorrhaging money this year with a reported first quarter loss of $230 million…making change inevitable.

This doesn’t mean that the Sharp name will...

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