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Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector Review
Aug 15, 2014 - 11:04 AM - by Peter Loeser
Introduction
In a perfect world, everyone in search of good quality home theater audio would have the space and budget for a modern receiver, five or more separate speakers, and a big subwoofer (maybe two). Although Yamaha offers all of these things, they also know it can be tricky to get the same effect with a smaller budget and an non-uniform room. The idea of a soundbar is nothing new, but Yamaha has taken its own approach - using what they call Digital Sound Projector technology. It uses a cluster of tiny speakers to send sound beams all around the room, as though five separate speakers were placed in a 5.1 surround configuration. Sound a little too "sci-fi" to be true? Almost. Does it work? Yes. Better than traditional soundbars? That depends, but maybe.


Design, Build Quality, and Aesthetics
Yamaha’s Digital Sound Projectors are similar to other soundbars in the sense that they are shaped like a bar and produce sound. Beyond that, they are quite different. We are used to soundbars that combine left and right (and sometimes center) channels into one box and act mostly like a typical speaker setup, just...

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Yamaha Releases an Aventage Series Blu-ray Player (BD-A1040)
Aug 09, 2014 - 11:07 AM - by Todd Anderson
Yamaha’s 2014 Aventage Series is proudly carrying the company’s premium badge, collecting accolades and critical acclaim as it has trickled into the hands of review outlets and homes alike. The hallmark of Aventage gear is build quality for performance, with some serious attention to detail and the inclusion of high-grade materials. Earlier this year, we witnessed the rollout of the series’ AVR and component offerings...now we can add a Blu-ray player to list.

Last week, Yamaha unveiled its new premium Aventage BD-A1040 universal Blu-ray player. Not surprisingly, the BD-A1040 fits in seamlessly with its Aventage brethren, sporting sleek looks, a jet black finish, and high grade materials. The player represents Yamaha’s fullest featured Blu-ray disc player to date, including its first inclusion of onboard Bluetooth capability.


The Aventage BD-A1040 (Top) has all the looks.

The exterior of the BD-A1040 is fronted by a...

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XTZ Unveils Its New Cinema Series Speaker Lineup
Aug 05, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by Todd Anderson
There’s something irresistible about audio equipment that has that “look.” What look, you may ask? We’re talking classic lines, a subtle edginess, a sense of substantiality, and hints of something fresh and new. These are just the qualities confidently carried by XTZ Sound’s newly minted speaker series, the subject of today’s product preview.

The Swedish brand XTZ Sound has been in the speaker business for the better part of a decade, founded by a conglomerate of industry engineers, technicians, manufacturers, and producers who joined forces “to offer the best relation between price, performance, and quality on the market.” Relying on high quality components (drivers sourced from SEAS and Peerless, for example), cost reduction techniques such as direct sales, and an aggressive three week “Buy & Try” in-home trial period, XTZ has certainly been turning heads with an excellent array of products ranging from full size speakers to headphones and power amplifiers to subwoofers.

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OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones and HA-1 Headphone Amplifier Review
Jul 31, 2014 - 5:04 PM - by AudiocRaver
OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones and HA-1 Headphone Amplifier Review


OPPO Website
PM-1 MSRP: $1,099
HA-1 MSRP: $1,199
Available Direct From OPPO.


by Wayne Myers



Introduction

OPPO is the company that makes the Blu ray players that will play anything, right? Well, they are branching out. They have recently introduced products that take them in one new direction that is not surprising at all and in another new direction that you might not have expected.

The more surprising product is the PM-1 Planar Magnetic...

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LG Raises the Bar With Its Own 105-inch Monster; This One is 5K
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:51 AM - by Todd Anderson
If it were possible for words to convey the party stopping sound of a needle scratching across vinyl, it might read something like this:

“5K”

Did you hear a screeeeeeech rip through your head? We most certainly did. Having spent the better part of a year trying to make sense of 4K and its related technologies (not to mention digesting new products, such as Samsung’s $120,000 special order 105-inch 4K TV), LG Electronics has decided to make a headline-grabbing splash.


LG’s beautiful 105-inch 5K resolution 105UC9 television.

Yesterday, the consumer electronics giant announced the availability of its own curved 105-inch Ultra High-Definition television (model 105UC9) in South Korea. Sporting a gorgeous 21:9 aspect ratio, LG says that it took advantage of the expanded screen real estate by cramming it with 11 million pixels. For those of you keeping score, that means the 105UC9 has a jaw dropping resolution...

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BIC Acoustech H-100II Subwoofer Review
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:32 PM - by theJman
BIC Acoustech H-100II

By Jim Wilson (theJman)




Introduction
The subject of this review is the BIC Acoustech Cinema Series H-100II, a 12" bass reflex subwoofer. The H-100II is relatively small for a ported sub, measuring just 17.25"x14.75"x17.75" (HWD). It's not terribly heavy either, weighing a mere 33 lbs. The BASH amp is rated at 150 watts RMS, 500 watts peak. Stated frequency response is 24Hz-200Hz +/-3dB. BIC, an abbreviation for British Industry Corporation, was conceived as an American firm specializing in British products. They're a well established company that has been making speakers since 1973.

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Ultra High-Definition is Better Defined for Consumers and Retaliers
Jul 27, 2014 - 9:22 AM - by Todd Anderson
At some point in the last year we described Ultra High-Definition as an unavoidable wave; doubters expressed hesitation about its benefits and scoffed at the idea of spending thousands of dollars to replace their minty HD displays (and rightly so...). In hindsight, the use of the word “wave” may have been an understatement. If you’re still in the “resist until the bitter end” camp, you’d better gather your valuables and seek higher ground...riding on the back of manufacturers seeking access to consumer wallets, UHD is quickly becoming a magnitude four tsunami destined to forever alter the Hi-Def landscape. It's a landscape that is changing fast and if you think you might enter the new 4K waters, it's a good idea to be fully informed before you swipe the credit card.


Nearly two years ago, the Consumer Electronics Association established “first generation UHD characteristics.” At that time, the organization’s Board of Industry Leaders...

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Samsung Sets Limited Market for its 105-inch Flagship Display
Jul 23, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by Todd Anderson
Time for some fun fluff.

Just over a year ago Samsung smacked the Ultra HD television market with a bombshell price announcement. The $40,000 85-inch S9 Ultra HD television was a shocker and became the anchor for endless comparisons of what you could buy instead, including sporty cars and boats. After all, mentioning $40,000 and the word "television" in the same sentence does translate to obscene amounts of absurdity for 99.99-percent of electronics consumers, especially considering the vast amount of modestly priced big screen options available in the market (not ignoring projector/screen combinations).


The 105-inch UN105S9W, ready for your ordering pleasure

So, would you believe that Samsung recently revealed a price for its new UHD flagship model that makes $40,000 sound like a bargain? We're talking a number that is three-times larger. Yes folks, the new 105-inch curved wall-mountable UHD television (Model: UN105S9W)...

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