(SoundStage! Network archives)

NEW3/2010 - NAD T 775 Audio/Video Receiver by Vince Hanada - When I was told that a T 775 A/V receiver was coming my way from NAD Electronics in Ontario, Canada, the word sexy didn’t come to mind, as it does with some gear. NAD’s trademark charcoal-gray box and round buttons immediately make me think of minimalist, no-fuss stereo and home-theater gear.... (more)
NEW3/2010 - NAD T 747 Audio/Video Receiver by Colin Smith - It’s not many audio products that can cause a reviewer to swoon as soon as they emerge from the box, but that’s what happened when I first laid eyes on NAD’s T 747 home-theater receiver ($1200).... (more)
NEW3/2010 - WireWorld Silver Eclipse 6 Interconnects, Silver Eclipse 6 and Horizon Speaker Cables, Gold Starlight 6 Digital Cable, and Silver Electra 52 Power Cords by Howard Kneller - There are a lot of audiophile cable makers out there. Lured by visions, accurate or no, of the sort of profit margins enjoyed only by drug dealers and some Florida theme parks.... (more)
2/2010 - Thiel Audio SCS4 / PowerPoint 1.2 / SS3 SmartSub / PX05 Home-Theater Speaker System by Howard Kneller - In retrospect, it was not the best-laid plan. I was leaving for work for an important meeting when a trucking company called to notify me that I was about to receive a 500-pound skid containing an assortment of Thiel speakers -- curbside delivery only.... (more)
2/2010 - Revel Concerta Concerta M10 / C10 / M8 / B120 Home-Theater Speaker System by Colin Smith - Historically, I’ve not been much of a home-theater guy -- I’ve had a grudge against HT components going back to the days of Dolby Surround. Like a lot of people, I was giddy to try the new surround sound -- speakers in the back! -- and when I did... (more)
1/2010 - Special show coverage update
We were in Las Vegas at CES 2010. Check out our industry-leading show report at SoundStageNetwork.com/LasVegas2010. Equipment reviews will resume on February 1 with 11 new reviews across the SoundStage! Network.
1/2010 - Focus Audio Classic FC 8 / FCC 2 / FC 6 Home-Theater Speaker System by Vince Hanada - Focus Audio, of Ontario, has been in business since 1993, and is one of the well-respected names of Canadian audio. Their speaker range tends toward the high end, with lines such as the Prestige and the Master series soaring to $10,000/pair and above.... (more)

2009 Products of the Year

Oppo Digital BDP-83 Blu-ray Player by Roger Kanno
Originally published: October 2009
Category: Electronics
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Aperion Audio Intimus 5T-DB Hybrid HD Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East
Originally published: July 2009
Category: Loudspeakers
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Previous reviews
12/2009 - JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer by Aron Garrecht - JL Audio has long been one my favorite manufacturers -- not for their reputation for great bass or the attractive appearance of their products, but because they continuously produce exceedingly well-engineered, high-quality components. The resulting performance is a byproduct of that engineering-driven philosophy, and in my experience, that performance is nothing short of exceptional. So when asked to review JLA’s Fathom f112 subwoofer, my reply was a resounding Yes..... (more)
11/2009 - Atlantic Technology System 1400 / 224 SB Home-Theater Speaker System by Rob Mead - Peter Tribeman, president of Atlantic Technology, has two goals in mind for the company he founded in 1989: to bring quality home audio to the masses at a decent price, and to create complete home-entertainment speaker systems that deliver superior surround sound when hooked up to most of the A/V electronics on the market today.... (more)

11/2009 - Bryston 9B SST2 Multichannel Amplifier by Howard Kneller - Respect. In the entertainment world, everyone from Aretha Franklin to Ali G demands it. Rodney Dangerfield claimed to have never gotten it, and Carrot Top is apparently doing just fine without it. In politics, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama get most of it.... (more)

10/2009 - Oppo Digital BDP-83 Blu-ray Player by Roger Kanno - While the major electronics manufacturers have all but abandoned the market for high-quality DVD players, Oppo Digital has been successfully manufacturing high-quality universal players for the past several years. What’s more, they sell their players for only a few hundred dollars, and have received unanimous accolades for them.... (more)
10/2009 - Angstrom Loudspeakers Suono 300S / 200S 100SD / ALFT-12S Home-Theater Speaker System by Vince Hanada - When I reviewed Angstrom Loudspeakers’ Obbligato Renaissance home-theater speaker system ($10,996) and discovered them to be formidable performers in the multi-kilobuck range, I was anxious to hear what else this Canadian company had to offer.... (more)
9/2009 - Special product feature by The SoundStage! Network Team - The world's best coverage of CEDIA Expo '09 from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is online now at the SoundStage! Network A/V Tour 2009 Special Show Site. Over 60 products featured!
9/2009 - Acoustic Energy Radiance 1 / 3 / Centre / Subwoofer Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - I spent some 15 years writing for The $ensible Sound, gleefully poking fun at audio’s sacred cows and the self-anointed, golden-eared pooh-bahs who, with appropriate gravitas and deeply furrowed brows, would peer over their half-moon spectacles and intone the virtues of spending more to get more..... (more)
8/2009 - Paradigm Monitor 11 v.6 / Monitor CC-390 v.6 / Monitor ADP-390 v.6 / UltraCube 12 Home-Theater Speaker System by Vince Hanada - Paradigm Electronics, based in Mississauga, Ontario, has one of the most thoroughly engineered speaker lines I’ve ever seen. From their top line, the Signature Series, to the tiny speakers of their Cinema line, each Paradigm model includes a host of innovations that give the competition sleepless nights trying to match them.... (more)
8/2009 - Definitive Technology Mythos STS SuperTower/Mythos Nine/Mythos Gem Home-Theater Speaker System by Roger Kanno - Last year, for SoundStage!, I reviewed the outstanding Definitive Technology Mythos STS SuperTower loudspeaker ($1499 USD each). In fact, the Mythos was so outstanding that we awarded it a SoundStage! Product of the Year award for Aesthetics and Sound. So when the matching Mythos... (more)
7/2009 - Sherwood RD-6513 Audio/Video Receiver by Jeff Van Dyne - The Sherwood RD-6513 is an interesting and somewhat unusual A/V receiver. At a list price of $249.95, it’s one of the least-expensive home-theater receivers you’re likely to find. While you have to expect some compromises at such a price -- certainly the case with the RD-6513 -- there are also a few entirely unexpected touches.... (more)
7/2009 - Aperion Audio Intimus 5T-DB Hybrid HD Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - When the loonies (no, really -- read on) at Aperion Audio shipped the review system, they sent me an e-mail: "While Kelli was carefully hand-packing your shipment, we all sang a song of farewell and blew confetti about the warehouse. Then we packed your speakers on the truck, snapped to a smart salute and sent them on their way. If any confetti remains in your box, please dispose of it carefully. One can never fully trust confetti."... (more)
6/2009 - Genesis S2/12t Subwoofer by Howard Kneller - My new home theater was under construction for the past several months. When it was finally completed, I turned to the boxes of gear waiting to be reviewed, and eventually got to the Genesis Advanced Technologies S2/12t subwoofer ($4200). While I’d heard of Genesis, I knew little about the company, and nothing at all about the S2/12t.... (more)

6/2009 - Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Player by Jeff Van Dyne - When I began researching the Sherwood brand, I was surprised to learn that they’ve been around since 1953. I’d known about them for several years, but had no idea they went back that far. I’d never owned any of their products, but several years ago I bought an inexpensive Sherwood stereo receiver and CD player for my then in-laws.... (more)
5/2009 - Definitive Technology ProCinema 1000 Home-Theater Speaker System by Vince Hanada - Definitive Technology, founded in 1972 by veteran speaker designer Sandy Gross, is one of the most respected brands of American loudspeakers. My first experience of DefTech was of its line of bipolar speakers, specifically the BP10, some 15 years ago. One look at their current lineup shows consistency and evolution -- the BP10 is still available, now as the BP10 B. The BP10 was and... (more)
5/2009 - Paradigm Signature Sub 25 Subwoofer by Randall Smith - My love for home theater has greatly altered my taste in movies, and not necessarily in a good direction. Before I became addicted, movies like The Terminator and Die Hard weren’t really my thing; I considered myself above that sort of shoot-’em-up. Instead, I preferred films that had great actors in them, that could be filed under... (more)
4/2009 - SVS PC-12 Plus Subwoofer by Howard Kneller - I’m a home-theater enthusiast and equipment reviewer -- a lot of gear passes through my modestly sized home. But since the day I became involved in the hobby, nothing has grabbed the attention of guests, neighbors, and assorted workmen as has the PC12-Plus subwoofer from ... (more)
4/2009 - Parasound A 52 Multichannel Amplifier by Jeff Van Dyne - I’ve always admired Parasound products. I was introduced to the brand years ago, at a small, independent audio dealer in the Peoria area -- one of those places that makes the case for bricks-and-mortar stores by its policy of ... (more)
3/2009 - AV123 ELT525 5.0 Home-Theater Speaker System by Randall Smith - With TV’s analog era about to end, consumers who haven’t already purchased a new high-definition TV will soon do so. As this happens, I expect the home audio industry will enjoy a rebirth of sorts. When people spend thousands of dollars on a TV, many are... (more)

3/2009 - Cambridge Audio DVD99 SACD/CD/DVD-Audio Player by Roger Kanno - Machines that can play SACDs and DVD-Audio discs in addition to DVD-Videos are becoming somewhat rare these days. A few years ago, many mass-market electronics companies offered such models, but "universal" players today are primarily... (more)
2/2009 - Yambeka Audio 5-Speaker Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - I’ve been at this audio thang a long time -- not as long as some, but long enough -- and I tell ya, it takes forever to build up your cred, and only one misstep to have it come crashing down around you. Make a wrong call and you’re bloggin’ it, a fate worse than a rejected manuscript.... (more)
2/2009 - Angstrom Loudspeakers Obbligata Renassaince Home-Theater Speaker System by Vince Hanada - You may not have heard of Angstrom Loudspeakers, but this relatively small Canadian speaker maker, based near Toronto in Markham, Ontario, has been in business for 30 years. My knowledge of the company goes back more than 20 years, to when I was a budding audiophile. I remember spending hours at a local audio shop comparing a.... (more)
1/2009 - TEAC DR-H300 DVD Receiver by Kevin East - In the decade or so that I’ve been reviewing audio and video equipment full-time, I’ve seen and heard so many components that there’s very little that I get all that excited about anymore. So when I see a component and say Ho-hum, some may think I’m cynical. But it’s simply a byproduct of seeing so much stuff over the years.... (more)

2008 Product of the Year: Speakers
Originally published 11/2008 - Hsu Research HB-1 Mk.2 / HC-1 Mk.2 / VTF-3 Mk.3 Home-Theater Speaker System by Jeff Van Dyne - Hsu Research is one of the true pioneers in the area of direct sales. Its products date all the way back to 1991, with the HRSW10 and 12 subwoofers. These were, famously, the first commercial "water heater" subs built using large paper-cylinder forms. Many ... (more)

2008 Product of the Year: Electronics
Originally published 11/2008 - PS Audio Power Plant Premier Power Conditioner by Randall Smith - Each month, I’m treated to an informative e-mail newsletter from Paul McGowan, founder of and chief designer for PS Audio, a manufacturer of audio equipment based in Boulder, Colorado. One great thing about the newsletter is that McGowan  ... (more)

Previous Reviews
12/2008 - Classé Audio Delta CA-5200 Multichannel Amplifier by Doug Schneider - In the decade or so that I’ve been reviewing audio and video equipment full-time, I’ve seen and heard so many components that there’s very little that I get all that excited about anymore. So when I see a component and say Ho-hum, some may think I’m cynical. But it’s simply a byproduct of seeing so much stuff over the years.... (more)
12/2008 - Richard Gray’s Power Company SubStation and 1200 Custom Power Conditioners by Howard Kneller - Richard Gray’s Power Company has been around for about ten years -- impressive when you remember that power conditioners themselves haven’t been around for much longer. In that time, RGPC products have been used by a number of audio manufacturers in their reference systems and at trade shows. In ... (more)
11/2008 - Hsu Research HB-1 Mk.2 / HC-1 Mk.2 / VTF-3 Mk.3 Home-Theater Speaker System by Jeff Van Dyne - Hsu Research is one of the true pioneers in the area of direct sales. Its products date all the way back to 1991, with the HRSW10 and 12 subwoofers. These were, famously, the first commercial "water heater" subs built using large paper-cylinder forms. Many ... (more)
11/2008 - PS Audio Power Plant Premier Power Conditioner by Randall Smith - Each month, I’m treated to an informative e-mail newsletter from Paul McGowan, founder of and chief designer for PS Audio, a manufacturer of audio equipment based in Boulder, Colorado. One great thing about the newsletter is that McGowan  ... (more)
10/2008 - Polk Audio RM95/DSWPRO 400 Home-Theater Speaker System by Jeff Van Dyne - Polk Audio has been a leading innovator in American speaker design for the better part of three decades. Founded in 1972 by Matthew Polk and three graduates of John Hopkins University, Polk Audio has an extensive speaker line that includes ... (more)
10/2008 - Rotel RSP-1069 Audio/Video Processor by Jeff Van Dyne - I’d just reviewed a 150-pound home-theater rack, and my back was seriously contemplating the wisdom of my having agreed to review Outlaw Audio’s Model 7900 seven-channel power amplifier, which weighs only five pounds less. But there it was in ... (more)
9/2008 - Outlaw Audio Model 7900 Multichannel Amplifier by Howard Kneller - I’d just reviewed a 150-pound home-theater rack, and my back was seriously contemplating the wisdom of my having agreed to review Outlaw Audio’s Model 7900 seven-channel power amplifier, which weighs only five pounds less. But there it was in  ... (more)

9/2008 - Rotel RB-1085 Multichannel Amplifier by Jeff Van Dyne - Rotel has long had a reputation for building high-quality electronics for reasonable prices. Until recently, I owned a Rotel RB-976 multichannel, multizone amplifier that I used for several years in a variety of   ...(more)
8/2008 - AV123 x-series x-mtm encore / x-cs encore / x-ls encore / MFW-15 Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - Home-theater speakers are ubiquitous -- a search for an exotic model can yield as many dividends as a search for a compact one. We’ve found this recently with speaker systems as diverse as the Audes Credo (the exotic) and the Energy Take Classic (the compact). If, however  ...(more)
8/2008 - Torus Power RM 10 Power Isolation Unit by Roger Kanno - Torus Power is a brand of power-isolation products from Plitron, a manufacturer that’s likely unfamiliar to most A/V enthusiasts. Plitron, who specialize in the design and manufacture of high-quality toroidal transformers, claim that their transformers are widely used in the audio ...(more)
7/2008 - Vudu Box Movie-on-Demand Service by Randall Smith - Now that the high-definition disc war is over and Blu-ray is the lone survivor, the next challenge -- and the next great competition, in my opinion -- will be download services....(more)
7/2008 - Steve Blinn Designs 3-Shelf Extra-Wide Equipment Rack by Howard Kneller - Back in the day, TVs were so bulky that they had to be placed on a piece of furniture that was first a TV stand, and only second an audio rack. You know the kind: They had short shelves typically made of glass, and a small hole in the back to thread cables ....(more)
6/2008 - RealTraps MondoTrap, MiniTrap and RFZ Panel by Randall Smith - Over the last few years I’ve tried to make the most important upgrade possible to my audio system: a new listening room. I felt that every dollar I’d spent on my system had been well worth it, but at this point, what I was seeing and hearing from it were a bit overwhelming. I began to think that my sound  ....(more)
6/2008 - Axiom Audio A1400-8 Multichannel Amplifier by Roger Kanno - The name Axiom Audio will be familiar to most readers. Their high-value loudspeakers have been favorites among SoundStage! Network reviewers for years and have won many awards, from us and other ....(more)
5/2008 - DH Labs Silver Sonic HDMI 1.3 Cable by Roger Kanno - I love how the HDMI format allows me to transmit high-definition digital video and audio signals through a single cable. I used to connect my universal player to my surround processor with a set of component-video cables and six analog audio cables. Now, not only can I send hi-rez signals digitally   ....(more)
5/2008 - Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ77U Plasma HDTV by Jeff Van Dyne - This is a great time to buy a new TV. There are plenty of choices available, and the competition for your dollar is higher than ever. Flat panels are all the rage, and for good reasons. They’ve steadily improved in recent years -- the picture quality of most of them is more than acceptable. But if you just walk into  ....(more)
4/2008 - NuForce MCH-3SE-C7 Multichannel Amplifier by Randall Smith - When you think of high-end, class-D power amplifiers, which manufacturers’ names pop into your mind? Without a doubt, NuForce has to be among them. Over the last few years, this California-based company has taken the reins of class-D amplifier design, stripped away ....(more)
4/2008 - Halcro Logic MC50 Multichannel Amplifier by Howard Kneller - Say "Halcro" in a crowd of audiophiles and you’ll get their attention. The company’s Reference products -- particularly their power amplifiers -- have been touted by some to be the best made. Pretty heady stuff for a company founded as recently as 1997....(more)
3/2008 - Dynaudio Focus 200/140/200C/Sub 250 Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - There is a legend on each of the Dynaudio Focus system’s packing crates: "Danes don’t lie." While this sentiment no doubt was put into wider practice following the reign of the Thane of Elsinore, its efficacy is easily verified by the function of a loudspeaker: to reveal sound straightforwardly, faithfully ...(more)
3/2008 - Morel Encore Mk. II Home-Theater Speaker System by Roger Kanno - When I was told I’d be receiving a Morel speaker system for review, I didn’t know much about the Israel-based company. From reviews I’d read in the past, I knew that they made some pretty expensive speakers, but I could remember little else about Morel or its products. I didn’t even know which  ...(more)
2/2008 - Onkyo TX-SR805 Audio/Video Receiver by Jeff Van Dyne - Onkyo has been a leader in quality mass-market electronics for many years now. Their products have traditionally been reliable, capable, and solidly engineered. Their receivers generally lack the multitude of surround formats of a Yamaha or the high styling of a Harman Kardon, but make up for it with ...(more)
2/2008 - Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.4 / CC-690 v.4 / ADP-590 v.4 / Seismic 12 Home-Theater Speaker System by Randall Smith - This is the third review of a product made by Paradigm or its subsidiary, Anthem, that I’ve written in the last 12 months. My reviews of the Anthem AVM 50 A/V processor and the Paradigm UltraCube 10 subwoofer were both overwhelmingly positive, and the AVM 50 received a Home Theater Sound Reviewers’ Choice award. So when I’m notified that I’ll be  ...(more)
1/2008 - Energy Take Classic Home-Theater Speaker System by Kevin East - I have a fondness for little speakers -- not the 10"-high bookshelf variety, but the truly dinky ones that can sit in the palm of my hand, and especially really small speakers that do big things. I still have a pair of RadioShack Optimus 7s, marvels of speaker engineering in their day, still in service here as outboard TV  ...(more)

 


 

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