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Right on schedule, the AirPlay sporting, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth AV receiver we told you all about last month is officially available. The 7.2 channel, 145-watt per channel STR-DN1030 retails for $499 and is the first AV receiver to not require some sort of dongle or other accessory, to connect wirelessly to your other gadgets. That means it is all that much easier to stream music to it from your […]

The Haier SBEV40-Slim is an incredibly thin sound bar, with a wireless subwoofer that’s nearly as svelte. The design is all-around excellent, with a front panel display hidden behind the speaker grille. And connectivity is better than average with two HDMI inputs, an optical audio input, and a minijack input. While the SBEV40-Slim sounds good for a budget sound bar, it doesn’t compare to a full surround-sound system. It also […]

On Boxing Day I bought the Energy Take Classic and Bose Acoustimass 10 Series III surround sound systems and will keep one of these. The AM10-III were $700 from $1500 and since it was the last one, I bought it; it is still sealed in the box. I then found the Energy Take Classic set for $400 from $900 and bought that too. Both are now back to their “regular” […]

The iQ30 is an incredibly versatile music or home entertainment speaker with a seductive lightness of touch. With the same curved cabinet design minimising internal reflections, it has a lyricism and depth not normally associated with bookshelf speakers. It delivers an excellent dynamic expression with a bass response that is deep and expansive. The latest generation 165mm (6.5in.) Uni-Q® array and new ‘tangerine’ waveguide gives a dispersion that is characteristically […]

Categories: Electronics, Sound Box, Speaker

With speakers, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s always a surprise when they’re played for the first time, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy reviewing speakers. I do, however, have sound characteristics and preferences that I listen for when I review speakers such as the Mordaunt-Short Carnival 2 speakers. Mordaunt-Short is a British loudspeaker maker with a reputation for making high-end products. The company started […]

Categories: Electronics, Sound Box, Speaker

It comes as no surprise that the selection of good-sounding and affordable bookshelf speakers continues to grow. Sales trends show that consumers want good sounding, lower cost speakers that don’t dominate a room and manufacturers such as KEF are eager to provide them. Whether you’re a casual or critical listener, rock or classical music aficionado, there is something for everyone to like in the moderately priced KEF iQ30 bookshelf speakers. […]

I may be slightly biased, but my first reaction when listening to the Paradigm Titan V.6 Monitor Series speakers was Paradigm has produced another winner. I say slightly biased because I own Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.2 tower speakers as one of my reference speaker systems. I’ll remain objective, however, there is a lot to appreciate about the sound qualities of the Titans. Paradigm is well known for the extensive […]

Audiophiles and avid music lovers know the KEF name well and associate it with fine loudspeakers. KEF is a British speaker manufacturer founded in 1961 by the late Raymond Cooke, a former electrical engineer with the BBC who loved music and endeavored to design a better speaker for music reproduction. Almost fifty years later, KEF speakers are still found in fine audio systems and with the introduction of the Q […]

I’m 6′ 5″. So, I’m just not sure I’m the right guy to be photographed with these speakers. You see, this is the Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Speaker System. And while Aperion makes lots of, shall we say, “normal” sized speakers, the 4T system, is really designed for the person looking to get that great Aperion Audio sound, but with a much smaller footprint and a lower price point. You […]