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Anthem MRX 700 Audio Video Receiver

January 8, 2012
Anthem MRX 700 Audio Video Receiver

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Anthem MRX-700 audio video receiver ($1999) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: With everything I tried, in stereo or multichannel, I found it hard to find fault with the MRX 700. Voices were distinctive and rounded, with fricatives clearly defined. The...
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Lexicon MC-8 Preamplifier/Controller

January 2, 2012
Lexicon MC-8 Preamplifier/Controller

Dan Dzuban has posted a review of the Lexicon MC-8 preamplifier/controller ($5995 when last sold) at Positive Feedback Online. His conclusions: There are lots of situations where the unintended use of equipment can bring quite a bit of bang for the buck, but I didn't foresee first-tier sound being the unintended use of commercially...
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Cambridge Audio 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player

December 18, 2011
Cambridge Audio 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player

Paul Miller has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio 650BD Universal Blu-ray player (£400) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: You don’t get the bottom-end punch of the Marantz UD9004 or quite the sense of scale rendered by the DVD-A1UD from Denon, but for a tenth the price the 650BD provides...
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Emotiva XPA-5 Five-Channel Power Amplifier

November 25, 2011
Emotiva XPA-5 Five-Channel Power Amplifier

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Emotiva XPA-5 five-channel power amplifier ($899) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: I was quite taken with what I heard from my system with the XPA-5. Compared to the Bryston 9B, the Emotiva seemed to lack treble, yet that did not...
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Integra 80.3 9.2-channel Network AV Processor

November 19, 2011
Integra 80.3 9.2-channel Network AV Processor

John Sunier has posted a review of the Integra 80.3 9.2-channel Network audio video processor ($2600) at Audiophile Audition. His conclusions: One of the outstanding qualities I quickly learned with the 80.3 was the sonic quality in some A/B comparisons I have had to do in writing reviews. With my previous preamp/processor comparisons between...
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Anthem MRX 700 AV Receiver

November 7, 2011
Anthem MRX 700 AV Receiver

Andrew Robinson has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 700 audio video receiver ($2000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: I must admit I was a bit perplexed by the MRX 700 AV receiver at first, for right off the bat it appears to be a touch over-priced, low on power and packing half of...
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Oppo BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player

September 16, 2011
Oppo BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-95 universal Blu-ray player ($999) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: I'm still just beginning to get a handle on the BDP-95's networking capabilities, but it's already clear to me that Oppo Digital has made a leap forward with this...
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McIntosh MX150 Surround Sound Processor

September 15, 2011
McIntosh MX150 Surround Sound Processor

Robert Kozel has posted a review of the McIntosh MX150 surround sound processor ($12,000) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions. The MX150 is an extremely versatile A/V processor which offers an unbelievable amount of control and customization. McIntosh has certainly paid attention to the details and the MX150 can be...
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Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel Preamp Processor

September 6, 2011
Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel Preamp Processor

Andrew Robinson has posted a review of the Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 channel audio video preamp processor ($2300) at Home Theater Review. His conclusion: For $2,300 retail I'm surprised by the level of performance and number of features Integra was able to shoehorn into the DHC-80.2 AV preamp. It is one of the most up-to-date,...
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Anthem MRX 500 A/V Receiver

August 31, 2011
Anthem MRX 500 A/V Receiver

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 500 A/V receiver ($1500) at GoodSound!. His conclusions: When I first fired up the Anthem MRX 500, I thought it a good receiver with a great pedigree, from a company that has produced highly regarded surround-sound processors. After setting up and using its built-in...
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Mitsubishi HC9000D 3D SXRD Projector

August 18, 2011
Mitsubishi HC9000D 3D SXRD Projector

David Birch-Jones has posted a review of the Mitsubishi HC9000D 3D SXRD projector ($6999) at The Perfect Vision. His conclusions: Overall, the Mitsubishi delivers very good performance, although the color gamut accuracy isn’t very good (green and yellow are way beyond the limits of the HDTV color gamut standard). The 230W lamp’s output should...
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McIntosh MVP881 Universal Blu-ray Player

August 18, 2011
McIntosh MVP881 Universal Blu-ray Player

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the McIntosh MVP881 Universal Blu-ray player ($8000) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: The MVP881 is better constructed than any Blu-ray player I’ve used to date, and sounds wonderful as an audio player. Unfortunately, it has DVD and Blu-ray performance that leave a...
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Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

August 18, 2011
Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

David Burch-Jones has posted a review of the Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD projector ($3999) at The Perfect Vision. His conclusions: Overall, the VPL-HW30ES is a very good performer, and delivers a satisfying picture with both 2D and 3D content. It delivers sufficient brightness for an immersive front projection viewing experience, and even when in...
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SIM2 LUMIS 3D Solo Projector

August 17, 2011
SIM2 LUMIS 3D Solo Projector

Robert Archer has posted a quick review of the SIM2 LUMIS 3D Solo projector ($50,000) at CEPro. His conclusions: As a complete package that includes its industrial design, feature set and included technologies, SIM2 has nailed it. In terms of its looks, picture quality with both 2D and 3D, and its ability to work...
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Oppo BDP-93 NuForce Edition

August 17, 2011
Oppo BDP-93 NuForce Edition

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-93 NuForce Edition (NE $900; NEX $1399) at The Perfect Vision. His conclusions: While the NuForce BDP-93NXE offers slightly less fidelity from two-channel-only sources when compared to the Oppo BDP-95, it outperforms it on multi-channel material. In the end it all comes down to whether...
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Parasound New Classic 5250v.2 Multichannel Amplifier

August 15, 2011
Parasound New Classic 5250v.2 Multichannel Amplifier

Jared Rachwalski has posted a view of the new classic Parasound 5250v.2 multichannel amplifier ($2850) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: I have a love-hate relationship with evaluating amplifiers. It's fun trying amps of different topologies, and power ratings, but it is also tedious to identify the sonic differences among...
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Integra DHC-80.2 A/V Controller

August 3, 2011
Integra DHC-80.2 A/V Controller

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Integra DHC-80.2 A/V controller ($2300) in his Music in the Round column in Stereophile. His conclusions: When I compare the Integra DHC-80.2 to the Marantz AV7005, which was featured in my March 2011 column, I have to admit that both are similarly good-sounding with both analog...
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Meridian 810 4K Projector and Video Procesor System

August 2, 2011
Meridian 810 4K Projector and Video Procesor System

John Archer has posted a review of the Meridian 810 4K projector and video processor system (₤140,000) at Home Cinema Choice. His conclusions: If 4k2k really does become the future of AV at some point – and it surely will – then on the basis of what the 810 has shown me, movie fans...
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Oppo BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player

August 1, 2011
Oppo BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player

Brian Kahn has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-95 universal Blu-ray player ($999) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: The BDP-95 is the player to beat if you are looking for a reference grade universal disc player. I have not had another under-$5,000 player in my system that could outdo the OPPO with its audio...
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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 LCD Projector

July 30, 2011
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 LCD Projector

Soctt Wilkinson has posted a review of the pson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 LCD projector ($1299) at Home Theater. His conclusions: Given the color fringing and soft focus I saw on the alignment test pattern, I was surprised that the detail in the opening shot of a downtown skyline from The Dark Knight on...
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Optoma HD20 DLP Projector

July 30, 2011
Optoma HD20 DLP Projector

Scott Wilkinson has posted a review of the Optoma HD20 DLP projector ($999) at Home Theater. His conclusions: All dark scenes and shots in outer space looked pretty bad on the HD20—black was dark gray, which also made letterbox bars on movies plainly obvious. Also, shadow detail was not good in dark scenes, such...
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Anthem MRX 300 A/V Receiver

July 28, 2011
Anthem MRX 300 A/V Receiver

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 300 A/V receiver ($999) at Home Theater. His conclusions: The Anthem MRX 300 is the first A/V receiver to bring Anthem Room Correction below the psychologically potent $1,000 price point. It would be noteworthy for that alone. But there’s more. The AnthemLogic-Music mode is...
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Anthem MRX 700 7.1 A/V Receiver

July 26, 2011
Anthem MRX 700 7.1 A/V Receiver

Robert Kozel has posted a review of the Anthem MRX 700 7.1 A/V receiver ($1999) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: My overall experience with the MRX 700 was excellent thanks to the inclusion of Anthem Room Correction. Regardless of whether you are listening to music or a movie, the...
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Arcam AVR400 A/V Receiver

July 26, 2011
Arcam AVR400 A/V Receiver

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Arcam AVR400 A/V receiver ($2499) at Home Theater. His conclusions: The Arcam AVR400 is a worthy addition to an A/V receiver line that already includes two sonic overachievers. Truth to tell, if you’re spending four figures for an AVR and your speakers are even a little...
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Krell Evolution 3250e Three Channel Amplifier

July 18, 2011
Krell Evolution 3250e Three Channel Amplifier

Andrew Robinson has posted a review of the Krell Evolution 3250e three channel amplifier ($10,000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: The 3250e is a phenomenal amplifier, one that possesses tremendous bass prowess that is fast on the attack with great poise that is equally suited for both music and movies. The 3250e has an open...
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