Sonos Studio NYC merges art, tech and music

Sonos, a company that has long pursued the perfect merger of music with technology, furthered that cause—with a strong artistic flair—as it previewed its Sonos Studio NYC experience on Sept. 30. The attraction will be open through Oct. 5th. Held at the Neue House—an experimental office space at 110 E. 25th St.—Sonos Studio NYC is more »

Is $4500 too much for a headphone amp? McIntosh says no way

Recently, we reported on Oppo’s $1,200 headphone amp. If you thought that was outrageous, check out audiophile darling McIntosh’s new MHA100 2-channel headphone amplifier, which costs a whopping $4,500. Yes, many people are that serious about their personal audio sound quality.

Simplify the home music system with Cambridge Audio One

True music lovers can and will play from a variety of different sources. As such, having a proper audio setup at home is pretty key. But, more often than not, having a comprehensive listening environment requires a number of separate devices: digital analog converter (DAC), amplifier, tuner, and CD player, to name a few. Sure, more »

10 great giveaways: Win a $6K gaming chair, $10K theater, 60″ TV, and more…

In the age of big data, no one is safe…So why not give the following companies your personal information, too? At least you might when something. Kidding aside, the following 10 giveaways from around the web will have you decking out your home theater (or creating an entirely new one, in some cases) in high style.


Is Home Stereo Dead? CNN Thinks So

Stereo systems. Like cable TV and camera film, younger people largely couldn’t care less about them. So says CNN in an article called “The Death of the Home Stereo System.” It may be painful for some longtime home entertainment enthusiasts to accept, but kids and many older people don’t want traditional AV components because, frankly, more »

McIntosh Introduces New MCD550 SACD/CD Player and MA8000 Integrated Amplifier

McIntosh has announced two new products that I didn’t have time to see in person at this year’s CEDIA EXPO, unfortunately. The company’s new MCD550 SACD/CD Player and the MA8000 Integrated Amplifier deliver new features and functionality, while maintaining that inimitable McIntosh style. The tenth-generation MCD550 borrows a couple of technologies from its bigger brother, the MCD1100, including a more »

The Bellagio Conquest Is One Beastly Turntable

In the world of high end audio — especially analog audio — price doesn’t always equate to quality, but take a glance at the beautiful machining and gorgeous engineering of the Bellagio Conquest turntable, and I think you’ll agree that it earns its €48,000.00 price tag. Just look at it. Yes, it costs as much as a more »


HomeTechTell Review: Pioneer HTZ-BD32 HTiB

Pioneer’s HTZ-BD32 is one of the many, many Home Theater in a Box (HTiB) systems on the market.  It has the usual specs you’d expect, including a built-in 3D Blu-ray player, 5.1-channel surround sound, Wi-Fi, and a handful of additional inputs for your set-top box and other items.  The BD32 also includes an iPod/iPhone dock more »

Meridian Core Control App for iPad Now Available

There’s great news for those with the pocketbooks to support a Meridian habit.  Meridian Audio has released its Core Control app for iPad devices.  The app, designed to control the company’s variety of Digital Media Systems (which seemingly, inexplicably, seem to have dropped the Sooloos name), follows in the navigation footsteps of the Control 15 by more »

10 Reasons Why Sonos is Great; 1 Way to Make It Greater!

Without a doubt, there is a lot to love about Sonos’ incredibly innovative audio distribution system. Sonos definitely turned the traditional rack-filled-with-stacks-of-black-boxes and single-point control location on its head with its system that is wireless and decentralized. It’s one of those systems that, as you start describing it to people, and telling them all the more »

The High-End Name Game. Who Are These Guys?

Quick: Name a luxury automobile. Maybe you thought of Bentley, or Rolls Royce, or something sportier like Aston Martin or Ferrari. Now, name a high-end watch. You probably thought of Rolex or maybe Breitling or Patek Philippe or Cartier. How about a luxury kitchen appliance? There’s Viking, Sub-Zero, Thermador, or Wolf… Maybe even a high-end more »


There’s Tubes in Them There Samsungs!

File this one under “I didn’t see that coming!” Samsung has announced new lines of Home Theater Systems and combination Galaxy S/iOS integrated audio docks set to debut at CES, and although the latter is certainly interesting in and of itself, the most intriguing revelation is the presence of vacuum tube technology in two of more »