The UBP-X1100ES is Sony's premium 4K UHD Blu-ray offering, replacing the X1000ES that came before it, a higher-end stablemate to the unfeasibly fine UBP-X800m2 ($400). In terms of performance and value, the latter is one of the best value UHD Blu-ray players available, so clearly this more expensive sibling needs to be truly special to warrant a premium $900 price.
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Mesh networking is all about spreading high-speed wireless networking across your home and doing it as easily as possible. The idea is to connect the modem-equipped router and place secondary (and tertiary, and so on) modules or nodes in locations to help extend coverage and make it more reliable.
Unlike many audiophiles, I like equalizers. Not as a tone control, but as an actual tool to flatten the frequency response in a given listening environment.
Pioneer's mid-level Elite VSX-LX503, priced at $1,450, brings all of the great features that were found in the SC-05 mid-level receiver introduced a decade ago back to the fold, along with a better DAC.
When Edifier sent me an e-mail with the title "$100 speakers that don't suck," my first thought was: challenge accepted! They're about $130/pr. in Canada with a straight price conversion, so they still fall into the sub-$150 category. What could I expect? A lot, apparently.
I heard the name Roksan when I was growing up in Australia. Some of my friends' parents owned the company's CD player and integrated amps, usually coupled with the Dual turntable, wired with Monster Cables, and set up with Monitor Audio speakers. I never really had the chance to carefully listen to the systems, but I remember wondering why so many people were buying that combination.
I've said in the past that it is impossible for a cable to improve the input signal. But I've also noted a caveat, that this is unless the cable applies some kind of processing. Well, I've found such cable. The Marseille internal chip in this cable, marketed under several brands, including Marseille's own mCable, Philips, and Seiki, is certified by the Technicolor 4K Image Certification program.
So you bought a new TV. Now what? In order for it to perform at its best, and to prolong its life (not to mention that of your eyes), you will need to calibrate the display. However, most consumers understandably don't want to spend $300 on the calibration of a $1,000 TV. As a calibrator, here are some tips on what can be done to optimize a TV's performance.
Most notably a trade show for custom integration and automation technologies, it seems that there's a whole lot more audio video technologies being introduced at this year's CEDIA than has been seen in the last decade. With that said, here's a rundown of some notable announcements in AV from the show.
CEDIA has kicked off today in San Diego, concentrating on AV presentation more than ever. 4K technology is being perfected, and several 8K prototypes are being introduced. The following are five announcements from CEDIA that particularly caught my attention, and would be worth checking out on the show floor, or following up on later.
I don't like driving. I find it to be a chore. So the only way for me to cope with the stress of driving is to have a good audio system. Factory basic audio systems are often not ideal, so I usually upgrade my cars' system using gear from companies like Clarion ProAudio, Alpine, and Pioneer.