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    New SMSL AL200 Intergrated Amplifier

    I've not used it with the LG TV, but I liked mine so much I encouraged a relative to get one to replace a failed 20-year-old JVC receiver used for audio in a secondary part of their home. The music source is a BOSE music streamer with optical out, and it's been working solidly for one year. I'd...
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    Fosi Audio V3 Mono Amplifier Review

    It was likely a backplane issue, where's the on/off triggering feature was important in the design, and they chose to use the audio-sense circuit built into the TI amplifier IC rather than lose other connections on the rear panel. 12v trigger is great, but not every source component (DAC or...
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    Fosi Audio V3 Mono Amplifier Review

    It's more likely a 2.5mm x 5.5mm, a format I've seen in higher power low-voltage DC applications. But, this is just speculation on my part. Perhaps Amir can chime in here based on his review sample.
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    Fosi Audio ZA3 Amplifier Review

    Agreed. It'd easily be a first choice for me if I were just getting started as a young audio enthusiast seeking to assemble a music system. It's pretty astonishing what one can buy in the amplifier and DAC category these days for very little. The price vs performance ratio is astronomical.
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    Fosi Audio ZA3 Amplifier Review

    My experience mirrors yours, though I'm using the brother to the ZA3, the V3. My reference amplifier is an NAD M22 that uses the Hyper N-Core modules. The difference in tonality is immediately audible with my speakers. My sense is it's speaker-dependent.
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    New SMSL AL200 Intergrated Amplifier

    I have a family member who uses a 20-year-old 2-channel stereo receiver powering a set of Sonance Mariner outdoor speakers on a deck. The amp is on its last leg, so I recommended the AL200 as a replacement. I ordered it from Amazon for $233.99 and it arrived last Friday. I've been running it...
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    Sonance DSP 2-150 Amplifier Review

    I'm the original DSP 2-150 amplifier owner who sent in the amp that was tested and posted here. I also work in the custom installation field and can attest to one of the previous posters who mentioned that Sonance quickly replaced this original model with the MKII version that addressed all of...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    I have both in the house and, surprisingly, I prefer the sound of the Symfonisk speaker. The sound is more "airy", more "open" sounding to my ears. I put in an order for the smaller Sonos sub-woofer and plan to add it to the system when it arrives next week. The speakers are in a bedroom, on a...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    The DSP is the at least half of the listening experience, from the electronic crossover, to speaker-specific equalization, to the volume-based bass boost....it's almost certain that the listening experience would be quite hobbled if the speaker were to be used passively. One would need to make a...
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    Harrison Labs In-line Crossover Review (RCA)

    Vandersteen Audio uses the same passive filter approach for their home powered sub-woofer systems. It's a rather novel approach in this category, and uses a passive line-level filter matched to the input impedance of the amplifier powering your main speakers. I suspect the SINAD is out of this...
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    Sonance DSP 2-150 Review (DSP Amplifier)

    It supports volume control from either IP commands or IR control from the rear-panel input jack. I should "out" myself as the owner of this amplifier.
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    Sonance DSP 2-150 Review (DSP Amplifier)

    It is not the Mark II version.
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    The Play 5 is effectively (3) Sonos: One speakers in a single enclosure. It's got a BIG voice from lots of cone area. And, paired with the Sonos Sub...it would put a smile on 95% of listers ears. As to the Play: One's sound, yes, in a store or large environment, they don't impress. But, in a...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    I think it's certainly possible to use them as primary speakers in a living room. Lots of "you" variables come into play as to whether it's entirely correct (or mostly correct, as no solution is "perfect"). The size of the room plays a big part. My sense from listening to the IKEA speakers is...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    I'd venture a guess that between the box speakers and the lamp speakers, the lamp version sells far less. The light doesn't even dim--at least on the display model. Plus it looks like they stopped the work on the industrial design mid-way. It just feels like an incomplete product in both sound...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    I just got back from the local IKEA after picking up a pair of the speakers. The lamp speaker was on display there, so that suggests they are still current or they have remaining stock. My initial listening session with the speakers is very positive. They are head and shoulders better than the...
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    Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

    And, there's encoding latency (delay). Best case (lowest delay) is when all devices are connected via Ethernet and the encoding format is set to "lossless". I've seen the delay be what I'd describe as barely noticeable, or probably around 300ms. But, it's very much a YMMV situation. That's where...
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    Audio Control Rialto 600 Review (DAC & Amplifier)

    It may sound slightly unbelievable, but I've run this speaker system, which is in my kitchen ceiling, with many amplifiers and music streamers (ex., Sonos AMP, Sonos Port + Sonance DSP 8-130 amplifier, HEOS Amp, HEOS SuperLink + Sonance DSP 8-130 amplifier) and I will admit that my favorite...
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    Audio Control Rialto 600 Review (DAC & Amplifier)

    I'm the owner and my reaction is: I'm surprised the unit measured as poorly as it appears to have here. My subjective reaction is that I like the amp and it's been a pleasure to own. It's used with a Sonos Port audio streamer connected to a Sonance in-ceiling VP38 speaker system consisting of...
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