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What electronic audio products you want tested most

What electronics audio product you like to see tested more

  • Power and Integrated Amplifiers

    Votes: 266 59.6%
  • Headphone Amplifiers

    Votes: 76 17.0%
  • Home Theater AVRs

    Votes: 136 30.5%
  • Home Theater Processors

    Votes: 91 20.4%
  • DACs

    Votes: 135 30.3%
  • Streamers

    Votes: 108 24.2%
  • Combo DAC and Headphone Amplifiers

    Votes: 103 23.1%
  • Phono preamp

    Votes: 43 9.6%
  • DSP (digital signal processors)

    Votes: 157 35.2%
  • Vintage audio products

    Votes: 103 23.1%

  • Total voters
    446

Robbo99999

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I'd like to see the JBL 308p Mkii speakers tested. We've seen the JBL 305p Mkii speakers tested here, so I think it would be useful to "round off" the 3 series by testing the flagship 308 version.....with part of my thinking being that if both the 305p and 308p were to measure well then chances are the 306p would too & would not need to be tested - my thinking behind this is that perhaps it's hard to marry an 8" woofer with a 1" tweeter so if the 308p is ok then so should be the rest. Also I have the 308p so I'm kinda curious how it'll measure! I think there's a lot of value in measuring this slightly budget range of speakers because potentially more consumers are gonna be buying them rather than the high end speakers.

P.S. Amir if you're reading this & decide to test the 308's then you might find best results by running HF Trim on back of speaker at -2dB....to save you some trouble for ideal setup.
 
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Adam Bernau

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I would be very, very grateful for testing and measuring of the current or previous generation of Mcintosh amplifiers and AV preamps.
People seem to adore them for the design, but i have my doubts about the real performance. The same for Dan D´Agostino huge power monoblocks.
 
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it would be awesome if you could measure western equivalents of remote controlled budget dac or dac amp combos like the E30 or DX3 Pro, if they exist
 

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I would be very, very grateful for testing and measuring of the current or previous generation of Mcintosh amplifiers and AV preamps.
People seem to adore them for the design, but i have my doubts about the real performance. The same for Dan D´Agostino huge power monoblocks.
I'll jump in on that with a slight change 'current AND previous generations of McIntosh equipment'. The same for Dan D'Agostino equipment. Are these things just 'Lifestyle' products or do they actually perform?
 

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I'll jump in on that with a slight change 'current AND previous generations of McIntosh equipment'. The same for Dan D'Agostino equipment. Are these things just 'Lifestyle' products or do they actually perform?
I have actually been part of a blind A/B comparation, about 5 years ago. Volumes matched, 5 people were writing down their preferred amplifier sound, very funny David VS Goliath components- A was my Pascal S-Pro 2x500W class D amp that i just have quickly put in some small wooden box of a size of cigarettes carton, B were two huge Mcintosh Monoblocks. Everyone preferred the A sound, repeatedly. Go figure :)
 

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I have actually been part of a blind A/B comparation, about 5 years ago. Volumes matched, 5 people were writing down their preferred amplifier sound, very funny David VS Goliath components- A was my Pascal S-Pro 2x500W class D amp that i just have quickly put in some small wooden box of a size of cigarettes carton, B were two huge Mcintosh Monoblocks. Everyone preferred the A sound, repeatedly. Go figure :)
That shows that the Pascal S-Pro 2x500W was preferred (which is wonderful that we have a great class D option). That does not show if there are reasons that the McIntosh might not be worthy of it's accolades (I tend to like function more over form, some prefer function and form, and some prefer form over function). The looks of McIntosh gear is very attractive to some. Where does it lie on the actual 'doing the job of reproduction' number line is the question. Some may decide that it looks very good & does a 'good 'nuff' job to warrant it being in their system. Others may decide that it looks pretty good but that it doesn't do a 'good 'nuff' job to warrant it being in their system. & others may just not like it's looks, no matter the job it does. We can see the looks (and like or dislike it on those merits) but without measurements, we don't know where it lies on the scale of doing it's job. Or you may be like me & decide that it's not worth pursuing due to having decided that there are other things I would rather spend my limited funds on, no matter how well the McIntosh does or does not perform.
 

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That shows that the Pascal S-Pro 2x500W was preferred (which is wonderful that we have a great class D option). That does not show if there are reasons that the McIntosh might not be worthy of it's accolades (I tend to like function more over form, some prefer function and form, and some prefer form over function). The looks of McIntosh gear is very attractive to some. Where does it lie on the actual 'doing the job of reproduction' number line is the question. Some may decide that it looks very good & does a 'good 'nuff' job to warrant it being in their system. Others may decide that it looks pretty good but that it doesn't do a 'good 'nuff' job to warrant it being in their system. & others may just not like it's looks, no matter the job it does. We can see the looks (and like or dislike it on those merits) but without measurements, we don't know where it lies on the scale of doing it's job. Or you may be like me & decide that it's not worth pursuing due to having decided that there are other things I would rather spend my limited funds on, no matter how well the McIntosh does or does not perform.
I agree, and i am not saying, that it is not worthy. I also understand, that people like to buy big altair like devices for lot of reasons, but i am doubting the obvious claims of those manufacturers, stating that all this heavy metal is needed for the product to perform really well, and that is the reason why i have mentioned this event.
 

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I agree, and i am not saying, that it is not worthy. I also understand, that people like to buy big altair like devices for lot of reasons, but i am doubting the obvious claims of those manufacturers, stating that all this heavy metal is needed for the product to perform really well, and that is the reason why i have mentioned this event.
I agree! Lets look beyond the exterior & see if it does it's job properly.
 

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Time for the cambridge cxn v2. I have one, best streamer ever as far as functionality is concerned. Sound quality also very good. Relatively affordable as far as hifi goes.
 

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I would be very, very grateful for testing and measuring of the current or previous generation of Mcintosh amplifiers and AV preamps.
People seem to adore them for the design, but i have my doubts about the real performance. The same for Dan D´Agostino huge power monoblocks.
Given the price of D'Agostino's high end stuff, I wouldn't hold my breath!

I will say, they are beautifully machined!
 

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Loudspeakers:
1. Dynaudio Emit M10/M20
2. PSB Alpha P5
3. Q Acoustics Concept 20
4. Bowers & Wilkins 606
5. Harbeth P3ESR
6. Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a
 
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Any DAC or interface with a microphone input. It's infuriating the only DACs with a microphone input are "gaming" combo ones like the Schiit Fulla/Hel or Mayflower Arc... but they could be good if tested. With many many more people working from home these days, having a decent microphone input for the non-stop conference calls is super valuable to me, it's not just for gaming. Interfaces like the Motu M2 look nice, but are overkill for me since I don't do any audio production work. And you probably lose some DAC quality on the interfaces since DAC'ing isn't their primary purpose.
 

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I like to get a gauge of what categories of products I should be testing more (electronics only) ...
Noting that the request is for 'electronics only' I want to push AV Processors up higher in the priority listing. Also, given the forum interest in powered speakers/monitors, and given how reviews have demonstrated the good value available, it seems that the combination of processor and powered speakers is a home theater solution that's worth more attention.
 
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