Boston's new toy

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 |


The first thing I noticed when I plugged in the TVeeM25's was the “big” sound coming out of the soundbar. It’s hard to describe other than to say that the sound seems to emanate from the entire wall where the soundbar is located. I found it nearly unbelievable that this much sound could come out of something so small.


It’s also hard to believe that the soundbar has only 2 drivers in it. Normally when you have only a single left and right channel speaker vocals and other center channel audio are muffled. But the TVee Model 25 replicates the center channel perfectly while still rendering excellent left and right channel separation.


Also of note, the relatively small wireless subwoofer, which contains only a single 6" down-firing driver, puts out more than adequate bass response. In fact, when watching iRobot through the system I found the bass to be tight, crisp, and just plain loud! Boston Acoustics doesn’t list full specifications for the unit, but I’m guessing the subwoofer has 100 watts of the stated 150 watt system power, leaving 25 each for the left and right channel drivers in the soundbar.


If you want a soundbar that blends in seamlessly with its surrounding, the TVee 25 system will definitely oblige. The face of the unit is comprised of a single wide speaker grill with only a small BA logo at the bottom center and control buttons on the far right. It is designed to integrate nicely under TVs sized 32" or larger, and can sit right beneath on a counter, or be mounted to the wall.

...Volume control of the TVee 25 is simply awesome. The system will learn whatever remote control you want to point at it, and it’s an extremely easy thing to set up.


Unlike some competing units, the TVee 25 is perfect for bedrooms or other areas where you’d like to keep the room dark. The small operational LEDs near the control buttons only illuminate for a few seconds when buttons are pressed. The rest of the time they’re off, which saves the room from distracting light pollution when watching TV, or trying to sleep.


Installing the TVee 25 is quite simple. The soundbar requires a single power outlet, plus one cable to hook to the TV’s audio output jacks. You can use simple RCA cables for left and right channel connectivity, but for true surround sound you’ll need a digital optical output. Even if your TV doesn’t have one, your DVD or Blu-ray player will, and the unit will accept both connections. You can then plug the subwoofer into any power outlet anywhere in the room and the wireless transmitter will take care of the rest.


-Available Early July

-Review with compliments of “geekbeat.tv”

Denon's Killer combo: AVR-A100 and DBP-100

Monday, 20 June 2011 |

In celebrating their 100th anniversary Denon has released two units to mark the occasion. The DBP-100 bluray player and the AVR-A100 9.2 channel surround sound receiver. The DBP-100 is a universal player, which means that you can comfortably play Bluray’s CD’s and DVD’s, not to mention audio CD’S, audio DVD’S and Bluray audio. This unit comes with Denon’s own vibration-resistant design, it comes equipped with an anniversary edition coupling condenser and cast iron footing for extra sound stabilization.


First up: The DBP-100


The exterior of the DBP-100 has a glossy-finger-print resistant black coating with the 100th anniversary emblem. The inner workings of this unit are just as impressive as Denon’s age, the advanced audio and visual circuit performance comes directly from the SVH (Surpress Vibration Hybrid) mechanism giving the unit more control and stability when discs are being read. Every one of the channels uses AL24 processors for improved sound quality, while the video circuitry uses a high bit-rate video processor for more life-like imagery. The DBP-100 also sports Denon’s Link 4th HDMI clock control - minimising jitter during HDMI transmission and is ideal for best possible audio performance when combined with the AVR-A100.


Second up: The AVR-100


Starting on the outside, the AVR-A100 is in the same black gloss finish and 100th anniversary badging as the DBP-100. The AVR-100 is a 9.2 channel surround sound receiver, which has a variety of features including: high bit ip conversion and upscaling, network radio, music and photo streaming, AM/FM tuner, HDMI 1.4, 3D and ARC support It also has an 11.2 channel pre-amp, as well as direct play for iPod/iPhone via USB and simultaneous playback on two HDMI channels. This unit is feature-full. As with the DBP-100, the in/out connections are on the back panel of the unit, adding to its’ keen design style; The Audyssey MultEQ-XT 32 Room EQ makes speaker setup as simple as making tea – the easy to use setup will guide you through the steps. In terms of power, the AVR-A100 is definitely not lacking, with 140 Watts on each channel, the only thing left wanting is more music!


Pairing up these two units, helps us realise why Denon has been around for 100 years. Thanks Denon, you rock!


-Information sourced from: AudioVideo SA - June 2011






Nautilus...Naturally inspired, technologically perfected

Friday, 10 June 2011 |

“…Now recognised as a design classic, the original Bowers & Wilkins Nautilusis not just our flagship product, but the very pinnacle of technological innovation to which all others must aspire. It is the result of a groundbreaking, five year research and development programme to achieve, as near as possible, the perfect loudspeaker. The Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus is recognised worldwide as an outstanding loudspeaker which continues to shape the direction of the audio industry to this day. Much sought after by cognoscenti, it has been unashamedly designed with the serious audiophile in mind, not only because of its size and shape but also because of its active design – the crossover network is positioned between the pre and power amplifiers.

Bowers & Wilkins' search for the best possible quality in production means that we devote a great deal of time and care to specifying materials and components – and then to finding suitable specialists to make them. For the Nautilus™ body we engaged the services of Raceprep, a specialist company which is expert in the formulation of fibre-reinforced composites. Because of its complex shape, Raceprep engineers make the Nautilus™ shell almost entirely by hand, using a resin which has been identified by computer analysis as perfect for its purpose – ensuring maximum strength and durability. The same attention to detail has been applied to the finish for the Nautilus™ shell. Bowers & Wilkins' paint and lacquer system is imported directly from Germany, where it is supplied only to the leading names in the luxury car industry, such as Porsche and Mercedes Benz...

-Information sources directly from Bowers and Wilkins:

http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speakers/Home_Audio/Nautilus/Craftsmanship.html

"...Awesome 3D and 2D picture..." Marantz UD7006

Monday, 6 June 2011 |

The Marantz UD7006 is the first Bluray disc player that is 3D enabled. “What-Hifi” has given a five-star rating, and they have done so for a good reason. It is one of the very few that have on-board audio decoding. If you have older home theatre amps, adding the UD7006 does not have the compatibility issues that many systems have, the UD7006 comes with a set of eight-channel analogue inputs. This unit is unique for these reasons, the technology that is used is typical of Marantz but without high cost that is generally involved with Marantz products. Another great feature of the UD7006 is the DLNA certificate. This means that you can stream music and photo’s that are stored on a computer on your home network. The audio and visual results are really good, the pictures are texture-rich and crisp and the sound is clear, moreover the UD7006 uses Marantz’ Anchor Bay 2015 VRS chipset, which effectively minimises most of the background noise that one finds on discs. The UD7006 can play most of the digital formats that are used in electronic information storage – using CD’s or DVD’s is no issue for this machine, it plays mp3’s, mp4’s, 2D and of course 3D. Adding a Marantz UD7006 to your home theatre system is a choice worth making.

http://www.soundimage.co.za/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=596

(Information sourced from: What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision (July 2011) reviews the Marantz UD7006)