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Rotel RCD-951 CD Player

Rotel RCD-951

“Fortunately there’s nothing non-descript about the sound of this player. Impressed at the very outset by its smoothness and musicality I listened casually to the 951 for a couple of weeks to ensure that it was completely broken in before making any notes or comparisons. Even during this stage it was abundantly clear that this was a lot more CD player than $600 was supposed to buy…”

PSB Image 4T Loudspeaker

PSB Image 4T

“PSB has just introduced its Image series of speakers that promise “high-impact performance with a low impact on your lifestyle and on your budget”, according to their brochure. There are 10 models in the group, including a subwoofer and two centre channels. The 4T is pretty close to the middle of the group, a tower model that uses a pair of polypropylene coned 5″ woofer/mid drivers and a 1 1/2″ aluminum dome tweeter that is ferrofluid damped in a front-ported reflex enclosure…”

PMC FB1 Loudspeaker

PMC FB1 Loudspeaker

“PMC is primarily a professional speaker maker, who also distribute Bryston products in Britain to both pro and consumer markets. In turn, Bryston handles PMC products in North America in both markets. Quite a few post production studios have recently installed Bryston/PMC surround monitoring systems, and the list of films and TV programs monitored through these systems steadily grows…”

Waveform Mach Solo

Waveform Mach Solo

“The Waveform Mach Solo is a smaller version of the mighty Mach 17, with only one woofer, and a passive crossover. The 17 comes with an electronic crossover made for Waveform by Bryston, and costs $12,000. The egg midrange/tweeter module is the same in all models, though a different woofer/midrange driver is used in the MC. The Solo woofer is a 10″ treated paper cone driver with a rolled rubber surround. The crossover is a 4th order Linkwitz- Riley type (14-dB/Octave) at 575 and 1850 Hz. Low end response is said to extend to 35 Hz in a normal room…”

Denon AVR-3300 Home Theater Receiver

Denon AVR-3300 Home Theatre Receiver

“According to Phil Bryant of Denon Canada, the AVR-3300 is Denon’s most successful receiver under $2,000 in recent years and has constantly oversold in Canada and the United States since October. It sits third from the top in Denon’s line; above it are the AVR-4800 which is similar but with THX(ex) certification at $3,400, and the mammoth AVR-5700 at $4,800…”

Technics SH-AC500D Surround Processor

Technics SH-AC500D Surround Processor

“A couple of years ago I reviewed the Technics SH-AC300 surround processor, and liked its value and ease of use. It’s been in and out of my home theatre system since, serving as a stopgap between the often-more-expensive components that come in for review…”

Blue Circle Audio BC 22 Stereo Power Amplifier

Blue Circle Audio BC22

“The thing that sets the BC22 apart from the numerous amps at this price point is a product of its very nature. The BC22 is a broad appeal product built by a niche market company in a category where the inverse is generally the rule; a dressed down exotic rather than a gussied up generic. Whether this is better as a rule is impossible to say, but it certainly has some advantages in this case…”

DVD Reviews - The Mask of Zorro

The Mask Of Zorro

“After watching The Mask Of Zorro, it’s hard to believe Catherine Zeta-Jones isn’t actually Spanish, and harder to accept that she’s really Welsh, such a convincingly swashbuckling senorita is she. Zorro is another big budget Hollywood film, with numerous sumptuous sets, and the creation of a slave-worked gold mine, which is not quite a recreated Titanic, but a huge edifice none the less…”

DVD Reviews - Titanic

Titanic

“I know these are supposed to be DVD reviews, but this film, the all-time box-office biggie, has yet to appear in that format, but was recently released on LD. I guess that up until I bought this set, beautifully packaged for the 12″ format, I was the only North American to have not seen Titanic, not having experienced it in the movie theatre…”

DVD Reviews - Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

“If Susan Anspach was a bit of a fish in Five Easy Pieces, Andie MacDowell was a frozen fillet in Sex, Lies, And Videotape. But in this film she is the perfect foil for Bill Murray as a his TV producer. He’s an egotistical, insensitive weatherman cursed to cover Ground Hog Day over and over again until he finds his humanity. The premise is silly, but a good and often very funny script by Harold Rubin makes it work as a perfect vehicle for Murray’s remarkable comedic talent…”

TEAC AG-D9320 Dolby Digital/DTS A/V Receiver

TEAC AG-D9320 Dolby Digital/DTS A/V Receiver

“Receivers with Dolby Digital decoding have come down in price below $1000 recently, and the new AG-D9320 almost gets to the $500 threshold. Rated at 130 watts per channel in stereo and 100 x 5, it claims “high instantaneous current capability.” The AG-D9320 contains massive capacitors within the all-discrete amplifier circuits…”

AIG Back Issues: Winter 2000

Winter 2000 Issue

Highlights Include: Denon AVR-3300 Home Theater Receiver, Blue Circle BC 22 Power Amplifier, Pioneer DV-AX10 & C-AX10 DVD Audio Transport / Preamp, Fujitsu PDS-4211 42″ Plasma Display / Faroudja DVP-2200 Video Processor, Audio Control Diva HT Audio Processor, Toshiba SD-4109X 6 Disc HDCD DVD Player, Waveform Mach Solo & MC Centre Channel Loudspeakers, PMC FB1 Loudspeaker, PSB Image 4T, Klipsch Reference 3 Home Theatre System, Energy Encore Home Theatre System, and more…

DVD Reviews - Montenegro

Montenegro

“Written and directed by the same man who made The Coca Cola Kid, Montenegro chronicles the brief straying of a bored housewife (Susan Anspach into the company of a band of Yugoslavian immigrants. Like Wag The Dog, Montenegro was made long before that region or its people became daily news fodder. It’s a charming film, with many funny moments. I didn’t realize that Makavejev was behind both this film and the Coca Cola Kid, which I look forward to seeing out on DVD…”

Fujitsu PDS4211 42 inch Plasma TV and Faroudja DVP-2200 Digital Video Processor

Fujitsu PDS4211 42 in. Plasma TV and Faroudja DVP-2200 Digital Video Processor Television

“Fujitsu has over 300 patents relating to plasma display technology, so they have to be a leader in the field. The PDS4211 is a 16:9 42″ screen in a 3.3″ thick casing that can be mounted on a wall or stand. Resolution is rated at 852 x 480 pixels, not quite HD-capable, but close…”

RCA Video Source Selector

RCA Video Source Selector

“Over the past few years, the number of video sources has multiplied much more quickly than the number of A/V inputs on most televisions. It’s not uncommon for people to have three or more A/V sources: DVD player, VCR, satellite receiver or cable box, maybe a LaserDisc player and videogame console, and, from time to time, a camcorder…”

Supersounds Winter 2000 - Audiophile Elvis From Bill Porter, RCA, & DCC

Elvis!

“As a longtime Elvis fan (and I can now admit to being as a teenager one of the earliest imitators, or “tribute artists”, as they now say in Memphis), I’ve always been glad to see good sounding re-releases of his best work. A set of German-produced RCA CDs from 1984 was the first set of reissues that did the original recordings justice. Titled Elvis - The Collection, the first of these 3 CDs contained many of the early hits, while the second and third chronicled the string of hits into the 60s. For some reason I seem to have lost Volume 3..”


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