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Winter 1992 Issue

Highlights Include: Dahlquist Acoustics Dynamic Array Home Theatre System, DVD Movie Reviews, Paradigm Monitor 7/PS-1200 Subwoofer, Sunfire True Subwoofer Mk II, Nordost Flatline SPM Reference Speaker Cable, and much more…..

Dahlquist Acoustix System One Dynamic Array

Dahlquist Acoustix Array Home Theater System

“As speakers, the 4 identical towers share a diminutive footprint and very narrow baffle, and all share the same drivers, a fabric dome tweeter, and 3 3 1/2″ cones for bass and midrange; the centre speaker is similarly slim laterally, with 4 of the 3 1/2″ drivers flanking the same tweeter. All of these are designed to operate down to a lower limit of 80 Hz. They are front-ported, but the real bass is reproduced by the subwoofer….”

Kplipsch KSP-300 Loudspeaker

Klipsch KSP 300 Loudspeaker

“As part of the Synergy Series and the Premiere group of speakers, the Klipsch KSP-300 seems a little over identified, sort of like all those women going around with three names in the wake (and some wake, too) of Hilary Rodham Clinton (reminds me of Hickory Dickory Dock; I guess Monica’s problem is that she doesn’t have a middle name). Anyway, before I slide off into total irrelevance while hardly into this review at all, I should note that Klipsch’s Canadian distributor, Evolution Audio’s Saxe Brickendon..”

Linn Linto Phono Preamplifier

Linn Linto Phono Preamplifier

“Outboard phono preamplifiers are becoming a necessity for vinyl lovers trading up their systems because few current preamplifiers contain phono stages. Virtually all of these take the signal from its beginning right to line level, unlike many moving coil stepup devices, and the Linto is no exception, with 64 dB of gain. Cutting an internal wire reduces this to 54 dB in cases where the MC output is unusually high, and lights the Linto’s red front panel LED on peaks…”

Inouye Synergistic Power Line Conditioner

Inouye Synergistic Power Line Conditioner

“Power conditioners are one of those products which teeter on the edge of mainstream audio acceptability these days. While they probably have a better reputation than carbon fiber shelves or ebony pucks many audiophiles would lump them in the same shady category, labeling them as the foolish toys of misguided, obsessive compulsive and moderately paranoid audio freaks….”

Nordost Flatline SPM Reference Speaker Cable

Nordost SPM Reference

“Back when I was a kid, and long before I was foolish enough to spend my money on things like audio equipment and records, I blew my not-so-hard earned allowance on more practical things, like candy. One of my favorites was a wide, but very flat and thin, corrugated strip of licorice which came in an array of day-glo colours. While aimed at much older kids with much more substantial allowances, Nordost Flatline SPM speaker cable is essentially licorice for audiophiles.”

DVD Reviews - Das Boot: The Director’s Cut

“Finally, a movie that makes really intelligent use of many DVD features. Das Boot has Dolby Digital for both its original German soundtrack and the dubbed English one, as well as subtitles that allow one to hear the German with all the sound effects intact (and these are spectacular), and also understand the script. This was my preference in watching this classic 1982 film; I even joked to a friend that after watching all 200+ minutes of Das Boot this way, I would probably end up fluent in German….”

DVD Reviews - Body Heat and Basic Instinct

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“Body Heat is one of those films that’s so hot and steamy you sweat watching it, even with the air conditioning on. Set in the Florida keys in summer, it contains brilliant youthful performances by William Hurt as a dumber-than-he-looks lawyer, and Kathleen Turner as a true femme fatale. Director Kasdan would go on to make The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist (both with Hurt in leading roles), but this is his most accomplished film, the combination of atmosphere, performances and pacing absolutely perfect….”

DVD Reviews - All The President’s Men

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“Many remember Richard Nixon as the dark force of American politics, and his era ended in shame with his post-Watergate resignation. The agents of his fall were two dogged Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, on whose book this 1976 film was based. They are played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. Both lead performances are restrained and unaffected, though Hoffman makes the most of the reporter’s chain smoking in his dramatic business….”

DVD Reviews - Waterworld

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“One of the most expensive films ever made at close to $200 million, Waterworld was expected to be a bomb, but did quite well at the box office, and seems to fit the DVD format very well, too, with its bright vivid colour, action and stunt filled story, and larger-than-life characters. Dennis Hopper makes the most of his role as arch-villain, while Costner is more energized than usual as an amphibious mutant….”

DVD Reviews - Eric Clapton: Unplugged

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“Produced for MTV, this show in the Unplugged series showcases the folkier side of Eric Clapton, and was a bestseller on CD, laserdisc, and VHS. It was interesting to hear it in discrete surround, and to compare that with the CD with its uncompressed digital audio.

“But first to the picture: I was surprised at the relatively poor resolution of the video on this DVD, bad even compared to off air images on my TV….”

DVD Reviews - Woodstock: The Director’s Cut

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“‘Like, man, watch out for the bad acid’…Woodstock has always been, to my mind, a monument to myth-making, and American myth-making at that. And here the myth has been expanded by 40 minutes of previously unseen footage. Again, you get your money’s worth in terms of time, though I think not necessarily musically. If All The President’s Men doesn’t seem dated, Woodstock does, for the simple reason that, for most of us, its reality has a remarkable air of unreality…”


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