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Acerbis NC Base Superschermo 100 Cabinet

NC Base Superschermo

Acerbis, provider of entertainment furniture, has a New Concept collection. The NC Base Superschermo 100 Cabinet is capable of hiding a projection screen right inside its belly so that your living room gets changed into the TV room at the mere press of a button. read more…

Bello TV Cabinet

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Bell

Having paid out for that expensive flat panel TV its nice to have furniture that complements it. Bell’o produces a wood cabinet that is both stylish and contemporary. It is available in a polished Espresso finish that comes with stainless steel accents. read more…

GenevaSound Cabinet

GenevaSound Cabinet

Is this the future of Home Entertainment furniture. Furniture that is not only good looking but actually an integral part of your entertainment experience? GenevaSound believe it is. read more…

DIY: Wyatt Woodworking Cabinet Kit for Audio Nirvana Drivers

DIY: Wyatt Woodworking Cabinet Kit for Audio Nirvana Drivers

Perhaps the trickiest obstacle for the aspiring DIY speaker builder to overcome is obtaining a quality set of cabinets. There are companies that offer pre-built speaker cabinets, which is one solution worth considering. All of the pre-built cabinets I have encountered, however, have a narrow baffle plate. The largest speaker that can be installed is an 8-inch driver. While this is acceptable for a conventional multi-driver design, it does not work for designs employing large-diameter, full-range speakers. For instance, the Audio Nirvana product line has both 10-inch and 12-inch full range drivers, which require a 14 and ½-inch front baffle. For those DIY enthusiasts who want to give these unusual drivers a try, they must commit to building their own cabinets. Quite frankly, very few people have access to the wood working equipment needed to build a solid cabinet with a high wife acceptance factor. Fortunately, a cabinetmaker has stepped up, and developed a flat pack cabinet kit for the Audio Nirvana drivers.

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The Visionaire 1 Multi-Channel AV Cabinet from Kharma

For people looking for a great new concept and design for home cinema, chances are you will love this media rack from Kharma. The media rack beholds a 5.1 – 7.1 channel system and has plenty of room for all your AV equipment and media. read more…

ZVOX Audio Z-base 550 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System

If you are among the people who demand better sound quality, you don’t have to rely and make do with the usual default speakers of your TV set. For a packaged home theater solution idea, you are better of considering the ZVOX Audio Z-base 550 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System, an all-in-one package home theater pack. read more…

ZVOX 425 High-Performance Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System

ZVOX 425 High-Performance Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System

Specifications:

  • Dimensions; 36.5”w x 5 3/4”d x 7 3/4”h Weight: 25 pounds. With box and packing: 33 pounds.
  • Amplifier: The 425 uses a 133 watt amplifier. Inputs: Two rear “mixing” inputs (if two devices are connected and playing, you will hear both devices): dual RCA jack inputs. One front-panel mini-jack input (3.5mm) for use with portable audio devices (portable CD player, iPod, etc.). When any device is plugged into the front panel input, both rear inputs are automatically muted.
  • Frequency range: 35 Hz – 20 kHz. The 425 is bi-amplified
  • Uses dual 4” side-firing subwoofers Five 3.25″ main speaker drivers PhaseCue virtual surround sound system
  • The new ZVOX S.A.N.E. (Sudden Audio Noise Eliminator) circuit

ZVOX is an online Internet company specializing in a one-box solution to home theatre sound for use with all kinds of TV’s, whether tube, LCD, Plasma, or even the rear projection type. Retail price of the ZVOX 425 is $699.99. During my review period there was a special that included the DLO HomeDock Music Remote which allowed you to both charge and play your Ipod through the ZVOX music system, at no additional cost. The standard warranty that is included with your purchase is two years limited parts and labor. read more…

Zigmahornet Speaker Cabinets

Zigmahornet Speaker Cabinets

Those of you who have read my previous reviews will know that I have quite a liking for the Fostex full range drive units. Clarity and sensitivity are their plus points and they seem to like the combination of the Tripath based amplifiers and Tube pre-amp. From the designs I have made I use the 8” Fostex 206E in a 208 Sigma Back Loaded Horn cabinet as my speaker of choice.

Intrigued to see what the smaller designs would sound like I purchased a pair of the 4” Fostex 126E’s and built the 108 sigma cabinet, the same design as the 208, but about one-third of it’s size.

I suppose it was a case having been spoilt by the larger drive unit and cabinets, but I was fairly disappointed with the sound they made. I had expected that the bass response would be somewhat curtailed in comparison with the much larger 208’s. However not only was the bass disappointing, the openness and “magic” of the larger cabinet was very much missing. Needless to say I couldn’t really get on with them and they were consigned to the spare room fairly swiftly. A few months ago I read a review of a design for a 4” full range driver and cabinet which I could use for the 126’s. The speakers were called Zigmahornets. read more…

Audio Furniture: A Wife Approved Bargain Version

Audio Furniture: A Wife Approved Bargain Version

One of the least discussed areas of audio and the dreaded WAF (Wife Approval Factor) is the rig cabinet. If you’re one lucky enough to have a dedicated man-cave, then you’re not likely to be worried about such matters. However, most of us are blessed with having to share rooms with our feminine life partner, which means compromise. Add to that a limited budget, and the choices shrink tremendously.

Solutions to this pressing dilemma can be simple “You married me for better, or worse”, which usually leads to a prolonged artic vacation without leaving the house. A second choice, bribery, “Ok, you can redecorate the bedroom in pinks/ lavenders.” That usually leads to endless teasing by family and friends over lost spheres of manhood. A third option, not usually employed by the male species involves taking a standard piece of furniture, and making it work as the rig stand. read more…

Fostex FE206 Driver / FE208 Sigma Cabinet

Fostex FE206 Driver / FE208 Sigma Cabinet

 Specifications:

  • FE206E Frequency response f0 – 20khz Sound Pressure Level 96db Rated Input 30w
  • Music Power 90w Overall Diameter 208mm Baffle Hole Diameter 185mm Depth 87.5mm
  • Specifications FE126E
  • Frequency response fs – 25Khz
  • Sound Pressure Level 93db Rated Input 15w Music Power 45w Overall Diameter 142mm Baffle Hole Diameter 104mm Depth 61mm

I like a bargain.

I am sure that most of you do too. However there is always lurking in the back of our minds “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. One way to accelerate your way up the Hi Fi ladder is to diy it. If you choose the components you intend to make, carefully, you can in most cases end up with something that sounds as good, if not better than similar manufactured units. The main reason to DIY is that you can save yourself a whole bucket load of money. read more…

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