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KEF Q150 Speaker Review

 

Are they tiny but mighty, like our friend Young Sheldon? You decide. Check out our latest video that goes over this entry-level bookshelf speaker offering from KEF.

 

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Yamaha 2024 AVENTAGE receiver acts as the heart of your whole-house entertainment and surround sound system

 

It's probably been a while since you've bought a new audio/video receiver or maybe I'm being assumptive and this is your first foray into surround sound. No worries...we'd be happy to help. Your audio/video receiver is the heart of your surround sound and whole-house entertainment system. Making the right choice here assures sonic excellence and also provides you the flexibility to hook up future components. However, dealing with the big-box stores or attempting to figure out what to buy on the Internet can be painful (aside from this article, of course). Here's a quick guide to picking the right audio/video receiver.

 

NOTE: As of this second, we don't know if there will be new models announced at CES for 2024. If we had to bet a dollar, we'd guess that they are sticking with the below for at least the next number of months. Yamaha also DROPPED the price on their receivers whereas everyone else raised theirs...pretty cool!

 

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Yamaha Vs Marantz

Best AVR for 2024 - Yamaha vs Marantz!

 

It's time for the Battle Royale! Marantz vs Yamaha! Who will take the prize for the best surround sound receiver for 2024? Both lines have an esteemed history, great steps through their AVR line-up and compelling reasons to buy both brands. See the comparison video above for our thoughts about Marantz vs Yamaha surround sound receivers.

 

  • 00:00-01:54 Yamaha vs Marantz
  • 01:54-03:10 History
  • 03:10-05:16 Line-up of AVRs
  • 05:16-13:00 Sound Quality
  • 13:05-16:08 MusicCast vs Heos 
  • 16:10-19:58 Reliability
  • 20:00-21:30 Codesets
  • 21:30-23:10 Final Thoughts

 

This above video is not sponsored. We gotta pay for this stuff! Please consider purchasing Marantz or Yamaha through the Crutchfield links below if you aren't in the Southern California area. We make a small commission via this medium and this helps support our video channel AND will let us go out to lunch someday. THANKS A BUNCH!

 

MARANTZ SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Marantz SR8015 AVR (check out the price breaks on this thing...discontinued): https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1ANC%2Fp_642SR8015%2FMarantz-SR8015.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA40 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FU1%2Fp_642CIN40%2FMarantz-Cinema-40.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA50 AVR: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7I%2Fp_642CIN50%2FMarantz-Cinema-50.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA60 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7J%2Fp_642CIN60%2FMarantz-Cinema-60.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA70S: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FEC%2Fp_642CIN70S%2FMarantz-Cinema-70s.html

 

YAMAHA SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Yamaha RXA8A: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CK1%2Fp_022RXA8ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A8A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA6A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJS%2Fp_022RXA6ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA4A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJT%2Fp_022RXA4ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A4A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA2A: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1B58%2Fp_022RXA2ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A2A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV6A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AOB%2Fp_022RXV6ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV4A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AO8%2Fp_022RXV4ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V4A.html

 

#marantz #soundunited #hifi #audiophile #yamaha #yamahaaudio

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Sunday, 31 December 2023 17:23

Sonos vs WiiM - Best streaming audio players

Sonos vs WiiM

Sonos vs Wiim - What the the best streaming audio player?

 

Sonos vs WiiM streaming music players...what to buy? If you're a techie guy or gal, you may have read some stuff about WiiM. WiiM is one of the new players on the block that offers streaming pre-amps and streaming amplifiers that are chock-full of features at a very attractive price point. So what's the catch? See some of the pros-and-cons of Sonos vs WiiM as we see it in this video.

 

  • 00:00-00:20 Sonos vs WiiM
  • 00:45-01:20 Whole-house music options
  • 01:25-2:00 Apple Music and YouTube?
  • 02:04-03:15 Tech support options
  • 03:20-04:39 Amp power/ Sonos vs WiiM
  • 04:47-05:31 Overall cost

 

In a nutshell, for whole-house solutions or separate streaming speakers, Sonos is the way to go (watch the video for WHY). WiiM is a great solution if you want to add streaming audio to a legacy stereo or surround sound system that doesn't have some form of built-in Heos, MusicCast, etc. We will do a future write-up/video that details the new WiiM players streaming solutions.

 

This video is not sponsored. Please consider purchasing WiiM or Sonos through the Crutchfield links below if you aren't in the Southern California area. We make a small commission via this medium and this helps us buy products to review. THANKS!

 

✅ ?WiiM 60 watt X 2 streaming amplifier: https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HXY%2Fp_399WIMAMPG%2FWiiM-Amp-Gray.html

✅ WiiM Pro+ audio streamer (their BEST): https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HUV%2Fp_399WIIMPPL%2FWiiM-Pro-Plus.html

✅ WiiM Pro Audio streamer: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HUU%2Fp_399WIIMPRO%2FWiiM-Pro.html

✅ Sonos ERA 300 Atmos speaker in BLACK (each): https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1G8L%2Fp_616ERA300B%2FSonos-Era-300-Black.html

✅ Sonos ERA 300 Atmos speaker in WHITE (each): https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1G8M%2Fp_616ERA300W%2FSonos-Era-300-White.html

✅ Sonos AMP 125 watts X 2: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc15UE%2Fp_616AMP%2FSonos-Amp.html

✅ Sonos ARC soundbar in BLACK: https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1R%2Fp_616ARCBK%2FSonos-Arc-Black.html

✅ Sonos ARC soundbar in WHITE: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1Q%2Fp_616ARCWH%2FSonos-Arc-White.html

✅ Sonos BEAM soundbar in BLACK: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1D94%2Fp_616BEAM2BK%2FSonos-Beam-Gen-2-Black.html

✅ Sonos BEAM soundbar in WHITE: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1D93%2Fp_616BEAM2WH%2FSonos-Beam-Gen-2-White.html

✅ Sonos PORT streaming pre-amp: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc18DH%2Fp_616PORT1BK%2FSonos-Port.html

✅ Sonos MOVE portable speaker in BLACK: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc18DI%2Fp_616MOVEBK%2FSonos-Move-Black.html

✅ Sonos MOVE portable speaker in WHITE: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A8S%2Fp_616MOVEWH%2FSonos-Move-Lunar-White.html

✅ Sonos ROAM portable speaker in BLACK: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1BWN%2Fp_616ROAMBK%2FSonos-Roam-Black.html

✅ Sonos FIVE best streaming speaker in BLACK: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1S%2Fp_616SONOS5B%2FSonos-Five-Black.html

✅ Sonos FIVE best streaming speaker in WHITE: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1V%2Fp_616SONOS5W%2FSonos-Five-White.html

 

#sonos #wiim #airetheaterdesigns #streaming #hifi #heos #musiccast

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KEF R3 Meta Review

KEF R3 Meta review - Are the new KEF Meta speakers all they're cracked up to be?

 

Sorry we didn't do our best job on this one. Between earthquakes, bad chargers and Seth being tired, we didn't get as much content as usual. See our YouTube video above. The highlights/lowlights are:

 

  • 3-way design with Uni-Q 1" tweeter
  • 5.25" aluminum mid and 6.5" bass driver
  • 27.2 lbs each with very inert cabinets
  • 87dB and 4 ohm (they can use some power to drive them properly)
  • Rear ported
  • Come in Gloss Black, White, Indigo Blue (these are SWEET) and Walnut

 

How do they sound?

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Friday, 08 December 2023 21:30

Martin Logan XT F100 speaker review!

Martin Logan XT F100 speaker review

Martin Logan XT F100 speaker review - See why we love these 2023 Martin Logan offerings!

 

YAY! We finally got in our new speakers and had a chance to cook up the Martin Logan XT F100 review! These things are absolutely amazing and we don't say this lightly. 3 of us were there when conducting the review and we all had the same opinion. This can be rare due to the subjective make-up of speakers and Hi-Fi but in this case, we couldn't help ourselves. They are that good! Watch our video above for the following:

 

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Martin Logan XTB100 review!

Our latest speaker review is in! See the above for our opinions on the new for 2023, Martin Logan XT B100 bookshelf speaker pair. We think these speakers are absolutely insane. The realism, depth of instruments and soundstage are truly special! Some highlights are:

 

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Yamaha 2023 AVENTAGE receiver acts as the heart of your whole-house entertainment and surround sound system

 

It's probably been a while since you've bought a new audio/video receiver or maybe I'm being assumptive and this is your first foray into surround sound. No worries...we'd be happy to help. Your audio/video receiver is the heart of your surround sound and whole-house entertainment system. Making the right choice here assures sonic excellence and also provides you the flexibility to hook up future components. However, dealing with the big-box stores or attempting to figure out what to buy on the Internet can be painful (aside from this article, of course). Here's a quick guide to picking the right audio/video receiver. The models below are the same as the Yamaha 2022 models as the line-up came in mid-year.

 

What is it: Your Yamaha AVR (short for audio/video receiver) acts as the hub of your audio/video system. All of your components like cable boxes, video games, Blu-ray players, streaming devices, etc. hook into the receiver and it provides the sound for your speakers. Pick your receiver based on:

 

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Wednesday, 12 April 2023 13:46

Marantz vs Yamaha - Best AVR for 2023

Yamaha Vs Marantz

Best AVR for 2023 - Yamaha vs Marantz!

 

It's time for the Battle Royale! Marantz vs Yamaha! Who will take the prize for the best AVR for 2023? Both lines have an esteemed history, great steps through their AVR line-up and compelling reasons to buy both brands. See the video below for our thoughts about Marantz vs Yamaha surround sound receivers.

 

  • 00:00-01:54 Yamaha vs Marantz
  • 01:54-03:10 History
  • 03:10-05:16 Line-up of AVRs
  • 05:16-13:00 Sound Quality
  • 13:05-16:08 MusicCast vs Heos 
  • 16:10-19:58 Reliability
  • 20:00-21:30 Codesets
  • 21:30-23:10 Final Thoughts

 

 

 

This above video is not sponsored. Please consider purchasing Marantz or Yamaha through the Crutchfield links below if you aren't in the Southern California area. We make a small commission via this medium and this helps support our video channel AND will let us take Will out to lunch. THANKS A BUNCH!

 

MARANTZ SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Marantz SR8015 AVR: https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1ANC%2Fp_642SR8015%2FMarantz-SR8015.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA40 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FU1%2Fp_642CIN40%2FMarantz-Cinema-40.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA50 AVR: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7I%2Fp_642CIN50%2FMarantz-Cinema-50.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA60 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7J%2Fp_642CIN60%2FMarantz-Cinema-60.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA70S: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FEC%2Fp_642CIN70S%2FMarantz-Cinema-70s.html

✅ Marantz NR1711: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FEC%2Fp_642CIN70S%2FMarantz-Cinema-70s.html

 

YAMAHA SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Yamaha RXA8A: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CK1%2Fp_022RXA8ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A8A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA6A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJS%2Fp_022RXA6ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA4A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJT%2Fp_022RXA4ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A4A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA2A: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1B58%2Fp_022RXA2ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A2A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV6A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AOB%2Fp_022RXV6ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV4A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AO8%2Fp_022RXV4ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V4A.html

 

#marantz #soundunited #hifi #audiophile #yamaha #yamahaaudio

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Saturday, 28 January 2023 11:11

Whole House Audio System

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What type of speaker is best for your whole house audio system? 

 

Music is loved, transcends cultures and countries and has been an important part of our lives since we were cavemen whacking on rocks with sticks. These days, most of don't live in caves anymore but we do have a desire to get quality music throughout our homes and in our outdoor living spaces. Below, we discuss some GOOD>BETTER>BEST ways to get whole home audio and some considerations to be aware of.

 

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