When it comes to the headphone audio that comes out of mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, the sound quality is generally decent, but rarely what I would call “audiophile-grade” or particularly loud. Using an external amplifier can help improve overall sound quality and volume, and HELM Audio’s DB12 AAAMP aims to do just that.
I’ve always wanted to set up a home theater that had the kind of big, wall-shaking sound you get at a serious THX-certified movie theater. I always end up with something a bit more down to earth because I don’t want to completely piss off my neighbors – and my wife – by turning our house into a wall of sound.
While Logitech’s z-5500 5.1 speaker system has received high marks for its sound quality, its looks are a little too high-tech plastic for my tastes. Seeing that nobody was really doing case mods for speaker systems, modder Antti Hakala took on the challenge of converting this rather ordinary looking set of speakers and transformed them into a work of art.
If you’re one of those guys who just has to have the biggest screen on the block, but doesn’t want to give up the picture quality of a direct view set, check out this new 65-inch plasma set from Vidikron.
Runco, know for producing high-end home theater gear has announced that they have started shipping the first ever projectors to pass THX certification.
The Runco VX (Video Extreme) series of DLP front projectors come in a number of models designed to handle a variety of different installation needs, but all require a sizeable investment:
VX-2000d: Single Chip DLP / 1280×1080 /220W UHP Lamp ($16,995)
VX-6000d: Single Chip DLP / 1920×1080 / 220W UHP Lamp ($35,995)
VX-22d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /300W Lamp ($44,995)
VX-44d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1000W Xenon Lamp ($79,995)
VX-55d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1200W Xenon Lamp ($114,995)
All of the VX projectors come with Runco’s DHD controller, which now offers HDMI input capability.