Author Archive: John Lentz
Nikon just announced the new D750, the D-SLR that provides photographers everywhere with a powerful combination of pro-caliber photo and video features using a new, advanced full frame sensor for the utmost quality. This new Nikon provides professional-level features and performance in a durable, lightweight body. The new D750 represents a leap forward for this camera […]
A couple of years ago Nikon surprised the pro-level camera community when it introduced a 36 megapixel full frame sensor in its new D800 DSLR. Up until that time, 20 to 24 megapixels were about the most you could expect to find unless you spent megabucks for a medium format camera. Shortly thereafter, for the […]
OPPO has introduced another member of its family of personal audio products– the all-in-one HA-1 headphone amplifier, preamplifier, and USB digital to analog converter. It is a desktop component featuring the familiar volume and source selection knobs complemented by a 4.3-inch color screen for easy operation. While music is playing, the screen can show a […]
Many of you may not have heard of OPPO. This company exploded on the A/V scene a few years ago with only one product, but that product was a game-changer and continues to be what most audiophiles and reviewers regard as the world’s best DVD and Blu-ray players. OPPO players have always been priced competitively, […]
There are cars that attract attention and cars that don’t. A deep-wine metallic Jaguar XJ 3.0 is a definite attention grabber. This beautiful, luxurious 4-door sedan seats four adults comfortably without betraying its strong Jaguar DNA. Given the high prices at the pump, a fast, sporty, luxury car that sips, rather than slurps, gas […]
One of our favorite loudspeaker companies, Magnepan, whose products are always among the “best” picks of a great many serious audio reviewers and magazines, just announced their new Magnepan 3.7 flat-panel speakers. In typical Magnepan fashion, the speakers are tall, thin, and elegant. To be exact, they are 71 inches tall and less than 2 inches thick. The reason for this unique and handsome style is that these new Magnepan 3.7s are full-range, ribbon designs that offer a huge amount of audio radiating area. There are many technical reasons why this type of design is preferred by many, but simply put; Magnepan products are always regarded as among the best you can buy regardless of price. The really good news is that a pair of these high-performance speakers is only $5495 and they’re made by dedicated craftsmen right here in the USA (Minnesota) not somewhere offshore.
Over 41 years, Magnepan become known to hardcore audiophiles for their large, flat-panel ribbon speakers. As stereo stores from the ’70s began to disappear and fewer consumers had a Magneplanar dealer in their city, Magnepan decided to “hand out appetizers”. They designed smaller versions of their large models that were beloved by audiophiles. Magnepan is totally upfront about their intentions. They would like you to sample this MMG “appetizer” for 60 days because they know the statistical probability that you will keep it– or trade it in for one of their larger models.
To the average consumer, Bose maybe the best known brand of loudspeakers. But, the hardcore audiophile has moved on to products, ideas and manufacturers unknown to most consumers. It is a world where vacuum tubes, vinyl records, large panel speakers and exotic (and very expensive) interconnect cables are common. So, it was noteworthy when the […]