A couple of years ago at CES, in an invite-only suite at the Hilton (or LVH or Westgate or whatever the hell they're calling that place these days), RIVA Audio founder Rikki Farr casually waved his hand in the general direction of the company's highly lauded RIVA S Bluetooth speaker and proclaimed proudly, "I promise you this is the worst piece of s**t we will ever make." Bold words, given the praise that has been heaped on that speaker.
Over the past few years, I've seen integrated amplifiers progress in ways that outpace the rest of the traditional, high-end two-channel audio market. I'm not saying that the integration of features like AirPlay, Bluetooth, streaming audio, and native DSD is unique to integrated amps; I'm merely saying that these all-inclusive audio hubs tend to be, well, more inclusive than their component counterparts. The one exception to that trend is the integration of home automation features.
Perhaps the most banal thing I could do in the introduction to a review of SVS's new PB-4000 subwoofer would be to turn it into a car analogy. You'll forgive me, then, for doing exactly that. This past summer, my dad handed me an exciting but difficult task: find the perfect seventh-generation Corvette for us to take on road trips together, as well as to car shows and cruise-ins at the local diner.
@marcovllnv@wirecutter Not necessarily. If you want to listen to music without a sub, yes! With movies, though, probably not. The 300s do outperform the 100s as front channels, but as long as you’ve got a place to mount/place them, the bookshelves sound great.
@marcovllnv@wirecutter The QX00 speakers have been replaced with QX50, but I haven’t had a chance to do all of the testing for an update. Being bookshelves doesn’t hold them back, though, especially when paired with a good sub. Just depends on your space requirements and needs.
@anotherpanacea@wirecutter@chrisheinonen One important thing to remember is that in the category I cover (under $500), they aren’t really competing with Sonos. That would be the more expensive ‘bars, which are Chris’s department.
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