Martin Dew

Martin lives in the UK and is an independent AV and pro cinema journalist. He has written news, features and reviews for several print magazines, including Home Cinema Choice, Essential Install, Cinema Technology and Film Journal. He is also the news editor of the US-based Home Theater Forum website. Martin moved to San Francisco in 1995 to join THX at Skywalker Ranch overseeing global retail training for consumer products and then as director of international sales for cinema. He subsequently joined the digital cinema division of NEC in Los Angeles, responsible for the rollout of DCI-compliant 2K cinema projectors across the Americas. He later consulted with DreamWorks Pictures at Universal City to assist with shooting schedule mapping for several major feature films. Having originally trained as an actor at GSA, Martin also found time to work on the other side of the camera in the US, with cast credits in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012) and Bridge of Spies (2015), and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) and Inherent Vice (2014). Martin is passionate about home cinema, entertainment technology and performance arts.
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  • Hi-Fi

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    System Audio Silverback 1 Speaker Plus Stereo Hub Review

    by Martin Dew
    System Audio Silverback 1 Speaker Plus Stereo Hub Review
    The Silverback 1 active and wireless speaker pair are designed for on-wall or on-shelf duties. With a versatile Stereo Hub for multiple inputs, it seems that all source options are catered for here. But how do they set up and how do they sound?  
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  • Home AV

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    Denon AVR-X1800H AV Receiver Review

    by Martin Dew
    Denon AVR-X1800H AV Receiver Review
    Just stepping into the world of multi-channel home cinema? There are a lot of choices out there for a beginner and there are worse options than to put yourself in the experienced hands of Denon to show you the way.  
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  • Home AV

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    StormAudio ISR Fusion 20 AV Receiver Review

    by Martin Dew
    StormAudio ISR Fusion 20 AV Receiver Review
    And so it is that we turn our attention to another super high end home cinema leviathan. But rather than a processor, this time it’s the new installation-friendly AVR from Storm Audio. What does SA get right that the luxury competition doesn’t?  
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  • Home AV

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    Lyngdorf MXA-8400 Eight Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Martin Dew
    Lyngdorf MXA-8400 Eight Channel Power Amplifier Review
    Lyngdorf Audio finally offers an 8-channel power amplifier to complement its MP- surround processors. That puts them right in line with its super high-end home cinema competitors. The MXA-8400 certainly looks the part, but does it sound like it as well?  
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  • Home AV

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    Theory Audio Design 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Martin Dew
    Theory Audio Design 5.1 Speaker Package Review
    So, the Theory LCR speaker apparatus does indeed look like a soundbar, but that’s about where similarity ends. Can this novel approach to multi-channel audio really rewrite the rulebook? Let’s find out.  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Majority D40X Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review

    by Martin Dew
    Majority D40X Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review
    Hottish on the heels of reviewing the Teton Plus soundbar package, we now give Majority’s D40X bookshelf models a whirl. Under £90 sounds almost impossible, particularly as you can find them for £70. Can these speakers really make a nice sound? Let’s see.  
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  • Home AV

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    Lyngdorf MP-50 AV Processor Review

    by Martin Dew
    Lyngdorf MP-50 AV Processor Review
    Martin Dew reviews Lyngdorf’s MP-50 12-channel preamp/processor after living with it for nearly three years. A long-term test, we might call it. Does an elevation to the world of high-end home cinema processors really make a difference in performance terms?  
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  • Home AV

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    Majority Teton Plus 2.1 Soundbar With Wireless Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Majority Teton Plus 2.1 Soundbar With Wireless Subwoofer Review
    Once again, we revisit the super-budget category with one of Majority’s latest crop of soundbars, the Teton Plus. Some of the Cambridge company’s TV speakers are priced so low, you wonder if they’ll end up giving stuff away for free. But is £99 still worth shelling out for this 2.1 soundbar package?  
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  • Home AV

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    Faller OSKAR SV-100 Portable TV Voice Enhancer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Faller OSKAR SV-100 Portable TV Voice Enhancer Review
    With TV audio dialogue clarifying technology devices gaining traction, we look at the new Faller OSKAR SV-100. With its neat docking station and convenient carrying handle, the OSKAR represents a novel approach to this growing category. Let’s see whether the sound matches up to the design…  
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  • Home AV

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    JBL Stage A120P Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    JBL Stage A120P Subwoofer Review
    You can pay the earth for a subwoofer. But the reality is that most of us will settle for something that suits the wallet and can fit through the front door. The JBL A120P satisfies both criteria, but does the sound match up to the price?  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Octavio Maestro Active Connected Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    Octavio Maestro Active Connected Speaker Review
    Hardly a household name just yet, France-based Octavio has introduced its first solo active streaming speaker, the Maestro. But we get to hook up two as a stereo pair, as recommended by the company. Active and powered speakers now make up a busy marketplace. Let’s see how this set fares.  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC Review

    by Martin Dew
    Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated Amplifier and DAC Review
    Parasound has a reputation for squeezing out every inch of performance from a given form factor. And two-channel integrated amps are back in the headlines. So, what does Parasound get right with the 200 Integrated that others don’t?  
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  • Home AV

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    Yamaha True X Bar 40A Soundbar Package Review

    by Martin Dew
    Yamaha True X Bar 40A Soundbar Package Review
    The True X soundbar package arrived with quite the fanfare a couple of months ago. This one-below-flagship bar/sub/surround speaker package promises easy setup and great sound. Has Yamaha done it again?  
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  • Home AV

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    REL 212/SX Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    REL 212/SX Subwoofer Review
    The REL 212/SX subwoofer is big, tall, heavy and shiny. Like many of the company’s subs, it is finished to perfection. But the latter is a secondary consideration, what most of us want to know is if it can truly deliver the best low end for music and movies…  
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  • Home AV

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    Yamaha RX-A4A 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

    by Martin Dew
    Yamaha RX-A4A 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Review
    The Yamaha RX-A4A is one of the Japanese company’s budget-to-mid-price receivers. If you’ve saved up a bit of cash and are thinking of going multi-channel in the living room, will the A4A prove to be the magic bullet?  
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  • Home AV

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    Primare A35.8 Eight Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Martin Dew
    Primare A35.8 Eight Channel Power Amplifier Review
    When you move into the realm of home cinema separates, you’ll need to stump up for amplifiers. If the set-up is 16 channels, that can mean a big investment. But on the upside, good power amplifiers are the components most likely to stick around on your rack for a lifetime. Can the Primare A35.8 be one such component?  
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  • Home AV

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    Earthquake CP-8 Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Earthquake CP-8 Subwoofer Review
    Earthquake has the best name ever for a subwoofer company. Its low-rise CP-8 subwoofer - the letters standing for Couch Potato - is designed to sit under your sofa or…er…bed. Note, it’s not a transducer or seat shaker, but rather a conventional sub. It therefore promises accurate low-end grunt for movies and to act as a great music companion. But can the CP-8 be all things to all people?  
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  • Home AV

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    ZVOX AV157 AccuVoice Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    ZVOX AV157 AccuVoice Soundbar Review
    ZVOX wants you to think of the AV157 speaker as a hearing device, rather than a soundbar per se. With headphones and other gadgets flooding the market to assist the hearing impaired, ZVOX’s timing might be fortuitous. But can the embedded tech really push those voices out into the open?  
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  • Home AV

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    Philips Fidelio FB1 Soundbar and FW1 Wireless Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Philips Fidelio FB1 Soundbar and FW1 Wireless Subwoofer Review
    Philips was once one of the AV industry’s behemoths and now focuses on other sectors. But the company retains its audio engineering prowess, not least that which is found in its soundbar offerings. The FB1 is big and made even more so by the addition of the FW1 subwoofer to pair with it. But does bigger necessarily mean better?  
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  • Hi-Fi

    10

    Klipsch The Sevens Powered Speakers Review

    by Martin Dew
    Klipsch The Sevens Powered Speakers Review
    They may look more like discarded props from a 1960's American sitcom and with retro branding, a walnut wood veneer and cream-coloured grille, Klipsch’s latest The Sevens powered monitors could be hand-me-downs from your granddad. But most of you will want to know what lurks behind the facade. Let’s take a listen.  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Amazon Echo Studio (2022) Spatial Audio Smart Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    Amazon Echo Studio (2022) Spatial Audio Smart Speaker Review
    Amazon’s latest Echo Studio adds spatial audio, Dolby Atmos processing and an improved frequency range to its roster of features. The speaker exhales big and retains the chunky and solid build quality of its ancestor. Let’s see if Amazon has finally achieved Hi-fi-grade performance from a smart speaker.  
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  • Home AV

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    Groov-e Soundbar75 Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    Groov-e Soundbar75 Soundbar Review
    Groov-e is yet another market entrant touting super-cheap audio gizmos. The compact Soundbar75 is no exception and promises to lift TV sound to the next level. But does the soundbar’s rock-bottom price mean better than rock-bottom performance?  
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  • Home AV

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    Emotiva BasX MC1 13.2-Channel Processor Review

    by Martin Dew
    Emotiva BasX MC1 13.2-Channel Processor Review
    Finally, Emotiva’s slimline BasX MC1 home cinema processor reaches our shores. It does exactly what it says on the tin, which is decoding up to 13.2 audio channels. This is a good fit for those upgrading to separates in their AV room, but does the sound match up to the bold ‘audiophile’ claims of the maker?  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    Tribit StormBox Blast Bluetooth Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    Tribit StormBox Blast Bluetooth Speaker Review
    Never mind summer, how about getting in for spring first? Maybe then we can cast our attention to the outdoors and some music to go with it. Poolsides, beaches and barbeques… or are we thinking of another country? Either way, the Tribit Stormbox Blast might just be the portable companion you need when the rain finally abates.  
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  • Home AV

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    Amazon Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen Review

    by Martin Dew
    Amazon Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen Review
    The Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd Gen) combines a healthy set of streaming features with great performance and a slick new design, making for a nice upgrade over the 2nd Gen device. But is Amazon pushing the price envelope a little too far?  
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  • Home AV

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    Yamaha SR-C30A Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    Yamaha SR-C30A Soundbar Review
    The sub-£300 soundbar market is a crowded one. Each manufacturer has its own take on how best to get your TV to sound fab. And there are some respectable solutions out there. Is Yamaha ready to join the fight?  
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  • Home AV

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    Creative Stage V2 Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    Creative Stage V2 Soundbar Review
    Forget Dolby Atmos, 40 built-in drivers and all the other fuss. Many people just want clean dialogue from their TVs and a bit of audio heft on the occasions they dip into their MCU movie catalogue. Can Creative Labs achieve all this with a soundbar for under £100?  
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  • Home AV

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    Sony HT-S400 2.1-Channel Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    Sony HT-S400 2.1-Channel Soundbar Review
    The massive Sony Corporation knows a thing or two about movies and entertainment technology. After all, they bought a Hollywood studio and were one of the first companies to introduce digital surround sound in cinemas. But can they extend that prowess to the sub-£300 sound bar category?  
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  • Home AV

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    SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speaker Review
    The second generation of the SVS Prime Wireless powered speakers has finally arrived. It comes with a ‘Pro’ named identifier to distinguish it from the last iteration. The new package comes chocka with features, usability and promised ‘reference’ sound quality. Was it worth the wait?  
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  • Home AV

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    Parasound Model 2250 v.2 Two Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Martin Dew
    Parasound Model 2250 v.2 Two Channel Power Amplifier Review
    Parasound can be regarded as the pinnacle of home theatre power amplifier performance. Put a couple of these New Classic blocks in your AV rack and just watch your house slowly fall apart from the force. But does the Model 2250 v.2 UK price tag still reside in that sweet spot of which the company is so proud?  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    System Audio SA Air 9 Compact Wireless Speaker Review

    by Martin Dew
    System Audio SA Air 9 Compact Wireless Speaker Review
    As the active speaker revolution continues its march, lesser-known Danish brand System Audio offers up a powered bookshelf speaker pair to challenge the competition. In an increasingly crowded market, does the SA Air 9 deserve to be heard above the noise?  
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  • Home AV

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    Kaleidescape Strato C 4K Movie Player and Compact Terra Server Review

    by Martin Dew
    Kaleidescape Strato C 4K Movie Player and Compact Terra Server Review
    Gen Zers might be the rightful trailblazers of streamed media, but wealthy owners of bespoke home cinemas are experiencing something of a quiet revolution with Kaleidescape. Can this reference movie player and storage device combination change the way we access content forever?  
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  • Tech

    11

    Majority DX20 Bluetooth PC Speakers and Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Majority DX20 Bluetooth PC Speakers and Subwoofer Review
    Let’s face it, we all need a boost to our desktop audio. The work-from-home paradigm makes it almost a necessity. Majority’s DX20 PC speaker and subwoofer package will hardly dent your bank account, but can this super-cheap combo lift your work and play to the next level?  
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  • Home AV

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    Majority Sierra Plus 2.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review

    by Martin Dew
    Majority Sierra Plus 2.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Review
    An ambitious Cambridge audio company is shaking things up with a hefty roster of sometimes seriously cheap home entertainment devices. Majority’s Sierra Plus Dolby Atmos soundbar package shouldn’t damage your credit rating either, but squaring up performance with affordability is, as we all know, a tall order at the best of times.  
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  • Home AV

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    SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Review
    SVS has built a solid reputation stateside for offering bang-for-your-buck subwoofers and loudspeaker systems, and the company is starting to make ever louder rumbles here in Blighty. Can this tiny SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer really hold its own against the big boys?  
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  • Hi-Fi

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    JBL 4305P Powered Studio Monitor Review

    by Martin Dew
    JBL 4305P Powered Studio Monitor Review
    With the 4305P, American rock concert PA maestros JBL has introduced its first active speaker model to the company's Studio Monitor line-up. Intended for residential use, these powered speakers retain the look of professional monitors, so the question on everyone’s lips will be whether the 4305P can also *sound* like professional monitors?  
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  • Home AV

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    KEF KF92 Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    KEF KF92 Subwoofer Review
    Legendary British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF continues to build on its legacy of getting great performance from small enclosures. The KF92 subwoofer sits outside the company’s Reference Series and commands the middle of the range, but can its tiny form factor deliver the goods on demanding source material?  
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  • Home AV

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    Velodyne Acoustics Deep Blue DB-15 Subwoofer Review

    by Martin Dew
    Velodyne Acoustics Deep Blue DB-15 Subwoofer Review
    After a good few years without a brand new subwoofer to its name, Velodyne has refocussed on its bass based basics with the Deep Blue series. At the subterranean end of the range is the DB-15, so let's take a closer look at what the company has bounced back with...  
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