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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 27, 2010 2 comments

If you've ever seen photos of the 1939 New York World's Fair, you might recognize the inspiration for these Art Deco-esque speakers from American boutique maker <A href="http://www.studio-electric.com">Studio Electric</A>. With a design based on the Trylon and Perisphere, two signature buildings at the fair, the Type Two is handcrafted from stainless steel and aluminum by master metalsmith <A href="http://electronluv.com">Josh Stippich</A>.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 22, 2010 3 comments

Ever since its founding in 1926, German speaker maker <A href="http://www.elac.com">Elac</A>&#151;short for Electroacustic&#151;has never been one to rest on its laurels. Its engineers continue to improve the company's already well-regarded speakers with refinements and innovations that push the performance envelope. Take, for example, the FS 609 CE, Elac's flagship tower speaker that packs a lot of advanced technology into a slender form factor.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 19, 2010 13 comments

If $100,000 for the <A href="http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-gear/cineversum_force_one_dlp_pro... One DLP projector</A> is too rich for your blood and/or you don't need to light up a 50-foot screen, <A href="http://www.cineversum.com">Cineversum</A> offers an attractive alternative&#151;the new BlackWing Four LCoS projector.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 15, 2010 4 comments

When <A href="http://www.bang-olufsen.com">Bang & Olufsen</A> hosts a press event, it doesn't mess around. Last week, the king of Danish A/V design unveiled a new member of its flat-panel lineup at the Kopeikin art gallery in Los Angeles, and journalists got to see the BeoVision 10 in action as we sipped Dom Perignon and nibbled on gouda-apple pizza and other delicacies.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 12, 2010 10 comments

So-called "tiled" video displays&#151;huge screens made up of multiple smaller screens&#151;have been employed commercially for some time, but up to now, they've been relatively impractical for home use. <A href="http://www.runco.com">Runco</A> hopes to change that with its new WindowWall, which is designed for decidedly upscale homes.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 09, 2010 6 comments

As a musician, I'm well acquainted with Steinway pianos, but until recently, I was unaware that the company had entered the home-audio business with a subsidiary called <A href="http://www.steinwaylyngdorf.com">Steinway Lyngdorf</A> in collaboration with Peter Lyngdorf of <A href="http://www.lyngdorf.com">Lyngdorf Audio</A>. Among its super-expensive speaker offerings is the LS line, a modular in-wall system based on the concept of a line source, in which a vertical stack of drivers delivers smooth horizontal dispersion and sound levels that fall off more gradually with distance than point-source speakers. As a result, the difference in volume between the front and back rows is less than it otherwise would be.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 08, 2010 1 comments

If you want a really big picture, you need a front projector. But the brightness of any projected image decreases as the screen size increases, and after a certain point, the picture is too dim to be fully satisfying, even in a dark room. Many home-theater projectors can't deliver adequate amounts of light to screens measuring more than, say, 10 feet wide or so, but not the new Force One from <A href="http://www.cineversum.com">Cineversum</A>, which the company claims can light up screens as large as 49 feet wide.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 05, 2010 4 comments

Great Britain has long been home to many excellent high-end audio companies, including <A href="http://www.chordelectronics.co.uk">Chord Electronics</A>. One of its newest offerings is the uncompromising CPA8000, Chord's ultimate 2-channel preamp.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 02, 2010 4 comments

When I ran across the Ultimate II speaker from <A href="http://www.magico.net">Magico</A>, I knew I had to profile it here&#151;hey, the name says it all! This 5-way, horn-loaded monster stands 7.5 feet tall and weighs 800 pounds, and from all reports I've read, it sounds just as impressive as it looks.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 01, 2010 5 comments

One of the hallmarks of twentieth-century physics is the development of quantum mechanics, which describes the properties of matter and energy at very small scales. At its heart, this highly abstruse and esoteric branch of physics is actually quite simple: all matter and energy ultimately consists of discrete units or "packets" called quanta.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 01, 2010 3 comments

What is it with glass speaker enclosures? I've profiled several such speakers here, but I remain puzzled by this choice of cabinet material. Is glass really that much better than MDF, wood, carbon fiber, or other materials? <A href="http://www.crystalcable.com">Crystal Cable</A> seems to think so&#151;this Dutch high-end cable company recently got into the speaker business with the striking Arabesque.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 29, 2010 3 comments

According to <A href="http://www.pure-vox.com">Purevox</A>, the company is "a new brand, a new guy in the hi-fi industry." If so, it's initial offerings are mighty impressive, at least in terms of design and price. Take, for example, the PV-Flagship turntable, which employs magnetic suspension to levitate the belt-driven main platter 2 centimeters above the subplatter, eliminating any friction between them.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 26, 2010 6 comments

The Moon brand from Canadian high-end stalwart <A href="http://www.simaudio.com">Simaudio</A> is well known among audiophiles, but I didn't realize that its premium Moon Evolution line also includes some multichannel home-theater products. Submitted for your consideration are the CP-8 preamp/processor, HDS-8 HDMI switcher, and MC-8 modular multichannel power amp.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 25, 2010 4 comments

The debate over the sound of vacuum tubes versus solid-state audio electronics has endured since the invention of the transistor, and it's not likely to be settled any time soon. With the new C-60 CD player from Australian boutique maker <A href="http://www.vincentaudio.com.au">Vincent Audio</A>, there's no need to decide&#151;you can switch between its tube-based and solid-state output stages as desired.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 22, 2010 28 comments

In my never-ending quest for the best performing, most beautiful, and/or most expensive A/V gear, I recently happened upon the Signature Titan speaker from <A href="http://www.moonaudio.com">Moon Audio</A>. Said to be the first in a series of "ultra-limited-edition functional-acoustic artworks," only three pairs will ever be made.

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