PREMIERE DESIGN

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 04, 2009 4 comments

As I wrote about the <A href="http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-gear/more_power/">Perreaux &#233;loquence 250i</A>, it claims to be the world's most powerful stereo integrated amp, delivering up to 530 continuous watts/channel into 4&#937;. But that's nothing compared with a new monoblock power amp from <A href="http://www.goldmund.com">Goldmund</A>&#151;the Telos 5000, which delivers up to <I>5000</I> continuous watts into 2&#937; (2500W into 4&#937;, 1250W into 8&#937;).

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 30, 2009 5 comments

For the last 30 years, French speaker maker <A href="http://www.focal-fr.com/">Focal</A> has been pushing the envelope of design and manufacturing to achieve the ultimate in sonic reproduction. Nowhere is that more evident than in its flagship <A href="http://www.grande-utopia-em.com/">Grande Utopia EM</A>, the third generation of this technological tour de force.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 27, 2009 6 comments

In this blog, I often focus on products that are at home in a home theater, but when a press release about the new <A href="http://www.perreaux.com/products/eloquence/250i_-_250w_stereo_integrated... &#233;loquence 250i</A> reached my inbox, I was intrigued. It claims to be the world's most powerful Class AB stereo integrated amp, so I had to investigate further.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 24, 2009 5 comments

At the 2008 CEDIA Expo, I was surprised to find a new high-end projector company making its debut. Could <A href="http://www.wolfcinema.com">Wolf Cinema</A> successfully cross light paths with the likes of Runco and Digital Projection?

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 20, 2009 10 comments

One look and you know this is no ordinary speaker. The flowing, liquid lines of the Muon reflect the highest artistic expression, and rightly so—after all, it was created by renowned designer Ross Lovegrove for pre-eminent British speaker manufacturer <A href="http://www.kef.com">KEF</A>.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 16, 2009 2 comments

Danish A/V manufacturer <A href="http://www.bang-olufsen.com">Bang & Olufsen</A> is undoubtedly one of the most innovative companies in the world when it comes to industrial design. Founded in 1925 by engineers Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, its products not only offer superb performance, they are works of art in their own right.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 13, 2009 4 comments

If you thought 1080p is as good as it gets, think again. Long known for its reference-quality audio products, <A href="http://www.meridian-audio.com">Meridian</A> now offers a video projector with <I>five times</I> the resolution of 1080p. Dubbed the 810 Reference Video Projector, this 140-pound behemoth uses three D-ILA panels, each with a resolution of 4096x2400 for a total of nearly 10 megapixels.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 09, 2009 9 comments

As part of megaconglomerate Harman International, <A href="http://www.revelspeakers.com">Revel</A> has access to some of the finest speaker-design and development facilities in the world. And yet it retains its identity as a separate, relatively small company whose sole focus is producing the best possible speakers without compromising or cutting corners.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 03, 2009 1 comments

After 60 years of making some of the finest audio components available, <A href="http://www.mcintoshlabs.com">McIntosh Laboratory</A> is celebrating its quadquindecennial with the reissue of two classic models—the C22 preamp and MC75 monoblock power amp that were first introduced in the early 1960s. Both units have been updated with the latest features and manufacturing techniques and will be sold as a limited-edition "Classic System" including one C22 and two MC75s.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 31, 2009 23 comments

<A href="http://www.usa.denon.com">Denon</A> is certainly pushing the envelope&#151;in terms of both performance and price&#151;with its new flagship line that includes a surround pre/pro, 10-channel power amp, and universal disc player. <I>UAV</I> reviewed the pre/pro and power amp <A href="http://ultimateavmag.com/surroundsoundpreampprocessors/denon_avp-a1hdci_..., but we haven't yet taken a critical look at the DVD-A1UDCI player.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 26, 2009 9 comments

<A href="http://www.bowers-wilkins.com">B&W</A>'s Nautilus speakers are not new&#151;they were introduced in 1993&#151;but they remain unequaled in the sheer beauty of their design. And that design isn't merely for the sake of visual impact&#151;it's a classic case of form following function.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 24, 2009 4 comments

Italian projector maker <A href="http://www.sim2.it/home/en/">SIM2</A> specializes in combining high style and high performance, especially when it comes to the high end. The company's C3X Lumis HOST 1080p projector is a perfect case in point&#151;curvaceous cabinet on the outside and 3-chip DLP imaging engine on the inside.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 17, 2009 Published: Mar 18, 2009 10 comments

If CES 2009 was any indication, it looked like Philips was getting out of the consumer-electronics business, seeing as how the company had no booth or press conference this year. We know for sure it won't be selling TVs in North America, having reached a deal whereby Japanese electronics manufacturer Funai will market Philips and Magnavox TVs in the US and Canada while Philips concentrates on Europe and key emerging countries.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 13, 2009 11 comments

Unless you're a serious audiophile, you might not know the name <A href="http://www.goldmund.com">Goldmund</A>. After 30 years making ultra-high-end audio components, this Swiss company is expanding into the realm of home theater. But if you think it's simply offering projectors and surround-sound systems, think again. When you contact Goldmund to discuss home theater, you'll be talking about a <I>complete</I> media room that the company will design, build, equip, and calibrate from beginning to end.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 13, 2009 12 comments

<A href="http://www.wilsonaudio.com">Wilson Audio</A> is well known for ultra-high-end speakers, but most of its products are designed for 2-channel listening. To create a full surround system, all you need do is mate any of Wilson's superlative L/R models with a center, surrounds, subwoofer, and controller from the WATCH (Wilson Audio Theater Comes Home) lineup.

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