Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

These will set you back $3,000 a pair, but these three way speakers, with dual 6.5" Kelvar woofers, 5" midrange, Nautilus tube-loaded tweeter looks to be meant for serious theater duty. Available in gloss black, rosenut or wenge.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

A true three-way, $1,250.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

At the bottom left, the RSX-1560 is Rotel's new flagship receiver, putting out 100 watts into 7 channels at 8 ohms (200 watts at 4 ohms) using the same IcePower Class-D technology that worked so well in the RMB-1085 amp I just reviewed. Catching up to the competition, the receiver does in-AVR decoding of both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD MA bitstreams. $2,599.

Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Sep 06, 2008 0 comments
ZvBox’s Zv-100 takes the VGA output of a PC, encodes it on the fly to 720p, and creates a channel that can be sent via coax to any HDTV in your house that has a digital cable (QAM) tuner. Since all it does is convert the output to an HD channel, your computer operates the same way it always does, and you’ll be able to watch or views any content your computer can provide as long as it has the proper codec or program. The beauty of the ZvBox system is that since it is codec agnostic, it can work with iTunes as easily as it works with Windows Media Player – or any other player or website.
Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

Now you can ISF calibrate each of the four HDMI inputs on Integra's new flagship DHC 9.9 pre-pro. Differences between your setup box, BD player and gaming machine can be leveled before hitting your display device. Prior to this, your choices were calibrate your device for the "best" of your sources., or calibrate them all in your display device and remember to switch between the memories manually (remember, they're hitting your display via a single HDMI cable), and that's only if your projector or flat screen had that many memories! Integra worked extensively with Joel Silver of the ISF to make sure this worked right and the DHC 9.9, as well Integra's two top AVRs, the DTR-9.9 and DTR-8.9, get this ISF capability and that elusive seal of approval.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

Both the DTR-9.9 ($2,600) and DTR-8.9 ($2,000) offer the same ISFccc level internal processing found in the DHC-9.9 pre-pro along with a near identical feature set, minus the balanced outputs and with amplification. In the case of the flagship, DTR-9.9, that 7 channels that put out 145 watts into 8 ohm.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 Published: Sep 06, 2008 2 comments

Cool new device to hang your plasma. Four of these slip in, pop-up modern versions of a molly bolt will hold a 150 lbs of high definition plasma heaven. Cost is only $16 a pair, but they'll only sell to your dealer. So with labor, permits, taxes, that comes to /. . .

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 Published: Sep 06, 2008 1 comments

At one rung below Velodynes cost –no-object top line comes the new Optimus series, in three sizes and two finishes. Shown here, the 12" model in high gloss black (high gloss cherry is also available) which puts out 1,200 watts RMS (2,400 dynamic peak) of power. Add in 7-band room equalization and a remote, and the $1,800 price doesn't seem so stiff. Those looking for perhaps a little less bass could investigate the Optimus 10 (10" woofer, $1699) or the the Optimus 8 (8" woofer, $1,299).

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 Published: Sep 06, 2008 0 comments

Canadian audiophile speaker manufacturer Totem has a new in-wall and in-ceiling line called Totem Tribe. The ceiling mounted speaker caught my eye, as its angled woofer-tweeter-woofer array nicely aims at the listening area while three dual-stage passive radiators help extend bass performance down to 57 Hz. The sound of the single playing unit was remarkably alluring.

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 05, 2008 Published: Sep 06, 2008 1 comments

Monster Cable and SpeakerCraft put on quite a party Friday night. After Monster's Dealer of the Year awards were handed out, the Doobie Brothers took the stage at the Wells Fargo Theater and rocked out for an hour and a half. Man, those old guys can still kick it pretty good.