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Tom Norton Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
Aerial showed its new System 2 speakers, designed for use primarily with flat panel displays. In addition to a dedicated subwoofer, the system consists of the S2LRs and S2CC center ($2500 each)
Tom Norton Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
Pioneer showed its new, high-end BDP-09FD Blu-ray player ($2200, November). It's full Profile 2.0, performs all the latest audio wrinkles, and also incorporates some of the highest-end audio components to be found in any Blu-ray player.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
I explained most of Sony's new Blu-ray products yesterday when covering the company's press conference, but I've been saving this gadget until I could actually get a picture of it. Sony has a 400-disc Blu-ray mega-changer slated for 2009. It...
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
Not really, but two new power conditioners from PS Audio could keep your electricity from being at fault when it comes to better sound and picture. Sure, you might think AC is just AC, but if you’ve ever been to my house you’d know that minor fluctuations (not to mention major ones) can do some insidious things to electronics gear. PS Audio’s PowerPlay conditioners clean up your power company’s act – and they also are fully configurable, programmable, and controllable over the Internet. The web interface can show you cool stuff like the fluctuations in voltage and noise in the current. They can also let you know of unfortunate electrical goings-on in your home if you’re away. Ideal for the installer crowd here is the fact that the installer can also be notified of problems that might be fixed by accessing the PowerPlay conditioner over the web – instead of making a long, gas guzzling service call. Plan on spending $2,000 or $1,000, and then maybe another $1,000 for the controllable UPS. Shockingly expensive, you say? Not if you consider the sonic and visual benefits plus the long-term reliability and security aspects. I used to dismiss power conditioning as voodoo, but now that I’ve seen how a bad electric mojo can mess with your stuff I’m a believer.
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
You’ll find more rock-like speakers here at CEDIA than anywhere else in the world. A new one from an old company caught my eye as I was moving through the crowds to get to my next appointment. StereoStone’s Fountain Speaker has a real working water fountain, submersible low-voltage lighting, and an 8” woofer with left and right tweeters. The whole thing ships completely assembled in a single box – without the water, I assume – and sells for $599.95.
Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Sony's other projector intro at CEDIA is the VPL-VW70, which will list for $8000. It offers panel alignment and anamorphic zoom, and it is said to exhibit a dynamic contrast ratio of 60,000:1.

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

The latest budget projector from Sony is the VPL-HW10, which should be available in the fall for $3500. It boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1.

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Looking at this flat panel edge-on, you'd think it's an OLED, but it's actually an LCD TV that measures only 9.9mm thick. The light source is a set of white LEDs placed along the edge of the screen, so there is no local dimming. Like most of Sony's upscale LCDs, this one offers 120Hz frame interpolation, a wide color gamut, and Bravia Link. The off-axis performance I saw was amazing.

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

The new XBR7 line is all over the map feature-wise from one model to the next. Of most interest to me was the KDL-52XBR7, the world's first LCD TV with 240Hz operation and frame interpolation. Is it twice as good as 120Hz? We'll see when I get one for review.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

Standing next to the Devin Zell is the CLX. Introduced just a few months ago to great fanfare (and apparently a great meal at<i>Le Bernardin</i> where chef Eric Ripert is also a Martin Logan fan), the CLX features a "triple stator, double diaphragm, low frequency panel" that means the descent-I subwoofer to the right will only be needed for movies. Yeah, that's right, this baby is definitely reviewable! $20,000 to $30,000 a pair, depending on finish. They're showing it at a nearby hotel, so I'll try to check it out on Saturday.

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