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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

Definitive Technology expands on their offerings of SoundBar solutions. The
new Solo Surround Array Series consists of two models, the SSA-42 and SSA-50. The numbers say it all because they are designed to fit neatly under a 42" or 50" flat panel TV. Unlike their highly regarded Mythos SoundBars that contained left, center, right speakers in a single enclosure, these new models provide five descrete channels, eliminating the need for additional surrounds. Moreover, the SSA-42 and SSA-50 are attractively priced at $799 and $1099, respectively.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 08, 2008 2 comments

Definitive Technology had some neat new speakers. Above, the new Mythos STS, a slightly smaller and less expensive version of the ST I just reviewed, but with the same 300 watt powered subwoofer. I like the fact that being shorter, their tweeters are at ear level and imaging seemed excellent.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

Aaron is a reporter for the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. I immediately asked him about what he thought about how Chelsea Clinton dissed the nine-year-old reporter from the Scholastic News in Iowa last week, and he and his Mom (right) were surprised it took so long for anyone to ask.

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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

Induction Dynamics ID1.18 tower speakers certainly dominate a room and will surely impress your friends. The 4-way design includes dual 18” subwoofers for impressive low-end plus a 1.125” high-power soft dome tweeter, a 3” soft-dome midrange and dual 8” woofers.

Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
Okay, by "the end of wires" I'm not referring to the terminations, silly, rather the conclusion of the wired era. Audiovox is showing off an assortment of wireless loudspeakers, a wireless suboofer (with a nifty, decor-friendly faux chest to conceal it!), and even a kit that will turn ANY pair of speakers wireless. Noise levels in the Main Hall were such that I cannot comment on sound quality, but listen up, cables: You've been given notice!
Adrienne Maxwell Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
Didn't I cover the world's thinnest LCD yesterday? That was Hitachi. This is JVC, which is also showing off a new LCD that measures just 1.5 inches deep…mostly. As the company puts it, "across most of its width [the cabinet] measures a mere 1.5 inches deep, with a maximum depth of just 2.9 inches at the panel's center." Why is it deeper at the center? One reason is because, unlike the Hitachi LCDs, these new models have integrated tuners. The new line will include two models, the 42-inch LT-42SL89 and 46-inch LT-46SL89, both of which are 1080p. The estimated release date is early this summer, with no pricing announced.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
Ah, the splendor of the high-end table radio. SoundWorks i765 is a fab-sounding 2.1-channel system with built-in DVD/CD player plus a radio with improved AM and FM tuners over all previous models. It also now docks, charges, and provides video pass-through for all of the latest iPods, which allegedly is a very complicated affair.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
Far from the madding convention center, Dolby provided A-B comparisons of their new Dolby Contrast technology, part of their HDR ("High Dynamic Range") tech family. The interesting part is that it is a video technology, for adjusting the range of dark to light in the LED backlighting of LCD TVs. By precisely dimming the right area of the screen at the right time, contrast can be heightened as never before, for a very film-like effect. (As the exciting screen image suggests, Blu-ray and DVD playback will both benefit.)
Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
Nestled among Ion's various USB turntable offerings was this different spin on analog-to-digital conversion: The TAPE 2 PC copies old audiocassettes to MP3s, and even grabs track names off the internet via Gracenote MusicID. So all of you erstwhile Walkman enthusiasts (and we are legion) can now transport your library into the 21st century without breaking the bank on hundreds of Duran Duran and Rick Springfield downloads.
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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

Demonstrating their wireless 7.2 channel speaker / amplification system, Neosonik's system uses a proprietary 5 GHz wireless system to transmit signals digitally to each speaker. A central controller will accept an HDMI input and then transmit audio digitally to each speaker. Each speaker in turn has digital amplification for each driver. I asked about the video portion of the HDMI signal that had been routed to the controller. They've a device that transmits that signal digitally as well to a small receiver connected to your display.

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