Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments
The Polk I-Sonic ES2 is the second-generation version of the famed do-it-all radio. It handles HD Radio, XM, Sirius, your neighbor's brainwaves, AM, FM, net radio, Rhapsody, our brainwaves, and iPod. Use full capabilities at your own risk. And it now has a tag button (center, bottom) that applies tagging data to up to 50 songs at a time for storage in its own flash memory and the iPod. You could tag songs heard on HD Radio for later purchase on iTunes. Coming in October for $499.
Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Infinity will please the custom install crowd, as well as consumers who are constantly repositioning their subwoofers in search of that perfect location, with the first wireless subwoofer we've seen. No, it's not battery-powered, but the PS212W ($679) requires no signal link to the receiver or pre-pro. It incorporates a 400W amp and a 12" Metal Matrix Diaphragm driver.
The wireless banner tastefully emblazoned across the grille does not come standard.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments
In what is becoming an annual tradition, we asked Steven Stone about his footwear for the show. The contributor to many fine publications replied that he brought three pair of suede shoes to CEDIA this year. Of course the blue, blue, blue suede shoes are the ones we wanted to snap.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2007 1 comments
Has that pun been used before? Well, the classics always endure. The French company's globular speakers include the way-cool iO2 floorstanding model at center, with its angular solid-wood base, and the tiny Alcyone mounted to the wall at top right. The latter comes with a magnetic stand and can produce 93dB with one watt of power, an enviable and pragmatic sensitivity rating for home theater applications.
Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Harman Kardon has the new DMC-1000 Digital Media Center ($3499), with a built-in 250GB hard drive. It can store program material from an iPOD, record and store music from sources such CDs, and play back DVDs upconverted to 1080p. But it cannot record or play back high definition program material from a TV tuner, HD disc, or other source. The press release claims that it can deliver full high definition digital video, but DVDs upconverted to 1080p, which appears to be as close as it can get, are not high definition.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments
The B&K 30.2 digital brick amp comes in 30, 60, or 100 watts times two. You can fit three of 'em on a plate (bottom) or six on a larger plate (hanging, top). Controls are on the back, but if you prefer them on the front, you want the ST30.2. B&K also showed the AVR707 receiver, with 200 watts times seven, due in 2008; and the AV1230, which covers 16 zones with two-channel goodness.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments
A lot of horizontal multiple-channel speakers designed to go with flat-panel sets look a mite starved. Not so the Atlantic Technology FS-5000 ($1499). Each of the three front channels gets two 4.5-inch woofers and a tweeter.
Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

The McIntosh turntable on the other hand, is pretty much the coolest thing ever. In the audio world, the legacy sound of analog is still the high resolution choice.

Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 07, 2007 1 comments

There are trade show days that feature one knock out demo after another, but believe me- not all of them come up roses. We have so much to write about, and trade show demos present so many unknowns and variables that I'm not very quick to criticize based on what I see here let alone to take the time to write about it.

Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

The back panel of the two Denon BD players.


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