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SV Staff Posted: Jan 15, 2008 0 comments
While everyone seems to be trying to minimize the look of the loudspeaker, a few companies including KEF, Martin Logan and Sonance are hoping to turn a few heads with theirs. The most recent entry into the designer speaker market is Waterfall...
Dan Daley Posted: Jan 15, 2008 1 comments

<I>Seale Moorer's life|ware product makes home automation more accessible, affordable, and sophisticated.</I>

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 15, 2008 0 comments
What a difference a year makes. It wasn't long ago when LCD sales were trumping plasma in flat-panel land. But manufacturers like LG and Panasonic now expect higher plasma sales in 2008, according to Reuters.
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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Jan 14, 2008 0 comments
Movie •••½ Picture •••• Sound ••• Extras

Director Patrice Leconte's fine adaptation of a Geo

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 14, 2008 2 comments

Founded in Worthing, England in 1966 by the late John Bowers, B&W (more formally known as Bowers and Wilkins) is now one of the best-known names in the industry. While the average man in the street might wonder when the car manufacturer started making speakers if you mention B&W, it's one of the first names that comes to an audiophile if asked to make a list of the top speaker companies in the business. And unlike many of its competitors, B&W makes only loudspeakers&mdash;unless you count its new iPod speaker system as a major departure.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 14, 2008 0 comments
Are you hankering to get into high-definition disc consumption at a bargain price? Toshiba has just made its HD DVD players even more attractive with big price cuts--though as a statement on the format's future, the move is ambiguous at best.
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What's the Next Big Thing in high definition? 3D? 4K? 5G? Nah. Several industry experts who've seen prototype displays suggest that high dynamic range will be the newest technology to turbo-charge video. We're talking video with pitch blacks and blinding whites.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
Pioneer is pretty much universally considered the industry leader in Plasma TV performance. Their latest series of Kuro TVs have been hailed as "best TV I've ever seen" and even "best TV in the world." And their next-gen concept...
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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 12, 2008 1 comments

Grade-A nice guy Graemme Brown of Zen Mastering is explaining the setup in the Soundlabs / Isomike room before newphew Nate starts the proceedings. Those of you not familiar with Kimber Kable's IsoMike™ technique of recording, suffice to say it produces some uncanny result if you like image specificity and "you are there" realism. With Pass amplifiers, the Sound Lab Prostat speakers stand 8' 8" tall and project along a slight horizontal arc. It's really just two of their Majestic 945 speakers standing side by side in order to get enough horizontal coverage of the large room in which they were positioned. There were also a pair (or is that a quad, hehe) in the rear, but these weren't on for the demo when I was there.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 12, 2008 0 comments

When I saw the Escalante Design Fremont speaker at <a href="" target="new">HE 2007</a>, I was mightily impressed with their neutrality and precise bass. Fast forward to CES 2008, and things were different. While the midrange and upper frequencies were still sublime, the switch to KR Audio tube monoblocks, from the VTL Reference S-400 stereo amplifier were a mistake as for all of KR's other virtues, bass control was not one of them. Still, one of the better sounds at the show.


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