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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Among the many new Sony LCD flat panels at the show is the XBR8 with triluminous LED backlighting and local dimming. Instead of white LEDs, this set uses clusters of red, green, and blue LEDs.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

The new Feature center channel features 150 watts of power for its midrange stator, dual 5-1/4" woofers and single center tweeter. Price will be about $1,500, but nothing firm yet. Also self powered, are the two Clarity speakers flanking the Feature. These include dual 6-1/2" woofers to supplement the electrostatic panel (about a year old, the Purity go for the very reasonable sum of $2,000 / pr.).

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 1 comments

Feeding the self-powered ML trio above, an Oppo 983 DVD player ($400 at Amazon) with multi-channel analog outputs. The SACD and DVD-Audio playing, DVD-Video upconverting (to 1080p) Oppo offers discrete level control, so you won't need a pre/pro if movies and music is all you do.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

The six speakers in the new C series from KEF combine nice style and very reasonable prices. Even the top of the line C7 floor standing speaker tops out at $400/ea. The 200 watt amplifier in the C4 subwoofer should provide plenty of energy goes down to the subs 29 Hz rated limit. My only complaint? A two way center or LCR, instead of a true 3-way which would be easy enough to do in the current style of the C6 LCR, if only it they had used a (admittedly more expensive) uni-Q driver.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

Behind every good speaker, is a little amp, hiding, in fear for its life. In this case the $5,000 Musical Fidelity 750K Supercharger driving the bass of the Muon, which, in this case, didn't seem scared in the slightest.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
Amazon has boxed up Unbox and just announced that starting immediately, Mac and PC customers can instantly watch movies on either a Mac or PC with Amazon Video On Demand. Using the old Unbox app, material had to be downloaded first, to either a PC...
Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 2 comments

Powering the KEF Muon, electronics from Musical Fidelity. These, incidentally, are quite reasonably priced, especially compared to the KEF Muon.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
JVC held its CEDIA 2008 press release this morning, where it showed off five new digital projectors. The first one was the DLA-SH4K (left). It's a "4K" projector, which means it can project a 10 megapixel picture (four times the...
Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

I've seen installers take weeks to put in systems and fine tune them. Sony offers a turn-key, yet still flexible system that, not counting wiring, could take as little as a day to install. With the capability for a 7.1 home theater and six other rooms featuring everything from 2-channel audio all the way up to high def audio and video (via cat5e), the Sony WHS is very advanced. The system also lets you insert up to three components of your choice, such as a Pioneer BD player, your favorite Theta Digital CD player / DAC and even your crappy VCR. Sony and Control4 touchpads also give you access to your comfort systems (heating/cooling), security systems and lighting. Typical dealer installs start at $35,000 and go up from there.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 3 comments

A two-channel / multi-channel preference switch, DSD-output via HDMI, or decoded and sent out over HDMI, and room for 5 discs(CD or SACD) which should be all the Wagner anyone in their right mind can stand.

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