Blu-ray players are popping up everywhere at the show this year now that the format war is over. Integra is dipping their toes into the water as well with their new DBS-6.9 Blu-ray players. It will make its debut this September as a Bonus View capable player but BD-Live does not look to be supported.
Active monitors are a rarity in the market today but JL Audio makes their break into the loudspeaker market with a great new active LCR, the Primacy. This new design is an active three-way system that has an integrated 3-channel 1,000 watt amplifier. The speaker utilizes DSP crossovers and is corrected for frequency, time and phase response.
The MC303 is McIntosh's first-ever multi-channel amplifier with Autoformer coupled output stage technology. The MC303 is a 300-watt, three-channel power amplifier and Autoformer allows each channel to deliver maximum power into 2-, 4- or 8-ohm...
A new line of speakers from well respected PSB has just hit with some of the most beautiful finishes I've ever seen in an affordable speaker. Unfortunately, my pictures don't do them any justice, so you'll just have to use your, well, you know.
If you bought the $3,000 T 785 AVR from NAD and are bent out of shape because it doesn't do Dolby TrueHD or dts-HD MA in-processor decoding, or have Audyssey Volume Ausyssey EQ, cast your bitter stones aside. For $400, you can buy the upgradable card that was promised you when you tied the bond with this modular card based system. Ditto those seeking Sigma video processing ($965 for that upgrade).
Okay, you're probably not going to build a home theater around these "starting at $4,000 a piece" Italian designed ceramic, two-way hanging <strike>plants</strike> speakers, but be honest, they're cool!
A new, easy on the eyes system with classic bookshelf pedigree that will be affordable for almost anyone, from the $149/ea CS 26 bookshelf (top shelf, left or right end), to the floorstanding CS 226 ($249/ea). All speakers use one or more of the same 6-1/2" woofer and a single 1" Kortec softdome tweeter.
The new Vista line by Boston Acoustics may be hard to photograph, but they are stunning and come with end caps in variety of finishes (a striped "ebony" wood was beautiful). In common with all the speakers in the line is a new Super Wide Bandwidth tweeter which is capable of being crossed down as low as 2 kHz while retaining good horizontal dispersion, according to reps in the BA's booth. Pictured are the $3,398 a pair VS 336 floor standers (3-way, with three 6-1/2" drivers) and the $1,699 VPS 210 subwoofer (500 class D watts into a 10" driver / 10" passive). There's a 3 way center and an LCR as well that could be used as a center as well some smaller bookshelves in the line. Special red and Arctic white finishes are available for a 20% premium as well. Unfortunately, the demo material used was worthless for giving any impression on how they might sound.