CES 2009

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Wireless speaker connection is coming, as an option, to (nearly?) every speaker model in the Pure Acoustics Line -- now that's going wireless. It consists of a receiver mounted in the top of the speaker plus a dome-shaped transmitter. Note that we're not talking about self-powered speakers or room-to-room tranmission, just in-room.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The folks from Scandyna bring you these cute little critters. Should have called them Papa bear, Mama bear, and Baby bear.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
This is the whole player dissected, with all its parts laid out -- the disc drive, the power supply, the DACs, everything. Awesome.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The desktop control panel at the Mirage includes an HDMI input. That is the kind of forward-looking hotel room design we like to see.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The Thiel CS2.4 has been updated with a "radically redesigned" crossover, shown. It also comes in a new "vermilion maple" finish -- bird's eye maple with a deep red stain. Price: $8000/pair.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Turn your back for a second and they're here again. Mutating everywhere. Be Afraid. Be very Afraid.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
With a name like Pioneer Elite, home-theater junkies may be lining up already to get their hands on the company’s new in-wall/in-ceiling speakers. Pioneer has expanded its architectural series of in-wall/in-ceiling speakers to include some new additions with the name Elite on them. Given the company’s history of solid performance with its Elite brand of plasma HDTVs and Blu-ray players, the new speakers could very well be a big hit.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 2 comments
This is the system that decouples the Totem Wind from the floor. It consists of a back piece plus a front "claw" filled with different sizes of ball bearings. That enables a form of tuning that helps the speaker mate with the room and the amp, we were told. The claw somehow escaped our camera -- see full-size photo in the first item above. Still, two pretty blue pictures in a row. That's class.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The new Optoma HD8200 offers Dark Chip3 DLP technology from TI, a specified brightness of 1300 ANSI Lumens, and a peak contrast ratio of 20,000:1 with Dynamic Black iris control. $5000. The new HD808, with the same cosmetics, and only slightly less impressive specs (but no DarkChip3) is $3500. Both projectors are expected to ship this month
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The world of Blu-ray just keeps getting bigger and better. This time around, Samsung has introduced the first Blu-ray-equipped soundbar, the HT-BD8200. Designed to coordinate with the Touch of Color series of flat panels, Samsung’s innovative soundbar features a sleek design to complement its virtual surround sound technology. But what sets this one apart is its integrated Blu-ray player.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 1 comments
The Mordaunt-Short Mezzo line already included a tower, and the Mezzo 6 continues in the line, but now it has a big brother in the form of the Mezzo 8 ($2495/pair). The latter's a three-way with two 6.25-inch woofers, 5.25-inch mid, and one-inch aluminum tweeter mounted at the top of the enclosure. The excellent Alumni sat/sub line has another upsized model, shown -- the Alumni 8 ($1095/pair), a tall, slender speaker with four passive woofers, two active ones, and a tweeter. It complements the similar though not identical Alumni 3 center. Stand or wall mount, high gloss black or white with black grilles.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
If you want to hide your flat panel, Premier Mounts makes this riser that will conceal it within a custom cabinet, and elevate it when needed. Premier makes the automated riser in various sizes; the custom cabinet work is up to you.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The Obama transition team has asked that the DTV transition be postponed beyond its previously scheduled February 17, 2009 deadline. We'll cover this story in our News section next week when we have time to breathe.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Not many people can casually tote their projector around without pulling a muscle. SANYO’s PLC-XW60 projector ($899) aims to make your projector both portable and convenient. Its size and weight are unusually small; it measures in at about 10-inches wide and 2-inches tall and weighs a mere 3.6 pounds. Also, with an easy on/off function (you simply unplug it to turn it off), you’ll want to carry this one wherever you go.

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