Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 07, 2014 0 comments
The audio industry, so given to soul searching and navel gazing, does have a reason to exist and here's how Audioengine's Dave Evans describes it: "Because you love music." Really, isn't it as simple as that? If it's not it should be. The maker of the giant-killer A2 compact powered speakers, great for the desktop and our TV speaker of choice, recently introduced the USB-driven A2+, which we've just reviewed. New for CES was the D2 USB thumb DAC, selling for $189 and shipping since late last year. We'll got our acquisitive eye on that too.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 03, 2012 4 comments

Audio Performance
Price: $99 (reduced from original price of $249; version 1.2: $149)
At a Glance: Size of USB thumb drive • Up to 24/96 resolution • Minijack analog out

The AudioQuest DragonFly USB digital-to-analog converter ($249) and the B&W Society of Sound music download service ($59/year) arrived in my listening room at about the same time. They were made for each other: B&W’s 24-bit FLAC files gave the DAC a better chance to strut its stuff than any CD-quality or lossy audio file at my disposal. And the USB DAC enabled the high-resolution files to do an end run around the awful soundcard in my PC.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2011 0 comments
We're pleased to announce that the AudioQuest exhibit has won the Home Theater 2011 CES Blog's Award for Distinguished Achievement in Promotional Artwork Evoking a Nightmare for this image of the giant red wolves that savaged us in our dreams. Yeah, go ahead and laugh, but we woke up in our hotel bed missing a leg.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 25, 2006 0 comments
Four Jeeveses, serving music.

Let's fantasize a bit. Let's run wild. Let's say your hunger for music has genetically transmitted itself to your kids. Now let's postulate that every member of the family has different musical tastes. Fortunately, your McMansion is big enough to let everyone blast away with impunity. Now all you've got to do is serve up, say, four audio feeds. In your designer home, local systems would be a recurring eyesore—you want your multizone system to do the serving. All you've got to do is find an audio server that'll satisfy four mutually incompatible music lovers in four separate zones at once.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 16, 2006 1 comments
And that's not the only thing this 78-pound, $3999 receiver has to offer. It comes with four cool brushed-aluminum keypads (supplied, no extra charge) and 140 watts times seven. It can play loud, as the people at the neighboring Verizon booth noted ruefully.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 03, 2011 0 comments
You've already read about Audyssey Dynamic Volume in our pages and webpages. Audyssey has just announced a new version called Dynamic Volume TV.

Audyssey Dynamic Volume TV is designed to reduce the dynamic extremes of TV programming in somewhat the same way regular Dynamic Volume handles the extremes of movies, but without the obvious pumping effects of cruder automatic gain controls. It also evens out levels among different inputs.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 15, 2011 0 comments
The bass rampaging out your subwoofer may be thrilling to you but not to your neighbor. Short of making major structural changes to your home, how can you remedy this awkward problem?

Meet Audyssey LFC. It pulls off a miracle, cutting the excessive low frequencies that plague your neighbor, but without removing bass perception in the room where the home theater system is operating.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 16, 2009 0 comments
The IMAX Corporation, which operates the biggest screens with the best picture in the universe, is partnering with Audyssey to bring MultEQ technology into theaters.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 01, 2009 0 comments
My, surround sound, how you've grown. I remember when you were a wee bairn of 5.1 channels. Then Surround EX added up to two back surround speakers, Dolby Pro Logic IIz added two front height channels, and now those wild men at Audyssey are talking about two front width channels, for a potential maximum of 11.1.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 24, 2009 0 comments
Cash for clunkers is the deal of the century (or the scam of the century, depending on your point of view). So it was only a matter of time till a smart AV retailer made a trade-in offer.


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