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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 1 comments
Sometimes the secret to a great speaker is in the stand. The folks at CT-based Proclaim Audioworks say their spherical speakers (not shown) boast their best time-domain response when you arrange them on this versatile stand so that the output of each driver hits "the tip of your nose" at the same time. Pricing is $25,999 for, uh, a speaker or two or five.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments
I asked the folks at Usher if their Be-718 monitor, sold for $2500/pair, would be available in odd-numbered surround configurations like five or seven. "What a great idea!" they enthused archly. Much hard work went into tuning the beryllium-oxide tweeter from which the speaker gets its name. It will ship soon with complementary center and sub. And at 87-88dB sensitivity, the system should run well with a good receiver.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments
Four terrified pillows huddle on a windowsill as three-inch-thick speaker cables from Magnan swarm on the floor. The nearby Gershman speakers are acting dignified and trying to ignore the reptile mating dance. It all sounded fab.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments
Andrew Lipinski makes last-minute adjustments to a surround system based on the L-707 stand-mount horned speaker with amplification built into the stand. It sounded big and transparent, with effortless bass, and for $35,035 it had better be. The company will soon replace another manufacturer's external sub amp with its own.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 11, 2007 1 comments
Totem's Tribe is the company's first on-wall speaker at $1500 each (or $750-900 for smaller configurations). Hand model Anthony Chiarella shows off the heavy-duty basket that holds the drivers.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 11, 2007 Published: May 11, 2007 0 comments
API crosses the border.

This is a momentous time for Energy Speaker Systems. Until recently, Energy was one of several brands owned and operated by Audio Products International of Toronto, Canada. (The others included Mirage, Athena, and Spherex.) Now the API brands have been merged into Klipsch of Indianapolis, Indiana, creating a new fusion of Canadian design and American ownership. Energy has also moved their manufacturing to China, where they will have more control over parts, while achieving greater cost-effectiveness. John Tchilinguirian, the longtime lead designer for the brand, has moved on to independent consulting. That makes the Energy RC-70 towers, RC-LCR (serving as center), and RC-R surrounds partly a chapter from a previous tome and partly the first chapter in a new story.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments
This is not a picture of the DCM Cinema package. It's more of a sat/sub kind of thing. But I saw a picture of it and for $399 it's intriguing, especially given the company's stated policy of timbre-matching every model to every other model, no exceptions, period. Look for a review soon.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments
Le Sphère from Cabasse was warm and natural with the sweet midrange of choral music and most impressive with the deep pitches of pipe organ. Bel Canto electronics clearly helped. Still, I couldn't get over the feeling of being watched. Pricing not announced; expect something stratospheric.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 10, 2007 0 comments
Of all the promising new video display technologies, SED is the only one with the misfortune to be tied up in a lawsuit. The latest phase of the case ended last week when the jury said Canon, the defendant, would not have to pay any further damages to Nano-Proprietary, the plaintiff.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 09, 2007 0 comments
Did I just hear the words "wait till you see the statues in my bathroom!" shoot out of your home theater system?