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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.
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.
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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.

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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?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 08, 2007 0 comments
A Samsung Blu-ray player has become the first to receive plug-and-play certification under the Simplay HD Testing Program.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 07, 2007 0 comments
Like two pit bulls tussling over a piece of rotten meat, CEDIA and Bose have been at war over the right to use the word "lifestyle." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has finally ruled that Bose may not prevent CEDIA from using the déclassé cliché.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 04, 2007 0 comments
Two flat-panel TV mounts have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Circuit City because they pose a safety hazard.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 04, 2007 Published: May 04, 2007 0 comments
The natural high.

I drink green tea the way some people drink water. I make it in large batches, keep it in the fridge, and guzzle it all day. Such are the dimensions of this innocuous drug habit that I blend teas, often adding a pinch of Butterfly Sencha (with peach and sunflower petals) to a standard Sencha, creating something more subtle than the former and more interesting than the latter. (The Tea Squad may burst through the door to arrest me at any moment.) I do the same with surround equipment. This month, I've deliberately brought together a receiver brand that prides itself on neutrality with a speaker brand that obsesses about the purity and phase coherence of high frequencies. Marantz, meet Tannoy. Tannoy, meet Marantz. What will happen next?