Thomas J. Norton

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 11, 2015 0 comments
Wolf Cinema has consistently offers the best home theater setups at CES’s Venetian hotel venue. That’s probably not saying much, as the displays at the convention center are dominated by flat panels and the Venetian is mainly high-end audio heaven. CEDIA EXPO, held in September, is the show for projector-based home theater demos...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 11, 2015 2 comments
If your audio memory extends back far enough you’ll recall Audio Alchemy. That company marketed an extensive line of inexpensive DACs long before streaming and downloading digital music was possible and D/A converters were the hot ticket...

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
A number of new 4K Ultra HDTVs (in the Diamond line) and 1080p Full HD TVs (in the Emerald line) were announced at the show by Amtran/JVC. The DM65USRLCD is a 65-inch, 4K set favorably reviewed in our February/March 2015 issue (right in photo). There's also a 55-inch Diamond model at $899 and a new 85-incher (left), expected to hit stores later this month at the remarkable price of $7,500.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
Haier is a Chinese brand less well known here than TCL or Hisense, much less Vizio, Samsung, or Sony. It did show some very nice looking sets in a large, tastefully decorated booth, but like Changhong above, it needs to increase its market presence significantly before most consumers will recognize its name.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
The Revel Concerta line was introduced to the world in 2005 (if memory serves) as the “budget” Revel loudspeaker range, Now comes the Concerta2. Unlike the original Performas, which were finished in vinyl, the Concerta2s are available in either gloss white or gloss black...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
3D was hardly a presence at this year’s show, and aside from a small 3D video wall at the LG booth most of the action was on glasses-free 3D designs...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
I spotted the Chinese TV make Changhong at last year’s CES. But their booth was modest with little traffic. This year they made a big show of it, with ladies in Chinese garb bringing in the crowds...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
JBL launched a new lineup of speakers priced for the budget-seeker: the Arena range. Topping it off is the floor-standing Arena 180, at $699/pair (shown in the photo above)...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
You’ve heard of Google Glass, now make way for Toshiba Glass. It certainly sounds much the same. And that was just one of the ways Toshiba’s booth was dramatically different than in the past...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2015 0 comments
At 400 watts and $15,000 each, the new Mark Levinson monoblock (single-channel) power amplifier is not for the feint of heart or the light of wallet. Everyone else can line up to purchase 11 of them for their 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos systems!

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