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Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

At $3000, the new T785 is a new high in price for an NAD AV receiver. But it's loaded with features, including 7x120 conservatively rated watts, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, the Audyssey MultiEQ XT room correction system, and multichannel audio (PCM) over HDMI (but no on-board decoding for Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 3 comments

Integra has a range of new AV receivers, but its most interesting introduction is probably the $1600 DTC-9.8 pre-pro. A quick look suggests that it features the same bells and whistles as the company's flagship THX Ultra2 flagship receiver, minus only amplifiers. There's also a matching amplifier, the DTA-9.4, at $3000.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Here's the inside scoop on the Integra DTC-9.8 pre-pro.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Samsung's new SP-A800 1080p projector, (under $10,000, available Q4 2007), was being demonstrated by video expert Joe Kane, who was heavily involved with Samsung in its development. It exhibited technically flawless color, crisp but natural detail across the entire screen, outstanding optics (I didn't sit close enough to judge for color fringing, but Joe said that superior optics to eliminate this aberration were a key element in the design), and excellent brightness on a 10-foot screen (a new Stewart Studiotek 130) screen using that company's new, fine-trained screen finish optimized for 1080p projection. It also has an iris with Light, Middle, Deep, and Auto settings (no word on how or how well the Auto iris function works, and Joe used the Middle and Light settings for the demo).

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Marantz showed a mockup of a new Blu-ray player. The price and delivery date weren't available, but I have a feeling it won't be by Christmas or under $500.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Texas Instruments answers the challenge of new LDC and LCoS projectors with the new Dark Chip 4 1080p DLP digital micromirrror device. Claimed to produce a native contrast ratio of up to 15,000:1, it will soon appear in DLP projectors from Marantz, SIM2, BenQ, and, in 2008, likely others as well. An impressive TI demo utilized a new SIM2 DC4 1080p projector. The modified Samsung in the photo also sported a DV4 chip. I'm not sure where the 100,000:1 claim came from, though. A tad optimistic, perhaps?

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 1 comments

Pioneer's new flagship receiver, the SC-09TX is loaded with all the bells and whistles, including a display screen, 10 channels of 140Wpc ICE digital amplification that may be combined for 7 channels at 200W per, HDMI 1.3a, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding, and THX certification. Reportedly four years in development, it won't ship until January 2008, so that will give you time to gather the $7000 you'll need to buy it.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 1 comments

Sherwood Newcastle's new R-972 AV receiver looks hot. At $1799 it has HDMI 1.3a and on-board decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, Trinnov room equalization, 100Wpc x7, and Faroudja video processing. The smaller R-872 also has HDMI 1.3a, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding, and something called SNAP room EQ. There was no one available to verify shipping dates, but I'll definitely be checking back-watch this space. $1700-$1800 seems to be the new sweet spot for high-end but pocketbook friendly AV receivers.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

KEF had a small booth, but a lot to show. Its updated XQ speaker line was particularly interesting. Gone are the pod-like supertweeters sitting atop the cabinets. Instead the tweeter in the company's UniQ concentric drivers has been re-engineered to handle all the high frequency chores. The XQ 30 floor stander, shown, will run $3400/pair. Not shown are the matching bookshelf model, the XQ 10, at $1400/pair, and the $1200 XQ 50 center.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

If you move up to the top of the KEF line you'll hit the flagship Reference series, also recently redesigned to eliminate the pod tweeters. Shown here is a cutaway of the smallest Reference model, the Reference 201/2 ($5000/pair). The port for this model, which is smaller than its predecessor, fires out of the top rear of the cabinet. The duct is visible at the upper left, just to the rear of the white damping material.

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