Michael Berk

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Michael Berk Posted: Jul 19, 2012 0 comments

We've long been fans of CEntrance's portable USB DAC/headphone amp, the DACport; in an expanding market of bus-powered USB DACs, the venerable unit (along with its streamlined sibling, the DACport LX) remains a favorite of, and reference for, many reviewers of portable audio gear. Now they've gone ahead and put out a complete two channel system, of all things - the Audiophile Desktop System.

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Michael Berk Posted: Jun 03, 2011 0 comments

Kaiser Chiefs' fourth studio album, The Future is Medieval, comes out today - but with a twist. The Chiefs have invited purchasers of the record to assemble and sell their own versions, building an online hub where fans they can find an audience for their personal Medievals.

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Michael Berk Posted: Jan 12, 2012 0 comments

It may not have involved OLED, but one of the biggest consumer electronics announcements of the month - Gibson Guitar Corporation's acquisition of a majority stake in Onkyo USA and a large chunk of Onkyo Corporation proper, with the establishment of a Hong Kong-based R&D-oriented joint venture - happened last week rather than at CES proper, but today the CEOs of Gibson and Onkyo, Henry Juszkiewicz and Munenori Otsuki took some time to clarify the finer points of the partnership, which left many observers' scratching their heads. Rather than holding a press conference in one of the maze-like structures in which most of us have been spending our time this week, Juszkiewicz and Otsuki invited a few reporters to meet them on the Gibson bus, a fully blinged-out luxury liner styled in the tradition of Nashville's golden age.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

At the 2012 CEDIA Expo today, KEF introduced a product that should have appeal for a great many real world audiophiles - the new X300A desktop powered speaker system.

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Michael Berk Posted: Mar 28, 2011 0 comments

Today's the day Radiohead's The King of Limbs (which has managed to generate a pretty complex release history in its short life) finally hits stores.

Michael Berk Posted: Aug 10, 2011 0 comments

There's a lot of action on the AVR front this week, with new models and upgrades from major manufacturers.

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Michael Berk Posted: Feb 13, 2012 0 comments

It seems that every few weeks Onkyo rolls out another round of upgrades and apps for their AVR line, but today the company announced four new receivers for 2012: two 5.1 models (the $299 TX-NR313 and $499 414), and two 7.2 models (the $599 TX-NR515 and $699 616).

Michael Berk Posted: Nov 15, 2012 0 comments

Apple's 30-pin connector was the accessory port that launched countless peripherals; it's analog and digital connectors (and long-term stability over years of product cycle) made possible an entire universe of iStuff, not least among them the dependable iOS speaker dock. But with the introduction of the iPhone 5 and the rollout of the digital-only Lightning connector, the dock, already under threat by ever-better wireless approaches, suffered its first serious shock. Sure, adapters would do in a pinch, but they hardly lent themselves to the lean lines promised by the Apple experience.

Have no fear - JBL is here with the first Lightning docks.

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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 12, 2011 0 comments

U2 will be webcasting the third and final show of the Sao Paulo stop of their U2360° tour; things get started at 9:30 EST. If you're in South America you can tune in gratis (check here for details and a list of URLs) to check out the action from Morumbi Stadium.

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