Michael Berk

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Michael Berk Posted: May 10, 2012 0 comments

When Bang & Olufsen unvelied the Beolit 12 portable speaker at this year's CES, company VP Henrik Lorensen described it as the first entry in a new brand, aimed at courting a different kind of B&O customer - somebody younger, hipper, and probably unfamiliar with the B&O brand to begin with.

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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 13, 2011 0 comments

An interesting argument about the future of the music market is brewing over a newly released Nielsen study of online music li

Michael Berk Posted: Sep 07, 2011 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped by an active/passive 3D TV shootout held by LG as part of their effort to publicize the benefits of their passive 3D approach over competing active-shutter systems. LG has survey research data showing that some 80 percent of viewers choose their passive 3D system over any of their competitors' active sets, when asked about color, picture quality, brightness, and comfort of glasses. Format war over?

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Michael Berk Posted: Jul 19, 2012 0 comments

We came across the new iHome iP76 ($199) at the CEA Line Shows earlier this month, the glowing, pulsing, three-foot-tall tower speaker seemed like the kind of thing you might see nestled beside some fancy tobacco smoking gear.

Michael Berk Posted: Oct 21, 2011 0 comments

The Peel universal remote is a combo platter including a transmitter and receiver that keeps in touch with your home network via ZigBee and passes on commands to your gear via IR, operated via a free app for  Continue Reading >

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

Last month we got a peek at the 4TV and EVA, the initial offerings from AudioXperts, a new company with a long collective history. We were sworn to secrecy at the time, but there was one cool product we couldn't tell you about then - and now we can.

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Michael Berk Posted: May 31, 2011 0 comments

You've no doubt been poring carefully over our guide to this summer's music festivals. It's time to take a break from planning the next few months, 'cause tickets for Coachella 2012 go on sale this Friday.

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Michael Berk Posted: Jan 10, 2012 0 comments

Where some other Press Day events - namely Samsung's - were big production numbers, Panasonic's was low-key, almost to a fault. Strangely for a consumer show, a big chunk of time was spent by chairman Joseph M. Taylor and CTO Eisuke Tsuyuzaki B2B and industrial products like solar panels, avionics and green initiatives for institutions and industry (Ed Begley, a Vegas-area resident, told the crowd that they could "have a cool beverage and a warm shower, but you can be more efficient").

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Michael Berk Posted: Oct 11, 2012 0 comments

We've talked a fair amount in this space lately about how much of a difference a headphone amplifier can make in your portable listening. Whether it's correcting for out-of-whack output impedance or simply providing more juice for difficult-to-drive cans (here's looking at you, on-the-go planar magnetic fans), you can get a better experience for surprisingly little money, with a wide range of pocketable amplifiers on the market right now, ready to interface with your iDevices, Androids, and other portable media devices. Here we look at two interesting and affordable newish devices: the latest miniature amp from FiiO, the E02i, or "Rocky," and the latest incarnation of DigiZoid's unique ZO2.

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