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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 18, 2006 0 comments
Even if you thought custom installation was expensive before, the new Gryphon Mirage Control Amplifier from Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark will likely give you a new frame of reference when it comes to how much you can actually spend on multiroom audio.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 17, 2006 0 comments
Ace Bayou Corp. is adding two new chairs to the company's X sound furniture line. The new RelaX-I and Xsoothe are brown and leather, full recliners with built-in sound systems that connect to just about anything with an audio output (MP3 players, portable DVD players, handheld and console game machines, and home theater systems). The two new recliners will also include the option of built-in massage.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 16, 2006 0 comments
Audio Control has always been known to build some of the coolest, most useful home audio sound enhancement and distribution gear. The company continues the tradition with the introduction of the new Maestro M2e, an enhanced version of its earlier kick-butt theater processor.
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 15, 2006 0 comments
Praise the Lord, and pass the remote.

Sometimes an idea is so appealing—world-shaping concepts like communism, capitalism, free love, or spandex clothing—that it blinds believers to shortcomings that are otherwise glaringly obvious to those on the jaded, dispassionate periphery. We may look down our noses and scoff, yet it's hard to dismiss the power of simple belief.

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 15, 2006 0 comments
Why settle for a sweet spot when you can have a sweet room?

There's nothing unusual about a father who's eager to show off pictures of his kids and rave about how great they are. This is one of those moments, except Ken Hecht, the president of Phase Technology, isn't showing me pictures (I'm getting a real-life look), nor is he exaggerating how good these particular offspring are. In truth, we're not talking about little people at all. What Hecht is so proud to show me is a very special—I know, that's what they all say—home theater speaker system he's been dreaming about and working on for the better part of 15 years. It's a system that, he tells me, "will make any room sound like the best theater in the country." As if that weren't enough, he claims that the system can expand the sweet spot from the typical single-pair-of-ears hot seat to an area large enough for half a dozen or more people to sit comfortably and enjoy a movie. He's christened the system with the name Digital Audio Reference Theater System, or dARTS for short. (Thankfully, his real children have names that roll a little more easily off the tongue.)

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 14, 2006 0 comments
It's hard to believe, but more iPod-related stuff is on the way. Soon to be available are kiddie cases from ifrogz, a company started by the same guys who developed Reminderband custom silicone bracelets. (And how many times haven't we all wondered how the world existed before those came along?) The new company's Tadpole line of video iPod cases are made specifically for children ages one and up - but they do not come with sedatives or tension relieving headache medicine for adults of child-rearing age.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 12, 2006 0 comments
It may not seem logical, but Logitech believes that 670 comes right after 659 - when it comes to remotes, that is.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 10, 2006 0 comments
RealNetworks' Rhapsody music service keeps finding new partners to jam with. Earlier this month, Sonos announced a software update to their multi-room digital music system that allows users to access Rhapsody's immense library of songs without requiring a computer. Now the behemoth big box retailer Best Buy is giving the free world access to the Best Buy Digital Music Store - a an on-line purchasing playhouse powered by the Rhapsody 4.0 service.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 09, 2006 0 comments
Remote Technologies, Inc, a residential and commercial control products manufacturer more known to custom installers than the average retail consumer, is introducing three new keypads that will help the company's name appear in a broader range of homes with multi-room entertainment systems. RTI says the keypads are completely customizable, programmable, and upgradeable.


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