OK, it's probably more fair to say I was "Disturbed" <I>at</I> the Ayre and Vandersteen room. Ayre's Steven Silberman was on a mission this weekend to prove to any doubters out there that zero feedback amplifiers and first-order loudspeakers can ROCK!
Allen Perkins of Immedia is shown here with the new Allegria speakers from Sonics, a newish speaker company founded by the man who formerly founded and designed some highly regarded speakers for Audio Physic, Joachim Gerhard.
Although everything was blue at the Blu-ray introduction, including the martinis,no one was feeling blue when we were invited into a large theater and shown comparisons of standard definition video vs. high-definition on one of Sony's 4K SXRD digital cinema projectors.
Not only does the sign say so, I'm holding a full production copy of <I>Hitch</I> on Blu-ray Disc right now! OK, it's actually sitting next to my laptop since I can't type and hold it at the same time.
Aperion Audio also showed a nifty and thrifty small system called the 422 S8, which retails for $799. It includes four 422-LR satellites, a 422-C center channel, and, you guessed it, an S8 powered sub.
Late Thursday I made it over to Sony's Blu-ray demo theater display, where I was treated to the most extensive Blu-ray demo I've yet seen. Sony had a demo BD that was put together to show off not only clips from many popular films (<I>Spider-Man 2</I>, <I>Chronicles of Narnia</I> and the digitally animated <I>Chicken Little</I> among others) but also the first look at BD's dynamic interactivity.
While it's still all too common to walk by a demo room at a trade show and see a clip of <I>Fifth Element</I> running, it is far more rare to actually see one of the police officers from <I>Fifth Element</I> standing in the room!