Fred Manteghian

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Okay, you're probably not going to build a home theater around these "starting at $4,000 a piece" Italian designed ceramic, two-way hanging <strike>plants</strike> speakers, but be honest, they're cool!

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

A new, easy on the eyes system with classic bookshelf pedigree that will be affordable for almost anyone, from the $149/ea CS 26 bookshelf (top shelf, left or right end), to the floorstanding CS 226 ($249/ea). All speakers use one or more of the same 6-1/2" woofer and a single 1" Kortec softdome tweeter.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 1 comments

The new Vista line by Boston Acoustics may be hard to photograph, but they are stunning and come with end caps in variety of finishes (a striped "ebony" wood was beautiful). In common with all the speakers in the line is a new Super Wide Bandwidth tweeter which is capable of being crossed down as low as 2 kHz while retaining good horizontal dispersion, according to reps in the BA's booth. Pictured are the $3,398 a pair VS 336 floor standers (3-way, with three 6-1/2" drivers) and the $1,699 VPS 210 subwoofer (500 class D watts into a 10" driver / 10" passive). There's a 3 way center and an LCR as well that could be used as a center as well some smaller bookshelves in the line. Special red and Arctic white finishes are available for a 20% premium as well. Unfortunately, the demo material used was worthless for giving any impression on how they might sound.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Denon's DVP-602CI is playing to a small marketplace, but they're playing. This 6-in, 2-out HDMI unit may look like a simple switcher, but it can scale as well, up to 1080p. Why I'm showing you the business end of this unit instead of the face plate, is so you can see the two component (one RCA style, one BNC) inputs and the s-video and composite inputs that make this Denon capable of feeding everything to your video display via a single cable. Like I said, it's a niche player, but if you're in the market and have $2,499 to spare, look no further.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

The SR-6003 and SR-5003 AVRs from Marantz have the latest in in-processor decoding. In addition, the 6003 is slightly more powerful (100 wpc x 7 verses 90 wpc x 7), has more HDMI capability (3-in 2-out verses 3-in 1-out), but they both get Audyssey Multi-EQ and Sirius and XMradio-readiness. Best of all, the top model is only $1,199 and the other only $799. You go Marantz! (feature placards to follow).

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

The MCD500 is probably the last 2-channel SACD / CD player you'll ever need, and at these prices, it had better be. Still, it's a McIntosh so it will hopefully out live you.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Not new, the VS3002 has been out a year now, but not many people know about it. It's a simple HDMI (V1.3a), but six-in, two-out make it a good option for someone with a decent AVR that's a little short on HDMI inputs. Placed between you devices and one of your current AVR's HDMI inputs will instantly give you more capacity and a new remote control to lose.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2008 3 comments

Alright, it might not sound like much, and Marantz decided not to give it a new model designation, but the new coating on the Konica Minolta lens only makes this already superb projector better. The demo system consisted of Marantz MA9S2 monoblock amps ($6,500) and Snell's new cabinet based B7 speakers. The sound was great as well.

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