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Tom Norton Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

I could tell you that this is a better picture of the Samsung SP-A800 we reported on earlier in the show. But it isn't. It's the Samsung SP-A400, and apart from its smaller size, it's a dead ringer in appearance for the SP-A800. It's a 1280x768 design. Didn't catch the price yet, but it's sure to be lots cheaper than the circa $10,000 price of its big brother.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

Wilson Audio can produce their high end speakers in the color of your choice. I believe these colors are in the '50s Lawn Furniture line.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

The Velodyne SPL-800R isn't the smallest or newest Velodyne subwoofer, but it caught my eye since I'm in a hunt for small, manageable, high quality subs-as you might gather from a few of my entries hereabouts. It uses a 10" driver, is a bit over a foot all around, and will run you $$1249. The larger SPL-1000R to its left can be yours for for $$1649.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

Somebody broke open a JL Fathom f113 subwoofer and now everybody knows what's inside!

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

Sitting next to an assembled version of the JL Fathom f113 is the new JL Fathom f110 subwoofer ($2100). It definitely fits in the smaller than thou category,though at somewhat over a cubic foot externally it is a bit larger than the Velodyne shown a couple of screens back. It sports a 10" driver, weighs in at 67 lbs, and is said to respond down to 25Hz (-3dB).

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Texas Instruments answers the challenge of new LDC and LCoS projectors with the new Dark Chip 4 1080p DLP digital micromirrror device. Claimed to produce a native contrast ratio of up to 15,000:1, it will soon appear in DLP projectors from Marantz, SIM2, BenQ, and, in 2008, likely others as well. An impressive TI demo utilized a new SIM2 DC4 1080p projector. The modified Samsung in the photo also sported a DV4 chip. I'm not sure where the 100,000:1 claim came from, though. A tad optimistic, perhaps?

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Snell's new Illusion A7 speaker is definitely not for the iPod crowd. But at $35,000/pair, it's currently ready for its closeup in the highest-end 2-channel systems. A center channel and smaller bookshelf models are said to be in development.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

If the price doesn't faze you, here are the details on Snell's new Flagship speaker.

B&K
Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

B&K showed its new Reference 70 Series 2 AV pre-pro. It will accept multichannel PCM audio over HDMI, but does not decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio internally. It does offer full video transcoding, as well as video processing via the HQV REON chip from Silicon Optix.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

At $3000, the new T785 is a new high in price for an NAD AV receiver. But it's loaded with features, including 7x120 conservatively rated watts, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, the Audyssey MultiEQ XT room correction system, and multichannel audio (PCM) over HDMI (but no on-board decoding for Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio.

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