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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.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

I think Aviamo in Italian must mean "expensive," if it means anything at all. At $18,000 this 65" 1080p Fujitsu plasma looked great, but it faces stiff competition for a lot less money. And we thought that the new 60" Pioneer Elite was steep at $7500.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Yamaha's flagship may be the new RX-Z11, but it hasn't forgotten about those of us who like our AV receivers to be more or less affordable. Case in point, the new RX-V3800 at $1799. Offering 140Wpc x 7, it also has HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding, iPod compatibility network connectivity via an Ethernet port, and Yamaha's traditional two front "presence" channels. There's also on-board video scaling up to 1080p.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 3 comments

Integra has a range of new AV receivers, but its most interesting introduction is probably the $1600 DTC-9.8 pre-pro. A quick look suggests that it features the same bells and whistles as the company's flagship THX Ultra2 flagship receiver, minus only amplifiers. There's also a matching amplifier, the DTA-9.4, at $3000.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

The display card outlines the features of the Integra DTC-9.8. The unit has two HDMI <I>outputs</I>, but they both cannot be used at the same time because there is only a single video processing chip.

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