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Tom Norton

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Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Marantz showed a mockup of a new Blu-ray player. The price and delivery date weren't available, but I have a feeling it won't be by Christmas or under $500.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

I didn't get in to see the new 1080p Marantz VP-15S1 today. The wait was too long, but I'll have a better chance tomorrow. In the meantime, the projector is available either au natural or with an optional anamorphic lens. The PJ itself is half the price of Marantz' VP-11S1 flagship ($20,000), which remains in the line.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Don't get sticker shock, but good lenses are obviously expensive.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 4 comments

The new 70" Sony SXRD—that is, <I>Bravia</I> SXRD, was producing a great picture previewing the upcoming (late October) Blu-ray release of <I>Spider-Man 3</I>. For details on the display see the entry below.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 Published: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

Details on the Bravia SXRD

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

If you move up to the top of the KEF line you'll hit the flagship Reference series, also recently redesigned to eliminate the pod tweeters. Shown here is a cutaway of the smallest Reference model, the Reference 201/2 ($5000/pair). The port for this model, which is smaller than its predecessor, fires out of the top rear of the cabinet. The duct is visible at the upper left, just to the rear of the white damping material.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 1 comments

Pioneer's new flagship receiver, the SC-09TX is loaded with all the bells and whistles, including a display screen, 10 channels of 140Wpc ICE digital amplification that may be combined for 7 channels at 200W per, HDMI 1.3a, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding, and THX certification. Reportedly four years in development, it won't ship until January 2008, so that will give you time to gather the $7000 you'll need to buy it.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 13 comments

In a rare (for CEDIA) 2-channel detour, Pioneer showed a new CD/SACD (2-channel only) player and 2-channel receiver. The receiver will go for $899, the CD/SACD spinner for $499.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

Pioneer also had its new S-3EX speakers on static display. A smaller, $6000/pair variation on the floorstanding S-1EX we reviewed recently, the S-3EX keeps the price down by employing a simpler cabinet, substituting carbon graphite for the tweeter diaphragm instead of the beryllium used in the S-1EX, and using a slightly smaller midrange cone (but still made of magnesium). While the S-3EX should ship soon, you'll have to wait until mid 2008 for the matching center channel and "bookshelf" models.

Tom Norton Posted: Sep 06, 2007 1 comments

Sherwood Newcastle's new R-972 AV receiver looks hot. At $1799 it has HDMI 1.3a and on-board decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, Trinnov room equalization, 100Wpc x7, and Faroudja video processing. The smaller R-872 also has HDMI 1.3a, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding, and something called SNAP room EQ. There was no one available to verify shipping dates, but I'll definitely be checking back-watch this space. $1700-$1800 seems to be the new sweet spot for high-end but pocketbook friendly AV receivers.

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