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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 23, 2015 1 comments
Poet Audio Pandoretta 360° Wireless Sound System

When I stumbled upon Poet Audio’s Pandoretta, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I knew it was a speaker and not some sort of fancy air-filtration system, but what kind of speaker? Was it a new take on Yamaha’s Digital Sound Projector with an array of tiny drivers behind all those holes? It didn’t occur to me that the stainless steel “grille” might be an elaborate design element. Yet that’s exactly what it is.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 23, 2015 1 comments
In what may be the most creative (and craziest) stunt for a music video, UK director Joe Connor hitched a pair of vintage Sony TVs to a weather balloon with GoPro cameras in tow and sent them to orbit. All to promote the song “Call You Home” by Kelvin Jones. A YouTube post of Jones singing the song went viral last year, eventually leading to a deal with Sony Music.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 0 comments
2015 CEDIA Expo opens on October 15 and the invites and we’re getting a steady flow of invites and news teasers. Two recent ones caught my attention…
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 2 comments
Forgetting for a moment about security risks associated with the rise of the Internet of Things—a world in which every imaginable device, from your TV and wireless music system to your refrigerator and sprinkler system, is online gathering and exchanging data—Forbes raises a thought-provoking question:
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 24, 2015 0 comments
Amid the flurry of MusicCast products announced at last week’s press event were two upcoming Atmos-ready products—the YSP-5600 soundbar the CX-A5100 preamp/processor.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3 comments
Walking past Barnes & Noble in midtown New York City it was hard to miss the huge “Vinyl and Turntables” sign in the window.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 14, 2015 2 comments
Viewed dead-on, the Phantom looks like a huge eyeball. Catch it from the side and it resembles a dinosaur egg. Either way, this self-contained, powered speaker—small enough to be cradled like a baby (albeit a heavy baby at 24 pounds)—embodies an unmistakably unique form factor and technical design. We spoke with Quentin Sannié, co-founder and CEO of Paris-based Devialet, to get the story behind this most unusual speaker.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 29, 2015 1 comments
You’ve heard it on THX-certified DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and in THX theaters. It’s the perfect crescendo, that indescribably fantastic swell of sound that’s been wowing movie-goers for more than three decades. We recently spoke with Dr. James “Andy” Moorer, composer of the “THX Logo Theme,” to get the story behind the iconic flourish, which debuted in the THX trailer Wings, shown before the 1983 premiere of a movie you might remember—Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 24, 2015 1 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $299

Compact design
Impressive build quality
Simple to set up and use
Spacious, full-bodied sound with a kick
No remote control
Not ideal for driving rock
Not practical for use as a soundbar

The little Theatre Box will surprise you with its bold, big sound.

Sinatra is crooning in the background. “I like New York in June, how about you? I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?”

Frankly (sorry, couldn’t resist), I like what I’m hearing from the small box sitting on the filing cabinet in my home office. Impressive how clear and present the Chairman is on this Capitol recording (“How About You?”) released 59 years ago (Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!). Even more impressive, his voice is coming from a speaker that’s about half the size of a shoebox.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8 comments
To coincide with the release of the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina on Blu-ray, DTS has posted clips featuring a DTS Headphone:X sound mix. Pull out your best headphones, jack them into your computer, and enter into the world of artificial intelligence...


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