Michael Berk

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

In a sign of the times, Sony and Control4 announced today that a pair of Sony's top-of-the-line ES receivers (the $2,099 9.2 channel STR-DA5800ES and the $999 7.1 channel STR-DA2800ES in particular), would include Control4 automation right out of the box (single-room, entertainment-center-specific flavor only), with upgradability to a full Control4 Activation License available for $300 through your friendly neighborhood system integrator.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

Last month we got a peek at the 4TV and EVA, the initial offerings from AudioXperts, a new company with a long collective history. We were sworn to secrecy at the time, but there was one cool product we couldn't tell you about then - and now we can.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

When we looked at Ultralink's UCubes miniature desktop speaker system last year, we were, overall, impressed with how they sounded, but felt that those who wanted serious bass from the tiny desktop system might be somewhat disappointed. There's only so much a tiny 2.0 system can do. Physics, you know.

Well, it looks like Ultralink's been listening, because today they introduced the $220 USub - what they claim is the world's smallest powered subwoofer.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

At the 2012 CEDIA Expo today, KEF introduced a product that should have appeal for a great many real world audiophiles - the new X300A desktop powered speaker system.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 05, 2012 0 comments

The 2012 edition of the CEDIA Expo kicks off today, and for the next week we'll be bringing you news of all the latest and greatest from the show.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 04, 2012 0 comments

Animal Collective Centipede HZ

New Release (Domino)

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 31, 2012 0 comments

Following on last month's release of six Blue Note/EMI jazz classics in brand-new high-resolution versions by HDtracks, the label, this week sees the release (again in fresh remasters, by Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn, from the original analog tapes) a couple of gems recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in 1

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 29, 2012 0 comments

Logitech's 2008 acquisition of IEM leader Ultimate Ears was an interesting move given the ultra-high end and music professional orientation of the brand, and even more interesting is the fact that while the new Logitech UE lineup does include an IEM offering, the majority of the rebranded line lives outside the ear - and well outside it, in some cases.

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

We took a long listen to Klipsch's Image One on-ear headphone when it launched last year, and found them to be a highly competitive portable phone, especially when judged against the mic/remote-sporting on-ear competition of the time - most of which (like the Bowers &Wilkins P5) cost a lot more or (like the Beats Solo) simply didn't sound as good.

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Michael Berk Posted: Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

Remake/Remodel

Roxy Music The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982
Reissue (Virgin)

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