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Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 22, 2022  |  0 comments
Sonus faber, the Italian speaker maker known for its unique and elegant designs, today announced a stylish all-in-one wireless music system that uses digital signal processing (DSP) and an array of seven speakers to deliver “mesmerizing three-dimensional sound.”
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 17, 2022  |  0 comments
As the pandemic winds down (again) and spring draws near, new product introductions are starting to pick up. Will they reach pre-2020 pandemic levels? Probably not, though the volume of press releases seems a bit higher than it was a year ago. Ongoing labor shortages and supply-chain disruptions caused by the logjam of shipping containers in major ports continue to hinder a return to normalcy — a situation that some analysts predict is here to stay for the rest of the year and possibly beyond. In the spirit of being thankful for the goods and services we can get, here’s a look at some of the latest A/V gear with a little news thrown into the mix.
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Epson today announced the availability of a new three-chip LCD projector that combines improved pixel-shifting with a new multi-array laser design and refined video processing algorithms to deliver better 4K performance than previous models without sacrificing picture brightness.
Howard Kneller  |  Feb 15, 2022  |  1 comments
I’ve been told the pandemic is over and that things are opening up. That’s hopefully the case, I said to myself as I headed out to the February 9 launch of the Marantz Model 40n network integrated amplifier ($2,499).
Chris Chiarella  |  Feb 14, 2022  |  1 comments
Filmmaker Ivan Reitman enjoyed a wildly successful career spanning more than four decades, with his name appearing on some of the most popular and enduring comedies of all time. A savvy producer as well as an inspired director, he possessed a shrewd understanding of the business, including home entertainment, and how his movies fit into it.
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 10, 2022  |  3 comments
When the original NTSC broadcast system gave way to high-definition television at the end of the 20th century it was the first major upgrade in almost 50 years, so it was a huge deal. A dozen or so years later, TV makers rolled out the first 4K Ultra HDTVs, which accounted for three-quarters of the 45 million TVs shipped in the U.S. last year, and, now, 8K beckons. But when will the next-gen TV format actually start to take off? To get a handle on how things are progressing in the world of 8K, we decided to check in with Chris Chinnock, executive director of the 8K Association (8KA).
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 08, 2022  |  0 comments
Yes, Technics makes wireless earbuds (who doesn’t these days) and, as you might expect from the brand that gave us the iconic SL-1200 turntable, they’re designed to stand out.
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 01, 2022  |  0 comments
It’s been a long time coming but turntable specialist Pro-Ject Audio Systems USA yesterday announced the availability of its first fully automatic turntable.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 27, 2022  |  1 comments
Since CES 2022 ended a few weeks ago, new A/V gear has trickled into the market and A/V companies have continued to issue press releases, though at a slower than usual pace. Here’s some of the latest news to cross our desks.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 24, 2022  |  1 comments
NAD is aiming to take value and performance to new levels with the latest addition to the flagship Master Series, the M23 “hybrid digital” stereo power amplifier.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 20, 2022  |  4 comments
A conversation with Jeff Clark, Director of Software Engineering, Audyssey Laboratories

Dealing with the effects of room acoustics is one of the biggest challenges in getting a movie or music system to sound “right.” Even the best speakers can sound awful — muted and boomy or bright and anemic — in an acoustically difficult environment. For the past 18 years, Audyssey Labs has shown a relentless dedication to delivering and continually refining technology that improves sound quality without the listener having to intervene. We sat down with Jeff Clark, director of software engineering, to discuss Audyssey’s past and present efforts to “push any listening scenario as close to a reference listening experience as possible.”

Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 18, 2022  |  0 comments
M&K Sound today announced an update of its V Series of subwoofers featuring a new décor-friendly design and THX Certification for two of the three new models.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 13, 2022  |  0 comments
Though last week’s CES 2022 turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment, A/V manufacturers continue to turn out new products in the face of lingering component shortages, shipping delays, and mounting inflation. We round up the latest A/V news and product announcements, including two from the Big Show that wasn’t.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 11, 2022  |  0 comments
Israel’s Noveto showed a smart speaker at CES 2022 that uses proprietary facial tracking and smart beaming technology to create a personal listening experience.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2022  |  0 comments
BenQ’s new product introductions at CES included a pair of projectors aimed at the gaming community, an important growth segment for the company.