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Scott Wilkinson  |  May 27, 2009  |  0 comments

At the 2007 CEDIA Expo, I attended Meridian's press conference, during which the company unveiled its <A href="">F80</A> table-top clock radio/CD/DVD player. I was a bit late, and the demo was already underway as I walked into the large concrete room with high ceilings. I clearly remember my first impression of what I heard—"Wow, that sounds great!" When I learned it was essentially a boombox, I was flabbergasted.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 21, 2009  |  9 comments

When I first heard about the BeoVision 4-103 from Danish design king <A href="">Bang & Olufsen</A>, I thought I knew the story&#151;a 103-inch 1080p plasma, undoubtedly sourced from Panasonic, with B&O's unique stylistic treatment. That's all true, but there's much more to it, as I discovered at a recent press demo held at the Aston Martin dealership in Beverly Hills, California.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 18, 2009  |  11 comments

Sometimes in this blog, I like to profile new and unusual technologies that may&#151;or may not&#151;actually perform well. Sony's <A href="">NSA-PF1 Sountina</A> speaker is just such a product. I have no idea how it performs since I've never heard it in action and I know no one who has, but the technology is certainly intriguing.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 14, 2009  |  6 comments

In Greek mythology, the Titans were the children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). Similarly, the flagship Titan Reference video projector from <A href="">Digital Projection International</A> (DPI) was born from the union of heavenly images and earthly concerns about service accessibility and recyclability.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 12, 2009  |  1 comments

Lately in this blog, I've been concentrating on speakers with astronomical prices, which is loads of fun. But it's certainly possible to enjoy exceptional sound without spending six or seven figures. Take, for example, the new top-dog Klimt series from Austrian speaker manufacturer <A href="">Vienna Acoustics</A>.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 07, 2009  |  15 comments
Unlike many high-end manufacturers that concentrate on one type of product, MBL casts a wider net. For three decades, this German company has developed super-sophisticated—and super-expensive—speakers, power amps, preamps, integrated amps, optical-disc players, and D/A converters. At the top of its speaker heap is the 101 X-treme, a stunning sonic and visual masterpiece.
Scott Wilkinson  |  May 04, 2009  |  4 comments

As I wrote about the <A href="">Perreaux &#233;loquence 250i</A>, it claims to be the world's most powerful stereo integrated amp, delivering up to 530 continuous watts/channel into 4&#937;. But that's nothing compared with a new monoblock power amp from <A href="">Goldmund</A>&#151;the Telos 5000, which delivers up to <I>5000</I> continuous watts into 2&#937; (2500W into 4&#937;, 1250W into 8&#937;).

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 30, 2009  |  5 comments

For the last 30 years, French speaker maker <A href="">Focal</A> has been pushing the envelope of design and manufacturing to achieve the ultimate in sonic reproduction. Nowhere is that more evident than in its flagship <A href="">Grande Utopia EM</A>, the third generation of this technological tour de force.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 27, 2009  |  6 comments

In this blog, I often focus on products that are at home in a home theater, but when a press release about the new <A href=" &#233;loquence 250i</A> reached my inbox, I was intrigued. It claims to be the world's most powerful Class AB stereo integrated amp, so I had to investigate further.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 24, 2009  |  5 comments

At the 2008 CEDIA Expo, I was surprised to find a new high-end projector company making its debut. Could <A href="">Wolf Cinema</A> successfully cross light paths with the likes of Runco and Digital Projection?

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 20, 2009  |  10 comments

One look and you know this is no ordinary speaker. The flowing, liquid lines of the Muon reflect the highest artistic expression, and rightly so—after all, it was created by renowned designer Ross Lovegrove for pre-eminent British speaker manufacturer <A href="">KEF</A>.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 16, 2009  |  2 comments

Danish A/V manufacturer <A href="">Bang & Olufsen</A> is undoubtedly one of the most innovative companies in the world when it comes to industrial design. Founded in 1925 by engineers Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, its products not only offer superb performance, they are works of art in their own right.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 13, 2009  |  4 comments

If you thought 1080p is as good as it gets, think again. Long known for its reference-quality audio products, <A href="">Meridian</A> now offers a video projector with <I>five times</I> the resolution of 1080p. Dubbed the 810 Reference Video Projector, this 140-pound behemoth uses three D-ILA panels, each with a resolution of 4096x2400 for a total of nearly 10 megapixels.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  9 comments

As part of megaconglomerate Harman International, <A href="">Revel</A> has access to some of the finest speaker-design and development facilities in the world. And yet it retains its identity as a separate, relatively small company whose sole focus is producing the best possible speakers without compromising or cutting corners.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 03, 2009  |  1 comments

After 60 years of making some of the finest audio components available, <A href="">McIntosh Laboratory</A> is celebrating its quadquindecennial with the reissue of two classic models—the C22 preamp and MC75 monoblock power amp that were first introduced in the early 1960s. Both units have been updated with the latest features and manufacturing techniques and will be sold as a limited-edition "Classic System" including one C22 and two MC75s.