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Alpine Innovations Spudz HD Mitt TV Screen Cleaning Kit
iPhones are hip (well, at least they were hip until Android rode into town), except for all those greasy smudges they collect. Same is true of that big-screen TV you spend way too much time staring at—and you can add dust to the grimy streaks (damn kids) on your screen. The Spudz HD Mitt cleaning kit includes a machine- washable microfiber mitt and a spray bottle of “no-streak” cleaning solution.
Stowaway: When you’re finished cleaning the screen, turn the mitt inside out and use the loop on back to hang it from a removable hook that attaches to the back of your TV. Oh, and about that grimy iPhone, the company also sells the Spudz Pro kit for phones and tablets. Price: Pro, $12; HD Mitt, $18

Alpine Innovations • (801) 766-4994 •


GoldenEar Triton One Speaker
The evolution of GoldenEar’s Triton series has culminated in a new flagship speaker—the 54-inch-tall Triton One. The svelte cabinet houses 10 scrupulously positioned drivers: three 5 x 9-inch woofers coupled to four side-firing 7 x 10-inch “planar infrasonic radiators” and a D’Appolito array with two 5.25-inch midbass drivers situated above and below a folded-ribbon tweeter. With efficiency quoted as 92 decibels and recommended power as 20 to 650 watts, driving a couple of Triton Ones should be a piece of cake.
How Low Can You Go: The real handiwork here is the elaborate bass section, the heart of which is a 1,600-watt, DSP-controlled digital amp that lights up the three woofers and, in turn, those passive radiators. A splendidly earth-shaking time is guaranteed for all. Price: $2,500 each

GoldenEar Technology • (410) 998-9134 •


Musemini ClipR NFC/Bluetooth Adapter
Plug the half-dollar-size ClipR adapter into the mini jack of a music system, powered speaker, or headphone/headset, and you can wirelessly stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or device. The adapter even has a built-in microphone with echo cancellation for hands-free chit-chatting—just clip it to your clothing—and is compatible with NFC-enabled smartphones for quick pairing.
Clip Control: You can also switch tracks and adjust volume with buttons built into the edge of the polymer-coated puck. The company says 1 to 2 hours of charging via the supplied micro USB charger yields up to 6 hours of playtime. Not too shabby. Price: $40

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AudioControl Concert AVR-8 A/V Receiver
Is audiophile nirvana possible with an A/V receiver? AudioControl thinks so and offers up the AVR-8 as proof. Its secret weapon? Highly efficient Class H amplifiers rated for 7 x 120 watts into 8 ohms or 7 x 200 watts into 4 ohms, all channels driven; when configured for 5.1 operation, two channels can be used to drive a secondary system. In addition to every imaginable surround mode, the receiver has auto room setup and correction with equalization and serves up seven HDMI inputs.
4K Video, Too: Not to take away from its audio prowess, but the AVR-8 boasts 4K and 3D passthrough and can upscale video signals to Ultra HD resolution. Icing on the cake: It’s built in the USA and covered by a generous five-year warranty. Price: $6,000

AudioControl • (425) 775-8461 •


Sony XBR-65X950B 4K Ultra HDTV
One of nine new 4K Ultra HD models for 2014, the XBR-65X950B can display images with four times the resolution of 1080p HD and employs a new backlighting algorithm said to enhance peak brightness, black level, and detail. The TV has built-in Wi-Fi and larger than usual speakers for “more powerful” sound—there’s even an optional wireless subwoofer.
Dude, Where’s My Content: Sony says its new Ultra HD TVs are optimized for 4K streaming from Netflix and promises to make more 4K movies and shows available through its Video Unlimited 4K Download Service, which currently offers about 140 titles. Of course, there is another way to get 4K content onto that big screen: Use Sony’s new 4K Handycam to shoot your home movies in Ultra HD. Price: $8,000

Sony • (877) 865-7669 •