September 2017 New Gear

MarkAudio-Sota Cesti MB Speaker
The entry-level model in a new line of finely crafted speakers, the Cesti MB combines Italian style with British engineering in a speaker designed and built in China. The company prides itself on constructing its speakers from scratch using custom drivers and crossovers and super sturdy cabinets made of laminated dual-core panels.
Two-in-One: Instead of a classic tweeter/woofer pairing, the 13-inch-tall MB uses a 4.4-inch “all-range symmetric driver” and proprietary “minimalist control network” to deliver a range of frequencies that extends from 40 Hz to 25 kHz with a “rich midrange” in between. The Cesti MB is available in glossy white, black, or red and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Price: $1,595

MarkAudio-Sota • (844) 202-4278 •


Epson Home Cinema 1450 3LCD Projector
You won’t need to install blackout shades to fill a nice 100-plus-inch screen with bright images in your entertainment space. Better yet, Epson says its Home Cinema 1450 projector (model V11H836020) is so bright—with a rated output of 4,200 lumens—that you can leave the lights on while watching a movie or playing a video game. It may not be the fanciest-looking projector, but it is reasonably priced, fairly compact at 15 x 11.5 x 5 inches, and “easy to set up”—inside or outside.
Go Big: Widescreen 16:10 images up to 260 inches (diagonal) are possible thanks to the 1.6x optical zoom, and the projector is capable of simultaneously displaying images from two sources. Lamp life is rated for up to 10,000 hours in Normal mode. Price: $1,500

Epson • (800) 463-7766 •


Vizio SB3621 Soundbar System
The latest in Vizio’s popular soundbar line, the 36-inch-wide SB3621 supports Bluetooth stream- ing and can be mounted on the wall (bracket included) or placed on (or in) a cabinet while its companion wireless subwoofer is tucked away in a corner. Onboard processing includes Dolby Digital and DTS Studio Sound, which creates a virtual surround sound experience, enhances dialogue, and eliminates annoying volume fluctuations.
Pump It Up: The system is rated to deliver sound-pressure levels up to 100 decibels with bass that dips down to 50 Hz. Optical and coaxial inputs are provided along with an analog minijack input and a full set of cables. For another 100 bucks, you can upgrade to Vizio’s SmartCast-enabled SB3651, a 5.1 system that adds an HDMI input and comes with a pair of rear surround speakers. Price: $150

Vizio • (855) 833-3221 •

Samsung UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Now that 16 percent of American households own a 4K TV, with 11 percent planning to buy one this year, it’s time to get the Ultra HD (UHD) party started. Building on last year’s UBD-K8500 player, the UBD-M9500 adds Bluetooth streaming and support for 360-degree videos shot on Samsung’s Gear 360 camera to an already solid mix of features that includes HDR10 high dynamic range playback, dual HDMI outputs, and UHD upscaling. Get Smart: The player doubles as an entertainment hub with a simple interface that provides access to Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube, while making it possible to mirror the TV screen on any mobile device connected to your network. What’s more, a Blu-ray-to-mobile feature lets you stream to a phone or tablet even while something else is on the TV screen. Price: $400

Samsung • (800) 726-7864 •


Sennheiser Flex 5000 Wireless Transmitter
Have a favorite set of headphones you wish were wireless? The Flex 5000 transmitter/receiver will do the trick with a minimum of fuss without breaking the piggy bank. Plug the transmitter into your TV (or other source component) and your headphones into the receiver/volume controller, and you’re free to roam about, untethered at last. Cleverly, the transmitter doubles as a charging dock for the receiver, which is good for up to 12 hours when fully charged.
Mo’ Better Wireless: Nixing wires is wonderful, but Sennheiser goes a step further, providing listeners three “hearing profiles” to choose from plus a TV speech mode designed to reduce background noise and enhance dialogue intelligibility. Optical digital and analog inputs are included along with a set of MX 475 earbuds to help you get the wireless ball rolling. Price: $200

Sennheiser • (877) 736-6434 •