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Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 26, 2010  |  3 comments

Long scoffed at by audiophiles, music servers are now gaining widespread acceptance for their convenience and sound quality. Among the most highly regarded products in this category is Sooloos from British high-end stalwart Meridian, which just announced two new members of the Sooloos family—the Control 15 server and Media Source 600 client.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 26, 2010  |  First Published: May 27, 2010  |  4 comments

Most CD players and transports are relatively featureless, boring rectangular boxes, but not the Kalista from French boutique maker <A href="">Metronome Technologie</A>. Distributed in the US by <A href="">TMH Audio</A>, the Kalista looks more like a modern sculpture, though it offers plenty of substance in addition to some serious style.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Aug 17, 2009  |  2 comments

Norway somehow seems an odd place to find a high-end projector manufacturer. Yet there in the town of Fredrikstad&#151;founded in 1567 at the mouth of the Glomma River an hour's train ride south of Oslo&#151;<A href="">Projectiondesign</A> not only designs and manufactures high-end DLP projectors under its own name, but also for companies like Christie, one of several providers of DLP projectors for the commercial digital-cinema market. Last year, the company introduced its <A href="">Avielo</A> line, including the flagship Helios, which puts out enough light to compete with the midnight sun.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 13, 2009  |  11 comments

Unless you're a serious audiophile, you might not know the name <A href="">Goldmund</A>. After 30 years making ultra-high-end audio components, this Swiss company is expanding into the realm of home theater. But if you think it's simply offering projectors and surround-sound systems, think again. When you contact Goldmund to discuss home theater, you'll be talking about a <I>complete</I> media room that the company will design, build, equip, and calibrate from beginning to end.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 10, 2011  |  7 comments
As I've said all along, you need a really big screen to get the most out of 3D video, and that usually means a front projector, which, in turn, means big bucks. But Mitsubishi will soon offer a more affordable alternative—the WD-92840, a DLP-based rear-projection 3D TV with a ginormous 92-inch screen for much less than most 3D front projectors and separate screens.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 20, 2009  |  7 comments

When you think about the components of any audio system, things like speakers, power amps, and source devices undoubtedly come to mind. You might even consider the room as a component. But what about the seat in which you sit to enjoy the music? Most chairs are not designed specifically for that particular endeavor, leaving you with a pain in the neck and/or back after extended periods, and some actually interfere with perceiving the best possible sound. To overcome the limitations of this "forgotten component," a Swedish company called <A href="">Klutz Design</A> has developed the Ballerina Sweetspot, a prototype chair that is optimized for just one thing&#151;listening.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 22, 2010  |  28 comments

In my never-ending quest for the best performing, most beautiful, and/or most expensive A/V gear, I recently happened upon the Signature Titan speaker from <A href="">Moon Audio</A>. Said to be the first in a series of "ultra-limited-edition functional-acoustic artworks," only three pairs will ever be made.

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.

Bob Ankosko  |  Mar 31, 2016  |  1 comments
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine was when I laid eyes on the 2HP-D, one of three amazing amplifiers that signal the return of Scientific Audio Electronics. Founded in 1967 by stealth designer Morris Kessler (see "15 Minutes with SAE Founder, Amp Guru Morris Kessler."), SAE has always been synonymous with world-class amplification, which in Kessler’s view boils down to three key ingredients: reliability, accuracy, and freedom from noise. As he puts it, “Voltage and current must be available to satisfy the demands of the program material, and the amplifier itself cannot intrude on the user experience.”
Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 03, 2010  |  3 comments
Among the myriad press releases I've received lately—no doubt in preparation for the upcoming CEDIA Expo—was one with a particularly audacious headline: "Mozaex Ships World's First 3D Blu-ray Multi-Room Media Server." Intrigued, I contacted Mozaex (pronounced like "mosaics") to learn more.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 21, 2010  |  10 comments
MSB Technology made a splash at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last weekend with several new digital-audio products that can handle resolutions up to 32 bits and sampling rates as high as 384kHz. Also on hand was the company's newest monoblock power amp.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 07, 2010  |  1 comments
I happened upon the Planet speaker from South Korean Metal Sound Design (MSD) by accident, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to profile it here. All of MSD's products are as much sculpture as speaker, and as the company's name implies, the medium of choice is metal.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 15, 2010  |  1 comments
British high-end stalwart Musical Fidelity has just released its latest 2-channel power amp, the AMS100. Like the other amps in the AMS series, this one operates purely in class-A mode, which means the entire waveform is amplified by a single set of devices (transistors in this case) rather than having one set amplify the positive swings in the waveform and another set amplify the negative swings as in class-B and class-AB designs.
Scott Wilkinson  |  May 06, 2010  |  5 comments

Audiophiles know well the name <A href="">Musical Fidelity</A>, a high-end British manufacturer for more than 30 years. The self-proclaimed culmination of all that experience is the Titan 2-channel power amp.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 08, 2009  |  8 comments

Recently, I posted an <A href="">entry in the Ultimate Tech blog</A> about a new type of tweeter called the Leading Edge Transducer (LET). In that article, I made some statements to which reader Noah Katz, a structural engineer and, presumably, an audiophile, took exception. At first, I was going to ignore him because he refused to engage in a dialog about it. But, being me, I couldn't resist digging deeper to uncover the truth. After all, one of my guiding principles as a technical journalist is to get the facts straight, and if I don't&#151;which, as a human, is inevitable once in a while&#151;I feel compelled to correct my mistakes.