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Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 17, 2010  |  0 comments
At the CEDIA Expo next week, Norwegian Projectiondesign will introduce three new DLP projectors branded with its Avielo moniker. Here's a preview...
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  |  Feb 07, 2011  |  6 comments
When you think about home-theater gear, what usually comes to mind are things like displays, source devices, processors, amplifiers, and speakers. But these are nothing more than very expensive boat anchors without AC power—and that power had better be clean if they are going to perform at their best. This is where PS Audio comes in with its new PerfectWave Power Plant 5 and 10 AC Power Regenerators.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 18, 2010  |  3 comments
I've known about the well-regarded audio and power products from American maker PS Audio for years. Submitted for your consideration here are the PerfectWave Transport and DAC, which combine to form a formidable disc-playback system.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 29, 2010  |  3 comments

According to <A href="">Purevox</A>, the company is "a new brand, a new guy in the hi-fi industry." If so, it's initial offerings are mighty impressive, at least in terms of design and price. Take, for example, the PV-Flagship turntable, which employs magnetic suspension to levitate the belt-driven main platter 2 centimeters above the subplatter, eliminating any friction between them.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 07, 2010  |  1 comments

Audiophiles know well the name Wadia Digital, a Michigan-based company that has been making high-quality digital-audio products for over 20 years. Now, Wadia has teamed up with California-based Qsonix to create the Q205 high-end music server, which joins the Q210 in the company's new Q2 series.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 01, 2010  |  5 comments

One of the hallmarks of twentieth-century physics is the development of quantum mechanics, which describes the properties of matter and energy at very small scales. At its heart, this highly abstruse and esoteric branch of physics is actually quite simple: all matter and energy ultimately consists of discrete units or "packets" called quanta.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 27, 2016  |  1 comments
When I picked up Pioneer’s SE-MASTER1 headphone at CEDIA Expo in October, I knew it was special. Substantial yet lightweight and exceptionally well crafted with scrupulous attention to detail, right down to the contoured ear cushions and engraved serial number. (Sorry, S/N 00001 is already spoken for.) If you were to crack open the ear cups, you’d find the same commitment to excellence in the form of a highly refined ceramic-coated aluminum diaphragm surrounded by a ribbed ring, designed to reduce distortion, all framed in a sturdy aluminum alloy to minimize resonance.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Aug 03, 2009  |  13 comments

Reader F. Teixeira suggested that I profile a high-end <A href="">Vandersteen</A> home-theater speaker system in this blog, and I'm more than happy to oblige. Vandersteen has been among audiophiles' favorite brands for over 30 years with good reason&#151;they sound spectacular!

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.

 |  Jul 13, 2010  |  0 comments

Founded in 2005, Utah-based Red Dragon Audio is dedicated to class-D power-amp technology. It's flagship product is the Leviathan Signature monoblock, which is designed to look - and feel - as good as it sounds.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 12, 2010  |  3 comments

Founded in 2005, Utah-based Red Dragon Audio is dedicated to class-D power-amp technology. It's flagship product is the Leviathan Signature monoblock, which is designed to look—and feel—as good as it sounds.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 18, 2011  |  0 comments
A couple of months ago, Steve Guttenberg wrote a short review of the Isabellina HPA LFP-V Edition headphone amp from Red Wine Audio in his Audiophiliac blog, implying that it could be the world's best. With the recent launch of InnerFidelity, our new sibling site devoted to headphones and other personal-audio products, I thought it especially fitting to profile this little gem here.
Bob Ankosko  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  1 comments
My first encounter with B&W’s coveted 800 Series speakers is ingrained in my memory. It was the summer of 1981 and a musician friend invited me over to see and hear his newly acquired pair of 801s. As I entered the rehearsal space in his finished basement, I remember thinking how unusual they looked compared with my boxy Fishers. Minutes later I was sinking into a cushy chair at the apex of a triangle formed with the speakers, listening to the White album feeling that I had somehow been transported into the studio during the making of a great album. The sound was authentic. I felt closer to the music—music that was very special to me. Today, more than three decades after John Bowers proudly unveiled the original 801 in 1979, B&W has reinvented its flagship under the aegis of Martial Rousseau, head of research. Here Rousseau shares the story behind the remaking an iconic speaker.
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.