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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 15, 2007 0 comments
How would you feel about your video-on-demand service if you discovered the fast-forward function had been disabled? Viewers of the country's third-largest cable system will soon find out when they try in vain to skip ads on the VOD versions of ABC and ESPN.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 14, 2007 0 comments
Want your next PC to handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD? Both high-def disc formats will be accommodated in select build-to-order models from Hewlett-Packard.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 13, 2007 2 comments
The MI6 is Britain's equivalent of the CIA. The M16, on the other hand, is a floorstanding speaker from Epos that will sell for $1600/pair. An M8 center will be available for $600, an M SUB will complete the system, and of course you're at liberty to use any of the company's sterling monitors as surrounds.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 13, 2007 0 comments
Surround electronics were thin on the ground at HES but Krell did display the S-1000 pre-pro ($6500) and S-1500 multi-channel amp. The latter can operate with five, six, or seven channels and sells for $6000-7000 depending on configuration. Both shipping now. Krell also showed an iPod dock.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 13, 2007 0 comments
Would you like to base your surround system on a pair of slim towers, like the Silverline Preludes, at $1200/pair? Or would you prefer something smaller like the Minuet, at $600/pair? In either case, you can buy them one by one and please yourself. The Chinese silk dome tweeters kept cymbals from getting spitty and the 3.5-inch paper midwoofers mustered a surprisingly well-proportioned and tuneful string bass.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 13, 2007 0 comments
The soundmatters SLIMstage40 packs 170 watts from eight amplifiers into a 39-inch-long bar that sits below a video display. At $899, this speaker bar may be the simulated-surround solution for you. For more bass, check out the low-profile SUBstage200 ($399) or basketball-size SUBstage250Cube ($449).
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments
I asked the folks at Usher if their Be-718 monitor, sold for $2500/pair, would be available in odd-numbered surround configurations like five or seven. "What a great idea!" they enthused archly. Much hard work went into tuning the beryllium-oxide tweeter from which the speaker gets its name. It will ship soon with complementary center and sub. And at 87-88dB sensitivity, the system should run well with a good receiver.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 1 comments
Sometimes the secret to a great speaker is in the stand. The folks at CT-based Proclaim Audioworks say their spherical speakers (not shown) boast their best time-domain response when you arrange them on this versatile stand so that the output of each driver hits "the tip of your nose" at the same time. Pricing is $25,999 for, uh, a speaker or two or five.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments
Swedish patriots used Crown Princess Madeleine to lure showgoers into their demo room. Inside I found the QM-10 studio monitor which is expected to sell for $1850/pair starting soon and can of course be bought in a surround configuration with forthcoming sub. No, subs. The company thinks a system fit for a princess should have somewhere between two and four of them. Subs, that is, though the little monitors had an impressive amount of bass by themselves.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments
Four terrified pillows huddle on a windowsill as three-inch-thick speaker cables from Magnan swarm on the floor. The nearby Gershman speakers are acting dignified and trying to ignore the reptile mating dance. It all sounded fab.

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