Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 11, 2007  |  1 comments
Totem's Tribe is the company's first on-wall speaker at $1500 each (or $750-900 for smaller configurations). Hand model Anthony Chiarella shows off the heavy-duty basket that holds the drivers.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 11, 2007  |  0 comments
Andrew Lipinski makes last-minute adjustments to a surround system based on the L-707 stand-mount horned speaker with amplification built into the stand. It sounded big and transparent, with effortless bass, and for $35,035 it had better be. The company will soon replace another manufacturer's external sub amp with its own.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 11, 2007  |  0 comments
Le Sphère from Cabasse was warm and natural with the sweet midrange of choral music and most impressive with the deep pitches of pipe organ. Bel Canto electronics clearly helped. Still, I couldn't get over the feeling of being watched. Pricing not announced; expect something stratospheric.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 11, 2007  |  0 comments
This is not a picture of the DCM Cinema package. It's more of a sat/sub kind of thing. But I saw a picture of it and for $399 it's intriguing, especially given the company's stated policy of timbre-matching every model to every other model, no exceptions, period. Look for a review soon.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 10, 2007  |  0 comments
Of all the promising new video display technologies, SED is the only one with the misfortune to be tied up in a lawsuit. The latest phase of the case ended last week when the jury said Canon, the defendant, would not have to pay any further damages to Nano-Proprietary, the plaintiff.