Not new, the VS3002 has been out a year now, but not many people know about it. It's a simple HDMI (V1.3a), but six-in, two-out make it a good option for someone with a decent AVR that's a little short on HDMI inputs. Placed between you devices and one of your current AVR's HDMI inputs will instantly give you more capacity and a new remote control to lose.
Alright, it might not sound like much, and Marantz decided not to give it a new model designation, but the new coating on the Konica Minolta lens only makes this already superb projector better. The demo system consisted of Marantz MA9S2 monoblock amps ($6,500) and Snell's new cabinet based B7 speakers. The sound was great as well.
Across the street from the convention center, find memorabilia from last week's <strike>hysterical</strike> historical event. Blue pant suits are buy-one-get-one-free, but the Jonathan Edward's bobble-head dolls (hey, you have order these months in advance, so who knew!) were my favorites.
Dynaudio make great sounding speakers, but they're usually very pricey. The new DM series, made in Denmark, start as little as $875 pair for the DM 2/7, a two way with a 6-1/2" woofer (first on left) and as high as $1,350 a pair for the two-way DM 2/10 with a 10" woofer. Available in faux cherry or black, they're yeoman-like, but look promising.
As beautiful looking subwoofers go, here's another one. The 15" driver has a 3" peak-to-peak excursion that necessitates a special grill (not shown). 3,000 watts (7,500 watts dynamic) of class D power. $2,500.
Things are looking up for Martin Logan as they move into in-ceiling speakers. The Helos 100 is a two way speaker which sits at an angle in your ceiling so you can aim it at your listening area. The tweeter sticks out like a mushroom and is also aimed at the listening area. An aluminum cone, Vojtko sourced crossover, a contour switch all add to the Helos' "not me too" approach. $500/each.
The BD1 control center from the Thiel Zoet collaboration is shown here driving multiple Thiel SCS4D speakers. The current version of the controller can only accept optical and coaxial digital signals, and can distribute Dolby Digital and DTS audio as well. However, TrueHD and DTS-HD MA will have to wait for another version (I'm guessing the BD2) that will come out sometime next year.