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Al Griffin  |  Jan 15, 2019  |  7 comments
Performance
Build Quality
Value
PRICE $1,850/pair

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Impressive dynamics
Extended bass for a compact speaker
Solid build quality
Minus
Finicky about setup and placement

THE VERDICT
The Totem Acoustic Sky delivers dynamic, exciting sound for a compact speaker, though it requires careful placement and equipment-matching for best results.

Compact “bookshelf” speakers have their advocates, but I'll admit up front that they've never been my bag. I guess you could say there's something about the stateliness of floorstanding towers that appeals to my personal taste. And then there's the problem of the shelf itself: every time I've tried to listen to compact speakers installed in a place where books would typically sit, I've been thoroughly unimpressed with the sound. Flat imaging, indistinct bass—to me, those are the hallmarks of shelved speakers. Not a problem for background music, but for critical listening, stands are a must.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 12, 2019  |  0 comments
GoldenEar Technology opted out of an active demo at CES 2019. Instead, company founder Sandy Gross could be found chilling in his suite on the 29th floor of the Venetian alongside his most recent creation, the Triton One.R.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 11, 2019  |  0 comments
Elac’s new Carina series speakers are the first Andrew Jones-designed models from the company to incorporate an air-motion transformer (AMT) tweeter module—the same type seen in speakers from GoldenEar Technology, MartinLogan, and others.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 11, 2019  |  0 comments
Speaker and subwoofer-maker SVS took advantage of the low-intensity scene at the Venetian to make a low-key introduction of its new Prime Pinnacle tower speaker (shown at left).
Al Griffin  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  0 comments
NAD’s big CES 2019 news was the introduction of its new M10 Masters Series streaming amplifier.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  1 comments
Harman set up shop at CES in sprawling suite of ballrooms at the Hard Rock Hotel. Once I wandered past exhibits dedicated to connected automotive tech, cybersecurity, and a host of other things I had no idea the company was involved in, I landed in a cozy corner where JBL’s vintage-inspired speakers were on display. Ahhhh….
Al Griffin  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  0 comments
Dirac Research is at CES demonstrating its new Dirac Live Bass Management Module. The technology is sourced from the company’s Dirac Live room correction, which is currently available in select NAD A/V receivers and integrated amps.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2019  |  2 comments
While most TVs are designed to disappear as much as possible, with thin, almost nonexistent bezels, Samsung’s Serif line of sets celebrate the TV-as-object.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2019  |  0 comments
Sony’s new addition to its Master Series LCD Ultra HDTV lineup includes 85- and 98-inch 8K models. The 98-inch Z9G (shown above) seems the appropriate size for watching future 8K content, something that the set’s HDMI 2.1 inputs will accommodate.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2019  |  0 comments
LG’s new 8K and rollup OLED TVs may be getting the bulk of the attention at CES, but the company is also demonstrating its next-generation CineBeam Laser 4K ultra-short-throw projector.

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