Archive for January, 2009

Boston Acoustics Debuts The Horizon Trio, A Premium Tabletop CD Radio Music System

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Boston Acoustics Debuts The Horizon Trio, A Premium Tabletop
CD Radio Music System (more…)

Boston Acoustics Introduces the Horizon i-DS3 Flagship iPod Speaker System

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Boston Acoustics Introduces the Horizon i-DS3 Flagship iPod Speaker System with Wireless Subwoofer for iPhone/iPod (more…)

Boston Acoustics Expands Successful Classic Series Loudspeaker Line

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Boston Acoustics Expands Successful Classic Series Loudspeaker Line
With Three New High Performance Model

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Meridian Launches New HDMI Audio Processor

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

International CES, Las Vegas, Nevada—Meridian, Britain’s leading specialist manufacturer of state-of-the-art high-end audio and video entertainment systems, is pleased to introduce the Meridian HD621 HDMI Audio Processor. The clever design provides a 6-into-1 video switch allowing all HDMI-equipped components to be fed via a single cable to the display. Going a step further, the processor also separates up to 8 channels of audio signal from the data stream at the HDMI source and provides audio-only outputs for connection to an existing Meridian Surround Controller. (more…)

CES 2009 Wasn’t Business as Usual

Monday, January 12th, 2009
I promised myself that I wouldn’t talk about the economy and how it relates to the audio/video industry while attending CES 2009. But it was hard to ignore.  All the same it was clear that attendance was down – I heard numbers in the 20,000 less visitors.  It was obvious in the lines waiting for shuttle busses to and from the hotels and on the show floors whether in the main halls or on the hotel floors. Attendance alone wasn’t the only thing missing and despite manufactures doing their best to keep the mood and tempo upbeat many of them merely showed what they had at CEDIA last fall. Some products just realized versions of prototypes. I can’t speak for the gadgets or computer parts of the show, but merely in our beloved industry.

Having said all that on a positive note, what has impressed me during this show was the consistent quality from display panels and projectors to amplifiers and speakers – there’s a whole lot of good product out there. The traditional gaps in quality are narrower than ever and at affordable prices. The quality of projectors especially has become affordable – what you get for under $3,000 is amazing. I’m sure Ross will have a great year reviewing these.

Although I had heard that Anthem was developing a LCOS projector with JVC, they are now ready in two versions, the $7,499 LTX500 and the $5,499 LTX300. Differences in the models include THX certification and 20,000 additional contrast ratio from 50,000 for the 500 and 30,000 for the 300. I find them very stylish with the red racing stripe and black enclosure. Can’t wait to see one in action.

 

 

The new HD 800 is Sennheiser’s latest sound sensation

Friday, January 9th, 2009

LAS VEGAS – January CES 2009 – The new standard in premium headphones, the HD 800 from Sennheiser, offers an extraordinarily brilliant sound image and stunning spatiality. Their dynamic, completely open-back design combines innovative technology with carefully selected materials and the pinnacle of German workmanship. The result is a level of performance, quality and attention to detail that is clearly audible. The key components of the HD 800 are a completely new type of transducer and the innovative ear cup design. In total, this new sound sensation features no less than three distinguished patents. (more…)

SIM2 Delivers the Next Evolution of Its Flagship Projector

Friday, January 9th, 2009

CES 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada—January 9, 2009—SIM2, the Italian manufacturer whose striking high-performance projectors are known worldwide for their pristine video quality, has been involved in making high definition projectors since the introduction of the original analog HDMAC format called EUREKA 95 in 1990. Now SIM2 is proud to introduce the next evolution of its flagship Grand Cinema HT5000E, an ultra-high end, high light output projector, designed for the screening rooms of the most discerning home theater enthusiasts. (more…)

Eleven Engineering,s Cecille dongle Makes the iPod/iPhone a Walking Audio Transmitter

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Las Vegas January 8, 2009

Eleven Engineering Inc. today announced a break through in wireless transmitters for the iPod/iPhone. The innovative solution code-named Cecille dongle is different with its audio fidelity and its ability to seek new receivers as it travels throughout the home. The solution leverages the popularity of the iPhone/iPod user interface while avoiding the TDMA noise issues that are a crutch to current iPhone/iPod docking stations. (more…)

SIM2 USA and Entertainment Experience Announce A New Entertainment System

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

2009 International CES, January 8, 2009—SIM2 USA Inc., a leading provider of home projectors and Entertainment Experience LLC., an entertainment system company with unique digital media products announce that they will offer home consumers an All-in-One Digital Entertainment Media System that provides professional cinema quality for all entertainment media including digital motion pictures from HDGIANTS. (more…)

A Beautiful New Look with Further Refined Technology… Studio Series v.5 from Paradigm

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Highlights of the fifth incarnation of Paradigm’s best-selling speaker line include beautifully sculpted cabinetry, real wood veneer finishes, upgraded bass/midrange driver technology, the smallest Studio Series bookshelf speaker ever and two powerful state-of-the-art subwoofers. (more…)

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