- Written by Staff
- Published on 04 September 2008
Denver, Colorado - September 3-9
Here you will find a running commentary from the show floor, uploaded by Secrets staff during the show days.
Report 1 from Ross Jones
Flat screen manufacturers love to show off their enormous displays at trade shows. Here's Panasonic's 103" 1080p plasma. No price listed (if you have to ask . . .).
Panasonic's newest 1080p front projector, the PT-AE3000, is slated to start shipping in October. It claims a 60,000:1 contrast ratio, along with special motion display settings for fast moving images. Suggested retail price is $3,495.
Paradigm is replacing its Signature Servo subwoofer with the new Sub 25. This beast has a 15" driver with a class D amp rated at 3000 watts RMS. It is supposed to be 5 dB louder than the Signature Servo. Paradigm's demo room had two of the Sub 25's; they were very impressive-sounding. Price is $3,999.
Anthem is coming out with a new two-channel integrated amp, the 225. It is rated at 225 channels x 2, and includes a phono stage. Price is $1,499. Anthem is also making the long-awaited update to its popular D2 pre-pro. Tenatively called the D2.v2, it is HDMI 1.3a, with eight HDMI inputs and two outputs.
Report from Piero Gabucci
The family of D&M Holdings was in full contingent with new products from Marantz, Denon, Escient, McIntosh, Snell and Boston Acoustics.
McIntosh is showing their new SACD player, the MCD500 boasting four DACs per channel. Balanced and unbalanced inputs/outputs with digital inputs allow connectivity to other Mac products removing the need for an outboard pre-amp. At $6,500 this will be a hot product for McIntosh; yes people still listen to SACD.
160 pounds later, the new MC303 is McIntosh's first multi-channel amplifier, with 3-channels.
Also new the MPC1500 power controller for the McIntosh user to integrate spike protection, AC isolation and line "noise" all for $4,500.
And to celebrate the 60 year anniversary, McIntosh has developed a table top CD player, with tuner, satellite speakers with 4 ½" drivers.
The smaller brother to the XRT1K array speaker, McIntosh demonstrated the potential of this "under $20,000" per pair speaker. A compliment of tweeters and 3-8" woofers created a fully dynamic range.
Escient has developed the Vision Series of music and movie servers with capabilities to store and manage 100, 200, and 600 movies. Along with movies, music and photo storage and display is safe with redundant hard drives.Combined with an excellent GUI and Rhapsody, the online music service, the Vision Series will serve multi-rooms.
More coming from D&M....