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Show Report: CEDIA - 2007

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Motorcycle audio systems
Motorcycles have audio systems too.

Lexicon's new MV-5 SSP
Lexicon's new MV-5 SSP is priced at $2999. Available soon.

Lexicon's RV-5
Lexicon also showed the RV-5, which is the successor to the RV-4 receiver. $3999.
Terra all-weather speakers
Terra demonstrated that all-weather speaker design means exactly what it says. This working woofer was sitting in a pool of water.

EQ subwoofer
Earthquake has this new subwoofer that is shaped for placement near a corner of your room. There is one active driver and two passive radiators. The amplifier has DSP with 56 bands of EQ.

CAT amps

CAT amps
CAT (California Audio Technologies) displayed several power amplifiers including this 250.7 which has seven channels (closeup in the second photo shows several tiers of amplifier circuit boards). $7950.

REL subwoofers
These REL subwoofers have a very attractive pattern on the oak, cherry, or rosewood veneers.

Paradigm display

Paradigm display
Paradigm always has a big display of many different models of speakers and in-wall designs.

Paradigm beryllium tweeters
Paradigm has recently added beryllium tweeters to their top speakers, such as on this C5v2 center channel model.

Entrance hall to CEDIA

Entrance hall to CEDIA
Entrance hall to CEDIA.

McIntosh illuminated displays
Some consumers don't like to have illuminated displays on their components. McIntosh revels in such displays, and so do McIntosh users (like JJ).

Klipsch C80 speakers
Klipsch C80 speakers. Everyone seems to be building speakers with curved enclosures these days, including Klipsch.

Energy RC-8C
Notice that on this Energy RC-8C in-wall speaker, the crossover network is attached to the rear of the driver.

Audio Perfection ID1-18 speaker
"Hey, hon. I brought home this Audio Perfection ID1-18 speaker with a neat paint job. The dealer said it was spouse approved. What do ya think?"

Velodyne MicroVee subwoofer
Velodyne introduced the MicroVee subwoofer, at $799. It uses one 6.5" driver and two 6.5" passive radiators. They anticipate the iPod generation will love them.

Nordost cables
Nordost always has a colorful display of their cables. Several are new this year, including one that sells for $20,000 per meter pair. At the more affordable end, there is a kit of cables that is designed for custom installers, which includes cables of varying lengths that the installer is likely to need during the installation process.

Cynthia on a theater chair
Cynthia takes a rest on one of the theater chairs being shown.

Cabasse Alcyone speaker
Cabasse has this speaker called the Alcyone, which looks a bit like a big eye. If you are paranoid, probably not a good idea.

Denon Blu-ray players
Denon announced a pair of new Blu-ray players, with one being a complete player and the other one being a transport with only an HDMI jack on the back.
McIntosh 1080p DLP projector
McIntosh is getting into the video arena, with this new 1080p DLP projector. That huge lens on the front is anamorphic, so you can use all of the DLP panel to show a 2.40:1 widescreen movie.
McIntosh MTD
McIntosh has returned to their past and is releasing a new Turntable (MT1D). This is a great looking unit and remains true to the McIntosh design. This particular one is a pre-production unit and there are still some color and lighting tweaks to work out. We had a discussion on vinyl at dinner last night. Piero seemed to believe the re-kindling of vinyl was a reaction to MP3. We all disagreed and felt it was the handling and caring for the music on the vinyl that provided a more religious experience to music listening. That experience just isn't found in the world of I-Pods and so we are drawn back towards vinyl. Regardless, if I were to start to rebuild my vinyl collection this turntable is the one I want. The retail for this unit should by around $8k when it ships in January.

McIntosh tubes

McIntosh tubes
Ahhh tubes, I love tubes… I love how they sound, I love how they look and most of all I love the fact only a few of us use them making our systems unique. The McIntosh C2300 is an impressive looking unit which includes a tube based photo stage. The tubes are of course user serviceable by removing the top cover making tube rolling possible and a lot of fun. The C2300 is shipping now with a retail of $6000.

McIntosh VP1000

McIntosh VP1000
The McIntosh VP1000 video processor is a new venture under the McIntosh name. It has more inputs than most of the other video processors we have seen and while it doesn't support 1080p on the output side it does both upscale and downscale analog and digital signals.

Marantz THX Select 2
Marantz is refreshing there receiver line with the SR-8002 and SR-7002 models. Both are THX Select 2 certified, have HDMI v1.3 and support DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD.

Marantz remote (RC9001)
The new Marantz remote (RC9001) is the first Marantz programmable remote to support bi-directional communications. They demoed the unit accessing an I-Pod doc and one of their SR series receivers. The color screen looked great and the area around the directional buttons served as a jog wheel ... It also supports IR, RF and Wifi as communications protocols. Very cool. It also has a slightly different version of the Wizz editor that support Vista. MSRP is a pricey $1599.

B&W speakers
B&W CT8.4 and CT7.4 LCRS Speakers.

Notice the color of the Kevlar woofers. Every since B&W pioneered yellow drivers years ago every other speaker manufacture has managed to copy them. Well B&W has changed the playing field by coloring them blue so to speak. Both models are featured in black and sell for $4000 and $1000 respectively.