Electronics

Most on-wall speakers were designed to complement TVs measuring about four inches thick. Next to today’s one-inch-thick sets, though, the same speakers seem positively portly. The physics of audio...
Many experts consider the Super Audio CD format to be the finest audio technology yet created. Esoteric Audio’s SA-50 not only plays SACDs, it also upconverts sound from ordinary CDs into the high-...
Flat-panel TVs can hide in credenzas, in ceilings, under beds … and behind mirrors. The Pantel Mirror TV functions as a mirror when it is turned off, but when the power goes on a TV image appears...
Video experts may debate whether or not Bang & Olufsen’s BeoVision 4 is the greatest television ever created, but it is without a doubt the most spectacular. The 103-inch plasma screen delivers a...
Given that Cary Audio has been building its CAD 211amplifier for 17 years, and that the CAD 211 itself is based on circuit designs dating back to the 1940s, it can safely be called a classic. The...
Jason Lord, co-owner of the Source Audio/Video Group in Torrance, Calif., recalls the day in 1993 when he broke his back. "The casualties of big-box speakers," he says. "I just moved one of the...
The ViV Laboratory Evanui Signature loudspeaker ( www.vivaudiolab.com ) may look decorative, but its shape serves a purpose: It has no corners to interfere with the sound waves oscillating within its...
“Now you see it, now you don’t,” is not Ad Notam’s tagline, but it should be. The German company produces mirrors that, at the touch of a button, become high-resolution LCD monitors. Ad Notam’s...
Toshiba’s Regza ZV650 series, launched this month, is the first TV line to feature Dolby Volume. Whether you’re watching a quiet drama set in 19th century England, or a boisterous reality show, Dolby...
Peachtree Audio’s Nova integrated amplifier combines an old technology—vacuum tubes—with the very latest in digital audio technology. The Nova is an 80-watt-per-channel amplifier that connects to...
One might assume that home-automation systems consume large amounts of energy. However, the systems themselves require relatively little power, and the energy-conservation benefits they offer are...
If it is not the valedictorian of the latest class of smart phones, then Apple’s iPhone is at least the most popular, and, accordingly, its capabilities are well publicized and well ?documented...
When William Phelps’ rear-projection TV broke in the late 1970s, he figured he could fix it as well as anyone could, if not better. "The picture didn’t look as good as it did when the set was new,"...
High-definition Blu-ray Discs have, to date, been under a sort of house arrest. A few high-powered laptops excepted, no portable device could play Blu-rays, so loading up a few discs to keep the kids...
It may come as a surprise to learn that the cone-shaped towers of Montegiro’s Lusso turntable were included for technical reasons, not merely for cosmetic appeal. The German manufacturer crafts the...
Speakers rank among the most derided of home furnishings?loved for their sound but hated for their look. Parrot’s Zikmu audio system is sure to earn greater affection, though. The $1,500 speakers,...
Electronics company MBL , based in Berlin, with offices in New York City, has created the 101X-Treme speaker, a new system using pulsating spheres that radiate equal amounts of energy at all...
The new Runco CineWall CW-95HD ( www.runco.com ), a $50,000 self-contained in-wall projection system, has a diagonal measurement of 8 feet but requires a depth of just 33 inches for installation. The...
Who knew that viewing Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story could be such a moving experience? The D-Box Motion Code system ( www.d-box.com ), priced from $4,400 to $12,700, enables you to feel a movie’s...
An audio enthusiast who wishes to connect an iPod to a high-end sound system may blanch when faced with one of the flimsy plastic iPod docks sold in most stores. The Art.Suono from David Wiener...
Home-theater enthusiasts sometimes struggle to keep up with the technological tide—especially in audio, where a new latest-and-greatest format seems to emerge almost yearly. The Parasound Halo P7 7.1...
Even some of the world’s finest hotel suites offer nothing more for the music lover than a mere clock radio. The Soundmatters Foxl portable audio system ensures that you enjoy high-quality sound...
The Snell Acoustics Illusion reference tower loudspeaker represents the crowning achievement of Dr. Joseph D’Appolito, one of the world’s most famous and respected speaker designers. Evidence of D’...
For a baseball fanatic, only a natural disaster could be less welcome than being pulled away from the TV when the home team is playing. With the Liveboard, baseball fans can keep track of the big...
In July, Danish camera manufacturer Phase One announced a new camera that will surely be one of the most highly sought after professional-grade digital cameras when it hits the market by the end of...
At the top Marques Monaco auto show in April, Pagani—the Italian automaker whose elusive Zonda Roadster is banned on American streets—unveiled the prototype for a high-fidelity audio system that...
Kaleidescape, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company whose 1U Server was featured in Robb Report ’s 2005 Best of the Best issue, recently introduced two movie players that enhance the media server’s...
Audio enthusiasts revere electrostatic speakers, even though the rest of humanity seems baffled by these tall but slender creations. The best-known proponent of electrostatic speakers is MartinLogan...
Streaming MP3 music from a computer to multiple rooms of your home is easy—except that it requires a computer. Until now. With the Philips Streamium Wireless Music Center, no computer is necessary...
The term "record producer" immediately brings to mind an image of a musical luminary like Quincy Jones hovering over a giant mixing board as Frank Sinatra stands alone at a microphone in an adjacent...

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