Electronics

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...
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...
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...
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...
Digital technology has transformed the home recording studio as completely as it has refashioned photography and communications. Only 15 years ago, most in-home studios relied on mixing boards as...
Headphones offer certain advantages over conventional speakers. They provide a private environment where the listener can play music at any desired volume, without disturbing others. They are...
When it comes to photography, Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad is the alpha and the omega. Originally established in the mid-19th century during the early developmental stages of the camera...
The Krell Evolution 707 may represent the first truly high-end product designed to meet the technical demands of the dazzling new Blu-ray movie discs. The $30,000 Evolution 707 surround-sound...
The new Hasselblad H3DII-39MS ( www.hasselbladusa.com ) is about as far as you can get from a point-and-shoot camera. The digital single-lens-reflex camera (about $44,000) features a 39-megapixel...
Wall-mounted flat-panel TVs look so sleek, it seems a shame to sully them with additional components. Kaleidescape seems to have had the flat-panel TV aesthetic in mind when it designed the...
Although vacuum tubes fell out of favor with most audio manufacturers decades ago, enthusiasts still praise them for their warm, natural sound. McIntosh Labs’ MC2301 amplifier is surely the most...
The Spire ( www.martinlogan.com )—a new, ultrathin, floor-standing speaker from MartinLogan—offers a dynamic range of sound that is virtually interference-free. The base cabinet of the $8,500-per-...
An all-in-one tabletop system’s sound might be relatively feeble, but its simplicity can be preferable to the complexity of separate audio components. The Meridian-Ferrari F80 strikes a welcome and...
Although the ipod has made music more accessible than ever, the inexpensive audio systems it has spawned have earned no accolades. We hope the Krell KID iPod dock and Papa Dock amplifier (203.298...
The Massachusetts-based boutique speaker company Revel kept its original Salon speaker unchanged for eight years while it waited for significant technological improvements to emerge. The wait clearly...
The lightweight diaphragm within a MartinLogan speaker produces a spacious sound while permitting a slim appearance. The company’s latest model, the 52-inch-tall and characteristically thin...
Ultimate Ears has introduced earphones that should appeal to professional musicians as well as iPod listeners. The devices are custom-made to fit your ears, thus sealing out noise and practically...
Runco’s new, 103-inch PlasmaWall XP-103DHD ( www.runco.com ) is the company’s largest flat-panel TV. Priced at about $100,000, it incorporates a number of Runco’s proprietary technologies, including...
The Mako computer speaker system ( www.razerzone.com ) delivers the most enveloping and robust performance we have heard from a unit of this kind. The system (below) bears the marque and displays the...

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