Electronics

Ferrari has teamed with Meridian Audio to produce the Ferrari Meridian F80 Home Entertainment Center ( www­.thef80.com ), a rare example of a compact, all-in-one audio system that delivers top...
Robert Bastani’s new flagship loudspeaker, the Bastanis Apollo ( www.bastanis.com ), offers a near-perfect replication of live music with its open-baffle design that quickens transient response and...
The Ferrari Art.Engine music system (435.649.3458, www.dwvartengine.com ) might represent the most radical rethinking of the high-end audio system. It incorporates 16 carbon-fiber woofers, 200-watt...
The Samsung K5 MP3 player (800.726.7864, www.samsung.com ) is the world’s first MP3 player with built-in speakers. The speakers are cleverly concealed by a split-case design in which the back half of...
As the commodification of cell phones continues, we always are pleased to encounter an impressive design. The $350 Bang & Olufsen EarSet 2 Bluetooth headset ( www.bang-olufsen.com ) features dual...
Just a few weeks before the original Woodstock festival in August 1969, the concert organizers faced a dilemma: The event, they realized, would draw hundreds of thousands of people, not the tens of...
Regardless of how you stock it, LG Electronics’ ( www.lgusa.com ) new refrigerator will be more interesting to look at than in. The door to the 26.2 cu ft LG LSC27990 ($3,600) incorporates a 15-inch...
As the lights dim at Disneyland’s Honda ASIMO Theater in Anaheim, Calif., a blue curtain rises to reveal what appears to be the set of a sitcom. A living room connects to a home office, stairs lead...
The new Samsung K5 digital audio player ( www.samsung.com ) is unique among MP3 devices in that it can entertain both with and without earphones. Slide the halves of the case apart, and a diminutive...
Brazilian jeweler H. Stern ( www.hstern.net ) is showcasing its new asymmetrical diamond cut, the Stern Star , in 21 pieces of jewelry that combine those white gems with black diamonds and the...
In 1954, Leica Camera ( www.leica-camera.com ) launched its M-series of rangefinder cameras, which photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) and other devotees have called the purest...
Few companies have weathered the changes in the consumer electronics industry as well as British manufacturer Meridian Audio. While a number of other high-end audio brands have drifted into oblivion...
Seasoned photographers have savored the recent proliferation of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, but in the hands of casual shooters, these advanced instruments can cause consternation...
To prepare his body for the stress of ascending Mexico’s Orizaba (18,700 feet) and Iztaccihuatl (17,340 feet) volcanoes in a five-day span last year, Explorers Club president Richard Wiese simply...
The latest creation from Xikar (888.266.1193, www.xikar.com ) would seem equally at home in either the Museum of Modern Art or the American Museum of Natural History. Cigar cognoscenti already...
The hospital paging system calls a doctor to your bedside. The dentist’s office music system anesthetizes your brain with Muzak while you await a root canal. The grade-school intercom beckons you to...
Denmark’s dramatic Eben X-Streme speakers will surely turn heads when they debut in the United States next year. The line should win the approval of audio enthusiasts as well as interior designers,...
Although U.S. residents have enjoyed high-definition television for years, TVs that can actually display the full 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution of HDTV have only just emerged. One of the first was...
luxurious home theaters present one irritating inconvenience: They hide the DVD player in a separate utility room. The simple task of scanning a half-dozen new discs to choose the evening’s...
Ferguson Hill (+44.20. 7284.0969, www.fergusonhill.co.uk ) is already planning at least one cosmetic improvement to its new FH 001 transparent horn loudspeaker. The London company is going to add...
Considering the ubiquity of iPods and the accessibility of high-bandwidth Internet content—music, video, games—it should come as no surprise that a hi-fi company has recognized the need for better-...
Picture Perfect A secondary system that is first rate. Fashion, technical innovation, and performance may be equally important considerations when selecting an entertainment system for an office, a...
Sound Decisions Components that will make your music collection sing true. An audio system is only as good as the music’s source, and in the minds and ears of many audio purists, the best sound comes...
Home theater enthusiasts who read the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 1998 list of the 100 greatest movies ever made may be struck by how few of these films could exploit the capabilities of a top-...
Happy Medium A theater with bespoke quality and off-the-rack convenience. At one end of the home theater spectrum are the all-in-one packages that offer simple, instant solutions to your...
The follow-up to the Signature, the $20,000 platinum-finish mobile phone introduced two years ago, the Vertu Ascent is a sporty leather-and-liquid-metal mobile phone priced at $3,850. While the...
For best-selling author Dean Koontz and his wife, Gerda, attention to detail is everything. Their new residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with its flowing floor plan and natural materials, is a...
Remembering some of the best audio products of yesteryear can be particularly nostalgic: It is impossible to separate the machine from memories of the music it played. In the next few years, several...
Releasing an all-tube, stereo amplifier seems like a curious way for a cutting-edge hi-fi company to mark its first quarter-century. The irony is lost on T+A (707.762. 0914, www.taelektroakustik.com...
Your home movies can now appear as sharp as the action on HDNet, the network that broadcasts only in high definition (1080i). JVC’s GR-HD1 (800.526. 5308, www.jvc.com ) is the first consumer video...

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