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Old Is New Again
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...
Home Electronics: A Lighter Note
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...
FrontRunners: Smooth Sounds
The ViV Laboratory Evanui Signature loudspeaker ( www.vivaudiolab.com ) may look decorative, but its shape serves a purpose: It has no corners to...
Home Entertainment: Central Intelligence
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...
Home Electronics: Wizard if Aahs
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...
Home Entertainment: Central Intelligence: It’s Easy Being Green
One might assume that home-automation systems consume large amounts of energy. However, the systems themselves require relatively little power, and...
Super Surround Sound
Electronics company MBL, based in Berlin, with offices in New York City, has created the 101X-Treme speaker, a new system using pulsating spheres...
FrontRunners: Motion Pictures
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...
FrontRunners: Screen Giant
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...
Surround Sound Simplified
Home-theater enthusiasts sometimes struggle to keep up with the technological tide—especially in audio, where a new latest-and-greatest format seems...
FrontRunners: Great Escape
Kaleidescape, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company whose 1U Server was featured in Robb Report’s 2005 Best of the Best issue, recently introduced two movie...
2009 Luxury Preview: Pagani Sound System
At the top Marques Monaco auto show in April, Pagani—the Italian automaker whose elusive Zonda Roadster is banned on American streets—unveiled the...
Home Entertainment: House Music
Digital technology has transformed the home recording studio as completely as it has refashioned photography and communications. Only 15 years ago,...
Home Electronics: Listen Up
Headphones offer certain advantages over conventional speakers. They provide a private environment where the listener can play music at any desired...
House Music: Weekend Warriors
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...
FrontRunners: Fully Focused
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...
A Miniature Media Library
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...
Although vacuum tubes fell out of favor with most audio manufacturers decades ago, enthusiasts still praise them for their warm, natural sound...
FrontRunners: Towers of Power
The Spire ( www.martinlogan.com )—a new, ultrathin, floor-standing speaker from MartinLogan—offers a dynamic range of sound that is virtually...
Best of the Best 2008: Home Entertainment
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...
Best of the Best 2008: Home Entertainment: Meridian-Ferrari F80 Music System
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...
FrontRunners: Salon Culture
The Massachusetts-based boutique speaker company Revel kept its original Salon speaker unchanged for eight years while it waited for significant...
FrontRunners: Tall and Handsome
The lightweight diaphragm within a MartinLogan speaker produces a spacious sound while permitting a slim appearance. The company’s latest model, the...
FrontRunners: Ear, Ear
Ultimate Ears has introduced earphones that should appeal to professional musicians as well as iPod listeners. The devices are custom-made to fit...
FrontRunners: Screening Room
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...
FrontRunners: Personal System
When a Ukraine resident wanted his MartinLogan Summit loudspeakers to match the all-white interior of his home, he turned to the new MartinLogan...
FrontRunners: Sharp Razer
The Mako computer speaker system ( www.razerzone.com ) delivers the most enveloping and robust performance we have heard from a unit of this kind...
2008 Private Preview: In Concert
A typical home theater includes six to eight speakers and a like number of electronic components, which must be interconnected with at least five...
FrontRunners: Car Audio
Ferrari has teamed with Meridian Audio to produce the Ferrari Meridian F80 Home Entertainment Center ( www.thef80.com ), a rare example of a compact...
FrontRunners: Rock On
Instead of simply encrusting its new $1 million laptop with diamonds, the British bespoke goods company Luvaglio has incorporated a gem into the...
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