Nov 01 2006

News - Canton Speaker Set Review

Filling your Home Theater with these speakers will no doubt require a favour or two to your significant other, but the 5 piece Ergo series from Canton may win you something else later on;). If nothing else, a fantastic case is made in this review to have floor standing speakers as your left and right main.

From the article: 

 Brian Florian made a good comment the other day. He said, "I need an almost full-range speaker for my mains so that I can get by in case anything goes wrong with the sub". That isn't a bad argument especially in my house where I have a tendency to sell off my speaker setup every couple of years, and lately it seems the sub is always the first component to sell, leaving me with no LFE for a couple of weeks.

 

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Nov 01 2006

News - JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer

Ahh It must be my lucky day to catch a few speaker reviews on the net. Courtesy of Sound& Vision, this next review takes a look at the ins and outs (no pun intended) of the JL Audio Fathom f112. Weighing in at $2400 the Sound & Vision crew find nothing wrong with this 12 inch bad boy except a case of hernia and a lost paycheque or two.

From the article:

Widely respected in high-end mobile sound, JL Audio has only recently navigated into home theater waters. Domestic notoriety may come quickly, however. The new JL Audio Fathom f112 subwoofer has a high-tech 12-inch driver rated at more than 3 inches peak-to-peak linear excursion, mated with a digital amp said to produce "unclipped output voltages equivalent to 1,500 watts." Weighing in at a measly 115 pounds (less than half the mass of JL's largest sub), the f112 certainly has a big-bass recipe.

 

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Nov 01 2006

News - B&W CM1 Loudspeaker Review

Audioholics think pretty highly of the B&W CM1 loudspeakers they took a look at a few days ago. They start out their article with an interesting section on B&W's history and end with a good explanation of what the kevlar cone does to the acoustic reproduction from the speaker.

From the article:

I listened to the CM1’s with my PS Audio stereo setup and my Rotel A/V receiver in two-channel mode utilizing bass management and subwoofers.  Not surprising, the CM1’s were most at ease when not asked to play low bass that was physically beyond the performance range of these small speakers.  With 4 x 6800mF 63V and 2 x 470 mF 80V output capacitors per channel, the PS Audio is capable of delivering whatever bass a recording calls for and left the small mid/woofers jumping.  The CM1’s did well to produce this bass to their frequency limits but larger driver excursion invariably leads to distortion.  While they did not sound obviously distressed, the sound was more relaxed with the subs and a 60 Hz crossover in place.  For full range sound, there is no getting around that these are mini-monitor speakers, so with that in mind, I did a majority of my listening on the Rotel with the crossover and subs.
Nov 01 2006

News - Sony KDS-60A2000 SXRD HDTV

Home Theater Mag has a quick review of Sony's next generation SXRD 1080p TV. Right of the bat you notice that this TV comes in a few hundred dollars cheaper then the previous gen and finally has proper 1080p support. I have to say, that will a little fiddling Sony TV's are typically my favorite picture. All the usual features, connections and widgets were onboard and accounted for. 

From the article: 

The black level is commendably low. I measured it at 0.008 foot-lamberts, which, as far as RPTVs go, is bested only by the last 60-inch SXRD RPTV we reviewed (which was also our Product of the Year last year). That TV was a little darker (0.007 ft-L at its darkest) and a little brighter (between 93 and 100 ft-L, depending on the mode, versus 63 and 83 ft-L here). Of course, that TV was $1,300 more expensive. Just for comparison, that 0.008 ft-L is better than every LCD, plasma, and many front projectors we've reviewed.

Nov 01 2006

News - Aurora Multimedia Launches Dynamic Button Controller

Spotted at Engadget, Aurora has released a Dynamic Button Controller. It takes a Logitech Harmony approach to the its control and will dynamically change its button set depending on what button you pressed before. A quick example would be if you pressed DVD,  play pause and all of those good buttons would show up.  Below is a snapshot of the controller and the press release.

The WACI PAD-6 was introduced this year at InfoComm and exhibited again at CEDIA. Without the complex design and programming of common graphic user interfaces seen on most touch panels, the WACI PAD-6 provides robust functionality in an extremely intuitive format. Currently available in a 6-button format, the new product fits comfortably in a standard single-gang metal electrical box. The diminutive size is deceptive in both power and functionality. The 6-buttons change based on selection, so if a user presses the “DVD” button the buttons will all change to transport controls. With 64 MB of RAM each button can support hundreds of unique instances.

Read the rest here. 

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