• CES Theme: Ultra Thin Displays

    CES Theme: Ultra Thin Displays

    Thin displays were on hand from many manufacturers. Whether LCD or Plasma, as shown by Sharp, Samsung, LG, Sony and others a new high-end design criterion seems to be emerging, in which displays must be ...
  • Play Misty for Me

    Play Misty for Me

    Paul Kreuger’s Wraparound E speakers certainly look musical. With their PC resin enclosure weatherproof construction, spash-proof drivers and 93 dB sensitivity. They look far odder than they sound. They give the words “folded horn” new ...
  • Cisco's Bid To Be A Player in Media

    Cisco's Bid To Be A Player in Media

    Cisco is a huge player in networking equipment and software, both at the professional infrastructure level and the consumer infrastructure level. Now they're moving into consumer equipment for accessing and using media (particularly audio, but ...
  • CES Press Room Goes Green

    CES Press Room Goes Green

    Two years ago all these specially designed cubbies for product literature would have been full to overflowing on press day. But this year they were as empty as the ashtrays in the no-smoking sections of ...
  • CES Blogger's Heaven

    CES Blogger's Heaven

    Bloggers are the red-headed bastard spawn of the media. They are so scorned within CES that they have their own press rooms so as not to offend or pollute members of the real working press. ...
  • Earbuds: The Seal is the Deal

    Earbuds: The Seal is the Deal

    I’ve discovered that a fair number of people seem not to take high performance earbuds (or any earbuds, really) very seriously, which I think is unfortunate. There are probably two related factors to blame for ...
  • First Listen: Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player

    First Listen: Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player

    I just received the Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player ($359 street). As you may have seen in my post about unboxing the BD55: http://www.avguide.com/article/unboxing-panasonic-dmp-bd55-blu-ray-disc-player I plan to use this player as one source for a multichannel ...
  • Testing Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Testing Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    One of the most enjoyable and illuminating projects I’ve taken on of late has been testing a group of noise-cancelling headphones for Playback. The first batch of reviews (covering models from Audio-Technica, Creative Labs and ...

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