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    Last year, there was only one 11-channel AVR on the market. This year, there are several. With Dolby Atmos and DTS X gaining in popularity, Pioneer has taken the logical step of introducing an AV receiver that offers 11 built-in channels of amplification. Now, it's possible to use an Elite...
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    You know the saying about how you only get one chance to leave a first impression? For a first-time CEDIA exhibitor, the show that German loudspeaker maker Ascendo put on was quite impressive, hitting the right notes when it came to presenting a dynamic, yet non-fatiguing immersive-audio...
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    The Monoprice Monolith line of high-performance products that debuted at CEDIA 2016 is squarely aimed at AV enthusiasts, and it includes more than just amplifiers and speakers. The company also introduced a pair of planar magnetic headphones, the M560 ($200) and M1060 ($300), that are designed...
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    As promised in a previous post , I made a specific point of visiting the Alcons pro ribbon immersive experience at CEDIA 2016. This over-the-top system from Dutch speaker manufacturer Alcons is all about combining industrial-strength ribbon tweeters (offering 90° dispersion) with horn-loaded...
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    With the Denon AVR-X6300H ($2200) AVR, AV enthusiasts can power an entire 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X immersive audio speaker system without the need for an external amplifier. While past AV receivers from the company have offered 11-channel processing, this is the first product to provide...
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    AVS Forum Associate Editor Mark Henninger and industry consultant Michael Heiss join me to discuss what we saw and heard at CEDIA 2016, including the new 4K/UHD HDR projectors based on the Texas Instruments 4K DLP chip, new 4K HDR-capable LCoS projectors from JVC and Sony, the Epson 4K Enhanced...
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    CEDIA is all about the custom-install channel, and when it comes to audio that means there is a focus on architectural speakers. 2016 marks ELAC America's debut at the annual industry expo, and among the goodies it brought to the party were all-new in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, plus subs...
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    The Definitive Technology BP9080X is a speaker that stands tall and commands your attention with it's modern, industrial, minimalist, geometric good looks. It's a refined design that, to my aesthetic sensibility, screams Bauhaus—the school of design , not necessarily the band . At CEDIA...
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    I've got plenty more posts to come from CEDIA 2016, but I wanted to take a break from the serious stuff to show you this James Loudspeakers custom-built Steampunk design. For the most part, this exercise was about aesthetics, but underneath the decoration you'll find a fully-functional...
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    CEDIA 2016 was a big show for Polk, the venerable speaker maker based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The company unveiled its latest line of speakers, a low cost yet high-performance line it calls the Polk Signature Series. With three bookshelf models, two center channels, and three towers in the...
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    So here's what happens at CEDIA, you go from room to room listening to systems that cost as much as a new house and get as loud as a rock concert. Then you hear a bunch of lifestyle-oriented systems that sound good, but don't exactly trigger goose bumps. Then you step into Sandy Gross's sanctum...
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    Soundbars come in quite a variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. At CEDIA 2016, Pioneer introduced its Elite FS–EB70 Dolby Atmos 3.1.2-channel soundbar with DTS:X. The new model takes a rather unusual approach in that the processing and amplification is housed in external unit, which allows...
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    While Paradigm is already known for making great-sounding speakers, At CEDIA 2016 the company introduced a range-topping lineup of spectacular speakers called the Paradigm Persona Series, sporting beryllium drivers and sophisticated design. The new Persona series of super-premium speakers...
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    Last year, Sony debuted its first Dolby Atmos AVR, the STR-ZA5000ES. That remains the company's flagship, but now it's got plenty of company. This year, the company unveiled four new models, and all of them support Atmos and DTS:X. Sony's STR-ZA3100ES AVR, one of four new models. The new...
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    It was a huge year at CEDIA 2016 for NAD, the Canadian manufacturer of high performance AV electronics. Among the products introduced at the show were three new NAD Classic Series DAC amplifiers, which borrow technology from the Masters Series of AV components. The C 338 ($650), C368 ($900), and...
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    While the ELAC America's Debut and Uni-Fi speaker lines have deservedly captured the attention of budget-minded audiophiles and AV enthusiasts, the company is also in the electronics business. At CEDIA 2016, it introduced its EA-101EQ-G Element Series integrated amp ($700), which brings some...
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