Denon entered the headphone game just last year, but for a freshman competitor, the company had a lot to offer. Most of the models we auditioned--both full-size home headphones and travel-friendly in-ear models--ranged from good to excellent. Now the company is expanding its offerings with a noise-canceling model. The AH-NC732 On-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones offer a lightweight (160 grams), acoustic optimizer (said to offer deep bass), and compact hard case. A single AAA battery is needed for the active noise cancellation, which counteracts ambient noise with an inverse soundwave. In other words, the new Denons look to be targeted … Read more
What's this, the new Bose headquarters in New York? No, not at all--but that's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture of the wraps coming off the new Museum of Arts & Design, which is located at 2 Columbus Circle and scheduled to open in the next few months.
For those of who don't follow New York real estate and architecture, the area around Columbus Circle is home to some of the most valuable real estate in the city, including the Time Warner Center (where, ironically, there is a Bose store, … Read more
Interior designers have been doing their best to meld home media equipment and the fireplace, but to date most of the results have ranged from the awkward to the absurd--unless it happens to be in the back seat of a Hummer, of course.
But Germany's Vok may have changed all that, for it has had the audacity of combining an LCD TV, DVD player, PC, and Bose sound system directly above the hearth. Trendir says the entire apparatus--which can be made to order in oak, birch, or rosewood--comes in four sizes ranging from $23,800 to $31,500, … Read more
Bose offers an auto-head unit with its name on it in the Ferrari 612, and it can sense you approaching. Get a first look from the floor at the 2007 LA Auto Show.
Most PC speakers are afterthoughts--the computer equivalent of those awful earbud headphones that come bundled "for free" with portable media players. But Canada's Axiom Audio is offering a high-end alternative with its new Audiobyte PC speakers. At 6.5 inches high by 5.5 inches wide by 4 inches deep, the stereo speakers aren't too much larger than standard computer audio offerings, but they're effectively miniaturized versions of high-quality bookshelf speakers, sporting two-way designs with a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter and 3-inch aluminum cone woofer.
The Audiobyte is now available in a variety of finishes … Read more
For the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ferrari showed off two variations on previous models. The 430 Scuderia is based on the F430, but significantly lightened and given a new transmission to give it track performance on par with Ferrari's Enzo model. Where the 430 Scuderia emphasizes performance, the 612 Sessanta emphasizes luxury. The latter is a collector's edition, based on the 612 Scaglietti, marking Ferrari's 60th anniversary.
After sidelining this now de facto digital A/V interface for years, Bose has finally relented with two new HDMI-enabled products.
The Lifestyle V20 and V30-series home theater systems feature a hideaway media console outfitted with two HDMI inputs and a single output, Audioholics. Both 5.1-channel kits also perform automatic HD video scaling up to 1080p and are loaded with a DVD player plus its proprietary ADAPTiQ sound calibration system.
The V20 is priced at $1,999, while the higher-end V30 with Jewel Cube speakers is going for $2,999. We are still awaiting confirmation on the products' availability.… Read more
Bose today announced an update to the existing SoundDock line, the SoundDock Portable. Included with the new model is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that allows you to play and charge your iPod wherever you go. Additionally, Bose has included a line-in jack with this iteration, something that we would have liked to have seen implemented in the previous version.
I've had some time today to give the SoundDock Portable a listen, and considering its size, the sound is much fuller and richer than other iPod speaker docks I've seen. However, whether or not it's worth the retail … Read more
Looking for a deal on a high-end tabletop radio? Cambridge SoundWorks has cut the price on its four newest models:Cambridge SoundWorks 705 (was $120; now $80): This retro-styled AM/FM radio also features a line-in port, so it can double as an iPod speaker.
Cambridge SoundWorks 820HD (was $300; now $200): The only Cambridge model that receives all-digital HD Radio broadcasts also doubles as an excellent alarm clock.
Cambridge SoundWorks 735i (was $300; now $200): More conservatively styled than the 820HD, the 735i adds a dedicated iPod dock to its AM/FM clock radio functionality.
Cambridge SoundWorks 745i (was $… Read more
As a guy who prefers silence over noise and high-quality music playback over garbage, I'm an ideal candidate for noise-canceling headphones. And while I know these headphones have been out for a while and most of the people who already own them are the only people who care about noise-canceling headphones, I couldn't resist taking a look at the Bose QuietComfort 3 noise-canceling headphones.
The Bose QuietComfort series of noise-canceling headphones were originally designed as a way to block out annoying noises. If you're a frequent flyer and you can't stand the sound of the roaring … Read more