HE 2006

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jun 01, 2006 1 comments
After experiencing Shure's Push-to-Hear control switch, I was in a headphone kind of mood, so I walked on over to HeadRoom's aptly named Headphone Heaven. I imagine that this heavenly set-up will serve as a much-needed respite for many weary showgoers. I found smiling faces, comfy lounge chairs, happy flowers, and lots of sunshine. Everything in the room begged, "Try Me!"
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
Speaker manufacturer Lipinski Sound was on hand with their surround demo and a new product: The 3601 Powered Stand. Each 3601 sports a two channel amp that can be bridged to be used as a 600 watt monoblock, or set to biamp either a 505 or 707 speaker. Lukas Lipinski says that the powered stands can also be used with other speakers, and have been referenced against other well-known amps. Price is $2,595 each. A quick demo with several types of music proved impressive, even in the confines of a hotel room.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
HE2006's official keynote address was delivered by Gary Sasaki, president of DIGDIA, a company that helps companies understand the ways that digital entertainment creates growth opportunities for savvy businesspeople.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 3 comments
Onkyo held a press conference that really made us smile. It was all about stereo.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
Stereophile's music editor Robert Baird, caught in the middle of his Garrison Keillor impersonation.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 2 comments
Stephen Mejias and John Atkinson take a few minutes in the hall to catch up on the day's events. That's Telarc's Amanda Sweet in the background.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
I've never owned a set of headphones. Is that what they're called? Or should it be pair of headphones? Headphones? Earphones? I don't even know. I've stayed away from headphones for a couple of reasons: I don't like having things on my head or in my ears, and I actually do enjoy hearing the sounds around me — the banjos on the F train, the buses on Madison Avenue, the sirens around the corner, the construction in our hall. Oh, and the birdies chirping, too.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
Lipinski Sound's Scott Levitin (left) and Lukas Lipinski
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
There are two tiny omnidirection mics on that sweet little thing — Belkin's TuneTalk Stereo ($69.99) — displayed here by Jackie Romulo. You can record stuff directly onto your iPod and play it back later. So, if you're a student at a sleepy lecture or a hack reporter like me, you have an instant cheat sheet.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
David Wilson remarked that he debuted the original Wilson WATT (Wilson Audio Tiny Transducer) almost 20 years ago to the day. Today, he showed us the WATT/Puppy 8 ($27,900/pair). Wilson, as always, a polished presenter, also noted that it was appropriate for him to give the new speaker its premier in a city noted for producing sequels, although he promised that, unlike Hollywood sequels, the WATT/Puppies have gotten better with each new chapter.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 1 comments
No, that's not a hearing aid growing out of Michael Fremer's pinna—he's the official HE2006 spokesperson, so he has to keep his phone on 24/7. HE says he hasn't heard any truly balanced stereo soundstaging yet, for some reason.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
Wasn't she just in the background of John and Stephen's picture? We posed her next to the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's Spin and she really lit up. It's an impressive sounding SACD—and the group is playing at HE2006 tomorrow. Did I mention the concert was free?
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments
Here's a shot of the registration booth which will greet visitors as they enter the hotel. Registration is available at the show, and attendees can buy tickets for the special events here as well.
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments
It's the day before HE 2006 opens (for the press on Thursday - the public show opens Friday), and the weather could not be nicer. Here's a shot of the hotel from across the parking lot.
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Jon Iverson Posted: May 31, 2006 4 comments
Since we're spread around the country, the only time we meet in person is usually at a show. Hanging out by the Sheraton's pool are Jason, John and Jon.

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