HE 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Onkyo teamed up with guitar manufacturer Takemine to produce a loudspeaker that sings like a musical instrument. Takemine's acoustic voicing technology, combined with Onkyo's innovation in driver design, made our LAGQ Spin sound vibrantly alive.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
John Atkinson and Jonathan Scull handicap this year's F1 season. You didn't think they were this animated about audio, did you?
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Close up of the PLC•1 preamp (top) and one of the D•400 monoblocks.
Jon Iverson  |  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.
Stephen Mejias  |  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!"
Wes Phillips  |  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.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  3 comments
Onkyo held a press conference that really made us smile. It was all about stereo.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Stereophile's music editor Robert Baird, caught in the middle of his Garrison Keillor impersonation.
Wes Phillips  |  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.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Lipinski Sound's Scott Levitin (left) and Lukas Lipinski
Stephen Mejias  |  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.
Stephen Mejias  |  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.
Jon Iverson  |  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.
Jon Iverson  |  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.
Jon Iverson  |  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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