Archive for July, 2010
The MXA60 Integrated Audio System was designed by the same team of renowned McIntosh engineers who created the company’s high performance Reference System. The new ultimate-quality tabletop system features a high-performance 75-watt-per-channel amplifier, state-of-the-art CD/SACD/MP3 player, vacuum tube preamplifier, as well as an AM/FM/RBDS Tuner and high performance, two-way bass reflex loudspeaker system that packs all the legendary McIntosh sound into a smaller package.
Breaking news from Porsche, 918 spyder to go into production. Expected price estimated to be up to $650.000. As you might recall from the Geneva Motor Show the plug-in hybrid concept used a 500 hp gas V8 engine and a pair of 109 hp electric motors. A lithium ion battery that was good for 16 miles of zero emissions grid driving or 78 miles per gallon. We shall see what the production model brings.
The 60PK950 is LG’s top-of-the-line plasma TV for early 2010. While more attention seems to have been paid to their LED televisions, the PK950 series features a robust internet package and (most likely) 3D display. While the TV certainly looks appealing, the price looks even better($2799.99 on average).
Just days ago, the Bugatti Super Sport rocketed past the SSC Ultimate Aero TT to claim the prestigious award of the fastest production car in the world. SSC (Shelby Supercars) didn’t take long to congratulate Bugatti and to also give fair warning of a future title battle. Before the new Bugatti record, the Aero TT held the title with a 256-mph run, and it seems SSC is intent on making Bugatti’s new record very short-lived.
Well, MartinLogan is at it again with their newest lineup of speakers, the Vantage (reviewed here), Vista and Purity. The Vantage has MartinLogan’s XStat panel, which up until the CLX’s arrival was the latest and greatest transducer in MartinLogan’s arsenal. The Vantage features a 200-watt eight-inch powered aluminum bass driver, which is ported in the rear, giving the Vantage an overall frequency response of 32-23,000Hz. The Vantage is efficient, with a reported sensitivity of 92dB into a four-ohm load. Since the Vantage is compact, one has to suppose that MartinLogan is going after consumers with more traditional or moderately-sized listening/viewing rooms. Coupled with the Vantage’s relatively good efficiency, this means a powerful receiver or budget separates system should power them nicely.