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To help consumers accommodate the ever-increasing number of speakers dictated by evolving multichannel formats (7 plus subwoofer being the current standard); Miller and Kreisel Sound (M&K) unveiled its new Column Surround Speakers. A stylish, long-needed alternative to typical wall-mounted surrounds, the freestanding Columns can be placed anywhere. Voice-matched to M&K's popular S-150-series speakers and employing the company's signature tripolar radiation pattern, the Columns will be available in several models: shown here with Charles Back are the CS-35, CS-29, and CS-25 (the numbers correspond to the respective heights). The two shorter models use an upward-firing driver design to compensate for furniture proximity. Pricing and availability have not yet been finalized.

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Also new from M&K are these ultra-compact Multi-Platform speakers. With projected availability this quarter in a wide range of driver sizes and styles (price starting at $80 each), the MP series are designed for maximum flexibility in computer, video game stations, digital media production, and small home theater installations. A matching MP180 Subwoofer ($429) is also available.

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Long known as a speaker manufacturer with balls--from its classic giant eyeball Nucleus model to its Bose-killing Micro spheres--Anthony Gallo Acoustics displayed its impressive-sounding Dues ($599/each). Measuring a scant 5" × 11", the Due continues the lifestyle styling of the single-driver Micros, but with true audiophile sound and a 120-degree dispersion pattern thanks to the addition of a second midrange driver coupled to a new generation of the famous Gallo CDT Piezo film tweeter from the old Nucleus design.

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The versatile Due can be mounted horizontally for use as an unobtrusive center speaker.

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Another variation on the lifestyle sphere is the newly-updated Applause design from Israel's Morel, Ltd. Using drivers manufactured in-house, this 2-way speaker includes all-metal enclosures, gold-plated binding posts, and mounting stands, all for $649/pair (a 5-speaker set runs $2,400). The Applause speakers cross over to Morel's 120-watt RMS subwoofer, a dual 9" Isobaric design.

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Morel also displayed its new flagship Octave-Octwin modular loudspeaker system. The Octave's ingenious integration of woofer, tweeter, and a sophisticated crossover enable operation as either a single unit or as a mirrored two-unit Octwin. Compact size without compromise is achieved with a cabinet made of highly inert Corian polymer. An Octave pair with stands sells for $6,000/pair; an Octwin pair (4 Octaves) runs $10,000. []

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Latest additons 1st February 2002:

Sherbourn Technologies P7/1000
Sherbourn Technologies 5/1500A
DTS In-Car Audio Demonstration
DTS Multimedia Demonstration
Philips Pronto Remote Controls
Philips DVD+RW Recorders
Simaudio Titan & W-5 Amplifiers
WAVAC Audio Lab Model HE-833
conrad-johnson PV-12L & 17LS
conrad-johnson GAT
Quad ESL-989 & Verity Audio Tamino
Avantgarde Acoustic Duo & Uno
NHT Evolution Loudspeakers
NHT Evolution Theory & Design
Joseph Audio Loudspeakers
PS Audio Ultimate Lab Power Cable
PS Audio Power Director & Juice Bar
PS Audio Classic 250 & HCA-1 Amps
Morel Applause & Octave
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Due
Miller & Kreisel Multi-Platform
Miller & Kreisel Column Surrounds
Lamm Industries L2 Reference
Vacuum Tube Logic TL 2.5.1
McCormack Audio MAP-1 Processor
Cary Audio CAD-88 Amplifier
Toshiba Blue Laser Prototype
Draper Revelation & Hi-Def Gray
NHT Evolution Subwoofers
Von Schweikert Audio dB-99

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