Live 2000 Event
Upon entering the large Live 2000
event were these two lovely ladies selling the show's guide. For £2 visitors
received an impressive over 66 page color guide filled with news about the
show and showcased products.
Seen here first: Sharp's new DV-RW10 DVD-RW
player/recorder (about £2,000). This unit records video using MPEG-2
technology, records audio via analogue input to digital 24-bit/96kHz using twin
DACs. It also has Digital Time Base correction and Digital Noise Reduction as well (for video).
Outputs composite video (Y/Ca/Cr) and standard coax. According to the Sharp representative,
the DV-RW10 will digitally output 24-bit/96kHz via TosLink and 75 ohm coax.
Alas, no pure digital inputs are offered. Availability is scheduled for June
2000 in the UK, yet it is already available in Japan.
Seen here first: Sharp was also showing their new DX-SX1 SACD player (about
£2,750). This unit outputs analogue audio via fixed or variable RCA jacks so that
no preamplifier is needed in a system that only uses this device for source
material. It also has a coax and TosLink digital output plus an SACD
13-pin cable. The important news here is that this SACD unit will output the
bitstream SACD signal for using Sharp's built-in SACD DAC that is included
with their SM-SX1 1-Bit amplifier! This marks the very first time seen
anywhere that a unit will output the SACD bitstream to be used with an
outboard unit that will decode the signal. While a special 13-pin
output/cable/input is used, this maybe spell the beginning of the outboard
SACD decoder revolution. You saw it here first! As for the SM-SX1, it is a
lower line version of their currently available SM-SX100. Power output of the
SM-SX1 is only 50wpc (as opposed to the SM-SX100 100 watt) and the loudspeaker
binding posts are of the more economical variety (not the WBT as in the
SM-SX100). The SX-SX1 has two line inputs, and SACD input (both analogue and
13-pin digital, one coax and one TosLlink digital input and a TosLink output.
Seen here first: German
manufacture ELAC, who we have covered in quite a few
previous show reports, had their CL 310i JET (£799) small minimonitors
and their larger, for the first time anywhere is their new floorstanding
loudspeaker CM 512 JET (£1,299). While both loudspeakers use ELAC's Jet
folded ribbon tweeter for upper frequencies (up to 35kHz), the midrange/bass
driver of the CM 512 JET is an 180mm proprietary aluminum sandwich cone.
Silver wire is used excessively within too. External finish choices include
Cherry and Maple.
Seen here first: ELAC has licensed
the NXT flat panel technology for their Imago 60/40 panel loudspeaker. Measuring
60mm x 40mm x 6cm (HxWxD), ELAC is working with the German print company Postergalerie
to offer a large amount of various images that appear on their loudspeakers.
Frequency response is claimed as 150-20,000 Hz so lower bass frequency
reproduction will require another loudspeaker (woofer/subwoofer). As for frame
finishes, consumers have a choice of aluminum, various real woods, anthracite
and night blue lacquer.
Seen here first: Blueroom
Loudspeakers Ltd. were showing colorful loudspeakers called the Minipod (£289/pr)
whose older version were under the B&W nameplate. These two-way loudspeakers
provide a frequency response of 55-25,000Hz (+-6db) and are available in
black, carnaby blue, silver and while. A special lucent cobalt colour is also
available (£329). Seen here is Nicola posing with a few of the various colours. Also
photographed is their new Minipod Bass-Station (£449) scheduled for Christmas
2000. The Minipod Bass Station has a 10" woofer and built-in 75 watt
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