Nuforce DAC/Preamp – The Nuforce DAC-9 has been getting attention in the two-channel all-digital audio world. It has six digital inputs, is compatible with all digital sources, and supports 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K and 96K signals at its USB input. The volume control is defeatable, so it can be used purely as a DAC. It has no negative feedback and does no upsampling—Nuforce claiming their technical and listening tests showing no advantages in sample-rate conversion. Multiple stages of voltage regulation provide low-impedance power that should drive any power amp directly. It is also a high-performance headphone amp. A plugin USB module upgrades the unit to higher bit rates. SRP is $1695.
Samsung Black Friday Deals – Among the models on sale at Samsung dealers thru November 28 are D490 720p plasma 3D TVs, which come with four pairs of glasses and SRS Theater Sound, The 43” is $500 and the 51” $600. Also the HT-D4500 5.1 Home Theater System, which delivers 1000 watts total of 5.1-channel audio, and includes a Blu-ray player and Samsung Apps for a variety of digital content. It is about $50 off at $199.
Large-screen TVs Big at Costco – Costco’s founder Jim Cramer feels home entertainment is going to be very hot this holiday season. The third-largest retailer in the U.S. does almost $2 billion in TV sales annually, and is seeing interest in 70-inch sets, with 80-inch ones in some of the locations. Their main concern is keeping them in stock.
Recession Worries Reduced – A survey by the National Association of Business Economics show that the economy will grow more than previously estimated thru 2012, led by gains in business investment and commercial construction. Gross domestic product will expand 1.8% this year, the world’s largest economy will grow 2.4% next year, and consumer spending will increase by 2.1%. Despite a relatively subdued outlook, the report says the odds of a second recession remain low.
Electronics Thefts on the Rise – Criminals have also started their holiday shopping for electronics items nationwide. The property is usually sold or traded, and most does not go to pawn shops because they require a photo ID. Criminals may ask other people to pawn stolen property for them, so consumers are warned to be wary of anyone who makes you an offer that sounds too good to refuse.
Founders of Sennheiser and Extron Win Awards – Dr. Fritz Sennheiser and Extron president Andrew Edwards have been issued the Pioneers of AV Award by InfoComm International—the leading trade association representing the professional AV industry. Nearly 30 years ago, Edwards identified and worked to correct the inability of different AV components to work together in a seamless way. The late Professor Sennheiser built a team of engineers who created some of the most recognizable microphones and headphones in history. Their workforce of 2100 employees is active in Germany, Ireland and the U.S.
Wayne Shorter – In Memoriam
Rememberance of the artist