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Totem Acoustic Sky Loudspeaker Review

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:00pm

--> Performance
Build Quality
Value
PRICE $1,850/pair

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Impressive dynamics
Extended bass for a compact speaker
Solid build quality
Minus
Finicky about setup and placement

THE VERDICT
The Totem Acoustic Sky delivers dynamic, exciting sound for a compact speaker, though it requires careful placement and equipment-matching for best results.

Compact “bookshelf” speakers have their advocates, but I'll admit up front that they've never been my bag. I guess you could say there's something about the stateliness of floorstanding towers that appeals to my personal taste. And then there's the problem of the shelf itself: every time I've tried to listen to compact speakers installed in a place where books would typically sit, I've been thoroughly unimpressed with the sound. Flat imaging, indistinct bass—to me, those are the hallmarks of shelved speakers. Not a problem for background music, but for critical listening, stands are a must.

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CES and All its Many New TVs...Without the Sore Feet

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:24pm
A reported 180,000 eager retailers, custom installers, press, and assorted hangers-on descended on Las Vegas last week for the annual, trade-only CES. I wasn’t one of them.
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Verizon Testing Cloud Gaming Service

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:57am
Verizon is quietly testing a Netflix-like game streaming service, according to report from The Verge.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Slated for Digital Release Jan. 22

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:38am
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that Bohemian Rhapsody, the smash-hit biographical movie about the British rock band Queen and its flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury, is coming to digital on January 22 and 4K Blu-ray on February 12.
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Vana Brings ‘Affordable High Performance’ European Turntable to U.S.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 8:34am
Vana, the Lake Grove, NY-based importer of audio products, today announced the arrival of a new “affordable high-performance turntable” from European Audio Team (E.A.T) of Austria.
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CES 2019: When Low Tech Beats High Tech

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:52pm
CES is known for being a high-tech love-fest, where approximately 180,000 strangers gather to gawk at geeky gadgets—some of which will never see the bright light of day shining outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES 2019 was no exception. There was more new, high-tech stuff than any single human being could see, even over the course of the six days this human being was in attendance.
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CTA: TVs, Smart Speakers Will Help Propel Tech Sales to Record Levels in 2019

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:58am
Domestic sales of consumer technology are fast approaching a milestone of almost $400 billion in annual revenues, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) 2019 Consumer Tech Forecast released last week at CES 2019.
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KLH Audio Announces its First Headphones and Earphones

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:22am
KLH Audio, the legendary speaker brand re-launched last year by ex-Klipsch global sales president David P. Kelley, unveiled its first headphones and earphones at CES 2019 last week in Las Vegas.
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