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Editor’s Picks: Best Tech Products of 2012

Bob Archer's top products of 2012 show how the market's emphasis on audio has taken priority.


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It’s amazing to see how much the residential electronics market has evolved in just two years.

In 2010 as part of my Product of the Year choices, my picks included a CD player, a flat-panel TV and flagship projectors.

Now the CD’s best days are in the rear-view mirror, flat-panel TVs aren’t the desirable, sexy purchase they use to be, and big, expensive projectors seem to represent a bygone era of wealth and excess.

Today’s electronics are all about convenience, cost-friendliness and networking capabilities, unless it’s a specific step back into time to wade into the waters of analog audio through the purchase of a turntable or tube amp. My 2012 Products of the Year reflect this shift in consumer preference.

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News · Product News · Slideshow · Displays · Projectors and Screens · Audio · Amplifiers · Speakers · Video · Blu-ray · Digital Media · Wire and Cable · Tivo · Integra · Screen Innovations · Sim2 · Bowers & Wilkins · Nad · Audioquest · Luxul · Straight Wire · Bob Carver · Audioxperts · Psb · All topics

About the Author

Robert Archer, Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass.

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Posted by lbaltz  on  12/10  at  11:55 AM

The Integra DBS-50.3 is identical to the Onkyo BD-SP809 except for the badge.  Best thing about the Onkyo is it’s on Amazon for under $400 vs. $700 for the Integra from most authorized dealers.  This is the problem with Integra.  They offer no performance or service/warranty advantages over their identical Onkyo brethren yet their prices are higher.  As skeptical as it sounds; Integra is built for integrators/dealers to take advantage of their customers by pushing a product that has nothing but a phony reputation for being superior to it’s Onkyo counterpart.

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