Archive for March, 2009

Zeppelin Lands at MusiciansFriend.com and GuitarCenter.com

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

N. Reading, MA, October 2008—Bowers & Wilkins, recognized worldwide as the leading manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers for home audio and home-theater systems, has added two new retail outlets for its award winning Zeppelin. The British firm’s striking, audiophile grade powered speaker system for the current range of iPods, Zeppelin, is now available immediately at MusiciansFriend.com and GuitarCenter.com (more…)

Tributaries Adds Innovative Power Aids

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

Orlando, FL—October 2008—Tributaries® Cable, the Florida company that sets the standard for high-performance, high-value accessories and cables for custom home audio and home-theater installations, is pleased to announce a pair of new AC power products that offer unique flexibility and round out the Tributaries line of innovative power strips. The new T1 single-outlet and T8 eight-outlet designs both incorporate high-current surge protection, to which the T8 adds RFI AC line filtering. (more…)

Sonance Introduces Subwoofer for In-Ceiling Installation

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

San Clemente, CA—October 2008—Sonance® has long been the innovator in custom-installation in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers, but the company’s latest introduction to the enormously popular Sonance Architectural Series®, breaks new ground. The new Sonance BPS-1 Bandpass Subwoofer, designed to work with all round and square Architectural Series models, provides exceptional bass performance where needed and installs perfectly flush with a ceiling. (more…)

Landmark dCS Product Unveiled at RMAF

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:

The new dCS Scarlatti Upsampler ($12999) has been introduced at RMAF and provides the ultimate in performance from ALL digital sources, including PC/Mac based digital music files.

dCS research has uncovered virtually all of the limitations of current designs in both media servers and home-grown setups using a PC or Mac, set up solid design principles including “Musical performance cannot be compromised by the choice of source (PC vs. Compact Disc)”, and produced a product that allows ultimate performance from any digital source.

This development, more than any other in the history of digital music, finally links the absolutely best sound quality with maximum convenience and access. The Scarlatti Upsampler is truly a landmark product.

Getting into things a bit deeper, dCS identified the following limitations where at least one problem was found in all existing media servers-

-No industry standard specifications exist for media servers
-Extremely difficult to switch from one media server to another
-Complex installation and setup often requires specialist assistance
-Proprietary user interface and accessories
-Support for limited number of file types (e.g. FLAC, WAV)
-Fixed storage capacity (Example: 1 x SACD requires 9Gb)
-Only able to play back music stored on the hard drive
-Internal PC (running TCP/IP, UI etc) damaging to D/A process due to noise and jitter
-No additional digital inputs or outputs
-Inadequate backup and failover features
-No more functionality than an average PC and Sound Card
-Exciting new software to support Playback, Remote Control, Ripping etc. is written for Windows™ and Apple™ not the high end media server manufacturers.

dCS has also identified current problems noted with using a PC/Mac as a source-

Sound Cards-
-Cheap but poorest in terms of high-end performance.

USB to SPDIF Converters-
-None use asynchronous mode of data transfer
-None provide word clock outputs for lower jitter slaving of DAC, making the converters vulnerable to data induced jitter
-None use a high grade oscillator such as a OCXD or provide an input for a word clock, so even if they were to use asynchronous mode, jitter and absolute frequency would be worse.

USB DACs-
-Having USB natively inside a DAC unit means another clock inside the DAC that is not correlated with audio clocks. This can cause clock contamination.
-USB is also capable of carrying EMI from the PC inside the DAC, causing noise in delicate analogue electronics.
-A standalone DAC has no capability of slaving to another clock source, which the consumer might own and prefer for its improved sonic performance.
-A standalone USB DAC does not exploit the investment and quality of a standalone DAC unit which the consumer might already own.

The newly patented dCS Scarlatti Upsampler addresses and solves all of the above problems and issues. Availability – immediately

For more information, please view these new resources available from dCS-

http://www.dcsltd.co.uk/?p=product&id=33

http://www.dcsltd.co.uk/assets/prod_33-1222351077.pdf

http://www.audiophilesystems.com/dealer_locator.aspx

Meridian Goes Fifth Avenue!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

Austell, GA, October 2008—Meridian whose sophisticated, functionally elegant digital audio and video designs are renowned the world around for both performance and quality, is adding a chic new Manhattan address: Saks Fifth Avenue. The British firm’s arresting F80 one-piece music system will be available at the midtown retailer, an icon of New York life since 1924 in time for holiday shopping, while online customers will find the F80 currently available at www.saksfifthavenue.com in the “Home & Gourmet” section. (more…)

JL Audio Wins EISA Award for 13TW5

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October, 2008

Miramar, FL—October, 2008—The JL Audio 13TW5 subwoofer has received accolades worldwide for its unique design and innovative technology. Recently the 13TW5 received one of the highest honors to date from the respected European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) who chose it as a Best Product 2008-2009. The awards ceremony was held during the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Trade Show in Berlin. (more…)

SRS Labs Flat Panel TV Buyer’s Guide Helps Consumers Understand HDTV Before They Buy

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:

Today, you are no longer buying a TV, you are buying an experience…

In the days of SDTV (Standard Definition TV) and CRT’s (tubes), buying a TV was relatively easy. You decided what screen size you wanted and figured out how big a cabinet you could fit in your house and away you went. Manufacturers offered different quality levels and, towards the end, there were flat tubes versus the traditional rounded tubes, but the choices were relatively straightforward. (more…)

Sonance Rocks On with New Outdoor Designs

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

San Clemente, CA—October 2008—Sonance® is adding to its success in the great outdoors by adding three new models to its series of Landscape Series. Two new Sonance UV-resistant outdoor rock-like speakers, the RK83 and RK63 are engineered for new enthusiasts who like hearing their music outdoors from speakers that blend into the environment. The SoundHenge Redux is an enclosure created exclusively for the Sonance Mariner outdoor speakers. The finish options of Granite or Brown will weather the demands of outdoor life for years to come. (more…)

Elegant New In-Wall Touchscreen Debuts from ReQuest

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:October 2008

Ballston Spa, New York—October 2008—ReQuest, a leading manufacturer of digital media servers and whole-house entertainment systems, is introducing an elegant new control option. The ReQuest TS6 in-wall touchscreen is a compact, powerful controller designed to mount flush with a wall surface. (more…)

Sonance Doubles Up Surface-Mount Family

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Originally Posted:September 2008

San Clemente, CA—September 2008—Sonance® has doubled its Surface Mount speaker selection with the addition of a new single-stereo version, the SM55 SST. This expands the Sonance range of custom-installation audio solutions—already unmatched in the custom audio installation world—to include a single-speaker answer for situations in which neither in-wall or in-ceiling installations nor conventional loudspeakers are possible. (more…)

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