Archive for May, 2009

Atlantic Technology Debuts New Home Theater Speaker Systems and Box Subwoofer Lineup

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

NORWOOD, MA (5/5/09) — Atlantic Technology, the premier manufacturer of loudspeakers and subwoofers designed expressly for home theater, has introduced three new compact speaker systems, and a new line of box subwoofers. The new lineup marks the most substantial redesign of the company’s freestanding speaker offerings in over five years.

“Over the last few years, we’ve focused our research and development programs primarily on our in-wall and in-ceiling products,” comments Atlantic Technology president Peter Tribeman. “Much of that research, which has paid off so handsomely in our architectural speaker offerings, has substantial application for freestanding speakers as well – and we decided that it was time to upgrade those series as well.”

The new compact speaker introductions consist of three separate multichannel speaker systems, designated the Atlantic Technology System 1400, System 2400, and the THX Select certified System 4400; these series replace the company’s acclaimed System 1200, 2200, and 4200e. Each of these series consists of three models, a two-way LR front channel speaker, two-way horizontal MTM center channel, and a dipole/bipole selectable surround channel speaker. Each series is intended for use with any of the company’s subwoofer offerings, allowing dealers and consumers to specify speaker packages to accommodate a wide range of theater rooms and listening preferences.

New features across the Atlantic Technology home theater speaker offerings include the addition of the company’s LRT™ (Low Resonance Tweeter) in the System 1400 and 2400, new on-wall mounting capabilities for the System 4400, and updated aesthetics to match the company’s larger floorstanding speaker lines. Also, an entirely new speaker, the dipole/bipole selectable System 1400 SR-Z, is expected to find widespread application as the height channel speaker in home theater systems equipped with the new Dolby ProLogic IIz audio technology. The 1400 SR-Z is also well suited for conventional applications as the left/right or rear surround channels in 5.1 and 7.1-channel theater systems.

Atlantic has also introduced its new line of SB powered subwoofers.  The line includes a new, more powerful 350 watt version of the popular 642e SB, as well as three all-new models, the 325 watt 444 SB, the 220 watt 334 SB, and the 180 watt 224 SB. Each of the models features a long-throw composite cone woofer in a sealed acoustic suspension enclosure, as well as the company’s proprietary CFT™ (Clear Filter Technology) for crisp, precise bass response.  The series is designed to provide high-quality deep bass output levels to suit a wide range of room sizes and listening preferences.

All of the new Atlantic Technology speaker systems and subwoofers will be available in late May. Suggested retail pricing for complete 5.1-channel systems ranges from $1,680 to $3,800, depending on series, subwoofer, and configuration. Detailed information, specifications, and pricing are available in the individual press releases:  System 1400, System 2400, System 4400, SB Subwoofers.

From its inception, Atlantic Technology’s mission has been to produce home entertainment products that exemplify the very best in both performance and value. The company specializes in complete high-performance multi-channel speaker systems, state-of-the-art home theater electronics components, and products for custom audio/video installation.

Atlantic Technology speaker systems are designed and engineered as integrated multi-channel ensembles, and hand assembled at the company’s Norwood, MA facility. These systems are tailored and tuned to provide a seamless and startlingly realistic soundstage for multi-channel music and home theater.

For more information on Atlantic Technology and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit or call 781-762-6300.

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Rotel introduces new 15 Series stereo audio components

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

North Reading, MA—May 2009—Home audio electronics manufacturer Rotel has been known worldwide for creating components for nearly five decades that deliver very serious audio and video performance, at affordable prices.  Since the introduction of the new 15 Series home theater components late in 2008, Rotel has set a new standard of excellence and now introduces new two channel components: Integrated amp, CD Player, stereo and power preamplifiers.

 “The 15 Series is Rotel’s most important introduction in many years,” says Rotel VP of Sales & Marketing, Doug Henderson. “And while these new models incorporate a lot of the latest advanced technologies and include some important refinements of Rotel’s unique amplifier design, the one thing they do not alter is our company’s commitment to musical performance above all else.” Henderson concludes, “These new models were conceived for the listener who truly and passionately cares about sound quality, first and foremost.”

 Hi Fi Components

 Rotel believes that while the charms of such conveniences in this “content everywhere” age when you can fit an entire music library in a pocket-sized MP3 player are undeniable, there is a far more compelling musical experience to be had. 

 Continuing Henderson said, “Indeed, there is nothing more enjoyable than hearing a favorite artist in full lossless quality in the comfort of your own listening room through a high performance stereo system. Music comes alive in this setting, spreading out in a three dimensional space, revealing texture and dynamic nuance that makes music such a wonderful, life-enhancing experience.  Rotel has built its long reputation on providing outstanding music components and the 15 Series stereo range will allow music lovers to rediscover an entire collection the way it was meant to be heard.” 

Stereo Integrated Amplifier

 The RA-1520 is a music lover’s amplifier and is ideal as a stand-alone stereo system. Its muscular 2 x 60 watt (into 8 ohms) design is based upon nearly 50 years of expertise in analog audio engineering and it delivers all of the musical performance the artist intended. Subtle nuances and large dynamics are both rendered faithfully from uncompressed digital, or classic analog sources with the included moving magnet phono. To complete its functionality, as well as its superb performance capabilities, there are additional inputs for tuner, tape, CD and Aux.

 CD Player

 CD players have been around for over twenty-five years and have enjoyed such a progression of quality that they can hardly be compared to the original players released in 1982.  Rotel has enjoyed a class leading reputation with CD player designs since the introduction of the landmark RCD-855 in 1990.

 With the release of the RCD-1520, Rotel has produced a CD player that sets a new standard for the 21st century, taking full advantage of the vast wealth of music now available on compact discs. The RCD-1520 utilizes a segmented power supply with a large toroidal transformer to minimize power supply “sag” and reduce hum emissions. All rectifiers, voltage regulation components and BHC low-ESR storage capacitors are carefully selected, not only for tight tolerance specifications, but in particular, for their sound quality. Both analog and digital circuits undergo this careful scrutiny. For the digital domain, Rotel has specified the superb Wolfson DAC for advanced digital filtration and D/A conversion.  The CD transport is a high performance slot loading mechanism. The result of this attention to detail is a CD player that will remain a part of a reference audio system for years to come.  

Stereo Preamplifiers

 A preamplifier must keep the audio signal as pure as possible while amplifying and routing various source signals to the power amplifier. The goal of the engineer is to achieve “a straight wire with gain” design, nothing more and nothing less.  Of course, the realization of this goal is much harder than it seems, but Rotel’s experience and meticulous circuit design has produced a string of exceptional stereo preamplifiers over the years, which has been taken to new heights in the RC-1580.    

 The RC-1580 is designed for the hi-fi purist in terms of its minimalist approach and absolute musical fidelity. Component parts such as an oversized toroidal power transformer and special BHC capacitors, along with circuit topology, have been carefully selected to obtain the best sound possible.   For those who want the best of both audio and video worlds a unity gain stage has been included to enable a surround processor to feed straight through to the power amplifier thereby bypassing the volume control.  The RC-1580 includes a low noise MM/MC phono with discrete, differential input stages, as well as CD, Tuner, and two AUX inputs. The preamplifier can be controlled by RS-232, or IR input.  A tone defeat, media input socket, phones socket and remote control is included. 


 The RC-1550 delivers an extraordinary level of performance. Its rock-solid power supply is comprised of a custom made toroidal transformer and select grade BHC slit foil capacitors. RC-1550 features six line-level inputs in addition to a phono input for moving magnet cartridges. A convenient contour control allows easy and repeatable timbre adjustments. With two sets of main outputs, a 12 volt “trigger ” jack, and a Rotel-system remote control for both the pre-amplifier and a companion Rotel CD, tuner, or DVD player, the RC-1550 brings the flexibility and sound quality of Rotel separates within easy reach. 

Stereo Power Amplifiers 

Rotel has been engineering and manufacturing power amplifiers for decades and the two amplifiers presented here build on the company’s Balanced Design Concept engineering philosophy and feature refined Class AB output stages, over-sized power supplies with toroidal transformers and select grade components throughout. 

Rugged, stable, and natural sounding, either model is the ideal foundation for a high performance music systems. Both feature 12-volt triggers for remote operation and include an IEC detachable power cord.   Power output configurations are 2 x 200 watts for the RB-1582 and 2 x 120 watts for the RB-1552. The on/off operation of the amplifiers can be remotely controlled by 12-volt triggers. Optional rack mount rails are available for custom installation requirements. 

All models are available late first quarter or early second quarter 2009. 

Model Suggested Retail Price in USD $·      

RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier $   999.00·      

RCD-1520 CD Player $   999.00·      

RC-1580 Preamplifier $1,299.00·      

RC-1550 Preamplifier $   699.00·            

RB-1582 Power Amplifier $1,499.00·      

RB-1552 – Power Amplifier $   899.00

    Pantel Announces 42-Inch Outdoor Weatherproof LCD HDTV Now Full 1080p

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif., May 06, 2009 — Pantel (, the worldwide leader in outdoor weatherproof TV solutions, is proud to announce that its 42-inch (PAN-420) LCD HDTV is now full 1080p compliant, joining the 1080p 52- and 65-inch screen sizes. Pantel’s 1080i 20- and 32-inch screen sizes round out the most complete outdoor weatherproof LCD HDTV line in the industry. 

    “Now, we offer three outdoor weatherproof screen sizes in full 1080p, which now includes our upgraded 42-inch model with no added cost to the consumer,” explained Joe Pantel, Chief Executive Officer of Pantel Corp. “With five screen sizes to choose from, we easily have the most complete outdoor weatherproof LCD HDTV product offering in the business. One can now also argue that our product line matches…and in many cases surpasses…many other companies’ indoor LCD HDTV product offerings in both screen size choices as well as performance.” 

    Beyond being weatherproof, Pantel TVs come complete with an industry-leading 802.11a wireless package that allows the user to broadcast audio and video wirelessly up to 150 ft. 

    Additional Pantel PAN-420 features and specs include:

    Contrast ratio: 1600:1
    Remote: waterproof
    One HDMI input
    • Rain/snow shielded
    • Wind/dust shielded
    • Operable -32 degrees to +145 degrees F
    • Storage -40 degees to + 160 degrees F(when left plugged in)

    Super bright panel can be used  inside or outside the home, designed specifically for viewing outside during the middle of the day
    Ultra-Wide 85/85 Degree (H/V) viewing angle; the picture will look clear and bright even at extremely wide viewing angles
    Anti-glare/anti-reflective/anti-UV screen material for outdoor daytime use
    Weight: 64.8 lbs.
    MSRP: $4,999.99

    All pricing and specifications subject to change without notice. 

    Pantel TV’s can come in customizable packages that include mounting solutions and dust covers. For more information, including finding a dealer near you, please visit, email, or call 888-726-8350. 

    About Pantel

    Pantel Corp., based in Orange County, Calif., is a worldwide leader in the design and distribution of high-end, weatherproof and water-resistant LCD television solutions and accessories for nearly unlimited indoor and outdoor applications. Pantel’s product line consists of five screen sizes of outdoor weatherproof LCD HDTVs with integrated wireless distribution packages, four water/weatherproof “Mirror TV” screen sizes, wireless speakers, dust covers, consoles, and mounting solutions. 

    Pantel has created such products for use in both residential and commercial applications, such as in backyards, sports fields, restaurants, golf courses, amusement parks, and wherever entertainment, advertisement, and demonstrations would be hosted outdoors. Other such indoor residential and commercial applications include bathrooms/showers, spas, saunas, and wherever a customer wants video entertainment without fear of it being damaged by moisture.


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    New LP12 SE Upgrades deliver vinyl performance that’s simply out of this world

    Friday, May 1st, 2009


    “Simply the biggest performance improvement from an LP12 upgrade ever”

     Ivor Tiefenbrun, Linn Founder, CEO and Inventor of Sondek LP12 

    ·         LP12 SE now represents a new pinnacle in turntable performance

    ·         Two new upgrades offer a completely new and improved way of powering and amplifying the LP12

    ·         More music, even less noise – deliver even more value from your cherished vinyl collection

    ·         A new level of platter accuracy means your records always spin at the perfect speed every time you switch on 

    The new Radikal DC motor control and Urika phono stage upgrades elevate the performance of our flagship turntable to such a high level they immediately assume their place within our coveted LP12 SE series, which now represents a new pinnacle in turntable performance. 

    The upgrades deliver the biggest performance improvement from an LP12 ever.  The new designs offer a completely new way of powering and amplifying your turntable to retrieve and protect the source signal to a far greater degree than ever before. 

    The new Radikal DC motor, control unit and power supply offers a new level of speed accuracy, as well as radically reduced electrical and mechanical noise.   

    With an on-board speed management system which auto-calibrates the turntable for accurate motor speed control (using technology from Klimax DS), manual speed adjustment is no longer required.   

    The new brushed DC motor has a very low magnetic field as well as very low electrical noise, and is housed in a machined casing designed to reduce vibration and resonance. 

    The Radikal motor control unit and power supply is encased in an elegant and timeless Linn chassis, available in black or silver.  The same product can also be ordered in a velvet-touch ‘machined-from-solid’ aluminium chassis to match a Klimax system if required. 

    Urika, the new phono stage, is located in the best possible place for no-holds barred performance – inside the deck.  This new internal location is only made possible by the introduction of the DC motor.  This prime position greatly reduces the signal path, minimising loss of information from the cartridge and maximising performance. 

    Other major design enhancements to the phono stage include a new screened and balanced T-Kable and a dual mono phono design.  The new T-Kable is directly soldered to the phono stage and delivers an improved signal-to-noise ratio, whilst increased flexibility enables the suspension to work more effectively without interference.  The dual mono phono design provides dedicated circuitry for each channel to minimise cross-talk. 

    The new LP12 SE upgrades can now be auditioned at Linn Turntable Specialists worldwide, many of whom are also hosting an ‘Out of this World – LP12 SE’ Event.  Find out more and book a place on      

    The Radikal and Urika LP12 SE upgrades are now on sale at Linn Turntable Specialists worldwide. 

    Suggested UK Retail Pricing (inc VAT) is as follows:

    Linn Radikal (standard chassis): £2,500 inc VAT

    Linn Radikal (machined-from-solid chassis): £4,500 inc VAT

    Linn Urika: £2,250 inc VAT 

    Customers can also maximise performance and save money by upgrading both products together:

    Linn Radikal (standard chassis) plus Linn Urika package: £4,200 inc VAT

    Linn Radikal (machined from solid chassis) plus Linn Urika package: £6,200 inc VAT 

    LINN is recognised as the performance leader in pitch-accurate sound reproduction. Its authenticity comes from its original design, technology and manufacturing capabilities.  LINN works exclusively with the world’s leading specialist retailers and installers – people committed to providing the highest quality and performance solutions for their clients. LINN entertainment systems can be found in the world’s finest homes, superyachts and commercial applications. In 2002 LINN was granted Royal Warrant status, as suppliers of entertainment systems to the Royal Household. 

    Linn Sondek LP12.  In 1972 Linn Products was born to produce a new turntable.  The Sondek LP12 revolutionised the hi-fi industry by retrieving more information from an LP record than ever before. The longest lived hi-fi product of all time, the LP12 is still the benchmark by which all turntables are judged.

    Linn Records offers a diverse, distinctive catalogue of over 275 titles of jazz, classical and Celtic music from a distinguished roster of artists.  Titles available from Linn Records on 180g vinyl:

    AKH 257 – Carol Kidd – All My Tomorrows

    AKH 297 – Carol Kidd – Carol Kidd

    AKH 272 – Claire Martin – Too Darn Hot!

    CKH 312 – Dunedin Consort – Handel’s Messiah (3 LP set)

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