Archive for August, 2009

Wisdom Audio Sage Series Electronics Gain Independent U.S. and International Certification

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

CARSON CITY, Nev., August 10, 2009 Wisdom Audio (, the leader in planar magnetic technologies, has gained product certification from TÜV SÜD America Inc. for its Sage Series line of electronics. This certification ensures that Sage Series products meet applicable electrical safety requirements in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

“We already had a tremendous amount of confidence in our electronic designs, but we wanted to go one step beyond and have them certified by an independent lab in order to provide our customers the utmost confidence in our products that self-certification just can’t yield,” explained Mark Glazier, Wisdom Audio president. “We chose TÜV SÜD because of their history and standing in the international community. TÜV SÜD’s stringent testing procedures and parameters are what we desired in order to prove our products’ ability to meet and exceed domestic and international regulations, and we are very pleased with the results.”

Wisdom Audio’s Sage Series SA-1, SA-2, and SA-3 amplifiers, as well as the SC-1 System Controller, were tested and passed domestic, Canadian, and European electrical safety requirements. As part of the ongoing certification process, TÜV SÜD America representatives will visit Wisdom Audio’s manufacturing facility quarterly in order to ensure that products being manufactured are identical to the certified product, and the manufacturing controls remain in place to support compliance with applicable certification standards.

“Product manufacturers who recognize the importance of certifying their products can benefit from the opportunities the process generates,” stated Steve Dykstra, Vice President of Testing for TÜV SÜD America. “We are honored that the staff at Wisdom Audio chose TÜV SÜD America to certify their products based upon our testing procedures and reputation.”

Wisdom Audio’s SC-1 System Controller incorporates an electronic crossover, parametric equalization, and acoustic room correction that incorporates Audyssey MultEQ® XT technology. It also includes selectable, RS-232 operable memory settings for optimized performance in varied acoustic settings for music and film environments. A PC-based installation application allows a professional installer to configure the SC-1 for the particular complement of Sage Series speakers used in a given installation.

The bi-amplified Sage Series includes dedicated low frequency amplifiers for both its full-range speakers and subwoofer to ensure optimal in-room low frequency response. Respectively, these amplifiers are the SA-3 (3 x 500W) and the SA-2 (2 x 500W) for full-range speakers, and the SA-1 (1000W) for the subwoofer.

“Because of the high-quality nature and extreme design and build quality we put into each and every one our products, we are sparing no expense in order to provide our customers with the utmost confidence in these products, as well,” continued Glazier.

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About TÜV SÜD America Inc.

TÜV SÜD America Inc., a subsidiary of TÜV SÜD AG, is a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services. Founded in 1987, TÜV SÜD America has grown to more than 600 experts in over a dozen locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Operating under the brand names of Product Service, Management Service, Industry Service, Automotive and PetroChem Inspection Services, TÜV SÜD America has partnered with thousands of companies throughout the NAFTA region, assuring product and management systems excellence, and acceptance to the global marketplace.

About Wisdom Audio

Wisdom Audio is the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar-magnetic transducers with more than 90 man-years experience. Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 to create no-compromise planar loudspeaker systems for the most demanding and critical audiophiles. Wisdom Audio systems employ proprietary, custom-made planar magnetic and dynamic transducers optimized for high-performance, high-end architectural audio reproduction applications. Its hybrid-technology systems have earned praise and awards from the specialized media, while satisfying a growing base of customers and dealers worldwide.

Wisdom Audio’s multi-award winning Sage Series architectural products are handcrafted in limited quantities by specialized craftsmen at its headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.

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NAD Highlights Innovative Modular Design Construction Program for Top AV Components

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Performance-Packed MDC Circuit Boards Bring Advanced Technologies, Latest Capabilities and Future-Proofing Features to Select Products

CEDIA EXPO ‘09, ATLANTA, GA, Aug. 10, 2009 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, will showcase its a unique Modular Design Construction (MDC) program at CEDIA ’09. MDC enables dealers and installers to offer custom configurations to owners of NAD’s high-value A/V products.  Owners can install one or more elements of NAD’s innovative new mechanical architecture into select NAD A/V Receivers and Preamp-Processors, or purchase new components already equipped with the MDC architecture. (more…)


Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

“Panorama Slicing” Automates Stereo-to-Surround and Back Again.

San Francisco, CA, August, 2009 – Broadcast leader Orban/CRL is the first to license the new automated stereo-to-surround system from Bay Area trailblazer Penteo, LLC.  The proprietary process follows closely on the heels of the conversion of U.S. television broadcasts to all-digital.  Penteo now makes it possible for television stations to effortlessly and automatically broadcast all their legacy stereo programming and stereo commercials in 5.1 Surround.  Unlike other methods, Penteo 5.1 snaps back automatically to the two original channels for traditional stereo broadcast.  Orban is licensing Penteo’s technologies to include in their Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor and upcoming broadcast appliances.

Robert Orban, Chief Engineer of Orban/CRL stated, “When choosing an upmix algorithm to complement Orban’s Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor, I auditioned a number of different processes. Of these, only the Penteo Surround upmix sounded like discrete five-channel while preserving the balance of the stereo source without coloration. I was particularly impressed by its ability to place dialog firmly in the center channel even when the mix included other elements placed around the stereo soundstage. Penteo was the hands-down winner of my shoot-out.”

“The Penteo system is based on entirely new stereo analysis,” says John Wheeler, Penteo, LLC founder and inventor of the new technology.  “We believe it’s the first truly significant breakthrough in the art of converting stereo into 5.1 surround sound in the last 15 years. We’re thrilled that this major player has stepped up to the plate.”

Penteo has developed a system of processes and patent-pending proprietary technology that cleanly and efficiently converts any stereo mix of music, film, and TV soundtracks directly into superior-quality 5.1 surround sound.  At the core of this system is the new stereo “panorama slicing”(tm) algorithm that Wheeler says creates a much cleaner, clearer, more discrete 5.1 surround experience than any other 5.1 conversion technology available today.  “Most importantly, our surround masters downmix back to stereo with absolutely no sonic artifacts,” Wheeler said. “Our approach absolutely respects the vision of the original mixing engineers.”

Most recently, the Penteo 5.1 process was used for the Warner Bros. blockbuster “Watchmen” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” as the first major motion pictures to take advantage of the new direct stereo-to-5.1 surround sound processing system.  Drastically reducing cost and delays, Penteo easily processed numerous classic songs for theatrical release, including Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence,” Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower,” and Richard Wagner’s full orchestral ” Ride of the Valkyries” into 5.1 surround sound for Watchmen’s top mixing team.

The company recently developed the “Penteo/RT” broadcast algorithm that converts live stereo broadcasts into 5.1 surround on the fly, giving broadcasters the ability to automatically send out all their programming as a 5.1 mix simultaneously with their stereo transmission. Penteo is currently in discussions to license the technology to consumer electronics makers and professional production hardware manufacturers.

“We view this Orban agreement as strategic validation of our technology and look forward to a strong and growing relationship with Orban/CRL,” said John Wheeler, president and CEO of Penteo.  “With their stature in broadcast technology we have a perfect launching pad for Penteo in this new era of quality television, radio, and modern media delivery.”

Penteo, LLC, based in San Francisco, California, has created cutting-edge technologies and services that convert any stereo audio into 5.1 surround sound, with automatic downmixing back to stereo. The company has developed proprietary, patent-pending technologies and applications that allow television, film, and music industry professionals to convert and deliver their stereo content and assets into superior-quality 5.1 surround sound automatically, setting a new standard in completely downconvertible, stereo-compatible 5.1 audio processing.
Penteo is a registered trademark of Penteo, LLC.

From ESPN to the BBC, Orban products are at work in radio and television stations around the world. Designing audio products for the challenges of broadcasting has kept Orban busy, and successful, for over thirty years.
Bob Orban founded the company because he wasn’t happy with the sound of albums being heard on the “new” stereo FM stations. He developed the OPTIMOD solution that combines several processing structures into a single box to maximize loudness and still meet government broadcast regulations. OPTIMOD is still the largest selling Orban product as we move from analog transmission to the new digital media of DTV, DAB and Webcasting.  It is this focus on radio and television that makes Orban’s products the choice for broadcasters worldwide.

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Gaming to go: Sennheiser Communications introduces its portable PC 300 gaming headset

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Sennheiser Communications announces the release of the PC 300 G4ME headset. The tiny, portable headset is designed for people who love gaming, chatting, listening to music and watching movies on their laptops and portable media players.

Traveling light

Every gamer has a favorite headset for LAN events and conventions, but these can be bulky and heavy. The PC 300 G4ME is ultra-lightweight, yet delivers Sennheiser’s premium audio performance and quality, in a package not much larger than a matchbox.

Great sound

The PC 300 G4ME utilizes capsules from Sennheiser’s famed CX 300-II ear-canal phones, which are praised in the consumer electronics industry for their rich sound and excellent suppression of ambient noise. And as Sennheiser is also a legendary microphone manufacturer, the PC 300 G4ME includes a high-quality Sennheiser microphone, which offers clear speech intelligibility. The headset also includes an in-line volume control and three sizes of soft silicone sleeves, which guarantee a comfortable and secure fit that enhances bass.

Plug and play

The PC 300 G4ME uses two 3.5 mm plugs to connect to PCs and laptops; one for the headphones and the other for the microphone. The package also includes a quick-disconnect 6.5-foot extension cable. The headset and extension cable can be conveniently packed away in the supplied pouch.

Technical specifications


§ Frequency response: 18 – 22,000 Hz

§ Impedance: 16 Ω

§ Sound pressure level: 106 dB


§ Frequency response: 80 – 15,000 Hz

§ Pick-up pattern: Omni-directional

§ Impedance: ~2.2 kΩ

§ Sensitivity: -32dBv/Pa

The PC 300 is available now with an MSRP of $169.95.

About Sennheiser Communications

Sennheiser Communications is a joint venture between the electro-acoustics specialist Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, and the hearing healthcare specialist William Demant Holding Group. Decades of experience in pro music and hearing healthcare has helped the five-year-old company produce award-winning, innovative headsets.

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at, or by contacting:

Nicoll Public Relations, Inc.

Erika Pearson or John Nicoll

(781) 762-9300

SI Partners with Apex Marketing, Inc. for the Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky Markets

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Austin, Texas, August 5, 2009 – SI ( is proud to announce that it has partnered with Chesterton, Ind.-based manufacturer’s representative Apex Marketing, Inc. to serve the Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky markets.

“We are very excited to have Apex Marketing join the SI team,” said Blake Vackar, SI director of sales. “SI has made a strong push towards garnering strong relationships with our current and potential customers with our ever expanding line of industry leading home theater projector screens, as well as with our updated on-line sales tools and knowledgeable rep force. Apex will aggressively target our current and potential dealers and customers in the very important Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky territories by educating and delivering SI’s messages of providing the market with the industry’s most cutting edge projection screen technologies”.


Lexicon’s Comprehensive New BD-30 Blu-Ray Player Future-Proofs Home Theaters And Media Rooms, Delivers Pristine Playback

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The BD-30 Blu-ray disc player supports every major AV format in the market today, including Blu-ray, BD-Live, BonusView, DVD,upconverted DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD and USB.  The BD-30 incorporates Anchor Bay’s award-winning Video Reference Series technology, taking Blu-ray’s already amazingly clear 1080p picture to yet another level of clarity and brilliance.


Bel Canto Unveil the VBS the Virtual Battery Supply!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Bel Canto Unveils the VBS1™ Virtual Battery Supply!

The Next Step in Pure Power Technology

August 4th, 2009 • Minneapolis MN • Bel Canto Design, Ltd., manufacturers of analog and digital source components and amplifiers pulls the cover off their latest achievement, the VBS™ Virtual Battery Supply offering all the advantages of a 12 volt lead acid battery without the lead, the acid, or the battery! It offers smoother, even-tempered, well-adjusted DC than previously available.

Bel Canto’s Gourmet Power
The Bel Canto 24/192 differential DAC is the heart of the system, the Bel Canto Digital Control Center. We make sure the DCC dines on gourmet power! Rather than depending on extra-cost power conditioners to do the job, John Stronczer builds value into his designs with supplies that curb the crackling storms riding the AC mains.


Harman Makes Dealer Support Central To Growth Strategy In Custom Home Electronics Market

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Coupling Innovative New Products, A Pricing Strategy Aimed To Broaden Access/Appeal And Unprecedented Marketing Support, Harman Plans To Grow Market Share For Lexicon, Mark Levinson, JBL Synthesis And Revel

ELKHART, Indiana — At a time when other high-performance AV manufacturers are retracting marketing activities, scaling back new product development and holding dealers to maintain sales performance in challenging economic times, Harman’s High Performance AV group is making dealer support central to its growth strategy for Lexicon, JBL Synthesis, Revel and Mark Levinson.  In the past six months, Harman actively encouraged brand dealers to become group dealers carrying all four lines, consolidating quotas and benefitting from an aggressive marketing program that includes web and print advertising and a soon-to-be-unveiled traveling demonstration road show.  According to Marc Kellom, Harman High Performance AV Vice President of Marketing, the new program is timed to support the launch of exciting new products in all four brands that are priced and positioned to reach broad new markets.


New JBL K2 S9900 Present The Next Generation Of Audiophile-Level Free-standing Full-Range Loudspeakers

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Building on the design and engineering of the renowned JBL KS 9800 loudspeaker with an extended low-frequency response, new crossover points and larger high-frequency driver, the new JBL KS 9900 is the ultimate floor-standing speaker for the discerning audiophile.

ELKHART, Indiana — In a move that provides custom home systems integrators with a new benchmark for performance and aesthetics in a luxury-tier loudspeaker, JBL today introduced the new JBL K2 S9900 floor-standing loudspeaker.  The K2 S9900 is the latest entry in JBL’s K2 series of freestanding full-range loudspeakers, and represents the ultimate in audiophile performance.  Building upon the design and engineering brilliance of the successful JBL K2 9800, the new K2 S9900 expands its frequency response down to 33 Hz via a new low-frequency extender, giving it a total range of 33Hz to 50 kHz with 900 HZ and 15 kHz crossover points.  The K2 S9900 is also 35 percent more powerful than its predecessor, with a power-handling rating of 500 Watts (RMS).  And while the KS 9900 continues the K2 Series tradition of utilizing the proven 15-inch (380mm) diameter fiber-pulp cone low-frequency driver, the K2 S9900’s 4-inch (100mm) high-frequency compression driver is a third larger than that of the K2 S9800, and is topped with a 1-inch (25mm) ultrahigh-frequency driver.  Overall, the K2 S9900 sets new levels of performance and style for the luxury home entertainment market.


Tributaries’® New HDMI Extender Over CAT6 Goes the Distance

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Orlando, Florida—July 31, 2009—Tributaries®, the acknowledged leader in value-high-end connectivity for home and professional A/V systems and custom installations continues to mark its territory in the accessories category as well. The HXC6 HDMI over CAT6 Extender is another handy problem solver for today’s modern home theater systems.

The HXC6 provides a simple solution for sending an HDMI signal over distances of up to 45 meters (147 feet) virtually loss-free. Providing pure digital signal transmission and receiving, the new model is half the price and roughly a quarter the size of its predecessor, the HXC5. The HXC6’s small footprint allows it to fit easily behind flat panels or inside single-gang mudrings, offering flexible installation options so critical in custom designs. The HXC6 requires a double run of standard CAT5E or CAT6 network cabling. CAT5E will provide 1080p/8-bit color capability up to 45 meters (148ft) while CAT6 will provide 1080p/12-bit color (Deep Color) up to 15 meters (50ft). The HXC6 uses digital signal processing to ensure full hi-def signal integrity for all video formats up to and including 1080p, and is compliant with HDMI v1.3, HDCP 1.1, and DVI 1.1. The HXC6 is packaged as a complete, ready-to-connect system that includes a compact transmitter (source-end) and receiver (destination-end), and two 5-volt power supplies with several power adapters, making it suitable for worldwide use.


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