Archive for August, 2009

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.

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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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First U.S. Showing of avielo kroma at CEDIA by projectiondesign – Green Technology Projected To Be A Winner

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Teterboro, NJ, July 30, 2009 – The eco-friendly avielo kroma by projectiondesign makes its exciting U.S. debut at CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta. The new kroma HD projector uses revolutionary ReaLED™ illumination technology delivering better colors, more contrast and a greener future.

The kroma’s ReaLED light source provides a wider and more consistent color gamut, with richer and better color rendition than any competing illumination technology. ReaLED technology gives an incredible contrast ratio with a pure color spectrum. Consistent peak performance is typical for the life of the kroma, and has an operating life time of 100,000 hours.

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avielo by projectiondesign®: superb images and energy saving innovation to star in biggest ever booth at CEDIA EXPO

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Fredrikstad, Norway, July 30, 2009 Better colors, more contrast, and a greener future will all be featured at this year’s CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta, GA, thanks to avielo by projectiondesign®. The Norwegian manufacturer is set to demonstrate its investment in the custom installation industry and wow attendees with their biggest ever booth in history at CEDIA EXPO which will showcase a string of brand new product and technology innovations, each one designed to raise the bar in terms of home theater image quality.

The company will host regular technology and innovation presentations at the booth inside a giant dedicated home theater throughout the EXPO.

Making its US debut at CEDIA EXPO 09 is avielo kroma, the first home-theater projector to use projectiondesign’s RealLED™ technology – based on solid-state LED illumination. The RealLED light source provides a wider and more consistent color gamut, with color rendition richer than any competing illumination technology. RealLED illumination stays consistent during its entire lifetime – typically in excess of 100,000 hours – ensuring that customers enjoy a long product life that is virtually maintenance-free.

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Marantz Expands Blu-ray Line, Debuts Highly Anticipated Flagship UD9004 Universal Player

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Flagship Model Incorporates Audio Technology from Award-Winning SA-7S1

MAHWAH, NJ – July 31, 2009 Marantzâ America, a world leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, is expanding its line of advanced Blu-ray players to include four Profile 2.0 models, all with Ethernet connectivity and features to increase flexibility in both playback and installation. Leading the new lineup is the company’s highly anticipated flagship player, the ultimate-quality UD9004 (MSRP: $5,999.99), joined by the high-end universal UD8004 (MSRP: $2,199.99) and two high-value, high-performance players, the BD7004 (MSRP: $799.99) and BD5004 (MSRP: $549.99).

Noted Kevin Zarow, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, Marantz America, Inc: “Marantz engineered every detail of our new Blu-ray players with both audio and video purists in mind. Whether a customer is looking to add to an existing Marantz home theater system or just looking for an ultimate-quality single-source component, Marantz now offers best-in-class performance at several price levels. With these introductions, we have clearly established our leadership in the growing Blu-ray arena. In fact, we are confident that the superior construction and circuitry of the UD9004 will quickly earn it the reputation as one of the world’s most sought-after Blu-ray players by home entertainment aficionados.”

UD9004: The Pinnacle of Home Entertainment Performance
The Marantz flagship UD9004 represents the pinnacle of home entertainment audio and video reproduction – a single source component that features true universal compatibility and world-class performance from virtually all of today’s most advanced video and audio formats. Built using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship to virtually eliminate mechanical distortion, the UD9004’s extensively braced chassis features a thick bottom plate with machine milled copper feet, sustaining mechanical stability and therefore sound quality.

The Profile 2.0 UD9004 will play virtually any 12cm digital audio or digital video disc ever created, including CD, SACD, DVD Audio and of course Blu-ray. The unit’s dedicated audio section, which is based on the award-winning Marantz SA-7S1 SACD player, ensures superior audio playback at all times and from all sources. Notably, two Sharc Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) are included for the ultimate in HD Audio decoding, and SACD playback is enhanced through the use of Marantz’s HDAM technology, Hyper Dynamic Amp module. Audiophiles will also appreciate the 32-bit floating point type Analog Devices DSP for the purest audio imaginable, with four separate circuit boards and a pure direct mode that even shuts down the video playing elements to deliver exceptional, focused audio output when desired. (more…)

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