Archive for February, 2011

RSL Speaker Systems Announces New Speaker Line. Exclusive Compression GuideTM Technology achieves high end performance at remarkably low prices.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A Division of Rogersound Labs, L.L.C.
26500 Agoura Road, Suite 571
Calabasas, CA 91302

FOR RELEASE   Thursday January 27, 2011

Contact     Howard Rodgers, President
Phone:      (800) 905-5485      (http://www.rslspeakers.com)
RSL Speaker Systems Announces New Speaker Line. Exclusive Compression GuideTM Technology achieves high end performance at remarkably low prices.
The line consists of three new models. The RSL CG4 is a compact 2 way Compression GuideTM speaker that can be used along with a subwoofer in a home theater or in an audiophile quality stereo system. The RSL Speedwoofer 10 is a subwoofer featuring Compression GuideTM Technology that allows it to have a faster transient response than most subwoofers. The result is a more natural integration of the subwoofer into the home theater or stereo system. Compression GuideTM also allows the Speedwoofer 10 to provide the deep bass response normally associated with much larger subwoofers. The RSL Speedwoofer 10 features wireless remote control of volume and crossover frequency along with a beefy, fully analog class A/B amplifier conservatively rated at 375 watts RMS.
The third model is the RSL CG 24 Monitor. This is a relatively compact speaker that also features Compression GuideTM Technology. It is the latest in the long line of RSL Studio Monitors that have achieved notoriety in the recording and broadcast industries. It is designed to be ideal either as a studio monitor, when used with the RSL Speedwoofer 10 or as a center channel to complement the RSL CG4s in a home theater system. All models also feature high-gloss black piano finished cabinets.
Compression Guide Technology is a different approach to speaker tuning, which dramatically increases the clarity of the voices and instruments as well as improving the soundstage (the company’s slogan is, “Hear outside the box”). It also results in significant bass extension with less boominess and overhang.
According to RSL’s President Howard Rodgers, “While there may be dozens of fine speaker brands available today, RSL’s new line is a superior value when judged by price versus sonic performance. We offer speaker sound quality that we’re certain will impress picky audiophiles, at prices much lower than those currently found in the high end market.”
Rodgers attributes this to their exclusive Compression Guide Technology, RSL’s 40 years of speaker manufacturing experience, the use of high quality parts, and direct prices. RSL Speakers are available directly from their website www.rslspeakers.com.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s, Southern California audio fans were familiar with RSL Speakers sold at Rogersound Labs audio/video stores throughout the area. During those decades, RSL was one of the best selling brands in the area. The RSL Studio Monitors were a familiar sight in many of the L.A.’s recording studios and radio stations and were owned by many of LA’s top musicians. They still have a loyal following. RSL speakers stood for high quality and great sound at reasonable, factory-direct prices.
All RSL speakers come with a 30 day satisfaction money back guaranty. RSL will even pay shipping both ways so that customers will wind up paying nothing to try them, if not completely delighted.

Media Décor Introduces Allure Moving Art Series with iColor Frames

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL—February 2011—Media Decor, the leading manufacturer of elegant solutions to discreetly conceal flat screen TVs, now introduces the new Allure Series with iColor frames.

As flat screen TVs grow larger and thinner, many consumers are choosing to mount them up and out of the way on a wall like a piece of fine art however, aesthetically, the black, glass and metal rectangle still leaves a lot to be desired in terms of décor.

To the rescue is Media Décor’s new Allure Moving Art Series—a simple and stunning solution to attractively conceal that flat panel on the wall.

The Allure’s clean, contemporary lines are complemented by an endless choice of frame colors. The high gloss, lacquer-like finish is available in a wide variety of colors from Apple Green to Zebra Black (or White) and any color in-between. And Media Décor makes it easy to select the right color with a free downloadable app from iTunes for the iPhone, Blackberry or Android Smartphones. Alternatively, clients have the option to send Media Décor a color chip, fabric swatch, color code number, and more, and they will match it.

The shadow box frame of the Allure Series that houses the structure, art and motor is only 3-inches wide and has a return to the wall of 3-inches. And since it is essentially a “Finished Corner” frame, there are no visible mitered corners or seams.

Installation is easy. Z-Extrusion hardware (included) simply mounts the unit directly to the wall over the TV. Powered by a Lutron Sivoia® Electronic Drive Unit with a noise level of <44dBA, the artwork silently rolls up when the TV is on. With the TV off and the artwork down it is impossible to tell that there is a TV in the room!

Chose from Media Décor’s vast selection of over 2,000 fine art and photography images ranging from Contemporary to Classical. Media Decor can also reproduce a customer’s high-resolution digital image of an original painting, family portrait, photograph, or company logo, and more. You can even have an artist of your choice paint an image on canvas that Media Decor can supply, for a truly original piece.

The Allure Series adds another much needed dimension to Media Décor’s existing line of motorized art models. The Elite and the Illusion, in Standard and Razor versions, are still available for surface and recess mounted TV’s. Media Décor offers the widest selection of art and frames. With TV Mirrors and Art Lifts, no one offers more choice of solutions for concealing flat panels.

Intended for wall mounted applications where the TV and mount depth does not exceed 1.875”. Pricing starts at $6,700 for a 42” model.

Availability: March 1, 2011

About Media Décor
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Media Décor was founded in 2003 to create elegant designer-level solutions for today’s home-entertainment installations for designers, architects, and A/V custom installers. Media Décor products are designed from the ground up in the USA, and built in their Florida manufacturing facility, to fill a rising demand for ways to discreetly hide large flat-screen displays when they are turned off or not being viewed. The company’s team of expert and inspired technicians, interior designers, and structural craftsmen collaborate to create and deliver the world’s most compelling, beautiful, and customized entertainment environments. For more information, please visit: www.mediadecor.com.

Pro Audio Technology Broadens Presence In CI Market With Affordable Options For Distributed Audio And Media Rooms

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Huntington Beach, CA (January 28, 2011) – Building on the success of its initial high-output in-wall loudspeakers, Pro Audio Technology (PRO) has expanded its offering of designer-friendly products to include new in-wall, in-ceiling and subwoofer models. Featuring professional components and DSP optimization, the new models bring PRO’s unique high-output performance to a lower price point than previously available.

The SCRS-5iw in-wall loudspeaker joins a ¾-inch compression driver to a PRO-designed elliptical horn for broad dispersion of high frequency energy. Its 5-inch woofer employs a powerful ferrite magnet with an oversized voice-coil, resulting in a high-sensitivity design capable of output levels of 110dB and a dynamic range typically associated with larger floor standing loudspeakers. Measuring only 3 7/8-inch deep, the SCRS-5iw installs easily in a standard 2 x 4 stud bay.

The SCRS-25iw ceiling loudspeaker integrates the drivers of the SCRS-5iw in a dual woofer configuration providing greater sensitivity and higher maximum output level of approximately 115dB. Functionality is enhanced by an angled baffle design – ideal for applications where directing sound toward a specific listening position is desirable. The all-metal construction provides robust build-quality commensurate with the product’s bulletproof performance and includes a back-box that easily fits between 12-inch on-center joists.

To compliment their full-range speakers, PRO is introducing two new subwoofers. The LFC-12im features a highly specialized 12-inch woofer in a shallow enclosure engineered for easy retrofit installation in a traditional 2 x 4 stud bay. A powerful neodymium motor and huge 5-inch voice-coil deliver deep, tuneful bass at output levels belying the LFC-12im’s unobtrusive size (115dB max output). For more demanding applications, PRO’s new LFC-14sm high-impact floor-standing subwoofer employs a proprietary long throw 15-inch driver housed in a compact enclosure. A black textured paint finish is standard. Wood veneer is available at an up-charge.
Each product is engineered for simple retrofit installation, requiring only minutes to install and all in-wall and in-ceiling models come with a bezel-less, paintable metal grille. Like other PRO products, the new loudspeaker models are designed for bi-amp operation using the company’s DSP-driven digital amplifier technology to maximize performance. Passive (single amp) operation will also be available.

Pricing is available through authorized PRO dealers.

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ABOUT Pro Audio Technology
PRO was founded upon a simple principle: Combine preeminent engineering technology from consumer and professional audio fields to produce the most accurate, robust and aurally-exciting audio products available for installed residential systems. Pro Audio Technology, formerly known as PHC (Professional Home Cinema) was renamed in 2010.

For further information please visit www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology / PHC
Company Contact:
Larry Reagan,
Vice President / Sales & Marketing
800-272-6085 / Ext. 1 • email: larry@professionalhomecinema.com

Media Contact:
Roberta Lewis, Roberta Lewis & Assoc. Public Relations
713-665-8758 • email: rlewis@robertalewis.com

Onkyo Debuts Entry-Level AV Receivers With Internet, Network, and USB Capabilities at Much Lower Prices

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (2/10/2011). — Onkyo, a global innovator in hi-fi and home theater, has introduced a line of three new entry-level home theater receivers that include advanced networking capabilities and a ‘Made for iPod/iPhone’ USB interface for the first time at such low prices. Previously, these features were only available in the US on models with suggested retail prices of $899 and higher. The release includes the 7.2-channel TX-NR609, the 5.1-channel TX-NR509 and the 5.1-channel TX-SR309. The models designated ‘TX-NR’ are network-capable and all three have front-panel USB connections.

The two network-capable receivers support streaming PC audio and Internet radio, and provide compatibility with Windows® 7 and DLNA. The Internet connection greatly simplifies the process of providing future updates to the receiver’s firmware. These networking models can also take advantage of Onkyo’s free Remote App for iPod/iPhone to control the A/V receiver.

Onkyo has also introduced its UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter that will be compatible with all Onkyo network-capable receivers with USB and introduced in 2011. It provides an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection to access music on a home network.

This front-panel USB port also offers a direct digital connection for an iPod or iPhone, along with support for audio playback from USB mass-storage devices. In the case of the TX-NR609 the USB port even support album from your iPod/iPhone. All Onkyo receivers incorporate an implementation of HDMI® that includes compatibility with 3D video, HDMI Thru, and an Audio Return Channel. The latter allows audio content received via an HDTV’s tuner to be sent upstream via HDMI to the receiver, without the need for an extra cable from the display.

Other features shared by these models include PLL jitter-cleaning circuitry to preserve signal clarity; lossless Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding; an overlaid on-screen display for easy adjustment of settings; and a new front panel design.

The most advanced model in this group is the THX® Select2 Plus™-certified TX-NR609, the latest in Onkyo’s extremely popular line of “600 series” A/V receivers. When it comes to video processing, this receiver is the world’s first to employ cutting-edge Marvell Qdeo™ to upscale video signals to state-of-the-art 4K resolution. Regardless of the original source resolution, users will be able to enjoy smooth and extremely precise video images on a compatible high-resolution display.

Along with the aforementioned USB port, the TX-NR609 boasts six HDMI inputs (one located conveniently on the front), a Universal Port for Onkyo-branded peripheral devices, and a raft of popular digital and analog A/V jacks.

Another connectivity highlight on the TX-NR609 comes in the form of Powered Zone 2, which lets users play a different audio source in a second room equipped with stereo speakers. The TX-NR609’s 7.2-channel configuration includes two subwoofer pre-outs, enabling users to supply larger rooms with more balanced and powerful low frequencies.

The TX-NR609 features a PC-compatible analog RGB video input—ideal for gamers and fans of PC-based media. This input allows users to send the video signal from a notebook or desktop PC directly to the receiver, which then sends it via HDMI to a compatible display.

Among its audio-processing highlights, the TX-NR609 supports decoding for Audyssey DSX™. This sophisticated technology allows users to reconfigure the surround-back speakers in a seven-channel set-up as either front-height or front-wide speakers, creating a more immersive home theater experience with increased ambience. The TX-NR609 also supports Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz, which offers a similar front-height surround-sound option.

Ease-of-use is always a priority at Onkyo, particularly at the entry level. This is why the TX-NR609 incorporates a suite of Audyssey technologies—2EQ®, Dynamic Volume®, and Dynamic EQ®—to simplify set-up, and a new overlaid graphical GUI for in-session adjustments to settings. A stylish illuminated volume control knob makes it easy to adjust the volume in the dark.

The TX-NR509, meanwhile, offers an appealing choice to users who do not require the 4K video upscaling feature or the expanded surround sound of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. It offers 4 HMDI inputs and the same range of networking and superb audio processing as its higher sibling.

Rounding out this release is the most affordable model of all, the TX-SR309. This 5.1-channel A/V receiver is targeted at users who do not require the networking, Zone 2, or Audyssey equalization features, but who still seek a modern and budget-friendly home theater centerpiece. It features three HDMI inputs and high-quality TI Burr-Brown audio DACs, along with Onkyo’s proprietary advanced music optimizer and gaming audio modes.

With this current release, Onkyo aims to further cement its position as a trusted provider of high-quality, yet affordable, home theater receivers.

The Onkyo TX-NR609 will be available with a manufacture’s suggested retail price of $599; TX-NR509 at $399; and TX-SR309 at $299. The Onkyo UWF-1 wireless adapter will cost $39. All of these products will be available at retail in early April.

Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

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Parasound Launches Redesigned 5 x 250-Watt NewClassic THX Ultra 2 Power Amplifier that Can Cut the Cost of the AV Technology Treadmill

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, (2/1/11) — Parasound, the San Francisco based supplier of premium audio amplifiers and components, has redesigned its Model 5250 power amplifier after six years as the flagship of its popular NewClassic family of products. The new Parasound NewClassic Model 5250 v.2 is ideal for home theater enthusiasts who want the performance of a very high-powered amplifier, while pairing it with an affordable state-of-the-art surround receiver that has all the latest technology.

The Parasound NewClassic 5250 v.2 offers the same THX Ultra 2 Certified, five-channel, 250-watts per channel power ratings as its predecessor, but with a more graceful front panel design, adjustable gain for each channel making it compatible with the preamp outputs of any AVR, and more than 60 other improvements to its operating features and circuitry.

“The NC 5250 v.2 provides a terrific solution for home theater enthusiasts who want great performance but worry about the cost of updating a new top-of-the line surround receiver every few years to keep pace with changing technology,” said Richard Schram, Parasound’s president and founder. “A high quality and powerful amplifier will never really become obsolete. Rather than spend $2,500 to $5,000 for a high power surround receiver every time technology changes, why not spend $800-$1200 for a lower powered surround receiver which has the same decoding and most of the same useful features, while connecting its preamp outputs to a 5250 v.2 to give the system a significant increase in audio power?”

Like its predecessor, the new Model 5250 v.2 delivers exceptional power output and low noise performance capabilities. With discrete power transistors, dual toroid power transformers, and large storage capacitors, the 5250 v.2 can deliver peak currents of 45 amps per channel, and sustain 385 watts per channel into 4-ohm loads. Despite this high-energy operation, the amplifier does not run hot, and is designed for cool running even in relatively confined spaces.

Unlike its predecessor, which had fixed gain at the THX reference level, the NewClassic 5250 v.2 allows independent +/- 10 dB gain adjustment for each channel relative to the THX level. This allows home theater systems to reach higher SPLs in very large rooms or when using less sensitive speakers. Plus, it gives custom installers greater control over fine-tuning of the system, especially when connected to an AV receiver. Additionally, the NewClassic 5250 v.2 has a new simplified and more effective audio turn-on trigger that eliminates the need for a separate sensitivity control. Also eliminated is the ground-lift switch, which has been rendered unnecessary by a new internal grounding scheme.

The Parasound NewClassic Model 5250 v.2 is now shipping to dealers, and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,850.

About Parasound: Founded in 1981, Parasound Products, Inc., is a privately owned U.S. company that specializes in providing affordable audio and home theater components to the critical listener. Parasound’s products are available from quality audio/video retailers, and select custom installation specialists. For more information, visit www.parasound.com or call 415-397-7100.

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