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KEF T Series, Universal Wireless System Rocks “Hip Hop Paradise” on DIY Network’s Man Caves

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, will have several products, including the KEF T Series and Universal Wireless System, prominently featured in an upcoming episode of DIY Network’s popular show, Man Caves.

Hosted by licensed contractor Jason Cameron and former NFL great and current Fox Network NFL analyst Tony “The Goose” Siragusa, each episode of Man Caves features a complete transformation of an ordinary living space into the ultimate, one-of-a-kind “refuge” from every-day life for one lucky man. During the show, Cameron and Siragusa offer viewers’ tips and ideas on how to create a similar entertainment setting for themselves with do-it-yourself instructions for all homeowners.

Panamax/Furman Names Home Theater Design Group as Winner of ‘How Do You BlueBOLT(R)?’ Contest

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

PETALUMA, Calif. — April 27, 2011 — Panamax/Furman today announced that Texas-based A/V integrator Home Theater Design Group has won the company’s “How do you BlueBOLT(R)?” contest. Home Theater Design Group’s prize is a trip for two to the wine country of Sonoma County, Calif. The getaway includes round trip flights for two, two nights lodging, one day of touring local vintners, and five meals, including one evening of fine dining in Sonoma.

“How do you BlueBOLT?” was open to anyone who interacted with the BlueBOLT power and energy management platform, which provides secure, hosted IP (Internet Protocol) power control and energy management for A/V systems. To enter the contest, participants simply had to fill out an online entry form and include a true story on their experience using BlueBOLT. A random drawing of all contest entries was held to determine the winner.

“We are very excited to have won the contest and thank Panamax/Furman for this wonderful prize,” said Brad Griffin of Home Theater Design Group. “Our BlueBOLT story is that we are using the platform to monitor an extremely complex system with over 60 static IP addresses related to the automation system alone. With so many devices requiring the Internet, it’s important for us to be able to monitor the system’s status 24/7 in order to make sure things are operating properly, something which is easily achieved with the BlueBOLT-enabled F1500-UPS.”

“The response to our ‘How do you BlueBOLT?’ contest was overwhelming, and it was truly rewarding for us to hear about all the amazing experiences users are having with the platform,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “We thank everyone who participated and shared their BlueBOLT story, and extend our congratulations to Home Theater Design Group.”

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Wireless Speakers Made Easy: KEF Launches Universal Wireless System 2.0

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, has announced the launch of Universal Wireless System 2.0. Using advanced, proprietary technology to eliminate interface with potentially conflicting devices, the wireless system transmits CD quality sound to speakers and features enhanced software and a more powerful transmitter than the previous version. The KEF Universal Wireless System 2.0 is compatible with the full range of KEF loudspeakers and most other brands of loudspeakers, and is available now for just $499.

KEF T-Series Take Home Gold from CEA Mark of Excellence Awards

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, has announced its T Series Flat Panel Loudspeaker line has been awarded Gold in the “Speaker of the Year” category by the 2011 CEA TechHome Mark of Excellence Award committee.

Procella Audio Upgrades the P8 Main/Surround Speaker System With Neodymium High-Frequency Compression Driver and New 8-Inch Woofer

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

– Neodymium 1.5 inch compression driver mounted on Procella-designed constant directivity waveguide improves high-frequency extension

– 8 inch woofer driver increases the power handling and output of the P8, especially at low frequencies around the recommended subwoofer crossover point

– New version of the P8 is shipping now worldwide with no price increase, making the speaker an even greater value

Stockholm, Sweden, – March 1, 2011 –  Procella Audio, manufacturer of high-performance high-output speaker systems for home and professional cinema and music applications, revealed today a set of improvements to the THX Approved P8 loudspeaker that elevate its acclaimed performance. The P8 now uses a new 1.5 inch Neodymium compression driver mounted on a custom Procella constant directivity waveguide and a new 8 inch woofer driver, all made specifically for Procella Audio. With these pro audio components, the P8 achieves improved high-frequency extension, higher power handling, lower distortion and even better dispersion control around its crossover frequency. The new version of the P8 is shipping now worldwide, and its price remains unchanged at a suggested U.S. retail price of USD $2,599.00 each.

The Procella P8 is a high-output screen channel or surround channel speaker, designed for high-resolution, wide dynamic range playback of 24 bit/96KHz recordings and soundtracks. It is capable of THX reference level (105 dB continuous) at a distance of 4 meters. Its Identical Voice™ design and crossover makes the speaker ideal for use in systems with Procella P815 and P6 loudspeakers, achieving flat phase response and ultra-low group delay for optimized three-dimensional room response, and symmetrical coverage of high frequencies to all seats in small and large rooms alike. With a shallow depth of just 7.9” and a back baffle angled at 7.5 degrees, the speaker is ideal for wall mounting. The speaker is THX Approved for integration into professional rooms, including THX Certified Screening Rooms and THX pm3 Studios (professional Multichannel Mixing and Monitoring).

“We are very pleased with the improvements that we have been able to make to the P8. These new components make the speaker capable of more output at both frequency extremes, increasing both its accuracy and its maximum output,” explained Anders Uggelberg, founding partner and lead designer of Procella Audio. “We have worked closely with our component suppliers to source and develop these new drivers, and they have enabled us to make an enhanced version of one of our key products.”

With a 1.5 inch voice coil and a 1 inch throat, the new compression driver has very high efficiency and low distortion, particularly in comparison to dome tweeters. Mounted on a Procella-designed constant directivity waveguide, it delivers smooth high-frequency response throughout the listening area, and it provides greater extension of the upper highs to 20 KHz.  The new 8” woofer, which can be identified by its round basket shape, has increased output capability in the mid-bass area near its recommended subwoofer crossover point of 80 Hz, as well as higher power handling overall, further improving the P8’s dynamic range and maximum output. A new crossover design completes the upgrades, working in combination with the new drivers to improve the radiation pattern of the loudspeaker in the critical midrange around its crossover point, producing even greater coherency of sound.

About Procella Audio

Manufactured in Sweden and distributed globally, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney and Stockholm, Procella Audio was launched in 2006 by two former Directors of DTS Europe, who created the first Procella speaker system for a 32 seat preview theater at the DTS Europe headquarters outside London. Procella loudspeakers deliver a powerful and dynamic cinema audio experience for the world’s finest home theaters, professional studios and screening rooms. For more information, please visit


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      (
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
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.

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

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

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

NuForce, Inc. takes pride in announcing the release of its Reference-18 Mono Power Amplifier

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

NuForce, Inc. takes pride in announcing the release of its Reference-18 Mono Power Amplifier. Building upon the unique technologies embodied in its award-wining Reference-9 Series, the Ref-18 represents an unprecedented level of performance and quality. The company’s new flagship amp employs a 17-inch-wide chassis enclosing, among other refinements, a proprietary Cross-Matrix Array (CMA) capacitor board and input stage optimized for minimal signal routing.

In addition to the Ref 18’s performance gains, the new amp features a touch-sensitive front panel, WBT binding posts and a 12-volt On-Off Trigger permitting it to operate as the cornerstone of premium-quality systems, be they two-channel, home theater, and other domestic or commercial application.

NuForce’s CEO Jason Lim: “Being a leader at audio’s high end is a difficult role to maintain. Nevertheless, our commitment to offer the most advanced technologies and performance at reasonable price-points remains firmly in place. Our Ref-18 is yet another step in that upward direction. We’re confident that the marketplace will continue to celebrate our efforts.

Pricing and Availability

The suggested retail price of the Reference-18 mono amplifier, which will be shipping on September 27, is $3,800 US per unit.

XTZ Room Analyzer – a room measurement package in a box and Stereophile 2009 product of the year is now available for the first time from a US source

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

XTZ Room Analyzer – a room measurement package in a box and Stereophile 2009 product of the year is now available for the first time from a US source
XTZ Room Analyzer comprises an integrated measurement microphone and computer soundcard that connects easily to a PC or Mac running Windows. The software has been designed from the ground up with the goal of being easy to use.
Until now US customers have only been able to order XTZ Room Analyzer direct from the manufacturer in Sweden, with the high postage prices and delays that this entails. Acoustic Frontiers, a Californian company that provides acoustic design and calibration services for high end audio and home theater has just begun stocking and selling this product.
The launch price is $249 and is available at
XTZ Room Analyzer
XTZ’s Room Analyzer in a box
Uses of the product include:
– Understanding the frequency response and decay time of a room
– Finding the best location for speakers in terms of bass response
– Identifying the best subwoofer crossover frequency, slope and phase
Features of the product:
– High resolution 1 or 3-position averaged frequency response for bass frequencies under 250Hz
– 2D and 3D time energy frequency for bass frequencies
– A smoothed full range real time analyzer
– RT-60 reverberation times (more…)

Triton™ Two Tower Loudspeaker

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Press Contact: Sandy Gross


Triton Two Tower Loudspeaker

The Triton Two Tower is a high-performance loudspeaker with a built-in powered subwoofer. It is designed for superb performance in both high quality two channel stereo systems as well as in multi-channel home theater and music systems. Their sleek, elegantly curved and tapered design is important from both a styling as well as a performance perspective. The gorgeous piano black finish and compelling cutting-edge styling speaks for itself. However, additionally, the very narrow front baffle contributes significantly to Triton’s exceptional 3D imaging capability, which is especially important when used in 3D home theaters.

The built-in powered subwoofer section incorporates a GoldenEar designed 1200 watt DSP controlled digital amp to drive two front-mounted quadratic 5”x9” long-throw subwoofer bass drivers which are coupled to two side-mounted quadratic 7”x10” planar infrasonic radiators. The amp has a PLD (Programmable Logic Device)  based state machine with a 278nS update time to manage a myriad of functions including soft-clipping, DC offset  control, output-stage anti-saturation protection and discrete multi-band limiting. Intrinsic THD is extremely low so very little negative feedback is required thus ensuring optimum transient performance.

There are two 4.5” GoldenEar-designed cast-basket high-definition bass/midrange drivers which are arrayed in a D’Appolito configuration around the tweeter. The drivers incorporate a unique Multi-Vaned Phase Plug (MVPP) as well as a proprietary computer optimized cone topology that helps them to achieve smooth linear response extending beyond 20 kHz. Even though they are crossed over at 3.5 kHz, the extended bandwidth and smooth resonant-free response well beyond their crossover point helps them to achieve near ideal performance in the range in which they are utilized.

The high frequency driver is a proprietary High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) design. The tweeter diaphragm is a high temperature film, which is folded like an accordion and positioned within an intense neodymium magnetic field. Unlike more conventional dome or ribbon tweeters which push the air, the HVFR develops higher pressure and velocity by squeezing the air out between the pleats of the diaphragm. The result is better impedance matching to the air in the room with greater control, smoother more extended response and dramatically improved dynamic range.

Dimensions:                      48” tall x 5.25” wide (at the front), 7.5” wide (at the back) x 15” deep (cabinet)

Rec. amplifier power:      20-500 watts per channel

Frequency response:       16 Hz – 35 kHz.

Retail price (USD):           $1,249.99/ea.

GoldenEar Theater:          Matching center channel speaker SuperSat 50 C

Matching rear/side surround speakers SuperSat 3

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