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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.
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KEF T Series Flat Panel Speakers Named CEA Mark of Excellence Award Finalist

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, has announced the new T Series Flat Panel Loudspeaker line has been named a finalist for “Speaker of the Year” by the 2011 CEA TechHome Mark of Excellence Award committee.

 

As one of the thinnest high performance home theater and flat panel audio systems, the KEF T Series complements today’s stylish flat panel televisions and offers serious audiophile quality sound from exceptionally thin speakers.

 

The CEA Mark of Excellence Awards program recognizes the best in home electronics products, services and installed technology. Winners of this year’s award will be announced at the CEA Mark of Excellence Dinner Reception held Friday, March 18 at EHX 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

 

“We are proud to have the CEA Mark of Excellence Awards program recognize the truly unique design of the T Series,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “The T Series was designed to deliver superior sound in the form of a low-profile, ultra-thin flat panel speaker. By combining KEF’s legendary sound with this innovative design, we’ve developed the perfect flat panel loudspeaker for virtually any setting.”

 

The new T Series combines two landmark KEF innovations: a radical new ultra-low profile bass and midrange driver, and a large, fully vented new tweeter. Both the drivers and tweeter are incorporated into cabinets only 35mm deep, delivering true high-fidelity sound in a thin speaker that perfectly complements the aesthetics of the latest flat screen TVs. Sweet and pure midrange performance is assured by a new large diaphragm tweeter developed directly from the Concept Blade loudspeaker project.

 

The T Series also features KEF’s innovative Selecta-mount system which uses a clever internal connecting system to automatically adjust the crossover depending on how the loudspeaker is mounted, giving users the freedom to place the loudspeakers wherever they want and still enjoy great sound.

 

Judged by independent systems integrators, manufacturers, consultants and members of the media, the CEA panel recognizes the industry’s most outstanding products across 31 product categories, including home theater speakers.

 

Attendees to EHX 2011 can demo the T Series at the KEF Booth 1101A.

 

About KEF

KEF, a division of GP Acoustics, is a UK-based company that has earned a reputation as the premier manufacturer of stunning, audiophile-quality speakers for modern home theater, hi-fi and custom installation applications. KEF products, distributed around the world, have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic. KEF is a brand name long associated with style, quality and technical innovation. Founded in 1961 by a British electrical engineer named Raymond Cooke on the banks of the River Medway, KEF is driven by a passionate belief in the power of innovation and quality. Still occupying the same riverbank site, KEF remains passionate about its patented, proven technologies such as Uni-Q® and ACE®. These characteristics, traditions and, above all, quality, secure KEF’s reputation as a world class manufacturer of the best speakers in the world.

 

About KEF America, Inc.

KEF America, a division of KEF Audio, offers loyal North American audiophiles a line of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry for quality and innovation. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America shares the same guiding principles as its British counterpart: ground-breaking design, exceptional sound and an unshakeable commitment to excellence. For additional information about KEF and its award-winning products and unique technology, please visit www.kef.com.

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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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Parasound Upgrades its Classic Halo JC 2 Preamp with Added Home Theater Bypass

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The new Parasound Halo JC 2 BP allows audiophiles to use their high-end speakers and amplifiers for the left and right channels of a home theater system controlled by a surround receiver, or to switch back to stereo music under the no compromise control of the JC 2 BP’s stereo preamplifier circuits.

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SAN FRANCISCO (8/25/10) – Parasound, one of the audio industry’s top manufacturers of high-end audio components, has introduced a new version of the widely acclaimed, John Curl designed, Halo JC 2 stereo preamplifier. The new Parasound Halo JC 2 BP adds a home theater bypass function that allows this preamplifier and its companion power amplifier and speakers to be connected as the front left- and right-channels of a surround sound home theater system. The new configuration provides total performance and control in both modes without compromising the performance of either mode.

“When we started the JC 2 project I hugely underestimated how many people would want to blend a JC 2 into their surround system,” said Parasound’s president and founder, Richard Schram. “I put the idea to John Curl, and we eventually came up with a way to implement this without touching the L and R channel audio boards. The result is a perfect sonic duplicate of the original JC 2 with the added benefit of home theater bypass.”

The changes made to create the JC 2 BP included a modified potentiometer board and some clever new control software. Circuit board designer Carl Thompson revised the potentiometer board layout so that it is now equipped with four relays that short out the four-gang main volume control and both two-gang trim pots. Additional fixed resistors set the outputs to unity gain when the bypass mode is selected.

Any one or more of the JC 2 BP’s six inputs, including the two balanced inputs, can be assigned as a bypass input. A new front panel includes an amber Bypass LED to indicate when a selected input is also assigned the bypass function.

Parasound is including an entirely new and improved remote control handset with the JC 2 BP. In addition to fail-safe buttons to program the new bypass control function, its new shape and rubber coating improves stability over the previous model. Parasound has also been shipping JC 2s with this new remote control since July.

The Parasound Halo JC 2 BP will be available September 15 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4,500. Parasound will also offer a retrofit to existing JC 2 owners for $500, including return ground shipping in the US. This way there is no penalty for existing JC 2 owners who want to update to the bypass feature. The JC 2 will continue in the line at its original $4000 price.

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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Edifier Fuses Sleek Design & Sonic Performance With Affordability To Compliment Homes With Its High Performance Lifestyle Line Of Audio Products

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Edifier’s elegant design and exceptional sonic performance combine with its affordability to make it a perfect fit for consumers

HONG KONG, China – With a compelling array of colors and styles to match the wide spectrum of taste and style of the modern consumer, Edifier high performance Lifestyle line of audio products are designed to make today’s on-the-go-digital lifestyle more beautiful – visually and sonically. The company’s aesthetic design, an eclectic combination of many different contemporary styles, fits in with the need for expression felt by every consumer in the world. Similarly, Edifier’s sound performance meets the increasingly high standards for audio as sound quality improves in certain areas of our lives. Designed for today’s multimedia lifestyle but inspired by classic, modern and post-modern sculpture design, the Edifier Lifestyle family of products sound great and look wonderful, complimenting all occasions for musical enjoyment.

“With the emphasis that North American consumers place on how a product looks, how it performs, and what value it will bring into their lives, this market and Edifier’s lifestyle series of products were literally made for each other,” said Anthony Wilkinson, senior vice president, Edifier.

Edifier believes that everyone deserves this kind of beauty and elegance in their lives, and that’s why Edifier products are not only impressive to look at and to experience, but also incredibly affordable too. For instance, the Edifier AURORA is beautifully designed portable 2.1 desktop speaker system that lets you take the music wherever you want it to go. It offers a uniquely designed and magnetically shielded pair of full-range spherical satellites with metal-weave speaker grilles and a bass-ported, brush-finished aluminum 9-Watt subwoofer for extended bass response, all contained in their own protective and compact carry case. Inside, the engineering of the AURORA is just as gorgeous, with a highly detailed bass and ultra-smooth-sounding full-range mid and high frequencies for superb clarity. What’s more amazing is that the Edifier AURORA sells for less than $100 – the ultimate in form, function and cost. This kind of cost-effective aesthetic design is characteristic of all of Edifier’s Lifestyle products, including: (more…)

Integra Ships its First Nine-Channel, 150-Watt THX-Ultra2 Power Amplifier

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Upper Saddle River, NJ (3/30/10) Integra, the industry’s top brand of AV components specifically engineered for custom installation, is now shipping a powerful new nine-channel home theater power amplifier that is rated at 150-Watts per channel. It is believed to be the industry’s first high-performance nine-channel home theater power amplifier. After being tested by THX, the Integra DTA-70.1 was awarded their top-level THX Ultra2 certification, indicating its ability to drive all of the speakers in a modern nine-channel home theater system to full THX output levels and beyond.

The Integra DTA-70.1 is designed as a companion product to the Integra DHC-80.1 9.2-channel AV processor for theater systems that use the new ‘height’ or ‘stereo-wide’ channels for enhanced three-dimensional ambience. The amplifier is also a highly versatile companion to seven-channel preamps such as the Integra DHC-40.1 with the extra channels dedicated to additional zones or for bi-amplified connections that double the power available to the main stereo loudspeakers. (more…)

Samson to Expand Expedition Line of Portable Sound Systems

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

New models offer users a wireless and a 500 watt solutions ideal for parties, tailgates, karaoke and more

Hauppauge, NY – February 03, 2010 – Samson Technologies, an industry leading audio technology manufacturer, is excited to announce two new additions to the Expedition family of Portable Sound Systems.  Due out in April of this year the XP40iw (wireless) and XP510i will join the highly successful XP308i Portable Sound System.  The new models will continue Expedition tradition of delivering powerful single system portable sound and are perfect at a tailgate, backyard barbeque, wedding or Christmas party. (more…)

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