By Lisa Johnston
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Woodbury, N.Y. — Lexicon has begun offering a $2,999-suggested A/V preamp processor with features previously available only on the company's flagship model.
The new eight-channel MV-5, like the flagship MC-12 HD, features two HDMI inputs, direct connection to a PC via USB to stream audio files, an optional iPod dock to control and play iPod music, two independent zones and 12 configurable inputs. The MV-5, however, is the first Lexicon processor to feature Faroudja video processing, which up-converts video inputs to HDMI output, up-scales the video to 720p or 1080i resolution and reduces video noise.
Two menu pages per input are devoted solely to advanced user-adjustable video processing features, such as Faroudja's DCDi, which smoothes out the jagged edges caused when video is de-interlaced. Another feature, film mode detection, automatically identifies film sources and restores the proper frame sequence.
Its audio features include Harman International's Logic 7 surround decoding, automated speaker setup and auto room EQ. It stores up to three room-EQ settings optimized for three listening positions. The optional D-1 dock enables iPod navigation through the MV-5's included remote.
Other features include RS-232 connection, rear-panel IR input and two IR trigger outputs, and 7.1 channel analog input.
New York — Applications from Creston and Savant can be installed by dealers on iPhones and iPod Touches to turn the devices into two-way Wi-Fi remotes that control the companies' whole-home systems.
Savant's app costs $199. It controls the company's Rosie multi-room A/V systems as well as home-control systems connected to it. Those systems include lighting, HVAC and security cameras. The Savant app incorporates the gesture control and tilt sensors used in both Apple devices.
Crestron's app is free on iTunes.
Minneapolis — Best Buy has begun offering two new HD Radio-equipped products under its Insignia house brand.
The Insignia NS-HD3113 compact stereo system at a suggested $199 features CD/DVD player, embedded iPod dock and iTunes tagging. The NS-HDTUNE is a component-style HD Radio tuner at a suggested $149. Both became available in late September in Best Buy's stores and online store.
The tuner is the chain's first Insignia-branded component AM/FM home tuner, and the microsystem is the brand's first iTunes-tagging device. The latter replaces a DVD-equipped compact stereo equipped with HD Radio but not with iPod dock or iTunes tagging. The new units join an Insignia-branded autosound head unit equipped with HD Radio.
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