Components Add Sources, Connections
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS –
Audio components are connecting with
consumers’ changed lifestyles, leveraging new audio
sources such as Internet radio and iPods, and connecting
to home-control systems.
New products from Teac and Sherwood, for example,
feature embedded Internet radio and music streaming
from a networked PC. To connect their products to homecontrol
systems, Sherwood is launching its first A/V receiver
compatible with Control4 home-control systems,
and NAD is turning select components into the brains of a
Control4 home-control system via a plug-in module.
In an unusual twist, Teac is offering two two-channel
components -- a receiver and a CD-receiver – that convert
CDs, vinyl, and cassette to MP3 and WMA formats for
storage on a USB stick.
Also at the show, two-channel audio remains alive and
well with Aaudio Imports, American Sound Works, Cary,
Monitor Audio, MartinLogan, NAD, Teac, and many others
launching new two-channel components.
Here’s a sampling of what dealers will find. For more details
on these and other component-audio launches, see
each issue of TWICE CES Show Daily.
A new series of in-room speakers,
called the A series, ships in
February. It’s a high-performance
entry series said to
pay homage to the original
A series products launched
more than 30 years ago. It
represents a step up in price,
performance, design and
finish compared to the current
Series, which will be transitioned
out in early 2011, a
The A series consists of
three bookshelves, two floorstanding
models, one center channel and two
subwoofers, and a 5.1 package, all at
MAP prices ranging from $139.99 for
a bookshelf speaker to $899.99 for
the 5.1 package. All feature magnetic
grilles, scratch-resistant high-gloss
black side panels and soft textured top
Cary Audio Design:
A half-dozen high-performance
audio components launched here by Cary Audio Design
include a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and a combination
DAC/integrated amp with tube preamp section and
solid-state amplifier section.
The company is entering the wirelesssubwoofer
market with the launch of a wireless kit for use
with select subwoofers bearing any of its brands. Up to six
or more wireless subs can be supported in a house.
The company is expanding its selection
of non-electrostatic in-room speakers with the launch of
the Motion LX series, and it’s launching the first custom
speakers to use proprietary Folded Motion tweeters for
voice matching with its in-room Folded Motion and electrostatic
The MC601 600-watt mono amp 9 into 2-,
4-, and 8-0hm loads) replaces the MC501, offers higher
power, and adds such features as input and output jacks
to enable bi- and tri-amping using multiple MC601 amps,
thermal track output transistors for cooler operation,
8-inch-wide wattmeter, and quad-balanced circuit design.
It ships in January. Pricing was unavailable.
The company is showing its latest compact
DSP-equipped active speaker, due this month.
The $6,000/pair DSP3200 two-way speaker replaces
the DSP3100 as the smallest loudspeaker in the Meridian
The company is expanding its selection of modular
components, introducing new upgrade modules for its
modular components, and displaying its first iPod-docking
The three newest plug-in Modular Design Construction
(MDC) modules include the first to add a Control4 brain
to MDC-capable components. The Viso Three Music System,
due in the first quarter at a suggested $899, is a
2x50-watt CD-receiver with tethered standalone Applecertified
iPod/iPhone dock and USB port.