SpeakerCraft Adds Audio Receivers

By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 19 2010 - 4:01am

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — SpeakerCraft shipped its first A/V receiver and first two-channel receiver, joining two multisource/multizone controller/ receivers that drive multi-roomaudio systems.

The two new Vital-series receivers are the $425-suggested two-channel Vital 710 and $1,250 7.1-channel Vital 910 home-theater receiver. Both are heralded by president Jeremy Burkhardt as offering a “significant performance breakthrough” because of high-current amplifi cation and discrete output stages that deliver “substantial headroom” and “impressive sound pressure levels.” The units, he said, “are extremely musical, produce an abundance of very clean sound and do so with great reliability.”

Both were shown at last year’s CEDIA Expo.

Although the Vital 710 is a twochannel receiver, it can be used with impedance-balancing speaker selectors and in-wall volume controls to create an affordable installed multi-room-audio system. It features 2x80-watt high-current amplifi er, two full-range subwoofer outputs, composite video switching, a front-panel A/V input, AM/FM tuner with 30 presets and a phono input.

The Vital 910 A/V receiver features 7x130-watt amplifi cation, decoding of all authorized Blu-ray surround formats, four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, Smart- EQ automatic room equalization with included microphone, XM Satellite Radio input, AM/FM tuner with 50 presets and 1080p up-scaling via Faroujda’s Torino video chip processing.

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