By Lisa Johnston
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Orange, Conn. — Krell Industries plans shipments next week of a pair of high-end stereo preamplifiers designed to match the performance levels of select high-power Class A amplifiers shipped last week with iBias technology.
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Boulder, Colo. — PS Audio plans April shipments of a $5,995-suggested DAC that it contended will overcome the flaws of PCM processing to “reveal all the missing information buried within PCM-based digital recordings.”
The PCM decoding process itself masks subtle musical cues, PS Audio said, but “the missing musical information is still buried deep within our audio libraries waiting to be revealed.”
Mahwah, N.J. – Denon plans March availability of its first USB DAC, the DA-300USB at a universal advertised price of $499.
The 32-bit, 192kHz asynchronous DAC connects computers to hi-fi systems via USB-B port to bypass the computer’s lower quality sound card. The DAC also incorporates a headphone amplifier stage and features one coaxial and two optical digital S/PDIF inputs. Those inputs can be used to connect other digital music sources such as game consoles and media streamers, to improve sound quality.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – A trio of flagship Esoteric stereo components shipping in April include an SACD/CD transport that uses a pair of HDMI cables to transport 352.8kHz/48-bit PCM, DSD and double-DSD digital audio to a pair of companion monoblock DACs.
Previously, the company delivered DSD, 176kHz/24-bit PCM, and 352.8kHz/24-bit PCM over a pair of XLR cables from an SACD/CD transport to a companion stereo DAC.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha added network capabilities for the first time to one of its tabletop music systems.
The $649-suggested three-piece MCR-N560, part of the PianoCraft series of micro-component systems, incorporates AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 to play music from networked computers, NAS drives and mobile devices. It also streams Internet radio stations and plays back WAV and FLAC files with up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution.
Calabasas, Calif. – The first smartphone equipped with DTS’s DTS Headphone:X technology became available, but only in China.
Chinese smartphone maker vivo unveiled the XPlay3S smartphone, which renders up to 7.1 channels of surround sound over any pair of headphones. Headphone:X delivers a surround-sound experience from multichannel content but also enhances the listening experience for stereo content, DTS noted.
Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz plans early-January shipments of a replacement integrated amplifier and a replacement SACD player/DAC, which adds support for high-resolution DSD playback via USB.
Both two-channel models also sport improved components and circuitry to further improve audio quality, the company said.
San Francisco – Parasound plans late-December shipments of an improved version of its Halo JC 3 phono preamplifier.
The new Halo JC 3+, available in silver and black at a suggested $2,850, adds independent load adjustment for moving-coil (MC) cartridges, enhancements to the dual-mono phono-module circuit boards, and enhanced power-supply capabilities.
It will be displayed at International CES at Venetian Veronese 2501A.
Montreal – Classe will go to International CES with its first Class D home amplifier.
The $4,000 Delta CA-D200 2x200-watt stereo amplifier ships this month and will be displayed at Classe’s suite at the Mirage.
Classé said its Class D implementation delivers Class D attributes but adds “superbly musical sound quality.” Class D’s key attributes consist of cool, efficient operation in a relatively small chassis with a lower price for a given power output, Classe said.
Long Beach, Calif. – Three of four single-DIN CD-receivers debuting from JVC Mobile Entertainment are the company’s first CD-receivers to control the iHeart Radio app on a USB-connected iPhone.
Control of iHeart had been available only in navigation-equipped head units from JVC.
The four new CD-receivers, priced from a suggested $104.95 to $129.95, ship in December. The three models that control the iHeart app also control Pandora running on a USB-connected iPhone. The opening price for Pandora control in CD-receivers remains unchanged at $104.95.