San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Stamford, Conn. — A trio of A/V receivers (AVRs) launched by Harman Kardon reduce the brand’s opening price point for networked AVRs to $299 from $499.
The new AVRs feature the brand’s first two models with embedded stereo Bluetooth, and include the brand’s first two models with MHL and HDMI ports, the former which are Roku-enabled.
One model at $549 adds Apple AirPlay, available previously at $499.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. — Onkyo increased its selection of A/V receivers with built-in stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to four models.
The new additions are the $1,099-suggested 7.2-channel TX-NR828 and $1,399 9.2-channel TX-NR929.
They join the $599 7.2-channel TX-NR626 and $899 7.2-channel TX-NR727, announced in March.
All four networked models feature Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, DLNA networking and Internet radio.
Franklin, Tenn. — Component-audio supplier Sherbourn Technologies returned to the A/V receiver (AVR) market with the launch of the $899-suggested 7.1-channel SR-8100.
The SR-8100, available for a limited time at $799, is also the first new product available since the launch earlier this year of the company’s new distribution strategy of selling direct to consumers and direct to systems integrators. The company does not use reps or distributors to sell to integrators.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Integra has introduced a mid-level home-theater receiver with key new home integration and performance features for 2013.
The Integra DTR-30.5 is the company's first receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces for modern media connectivity.
It is also Integra's first
with 4K passthrough and up-scaling for Ultra High-Definition video displays, and it includes new Phase-Matching Bass technology, the company said.
New York – Component-audio supplier NAD hopes to connect with a younger generation of music enthusiasts who connect to PCs, smartphones and tablets to play music but who have shunned full-size audio components.
The company plans July shipments of the $999-suggested D7050 network receiver, $499 D3020 DAC/amplifier and $499 D1050 USB DAC. All but the USB DAC incorporate stereo amplification to drive a pair of passive speakers of the consumer’s choice.
North Reading, Mass. — Rotel is ready to roll out a quartet of home audio components that include an integrated stereo amp with USB DAC, a 24-bit/192kHz CD player, and two five-channel amps, once of which boasts a kilowatt of output.
Only the CD player replaces a current model; the others are line additions.
The integrated amp and the CD player become available in May at suggested retails of $1,599 and $999, respectively. The 5x120-watt and 5x200-watt multichannel amps become available in the summer at $1,699 and $2,999, respectively.
Stamford, Conn. – Two new A/V receivers shipped by Harman Kardon expand the brand’s selection of AirPlay-enabled A/V receivers and include the brand’s first AVR with embedded Wi-Fi.
Both are also the brand’s first AVRs with 4K by 2K passthrough and upscaling.
Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha unveiled the two opening-price models in its step-up Aventage series of A/V receivers (AVR) and brought Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connections to the series for the first time.
Like the two models they replace, the $699-suggested RX-A730 and $899 RX-A830 are 7.2-channel networked models with vTuner Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, AirPlay, DLNA, and optional Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles. Also like their predecessors, they feature 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling from analog and HDMI sources.
Denver — HydraConnect is adding compatibility with more home-control systems and planning to launch additional HDMI matrix processors later in the year.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is bringing down the opening price of multiple technologies in its Elite AV receiver series, including Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), 4K by 2K passthrough, and DTS Neo:X surround.
The changes appear with the launch of two opening-price Elite AVRs, the $525-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-43 and the $750 7.2-channel VSX-70. They replace the $500-suggested 7.1-channel VSX-42 and $700-suggested 7.2-channel VSX-60.
With the launch, Elite AVRs for the first time get 4K by 2K up-scaling, which appears in the $750 model.