San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Onkyo is bringing embedded Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth to its lineup of A/V receivers (AVRs) for the first time with the launch of three new models.
Two of the three feature the embedded wireless technologies.
All three new models, including the $499-suggested 5.2-channel TX-NR525, are networked AVRs that stream eight Internet music services and use DLNA1.5 technology to stream music stored on networked devices, including iOS and Android mobile devices equipped with Onkyo’s remote app.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer is expanding connectivity options and adding some new features to its 2013 series of mainstream A/V receivers (AVRs), the first four of which will ship in March.
Additional models will be announced at a later date.
Pickering, Ontario — NAD Electronics shipped its latest high-performance component CD player for the home.
Like the model it replaces, the $299-suggested C 516BEE offers 24-bit-192kHz DACs, playback of MP3/WMA data CD-R discs for up to 10 hours of continuous playback, coaxial and optical digital outputs, and audio-specific OP amps.
The DACs in the new model, however, are from Cirrus Logic and are said to provide more accurate dynamics and lower distortion than those in the CD player’s predecessor.
Orange, Conn. — Krell plans this week to ship its latest integrated amplifier, the $5,000 2x275-watt S-550i, which will join the 2x150-watt $2,500 S-300i integrated amp.
The new model, available in silver or black, delivers 2x275 watts RMS, both channels driven, into 8-ohm loads and, like the S-300i, doubles output into 4 ohms with both channels driven. Like the S-300i, the new model features 30-pin iPod/iPhone connector.
New York – Luxury-audio brand Meridian launched its first USB DAC, a portable USB-powered model that can be used with laptops for playing music through headphones.
The $299-suggested Explorer, which takes the shape of a finger-size cylinder, can also be connected to component preamplifiers via optical digital connection.
The product is the first in a range of computer-connected Meridian products in this price range, said product management director Ken Forsythe. Dealers have requested such products, he added.
New York – Orb Audio upgraded its mini amplifier for computers, TVs and mobile devices.
The new Mini-T is smaller than its predecessor and priced lower, but it adds upgraded Class-T amplifier chips, subwoofer output, larger speaker-wire connectors and redesigned signal path that reduces noise to lower levels, the company said.
Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha is combining old media and new media with the launch of its first networked CD player, the $799-suggested CD-N500.
San Francisco — Parasound launched a new home CD player that uses a CD-ROM drive, internal Linux-based computer and proprietary software to deliver a “nearly bit-perfect data stream,” the company announced.
The $4,500-suggested Halo CD 1, which is shipping, “demonstrates that CDs can sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible," said president Richard Schram. "The full potential of the 16-bit CD format is realized for the first time in the CD 1," he contended.
Las Vegas – AudioControl is bringing to International CES an audiophile-grade amplifier/DAC intended for use with wireless multiroom-audio systems, including Sonos systems.
The $799-suggested compact Rialto 400, which ships a few weeks after CES, can be connected to a pair of passive speakers and the Sonos Connect wireless receiver, which connects existing sound systems or powered speakers to a Sonos wireless-audio network.