By Lisa Johnston
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Denver – Rotel Electronics is bringing a quartet of stereo components to the CEDIA Expo, including its first USB DAC, a stereo preamp with onboard DAC, and two stereo power amps.
The USB DAC is the RDD-1580, shipping in November at a suggested $799. It features front-panel USB input that supports Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads, and it streams Bluetooth music via an included adapter. The rear panel PC-USB input supports files up to 24 bit/192kHz in asynchronous mode.
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Denver – Crestron is coming to the CEDIA Expo with a variety of home-automation and multiroom-A/V products, including its first 4K-capable HDBaseT extenders and first H.264 video-streaming cards for its DigitalMedia card-based matrix switchers.
The company is also announcing that Yale wirelessly controlled door locks now integrate with Crestron home-control systems.
Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz is replacing an integrated amp and an SACD player/DAC with new models offering upgraded features.
The products are part of the brand’s high-end two-channel Reference series.
Buena Park, Calif. –Yamaha will add its own product to the audio industry’s short list of slim A/V receivers (AVR) with the launch this month of the $649-suggested RX-S600 networked receiver.
The 5.1-channel AVR is only 4.4 inches tall compared with other Yamaha AVRs that are 6.75 inches tall. The receiver “can be placed just about anywhere due to its small size,” said Bob Goedken, GM of Yamaha’s A/V division.
Los Angeles – StormAudio will enter the U.S. market with a CEDIA Expo launch of high-end surround processors, amplifiers and other electronics targeted to high-end residences, luxury hotels and yachts.
Storm Audio is a new home-audio brand created by a French maker of cinema and music-studio electronics.
The products, made by Digital Media Solutions (DMS) Group, will be marketed in the U.S. by Los Angeles-based Procella Audio, which markets its own brand of high-performance speakers targeted to the same high-end customers as StormAudio products.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is going way upscale in its selection of two-channel stereo integrated amps and two-channel CD/SACD players.
September retail shipments are planned for Yamaha’s A-S3000 integrated amp and CD-S3000 CD/SACD at suggested retails of $7,999 and $6,999, respectively.
The integrated amp is an addition to a lineup that consists of five other stereo integrated amps at suggested retails from $379 to $2,499. The CD/SACD player is an addition to a two-channel CD/SACD player lineup consisting of two models at $1,799 and $2,499.
Mahwah, N.J. — Marantz plans Aug. 26 shipments of a new stereo integrated amplifier and a CD player, replacing current models and adding upgrades.
The matching models are the $699-suggested PM6005 integrated amplifier and $499 CD6005 hi-fi CD player.
Compared to its predecessor, the M6005 adds digital fiber-optic and coaxial inputs and internal 192kHz/24-bit DAC, whereas its predecessor was an analog-only model. The new version also sports “brushed-up/tuned internal components and signal paths,” said D+M Group product manager Paul Belanger.
Sacramento, Calif. — High-end audio supplier Light Harmonic, which offers a pair of DACs at a suggested $20,000 and $31,000, is developing its first portable USB DAC.
The Geek USB DAC/headphone amplifier will ship in the first quarter at a suggested $299, but backers of the company’s Kickstarter campaign will get the device for as little as $99, the company said.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. — Onkyo replaced its opening-price $199-suggested stereo receiver with the TX-8020, which joins a current $379 stereo receiver.
The TX-8020 lacks the step-up model’s access to Internet radio stations and music services through a networked broadband modem, but like the step-up model, the 8020 connects to an optional $199-suggested DS-A5 RI dock. The dock incorporates AirPlay, Wi-Fi, Made For iPod/iPhone/iPad 30-pin connector, and composite-video output.
Las Vegas – U.K.-based Acoustic Transducer Company (ATC) named startup Lone Mountain Audio as its new U.S. distributor to heighten awareness of its audiophile-grade consumer hi-fi products, the companies announced.
Lone Mountain was founded by Janis and Brad Lunde, who have imported and distributed ATC’s professional-audio products in the U.S. for 13 years through their Trans America Audio Group, which was established in 1997 to import and market high-end pro brands.