By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Luxury-audio brand Meridian has begun selling products through Crutchfield for the first time, but the high-end audio company is limiting the online selection to its first two USB DACs.
The products are available now at Crutchfield.com.
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Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Integra joined Pioneer in adding HDBaseT technology to home audio components, with Integra adding the technology to an A/V receiver and an A/V preamp processor.
The Integra DHC-60.5 A/V preamp processor and DTR-60.5 A/V receiver will be available in August at a suggested $2,000 and $2,300, respectively.
Pioneer recently unveiled a $3,000 A/V receiver with the technology.
Toronto — Startup Mass Fidelity launched its first product, a $249 Bluetooth receiver promoted as offering CD-quality sound.
The Relay, milled out of a seamless block of aerospace-grade aluminum, is also promoted as looking like a high-end audio component, thanks to its brushed finish and radiused corners.
To deliver the performance of high-end components, the Relay streams AAC and AptX over Bluetooth and features 24-bit Cirrus Logic audio processor, 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC, and dual simultaneous 24-bit/48kHz digital outputs.
New York — Multizone audio is getting more app control.
CasaTunes launched a BlackBerry Z10 app that controls CasaTunes multizone music servers from anywhere in the house. And NuVo Technologies launched the beta version of an Android app, joining an iOS app, to control its Music Port and Music Port Elite source components in NuVo multizone-audio systems.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Integra is expanding its selection of A/V receivers with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4K passthrough with the July shipment of the $1,300-suggested DTR-40.5 and $1,700 DTR-50.5.
The networked 7.2-channel networked receivers join the previously announced $1,000 DTR-30.5 networked receiver in offering built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4K passthrough. The three AVRs’ predecessors offered 4K upscaling of HD sources but not 4K passthrough.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is expanding its step-up Aventage series of A/V receivers and Blu-ray players to include separate components.
The Aventage series, launched in 2010, now gets the CX-A5000 11.2- channel A/V preamplifier and MX-A5000 11-channel power amplifier. They will be available at a suggested $2,999 each in August through authorized Aventage dealers.
CE Week New York – Pioneer is going to this week’s CEA Line Show to launch its first speaker bar in about 15 years and top out its Elite A/V receiver series with three new models, including the industry’s first AVR with built-in HDBaseT output.
Salt Lake City — Home-automation supplier Control4 is making wireless connections to mobile devices for the first time, turning smartphones and tablets into wireless whole-home music sources for its multi-room-audio systems.
Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz is bringing DTS Neo:X post processing to its SR series of networked A/V receivers (AVRs) for the first time along with second-zone digital audio, all-zone stereo output, and compatibility with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT computing devices.
The series also gets its first 9.2-channel AVR and an HDMI video select feature that lets users mix any audio source with any HDMI video source.