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San Francisco – Parasound expanded its selection of Z-Custom half-rack-width components by adding the first two-zone amp to the series.
The series now consists of nine models, plus accessories such as racks and rack adaptors, a spokesman said.
The $650-suggested Zamp Quattro is rated at 4x50 watts into 8 ohms and 4x90 watts into 4 ohms, all channels driven. Key features include Class AB input stage, Class D power stage, and line- and speaker-level inputs.
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Santa Monica, Calif. – Antelope Audio plans July shipments of its first DAC with DSD (SACD) file decoding.
The Zodiac Platinum USB DAC, which will retail for an expected $4,895, performs DSD up-sampling to DSD256 and PCM up-sampling to 384kHz. DSD up-sampling pushes DSD noise into higher frequencies, “vastly improving the quality of the D/A conversion,” the company said.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer Electronics today introduced two home-theater A/V receivers.
The new models are the SC-71 and SC-72 and will ship in June with respective prices of $1,000 and $1,400.
Both receivers feature 7.2-channel, Class D3 amplification technology, multizone network capability, 4K Ultra HD up-scaling and wireless control via Pioneer’s free iControlAV2013 app.
The SC-72 multizone features add the ability to adjust tone, volume, balance and can add a fourth zone.
Buena Park, Calif. - Yamaha has added two 9.2-channel and one 7.2.-channel network A/V receivers to its Aventage line.
The new receivers are the 9.2-channel RX-A3030 and RX-A2030 as well as the 7.2-channel RX-A1030.
Available exclusively at authorized Yamaha A/V dealers beginning in June, the suggested retails are: RX-A1030, $1,199; RX-A2030, $1,699; and RX-A3030, $2,199.
The Aventage line was first introduced in 2010. Features include ESS Technology SABRE32 ES9016 and SABRE ES9006 digital-to-analog converters.
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.