Krell Ships Latest Integrated Stereo Amp

Krell Ships Latest Integrated Stereo Amp

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 12 2013 - 3:07pm

Krell’s $5,000 2x275-watt S-550i delivers 2x550 watts into 4-ohm loads.
Krell’s $5,000 2x275-watt S-550i delivers 2x550 watts into 4-ohm loads.


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.

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Meridian Unveils Portable USB DAC

Meridian Unveils Portable USB DAC

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 11 2013 - 12:00pm

Meridian’s $299-suggested Explorer USB DAC connects between a laptop’s USB and h
Meridian’s $299-suggested Explorer USB DAC connects between a laptop’s USB and headphones.


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.

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Orb Rolls Out Upgraded Mini Amplifier

Orb Rolls Out Upgraded Mini Amplifier

TWICE Staff On Feb 7 2013 - 3:37pm

Orb packages its 2x15-watt Mini-T amp with a pair of Orb Mod1 speaker balls at $
Orb packages its 2x15-watt Mini-T amp with a pair of Orb Mod1 speaker balls at $299.


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.

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Yamaha Adds Networking To CD Player

Yamaha Adds Networking To CD Player

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 24 2013 - 10:31am

Yamaha’s $799-suggested CD-N500 network music player plays CDs, Internet radio s
Yamaha’s $799-suggested CD-N500 network music player plays CDs, Internet radio stations and music streamed from mobile devices and networked PCs.


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.

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Parasound Ships Computer-Based CD Player

Parasound Ships Computer-Based CD Player

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 4 2013 - 12:29pm

Parasound’s $4,500-suggested Halo CD 1 incorporates a CD-ROM drive and Linux-bas
Parasound’s $4,500-suggested Halo CD 1 incorporates a CD-ROM drive and Linux-based computer.


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.

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AudioControl Prepares Amplifier/DAC

AudioControl Prepares Amplifier/DAC

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 3 2013 - 10:53am

AudioControl’s $799-suggested compact Rialto 400 amplifier/DAC.
AudioControl’s $799-suggested compact Rialto 400 amplifier/DAC.


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.

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Harman Kardon Embraces Audio Networking

Harman Kardon Embraces Audio Networking

By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 4 2013 - 9:01am

Harman Kardon’s $999-suggested AVR 3700 features Apple AirPlay, embedded Wi-Fi,
Harman Kardon’s $999-suggested AVR 3700 features Apple AirPlay, embedded Wi-Fi, and 4K upscaling of all video inputs.


Las Vegas – Harman Kardon will go to International CES to expand its selection of AirPlay-enabled A/V receivers, launch its first AVR with embedded Wi-Fi, and bring out its first AVRs with 4K upscaling.

 The brand’s two new AVRs are the $799-suggested 7.1-channel AVR 2700 and $999 7.2-channel AVR 3700, both of which feature Apple AirPlay, vTuner Internet radio to connect with thousands of Internet radio stations, and DLNA 1.5 certification to stream audio and video. Both also feature 4K upscaling from any video input. The $999 model adds embedded Wi-Fi.

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Nyne To Launch Media Center At CES

Nyne To Launch Media Center At CES

By Joseph Palenchar On Dec 20 2012 - 3:43pm

Nyne’s $2,495 SMC-1000 Smart Media Center is a TV credenza that packs in a 350-w
Nyne’s $2,495 SMC-1000 Smart Media Center is a TV credenza that packs in a 350-watt three-way speaker system, FM tuner, eight-pin Lightning connector, stereo Bluetooth, HDMI switching, and other audio inputs.


Las Vegas —Nyne Multimedia will go to January’s International CES here with the Smart Media Center, which represents a new category for the company.

The company specializes in speakers that reproduce music from smartphones and tablets.

The $2,495 SMC-1000 Smart Media Center, shipping in the second quarter, is a TV credenza that packs a 400-watt three-way 2.1 speaker system, FM tuner, smartphone and tablet connectivity, HDMI switching, and two covered shelves to store a TV set-top box, game console and the like.

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Bryston Adds Second Digital-Music Player

Bryston Adds Second Digital-Music Player

By Joseph Palenchar On Dec 5 2012 - 2:20pm


Bryston’s $2,995-suggested BDP-2 connects to USB-connected storage devices, hard drives and NAS drives.


Peterborough, Ontario — Bryston’s latest digital music player for the home accommodates larger music libraries and offers faster loading times than the company’s current model, Bryston announced.

The BDP-2 at a suggested $2,995 ships in January, joining the current $1,995 BDP-1.

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Marantz Launches New Flagship A/V Preamp Processor

Marantz Launches New Flagship A/V Preamp Processor

By Joseph Palenchar On Dec 3 2012 - 4:52pm

Marantz’s $3,599-suggested 11.2-channel AV8801 tuner/preamp/surround processor
Marantz’s $3,599-suggested 11.2-channel AV8801 tuner/preamp/surround processor


Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz is establishing a new top-end price point in tuner/preamp/surround processors with the shipment of the $3,599-suggested AV8801, which can be paired with the new flagship MM8077 seven-channel power amp at $2,399.

The 11.2-channel component joins the recently shipped $1,699 7.2-channel AV7701 and the $1,599 AV7005 preamp processors in the Marantz lineup of A/V separates and exceeds the price of a previous flagship preamp processor, the $2,999 AV8003, which was discontinued a few years ago, a spokesperson said.

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