By Lisa Johnston
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San Francisco – Parasound is expanding its selection of Z series half-rack-width audio components to nine with the addition of the first digital-to-analog converter (DAC) in the series.
The company plans shipments next week of the $475-suggested Zdac, which will be available in either a black finish with rack-mounting tabs or in a silver finish without rack-mount tabs.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Denver – More than 440 high-end audio companies are turning up to exhibit here at the three-day Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) consumer show, which wraps up on Sunday.
Multiple companies will use the show to unveil new products, including the DEQX Mate audio processor from DEXC, three Bel Canto 24-bit/192kHz USB Link Converters, Indy Audio Labs’s Aragon Iridium Monoblock amplifier, and headphones and headphone cables from Alpha Design Labs.
Franklin, Tenn. — Consumer-direct audio supplier Emotiva Audio is adding the first stereo preamp and first tuner/preamp/surround processor to its mid-level X series, which consists of amps and freestanding speakers.
The $899 XSP-1 stereo preamp ships at the end of the month. The $1,499 XMC-1 is due sometime this quarter.
Milford, Conn. – Start-up Bully Sound has launched its second high-end home-audio component, the $7,900 BSC-60s Class A amplifier rated at 2x60-watt into 8 ohms.
In late 2011, the company launched its first product, the BSC-100m Class A 100-watt monaural amplifier at $14,750/pair. Its third product, to be released soon, will be the BSC-LL1 remote control line-level preamplifier at an expected $6,900 to $7,900.
San Francisco — Parasound will make its high-end Halo series of audio components available in black to complement the titanium-silver finish that the series has offered since its launch more than a decade ago.
The company cited demand from consumers who increasingly use A/V receivers and popularly priced surround processors to control surround systems. “The majority of AVRs are black, and some end users have a strong preference for components of a single color,” said president Richard Schram.
Indianapolis – Krell brought a new stereo integrated amp, new surround processor, and its first on-wall speakers to the CEDIA Expo.
The $5,000 S-550i stereo integrated amp ships in October to join a $2,500 integrated stereo amp to fill the gap between the $2,500 model and stereo systems based on a separate Krell stereo preamp and stereo amp, said president Bill McKiegan.
Indianapolis – Sherwood came to the CEDIA Expo with its first active soundbar and two new A/V receivers, one of which is the company’s first with Apple AirPlay.
The other receiver is the company’s first with Wi-Fi Direct and built-in Wi-Fi.
Both receivers are the company’s first with front-height-channel post-processing technology. They use Dolby’s Pro Logic IIz front-height technology.
Indianapolis – Integra is going to the CEDIA Expo with its first A/V receiver capable of delivering a full 11.1-channel DTS Neo:X surround-sound experience.
The brand will also show an Apple-certified iPod/iPhone/iPad 30-pin dock/stand that connects to Integra AVRs to add Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay to the AVRs. It’s the brand’s first such dock.
New York – Meridian has increased the storage capacity and stepped up the audio performance of the latest version of its single-zone Media Core 200 music server, which was launched last year to lower the cost of entry into the company’s music servers.
The $4,000-suggested Media Core Digital Media System now offers 1TB hard drive, up from 500GB, to store about 2,000 CD albums in lossless quality. A new audio board improves sound quality. The price is unchanged.