By Lisa Johnston
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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is launching its first new two-channel integrated amp and first new CD player in a few years, targeting both to entry-level audiophiles with new opening price points.
The CD-S300 CD player is available at a suggested $349, and the 2x60-watt A-S300 integrated amplifier ships in October at a suggested $379. Both feature iPod connections.
The company cited a hi-fi stereo resurgence in bringing out the new models, which Yamaha senior VP Tom Sumner said would “anchor a formidable, affordable component music system.”
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.
Enhanced audio and video are the key drivers of new component-audio introductions here at International CES.
Here's a sample:
Anthem: The $4,699-suggested AVM50 preamp processor adds 1,080p up-scaling and video-format up-conversion to HDMI to its predecessor, the AVM30. It also had four HDMI inputs and Zone two component-video output.
Dealers looking for some audio-component action will find new speakers and electronics from the following companies:
Atlantic Technology: The IWCB-727 closed-box in-wall speaker is the first speaker of any type to get THX Select2 certification, which is more stringent than the previous THX Select performance standard. The speaker retails for $1,125 each, plus $75 for a separate grille/frame assembly.
Rotel came to the CEDIA Expo with its first two audio components that stream Internet radio and network with home PCs.
Both new Rotel products also control media on a connected iPod or other USB Class 2 device.
The company joined several other audio companies unveiling their first networked components, including Sherwood and NAD.
Home audio suppliers exhibiting at next month's International CES will target the growth segments in the declining home theater in a box (HTiB) market and continue their efforts to turn around a slumping component audio market.