San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Mahwah, N.J. — Denon unveiled In-Command networked A/V receivers that start at a slightly lower opening price point, expand the series’ selection to five models from four, and include some new features.
Four new models shipping next week join a carryover flagship $2,499 model. The new models start at a suggested $499, down from the previous line’s opening price of $649.
Like last year, all In-Command models feature built-in AirPlay, DLNA networking, and Internet radio but no built-in Wi-Fi or optional Wi-Fi dongle.
Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha is bringing Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connections to its home-theater receiver/speaker packages for the first time and extending discrete amplification to all models.
Most models in the lineup of receiver-based HTiBs, which ship in April, also get a Bluetooth adapter add-on for the first time. It connects to the HDMI ports of the lineup’s networked HTiBs.
Fort Collins, Colo. — CasaTunes took the wraps off a line of multi-room music servers that are designed to integrate with A/V receivers (AVRs) using Apple AirPlay.
The CasaTunes Music Servers can support up to 24 wired rooms with 10 wireless rooms. They can distribute streaming music to a combination of wireless and wired speakers through AirPlay speakers and devices, multichannel amplifiers and multizone AVRs.
A CasaTunes iOS or Android smartphone and tablet app enables users to control music and programming by room.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is adding Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) connections to four of five new RXV-series A/V receivers (AVRs).
MHL is also expected to appear for the first time on top-end Aventage AVRs later in the year.
The opening-price model in the RXV series ships this month at a suggested $299, and the others RSV models ship in March and April. The series tops out at a suggested $849.
Mahwah, N.J. — Denon has begun shipping an entry-level series of A/V receivers (AVRs) targeted to entry-level purchasers said to be turned off by complicated setup procedures and controls.
“Denon brought user-friendly elements such as horizontal color-coded speaker terminals and a richer graphic setup assistant to provide consumers with new levels of user friendliness,” a spokesperson said.
Pickering, Ontario – PSB Speakers has introduced a new Low-priced powered subwoofer, the SubSeries 125.
The subwoofer delivers more power output and consumes less energy than its predecessor, enabling it to deliver lower, louder, and “more musically natural” bass, the company said.
The $449-suggested SubSeries 125 is shipping with output of 125 watts continuous, 160 watts dynamic, and 320 watts peak dynamic power in an enclosure that is 9.63 inches by 14.13 inches 15.63 inches.
Indianapolis — Sony is turning A/V receivers into the brains of a home-automation system with the launch here at the CEDIA Expo of two new ES-series A/V receivers that incorporate full Control4 home-automation control to broaden the home automation customer base.
Four new receivers due in April from Yamaha will reduce the company's opening price point for units with 6.1-channel decoders, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, second-zone capability and S-video up-conversion.
With these introductions, all receivers in Yamaha's 2004 line automatically delay a video program's audio to match the video delay caused by video processors, said national training manager Phil Shea.
Integra has shipped the $800-suggested DTR-5.9 audio/video receiver (AVR), the first in a series of products expected from the brand in the coming months.
Compared with the same-price model that it replaces, the DTR-5.9 doubles the number of HDMI 1.3 inputs to four. The 5.9 also becomes the first Integra AVR with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, which maintains flat frequency response and an enveloping surround-sound experience when soundtracks are played back at low volume levels.
The first XM-ready home audio products available at retail will carry the Yamaha brand.
Eight Yamaha XM-ready A/V receivers will turn up in stores in March and April, followed soon after by a handful of Yamaha home theater in a box (HTiB) systems. The receivers will be priced as low as a suggested $229.