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Seattle — AudioControl plans December shipments of its first two A/V receivers with Ultra HD 4K passthrough and up-scaling, dual HDMI outputs, and Internet radio and music-streaming services.
They are the Concert AVR-8, rated at 7x200-watt into 4 ohms, and AV-R 6, rated at 7x100-watt into 8 ohms. Both will ship only to the custom-install channel and won’t be available on the Internet, the company said.
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Seoul, Korea – LG said it would go to next week’s IFA show in Berlin with its first TV-speaker base, joining a wide array of the company’s active soundbars.
Called the Sound Plate, the active TV speaker system is only 35mm (1.38 inches) in height. It’s designed for use with 32- to 55-inch TVs.
The model features 4.1-channel sound system with dual built-in subwoofers. Sound is projected in multiple directions to create an immersive experience, the company said. The system also features Bluetooth for wireless-audio streaming.
Franklin, Tenn. — Emotiva Audio has introduced the second generation of its XPA-2 stereo power amplifier, a revamped two-channel unit that has new features, functionality and look.
With the new XPA-2 Gen 2, Emotiva has refined the XPA-2’s circuit topology. It sports several mechanical improvements like solid machined gold-plated RCA jacks, metal toggle switches for input selection, and “cleaner, bolder aesthetics,” with a new high-strength chassis for added durability, the company said.
Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz launched two networked stereo receivers, the $699-suggested M-CR610 and $599 M-CR510, to replace a current model and expand the selection to two.
The $699 M-CR610 model features an AM/FM tuner, embedded CD player, and four channels of amplification. The $599 model lacks tuner and CD and features two-channel amp.
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.