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Rockleigh, N.J. — Crestron expanded it A/V receiver selection with the $5,500-suggested 7.1-channel HD-XSPA, which is designed to integrate with the company’s DigitalMedia whole-house 4K A/V system.
The AVR incorporates an onboard DigitalMedia receiver, which enables a one-wire connection to a DigitalMedia switcher installed in a central equipment cabinet to access a home’s shared video sources.
The two-space rack-mountable component, which is shipping, also features multiple control ports addressable from a Crestron control system.
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Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha added new capabilities to its opening-price 5.1-channel A/V receiver, including a Virtual Cinema Front feature said to deliver surround sound when all five speakers are placed up front.
The feature, likely to be incorporated in step-up models in 2014, appears in the $299-suggested RX-V377, which is shipping.
The feature is promoted as an option for rooms in which a traditional 5.1-speaker setup is not practical. A spokesman also noted that many consumers already place all of the speakers in their 5.1-speaker home theaters up front.
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.
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.