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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.
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Five new A/V receivers launched by Yamaha expand the company’s selection of A/V receivers with HDMI 1.3 inputs and decoding of all Blu-ray Disc surround-sound formats. All will be available by the end of March or early April.
The company plans to announce new receiver-based home theater in a box (HTiB) systems in May.
Here are the details on Kenwood's new product announcements:
Receivers: Four 4000-series receivers priced at suggested retails up to $2,000, feature 20Hz-100kHz frequency response, six-channel analog inputs, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel decoding, and 96kHz/24-bit D/A and A/D converters. They're also Kenwood's first receivers to incorporate HDCD decoding. All but the lowest priced model at $800 are rated with all five channels driven simultaneously.
Home audio had its ups and downs here during Sony's East Coast line show, where the company upsized its selection of SACD players and ATRAC3plus CD Walkman portables but downsized its selection of two-channel shelf systems.
The company also:
returned to the SACD-only changer market with two models, one billed as the market's most affordable SACD changer at an expected everyday price as low as $149.
Multiple elements are coming together that could accelerate brick-and-mortar sales of digital audio receivers in 2003, suppliers say.
The component-audio-style devices let consumers remotely access MP3 files stored on their PC's hard drive and play them through a home stereo system situated in another room. The devices also play Internet radio stations accessed via the PC's modem.
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.