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Audio Briefs

4/19/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern
KEF Aids Speaker Placement
MARLBORO, N.J. — KEF has developed a software program to help installers and consumers choose the proper speaker placement for achieving the best sound with the most cost-effective system design, custom-install product manager David Kroll said.

The KEF Ci Speaker Placement Tool runs on Windows PCs. It can be used for 70V/100V projects as well as for stereo music systems.

NuVo Powerline System Due
HEBRON, UTAH — NuVo Technologies planned mid-April shipment of its long-awaited custom-installed Renovia multiroom- audio system, which uses Power Line Carrier technology to distribute audio, metadata and control signals over a home’s existing powerlines.

A system starts at a suggested $4,999 for a basic four-zone package consisting of a source hub, four zone amplifiers, four OLED control pads and a NuVo dock.

Wisdom Adds Online Training
CARSON CITY, NEV. — Planar-speaker maker Wisdom Audio launched an online dealer-training initiative to help dealers sell and set up its Sage series speaker systems.

A dealer-training module on a dealer-only page at Wisdom’s Web site includes a tutorial on the setup and use of the Audyssey MultEQ XT room-equalization software. A test is included.

Vincent Products For Golden Ears
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Vincent Audio has begun offering a new top-loading $4,695-suggested C-60 CD player and a $399 PHO-8 two-piece phono preamp.

The CD player features switchable vacuum-tube and solidstate output stages to give consumers a choice between what the company called “the richness of vacuum tubes and the precision of solid-state technology.”

The phono preamp is a two-piece device is designed for use with moving-coil and moving-magnet phonograph cartridges.

Vincent makes audio components that use vacuum-tube and hybrid tube/solid-state technology. The brand’s exclusive North American distributor is WS Distributing of Grand Rapids.

Krell Ads Room EQ
ORANGE, CONN. — High-end audio supplier Krell has begun offering automatic room equalization for the first time with the shipment of newly upgraded Evolution 707 surround preamp/ processors.

The technology, called Krell Automatic Room Equalization System (ARES), is also available as a free upgrade to existing 707 owners.

The 707’s $30,000 suggested retail did not change with the addition of ARES, which uses onscreen prompts to guide users through the automatic setup and equalization process.
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