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4/04/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
Meridian Supplies ‘Limitless’ With Audio Gear

NEW YORK — Meridian products hit the silver screen last month when the company provided the film “Limitless” with a variety of audio equipment.

Products used in the production of the Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper film include the DSP5200 digital active loudspeaker, G68 surround controller and G96 DVD transport.

Qsonix Releases Remote Pro iPad App

NEWBURY PARK, CALIF. — Qsonix introduced the Remote Pro for iPad app, designed to act as a one-touch interface to wirelessly control any Qsonix products.

The company’s touchscreen graphic user interface (GUI) operates via gestures, flicks, scrolls and pop-ups to enable browsing and playback control.

Features include high-speed visual browsing by album art; such queuing/playback functions as play-now, play-later, play-next for individual tracks, albums or playlists; independent controls of all available output/zones; auto-discovery of Qsonix Music Management Systems; instant playback of playlists, artists, albums or individual tracks; dragand- drop editing of current play queue order; and compatibility with all Qsonix models running version 3.4 or greater firmware.

KEF Updates Universal Wireless System

MARLBORO, N.J. — KEF recently launched the Universal Wireless System 2.0, said to transmit CD-quality sound to speakers, at a price of $499.

It upgrades both the software and transmitter from the previous system, and is compatible with all KEF loudspeakers and most other brands, the company said. The system, which is currently available, includes two receiving units, each of which have a 50-watt amplifier.

Other features include the use of a narrow signal band to minimize interference, the company’s errorcorrection technology, and Advanced Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (AAFHSS) technology.

MartinLogan Ships Affordable Electrostatic Speaker

LAWRENCE, KAN. — MartinLogan has begun shipping its most affordable electrostatic speaker to date, targeting it to budget-conscious audiophiles.

The $1,995/pair ElectroMotion-ESL features 34-inch-tall electrostatic panel and 8-inch woofer.

The $1,995/pair ElectroMotion-ESL with 34-inchtall electrostatic panel compares in price to a $2,195/ pair model with 28-inch-tall panel, a 28-inch $3,295/ pair model, and other models priced up to $30,000/ pair for a model with 57-inch panel.

In the spring, the ElectroMotion-ESL speaker will get matching center and surround channels with Folded Motion XT technology in lieu of electrostatic panels.

The new model features a new XStat MicroPerf panel developed to reduce the thickness gauge of the electrostatic panel’s steel stators to increase the pane’s visual transparency without reducing performance, the company said. The MicroPerf panel is held by an aluminum and composite frame similar to that found on the company’s flagship products. The frame technology is said to make the panel rigid without obstructing playable surface area or interfering with dipole sound radiation. Sensitivity is 91dB into 6 ohms.

The electrostatic panel is paired with an 8-inch rigid, lightweight woofer designed to optimize cone suspension and the magnetic flux field to produce high levels of bass output with low distortion, the company said.
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