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10/03/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

HK Launches High-End
iPod Music System

STAMFORD, CONN. – Harman Kardon launched its
first AC-only iPod/iPhone-docking tabletop speaker
system to complement its selection of portable AC/
DC docking-speaker systems.

The high-end single-chassis MS 150 retails for a
suggested $689 and includes RDS-equipped FM
tuner, slot-load CD player and subwoofer output. It will
join the brand’s Go & Play AC/DC iPod/iPhone-docking
speaker systems, which currently retail for $299
and $349 on the company’s website.

The MS 150 packs two 30-watt bass-reflex speakers
into its 9.3- by 19.25- by 7.63-inch chassis, which
is oval-shaped and features polished black surfaces.
The device has a frequency response of 65Hz-20kHz
at +/-3dB and a 75dB signal-to-noise ratio.

Other features include composite and S-Video outputs
for displaying photos and videos on a connected
display, analog audio inputs, digital audio input, MP3/
WMA-CD playback and six presents for the RDS FM
tuner.

Denon Electronics Debuts
Network Audio Player

MAHWAH, N.J. — Denon Electronics launched its
first component-style networked music player, the
$499-suggested DNP-720AE.

With Apple’s AirPlay technology, DLNA certification,
and Internet radio, the player is billed as a standalone
music streaming component.

With AirPlay, it uses Wi-Fi to stream music from a
PC’s iTunes library and from an iPad, iPhone or iPod
Touch. With DLNA certification, it streams music from
other DLNA-certified sources, such as PCs, that lack
iTunes.

Users can also stream Internet radio stations and
the Rhapsody, Napster and Pandora Internet music
services.

Other features include a USB connector, Wi-Fi
Protected Setup (WPS), three-line OLED display, an
iPhone/iPod Touch app for remote Wi-Fi control, Control
4 certification and Ethernet port.

Meridian Adds Media Drive
600 For Sooloos Systems

NEW YORK — Meridian Audio launched the rackmount
Media Drive 600, designed to house a pair of
front-load RAID 1 hard disk drives for use in Meridian
Sooloos Digital Media Systems. It retails for a suggested
$5,000, excluding HDDs.

Media Drive 600 incorporates a switch-mode power
supply and automatically regulated cooling system,
both of which make rack-mounting and operation easier
and more reliable, Meridian said.

Through its DHCP-enabled network connection,
Media Drive 600 connects to a host network allowing
integration with the rest of a Meridian Sooloos system
and integrated control from any of the Meridian Sooloos
control devices or apps.

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