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11/21/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NuForce Adds DAC/Amplifier

MILPITAS, CALIF. — NuForce introduced the $299-suggested
Dia, a 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter
(DAC) with built-in stereo amplifier designed to improve
the audio performance of multiple home A/V devices, including
TVs, game consoles, and settop boxes.

Vizio Prices HDMI Soundbar

IRVINE, CALIF. – Vizio priced its first HDMI-switching
soundbar, the VHT215, at a suggested $319.99.

The VHT215, announced earlier this year, is also the
company’s slimmest soundbar to date with 1.9-inch depth
without stand. It comes with wireless subwoofer, dual 3Dcompatible
HDMI 1.4a inputs, one 1.4a output with audio
return channel, analog audio input and digital S/PDIF input,
Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder and SRS Studio Sound HD post
processing to, among other things, deliver virtual surround.

D’Agostino Son
Launches Company

MILFORD, CONN. – Bret D’Agostino, the eldest son of
audio industry veteran Dan D’Agostino, has formed his own
component-audio company, Bully Sound Company (BSC),
with the avowed goal of making high-end audio more affordable
without sacrificing performance or build quality.

Father Dan D’Agostino is co-founder of Krell Industries
and Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems. Son Bret
D’agostino was technical support and national sales manager
for Krell Industries until September 2009. Bully’s first
product is the BSC-100m, a Class A 100-watt monaural
amplifier at $14,750/pair.

StJohn Drops Distribution

BELLINGHAM, WASH. – StJohn Group discontinued
North American marketing and distribution
of audio/video brands to return to its
roots as a marketing and business development
company, owner Kevin Leja announced.

The company distributed and marketed the
Artcoustic, Cabasse, Cineversum, and Image
Screens brands.

Meantime, StJohn Group co-founder John
Caldwell formed a new company, Grace Motif
of Scottsdale, Ariz., to distribute and market all
of the StJohn brands but Cabasse. The company
also plans to pick up additional brands
in “luxury class technology” for dealers with
design-centric clients in the residential, commercial
and hospitality markets.

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