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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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