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B&K Shipments Resume Under ATI Ownership

7/21/2011 02:07:49 PM Eastern
Montebello, Calif. - Audio-component supplier Amplifier Technology(ATI) has begun shipping the first B&K-brand component since the company acquired B&K Components in late 2010.

The CT-600.1 six-zone, 12x55-watt A/V receiver shipped this month along with B&K's CK1.1 and CK2.2 in-wall multi-room-audio keypad controllers as well as other accessories.

"The CT-600 is only the first of many [components]," promised Morris Kessler, ATI's president and chief engineer. "We still intend to build the entire B&K lineup here in California," he added.

In preparing for CT-600.1 production, Kessler said, "Not only did we need to learn how to assemble the product, we needed to recreate the entire quality-control and testing environment."

ATI also owns the ATI, AudioAccess, BGW and Theta Digital component-audio brands.

ATI purchased the B&K brand name and other assets in mid-October after Buffalo, N.Y.-based B&K shut down operation.

In announcing another new product, ATI said it launched the Theta Digital branded Generation VIII Series 3 two-channel DAC/preamplifier at $13,999. The device, which replaces the Generation VIII Series 2, adds digital inputs that accept digital recordings at sampling rates of 176.4kHz and 192kHz. The previous version's digital inputs accepted signals at sampling rates of 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz and 96kHz.

An upgrade to add the new capabilities to the $13,500 Series 2 version costs $500.
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