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Proficient Line Proliferating

9/10/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Proficient Audio is coming to CEDIA Expo with new products in multiple categories, including it first two A/V receivers (AVRs), an Mport iPod dock for the AVRs, and its first wireless amplifier system for powering surround speakers or a second-room speaker pair.

Also new: three amps and two in-ceiling speakers.

The AVRs will join a two-channel stereo receiver and a six-zone 12-channel stereo receiver. The first AVR, shipping in September, is the $1,250-suggested M80 with DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD decoding, four HDMI inputs, Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing, 7x130-watt high-current Class AB amplifier, line outputs to add on larger amps and an optional iPod dock.

The planned M60 AVR, rated at 7x80 watts, is due in the first quarter with DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD decoding, HDMI 1.3 repeater capability and high-current amplification.

The $200-suggested MRD iPod dock, due in the fourth quarter, lets users browse and select album/artist/song stored on the iPod using a Proficient AVR's remote control. It also charges the iPod and connects via USB to a PC to sync with iTunes.

The two planned amps are the M2 high-current amp, rated at 2x125 watts, and the M8 high-current amp, rated at 8x35 watts. Additional details were unavailable.

The AirFlex wireless system features wireless transmitter and amplifier/receiver rated at 2x50 watts for powering connected speakers. The receiver's line-level output send audio to a connected powered sub. Pricing and ship date weren't available.

For fourth-quarter delivery, Proficient will introduce the C655 in-ceiling LCR cinema speaker at a suggested $175. It features silk-dome tweeter and a graphite woofer, which replaces the polypropylene woofer of its predecessor without a change in dealer cost.

The $250-suggested C625 in-ceiling distributed-audio speaker, also due in the fourth quarter, features a silk-dome tweeter and graphite woofer, which replaces its predecessor's polypropylene woofer at no change in dealer cost.

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