Las Vegas - Yamaha is entering
two new home audio niches with the launch of two "hi-fi-in-a-box" systems and a
flat pedestal- and wall-mountable one-piece integrated audio system.
The hi-fi-in-a-box systems consist of a component-size
stereo receiver packaged with speakers to tap into consumers' growing
two-channel interest and "assure consumers that everything works together," said Yamaha Electronics president Tom Sumner. They carry prices
of $599 and around $1,000, he said.
The integrated system, the Restio
ISX-800, is square in height and width and only about 3.5 inches deep. It's
mounted on a floorstanding aluminum pedestal but can also be mounted on the
wall with optional bracket. The front grille comes in four colors.
Restio's cabinet incorporates AM/FM tuner, CD
player, and iPod/iPhone-compatible USB port that accepts iPod/iPhone audio in
digital PCM form. Other features include auxiliary analog input, front clock,
and digital amplification. Its price is $799.
Sumner said he sees potential for
selling the product through nontraditional CE retailers such as high-end
furniture stores and interior design companies.
Among the packaged stereo
systems, the $599 model features 2x50-watt amplification with 0.04 percent THD,
an included powered subwoofer, 40- station presets, input for an optional
iPod/iPhone dock, optional stereo Bluetooth receiver, zone two output, and one
IR input and output. Seven inputs consist of phono, CD, iPod dock, tape, tuner,
and line inputs 1 and 2.
The step-up packaged system at
around $1,000 features 2x100 watts amplification with 0.04 percent THD, input
for optional iPod/iPhone dock, iPod video output, Sirius-ready capability, two
IR inputs and outputs, and included zone two IR remote. The number of inputs
expands to nine with the addition of a Sirius input and a third line input.