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Sonance Launches Server

San Clemente, Calif. - Sonance's first custom-install source unit, a multizone 160GB music server, enables the company to offer an 'end-to-end Sonance-branded [distributed-audio] system,' said marketing director Petro Shimonishi.

The Concierge dual-HDD 160GB server, shipping at a suggested $3,600, can store 2,500 hours of compressed MP3 music or about 260 hours of uncompressed wav files. The server, that uses Imerge's XiVA platform, delivers audio to four zones via three analog outputs and one digital output. An additional six zones can be added when the server is connected to a home Ethernet system via outboard network audio modules, which fit into modular Sonance amps. The modules ship in July at a price to be announced.

The CD-player-equipped device also features internal 56K model to retrieve album data from an Internet database for viewing on an on-screen menu.

SpeakerCraft's Starlets

Riverside, Calif. - SpeakerCraft's Starlets will shine in June, when the company ships three tall, narrow in-wall Starlet speakers for home theater and critical music-listening applications.

The trio ranges in price from $3,500-$7,000/pair with own aluminum back boxes. The company's most expensive speakers were $2,500/pair.

They feature ribbon tweeters and multiple 5.25-inch woofers. The smallest model looks good next to an on-wall plasma TV, the company said.

Other new speakers, available in the past few weeks, include a new line of round and rectangular architectural speakers with 8-inch woofers. The round models are priced at a suggested $350-$850/pair, and the rectangular models' suggested retails are $699-$2,500/pair. The three-way rectangular models feature rotating tweeter/midrange assembly for horizontal or vertical installation. The tweeter also pivots. The two-way round models feature pivoting tweeters.

Integra's New Client

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Integra has expanded its Net-Tune networked-audio selection with the shipment of its first Net-Tune preamp/processor, the $2,000-suggested DTC 9.4.

The 9.4 comes with Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES decoding and Chad touchscreen remote.

Like two NetTune-equipped receivers, the 9.4 connects via Ethernet to a central Net-Tune HDD 12-zone music server that stores music in MP3, WMA, and uncompressed PCM formats. The 9.4 and the receivers also connect via Ethernet to broadband modems to access MP3- and WMA-based non-interactive Internet radio stations.

A dedicated client incorporates an AM/FM tuner, amplifier, and built-in reception of MP3 and WMA-based Internet radio stations via a broadband connection.

Also new: a $3,000-suggested DTA 9.4 seven-channel digital amplifier rated at 7x120 watts simultaneously into 8 ohms.

Eclipse Offers Cost Control

Laguna Beach, Calif. - Marketing-services company Eclipse Marketing has developed a graphic-design service for suppliers that want to control design costs.

Eclipse analyzes the supplier's monthly design needs and establishes a fixed monthly retainer for an unlimited amount of graphic work. The Unlimited Graphic Retainer Program effectively gives suppliers a staff artist at a lower cost, the company said.

Eclipse is at (949) 363-5340, or

RBH Extends Line Down

Layton, Utah - RBH Sound is shipping the Architectural Cinema freestanding home theater speakers, the company's most affordable series. The freestanding speakers consist of a tower at $699/pair, a center channel at $259, a surround at $299/pair, and a powered sub at $499.They are acoustically matched to the company's A series in-wall and in-ceiling speaker series.

Rotel Launches Duo

North Reading, Mass. - Rotel launched a new flagship preamp/processor and a new DVD-Audio/Video player, both shipping at a suggested $2,999 and $799, respectively. The RSP-1098 processor features Dolby Digital EX/DTS ES 6.1-channel decoding and a color LCD display for menu selection and video-source display. Processor features include HD-capable component-vide inputs and 7.1-channel surround mode. Both products come with custom-install features such as RS-232 ports, IR inputs, and 12-volt triggers.

Bose Launches Two

Framingham, Mass - Bose launched two new custom-install products: an in- and on-ground outdoor speaker and an indoor speaker. The 191 indoor speaker delivers Bose's Stereo Everywhere soundfield, comes with ported enclosure, and is packaged with rectangular and circular grilles. The 191 is available at $398/pair and is designed to appeal to custom installers as well as do-it-yourselfers. The Bose 51 outdoor speakers, due in the spring at $449/pair, disperse sound over 360 degrees to allow for flexible placement while delivering a stereo image.


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