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Universal Changers Arriving

Upper Saddle River, N.J. — The Onkyo and Integra brands have been added to the short list of suppliers offering universal SACD/DVD-Audio changers. Onkyo’s DV-CP802, a six-disc progressive-scan model, is available at a suggested $500 in black or white. It is compatible with DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, JPEG/Picture CDs and CD-R/RWs encoded with MP3 or WMA files. Integra’s six-disc DPC-8.5, available with multiple custom-install features, is available at a suggested $700. The two join a previously announced Toshiba five-disc model and two Pioneer HTiBs with separate five-disc universal changers.

HD Radio Update

Columbia, Md. — iBiquity Digital has licensed its HD Radio technology to Denon and Marantz and concluded that SRS Circle Surround technology is compatible with HD Radio. With the licensing announcement, the number of CE hardware licensees comes to 15, including Alpine, Clarion, Delphi, Fujitsu Ten, Harman Kardon, JVC, Hyundai AutoNet, Kenwood, Mitsubishi, Onkyo, Oritron (Orient Power), Panasonic, Sanyo, Visteon and Yamaha. With the compatibility announcement, radio stations will be able to encode any multichannel content into a two-channel output for digital broadcast. The signal can then be decoded by existing consumer decoders in up to 6.1-channel form.

Sonance Ships DAB1

San Clemente, Calif. — Sonance has begun shipping its four-source, six-zone 12-channel DAB1 receiver but, in a change of plans, the device isn’t bundled with six in-wall keypads to create a distributed-audio-in-a-box system. It is available only through Sonance’s traditional dealers, and won’t be offered to non-traditional installers as originally planned. Keypads are now available separately at a suggested $100 each for use with the $2,500-suggested receiver. The product has also been stripped of its Architectural Audio brand, which the company earlier this year decided against offering.

Canton Targets New TVs

Minneapolis — Canton introduced its first two speakers designed to visually complement flat-panel video displays. The slender, extruded-aluminum models are the CD 300 tower speaker, which is 48-inches by 5-inches by 6-inches at $2,000/pair, and the CD 360F, which is 23.5-inches tall and only 4-inches deep. It’s suitable for wall hanging and retails for $800 each.

Anthem Waves AVM30

Ontario, Canada — Anthem’s new $2,999-suggested AVM30 preamp/processor/tuner features HDTV video switching and four-zone four-source distributed-A/V controller. It enables two 7.1-channel home theater systems to play simultaneously. Zone one provides multichannel audio and video to the main listening and viewing room. Zones two and three each deliver two component-video outputs and two-channel audio with independent control of volume, bass, treble and balance. For the fourth zone, an external preamp or receiver is needed to provide a fourth independent A/V zone. It’s THX Ultra2-certified and features THX EX and DTS ES decoding.

JBL Ships 7.1 Packages

Woodbury, N.Y. — JBL began shipping its first 7.1-channel home theater speaker packages, complementing 6.1-channel packages that are also available. The SCS300.7 and SCS200.7 7.1-channel packages, priced respectively at $649 and $549, feature two-way satellites with 3.5-inch mid driver and 0.75-inch tweeter. Their center channel features dual 3.5-inch mids, flanking the same tweeter. The powered subwoofers differ. One is a 10-inch 200-watt model, and the other is an 8-inch 100-watt model. The satellite and center channels feature curved surfaces are finished in a charcoal color with platinum-color accents.

Harman Multimedia Goes Portable

Northridge, Calif. — Harman Multimedia plans August shipments of the JBL On Tour portable audio system, a battery-operated device that amplifies the sound of headphone music portables. At a suggested $99, it features six watts of power, a pair of stereo drivers, volume control and integrated protective cover and stand. It’s about the size of two iPods and uses four AAA batteries to provide more than 24 hours of use at normal listening levels.

Linn Launches Controller

Jacksonville, Fla. — Linn began shipping the $7,995-suggested Kinos multichannel A/V preamp/processor with multiroom audio control. Features include 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES decoding, and four-zone distributed-audio controller. Video outputs include a component output.

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