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Audiovox Debuts Wireless 5.1 Home Theater System

New York — Audiovox showed its digital wireless 5.1 home theater system and digital wireless transmitter receiver system under the Acoustic Research brand during a press preview, held here this afternoon.

In his presentation of the entire line and in a prepared statement Tom Malone, president of Audiovox Electronics, said, “For the home, Audiovox is … introducing wireless products that cut the cord on home theater systems without sacrificing sound quality. These wireless systems create 5.1-channel surround sound and have unparalleled abilities to block interference for a superior listening experience.”

The Acoustic Research wireless home theater speaker system, model WHT6024, is a high-performance 5.1 speaker package that includes “includes a state-of-the-art, ultra-robust wireless rear-channel system,” the company said.

Len Davi, home entertainment VP, who is based in the company’s Lake Mary, Fla. office and headed development, put on a cordless phone and microwave over it to show that the wireless system could withstand any interference in the home, such as 802.11 computer networks.

The WHT6024, with a suggested retail of $899, will be available at retail this month.

The company said that the system has a “quality of service channel” with a data rate at more than 11MBps, “creating a system that is truly interference immune.”

The system features a patent pending 2.4 GHz digital wireless technology, Audiovox said, plus a two-way center channel and sonic matched satellites, and a 125 watt, 10-inch high-excursion subwoofer. The WHT6024 is said to feature full bandwidth, 20Hz to 20kHz high-quality audio.

The Acoustic Research WPA24 digital wireless transmitter/receiver system is said to allow consumers to make any speaker wireless. By connecting the transmitter to a A/V receiver’s line or speaker output, connect the two wireless receiver units to existing speakers and you can get wireless speakers with CD sound quality, the company said.

The system, which will be available in 60 days at a suggested retail of $349, features advanced error correction, three-point diversity antennas and 50-watt digital amplifiers, the company said. And like the WHT6024, it features full bandwidth, 20Hz to 20kHz.