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Onkyo Launches Underscore Audio’s Evolution

Upper Saddle
River, N.J. – New audio products from Onkyo highlight the evolution of home
audio, which has come to embrace tabletop speaker systems as well as audio

In tabletop
speakers, Onkyo will expand its selection of Apple-certified tabletop models with
the launch of three new models. Separately, the company announced two new
two-channel hi-fi components.

The new tabletop
products include the $249-suggested iOnly Play ABX-100 and $249-suggested iOnly
Bass SBX-300. Both are due in October. The former docks with and charges iPods
and iPhones, and the latter adds iPad docking/charging, making it the company’s
first iPad-docking speaker system.

 A third tabletop product called iOnlyStream is
planned for later availability. Details weren’t revealed, but it seems likely
to include Apple’s wireless AirPlay technology.

single-chassis devices will expand the company’s Apple-certified speaker
selection to three from one, excluding an iPod/iPhone-docking three-piece mini system
also available from the company.

 The iOnly Play features flat-back exterior,
brushed-aluminum base and cover, dimmable foot lighting, and sliding cover that
conceals and protects a LCD display and touch-screen control buttons. On the
iOnly Bass, the docking port is on the lower front edge of the device to
support an iPad. It also has aluminum handle to lug it around.

 Both models feature
full-range speakers mounted in isolated enclosures, Active Bass Control, and
wireless remote.

Separately, the
company introduced the $1,299-suggested A-9070 integrated stereo amplifier and
$799 C-7070 CD player with iPod/iPhone USB input. Both are due in November.

 The A-9070 amplifier offers four discrete
modes: integrated amp, power amp, pre-amp, and split power/pre-amp. It features
parallel push-pull amplification design, three-stage inverted Darlington
circuitry, and Wolfson 192 kHz/24-bit DACs. Other features include independent
headphone amplifier and a phonograph equalizer.

 The C-7070 CD player connects to iPod/iPhone
devices via a USB port, and the player play music stored on USB-connected
flash-memory drives.

 The unit features vibration-damping brass
legs, a full-floating circuit board, pair of Wolfson 192 kHz/24-bit DACs, and
Onkyo’s Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry, all designed to
reduce noise, distortion, and interference.

Other features
include a three-stage dimmer function, a brushed aluminum front panel, a silent
aluminum CD tray, gold-plated audio terminals, and headphone amplifier
differential circuitry.