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Onkyo Readies TV-Sound System, Tabletop Audio

INDIANAPOLIS – Onkyo is at CEDIA Expo with its first 2.1-speaker TV-sound enhancement system, the company’s first iPod/iPhone-docking music system with built-in stereo Bluetooth, and two new mini systems, one of which is the company’s first with embedded stereo Bluetooth.

One of the mini systems is the company’s first networked mini system.

All ship in the fourth quarter along with a new stereo integrated amplifier. Prices haven’t been revealed.

The 2.1-speaker system is the LS3100 Envision- Cinema, intended to improve TV-sound quality. It consists of a slim amplifier, separate left-right speakers, a wireless downfiring subwoofer, stereo Bluetooth streaming, and SRS audio processing that expands the soundstage, improves dialog intelligibility, and equalizes out volume fluctuations in TV programming. It lacks virtual-surround processing and Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1 decoding. It can be controlled from a TV or set-top box remote.

The two new three-chassis mini systems are the CS-N755 network hi-fi mini system and CS-355 Colobrino CD/Bluetooth hi-fi mini system, the former with optional stereo Bluetooth and the latter with builtin stereo Bluetooth. Both feature AM/FM tuner, single- CD player, and certified iPod/iPhone-compatible USB. The CS-355 adds iPad certification.

The CS-N755 is the company’s first mini system with network capability, enabling it to stream music from a networked PC, Internet radio stations via vTuner, and Internet music services Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Sirius Internet Radio, and Aupeo!. A back-panel Ethernet port provides network connectivity.

The N755’s front-panel USB port streams music from iPod/iPhones, USB flash drives and hard discs. The system supports MP3, AAC, Apple lossless, FLAC and WMA lossless playback. With an optional USB Bluetooth adapter, the mini system also streams music wirelessly from Apple and Android devices. The Bluetooth adapter supports the high-quality AAC and AptX codecs over Bluetooth.

The second new three-chassis mini system, the S-355 Colobrino, will be available in white, red and black. It lacks networking but incorporates embedded stereo Bluetooth. It also streams the high-quality AptX and AAC codecs over Bluetooth. The front-panel USB is certified for iPods, iPhones and iPads and works with USB memory devices with stored MP3 and AAC files.

In iPod/iPhone-docking speaker systems, the company is unveiling the RBX-500 iLunar, which is the company’s first docking speaker with embedded stereo Bluetooth. It also features an iPod/iPhonecompatible USB port, six speakers, subwoofer and Sonic Emotion 3D sound processing, which uses wave field systems to immerse listeners in sound no matter where they are in a room, the company said.