Here’s what home audio suppliers plan to unveil at CES:
Audio Design Associates: For multiroom audio, two new eight-zone receivers will complement the current $4,999-suggested Suite 8200.
Like the current receiver, the new receivers feature two slots to include a choice of analog AM/FM module, an HD Radio module or Sirius or XM modules. Unlike the current receiver, the new $5,999 Suite 8400 and $6,000 Suite 8500 embed ADA’s Control Suite multiroom-audio technology, which was available as a $2,000 outboard add-on for the 8200. The Suite 8500 adds front-panel touch screen.
iLive: The company’s first iTunes-tagging tabletop HD Radio is the $149-suggested iSP809B with clock-radio functionality and Works With iPhone certification. Additional details were unavailable.
iLuv: The company’s latest tabletop HD Radio, due at the end of 2008 or January, will be a step-up model replacing the current $189-suggested iPod-docking i169 with dual alarms. The new iHD171 adds iTunes tagging and Works With iPhone certification. Additional details were unavailable.
Sony: The company’s second-generation tabletop HD Radio, the $179-suggested XDRS10HDiP, is the company’s first iPod-docking HD Radio. It offers iTunes Tagging and Works With iPhone certification. Features include alarm clock functionality, simulated surround sound, 20AM/20FM presets, input for other-brand MP3 players and wireless remote.