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CEDIA Expo: Artison Nano Backpack Acts As AVR, Mounts Behind TV

Artison is building many features of an A/V receiver into a thin device that can be concealed behind a flat TV or mounted in or on a wall.

The $999-suggested Nano Backpack will be displayed at next week’s CEDIA Expo.

The Backback incorporates a 3×100-watt amp to power front speakers in a home theater and wireless WiSA technology to stream the surround and subwoofer channels to WiSA-compliant surround speakers and subs.

The device, which measures 1 by 9 by 9 inches, also incorporates HDMI 2.0 inputs and output for connecting a Blu-ray player or set-top IP video streamer; Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II and IIx surround decoding; Bluetooth for music streaming; Wi-Fi for IP-based control and music streaming from computers; and IR-based control.

It features three HDMI inputs, one Toslink optical input, a 3.5mm stereo minijack and RJ45 connector. Its HDMI output features audio return channel and Ultra HD passthrough.

It ships in the second quarter.