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A-BUS Forte Arrives

SAN DIEGO — LeisureTech Electronics, the developer of custom-installed A-BUS multiroom- audio systems, is bringing its Forte Electronics brand to North America and global markets, having launched the brand about four years ago in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe.

Steren Electronics, based here, will import and distribute most of the Forte line in the U.S. and Canada, including intercom and IR products.

Sydney, Australia-based LeisureTech also licenses its A-BUS technology for use by other companies. U.S. companies offering A-BUS are Russound and Channel Vision.

The Forte lineup feature a “somewhat broader range than current A-BUS partners offer since it has both structured-wiring products and custom surface-mount configurations for non-structured wiring installations,” said Scott Sylvester, LeisureTech’s U.S. manager.

Denon Details Atmos AVRs

MAHWAH, N.J. – Denon announced pricing and ship dates of its first two A/V receivers equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound decoding.

The D+M brand plans October retail availability of the networked 7.2-channel $1,399 AVRX4100W and 9.2-channel $1,999 AVR-X5200W.

The $1,399 model supports an Atmos 5.1.2 speaker configuration out of the box, but a twochannel amplifier can be connected to drive 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 speaker configurations. The $1,999 model supports 5.1.2, 5.1.4, and 7.1.2 configurations out of the box, but with an add-on two-channel amp, it will drive 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 Dolby Atmos configurations.

The $1,999 model brings 11-channel processing to a new opening price.

With the launches, Denon is expanding its selection of AVRs with HDMI 2.0 connectivity.

Both models also add built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compared to their predecessors.

The $1,399 model features DTS Neo:X 9.1-channel post processing, and the $1,999 features DTS Neo:X 11.1-channel post processing.

Thiel Changes Execs, HQ

BRENTWOOD, TENN. — Thiel Audio is populating its new headquarters here with a new CEO, a new sales and marketing senior VP, and new engineering, marketing, purchasing and operations employees as part of an effort to revitalize the longtime brand.

The high-end audio company also intends to “broaden the audience” for its products by “making the line visible to luxury buyers as well as the traditional audiophile,” the company said.

John Wittman is the new CEO, replacing Bill Thomas. The new sales and marketing senior VP is Paul Fisher.

Engineering VP Mark Mason is designing a new speaker series for a 2015 launch.


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