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Astell & Kern Builds Home Line

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – High-resolution portable-audio company Astell&Kern is expanding its home audio presence with the late-August shipment of the $3,700-MAP AKT1 all-in-one high-resolution audio system.

The AKT1 is a slim t-shaped 39-inch-tall AKT1 sound system that stands on the floor and incorporates stereo speakers. It’s positioned as a space-saving way to play back high-res audio at home. The AKT1 features six speakers in a three-way configuration consisting of two 0.75-inch tweeters, two 2-inch midranges, and two 6.5-inch woofers. The system plays back 24-bit/192 KHz PCM files and native DSD64 and double-rate DSD128 DSD audio files. Playback sources include microSD card, optical and auxiliary inputs, and networked sources connected via wired Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It also features a variety of streaming services and Internet radio stations as well as stereo Bluetooth 3.0 with AptX.

Astell&Kern is the high-end audiophile brand launched in October 2012 by iriver.

Yamaha Expects a Base Hit

BUENA PARK, CALIF. – Yamaha is expanding its presence in the under-TV speaker-base business with the launch of a $349-suggested SRT-700 to complement the larger $499 SRT-1000 launched last year.

The new model, available in August, is designed for TVs up to 42 inches, while the current model is sized for TVs up to 55 inches.

The 21.5- by 11.75-inch model incorporates Dolby Digital, stereo Bluetooth,120-watt output, dual 3-inch subwoofers, app control via Bluetooth, one optical input, one digital input and IR learning to be controlled from a TV’s remote control, which will turn the base on and off, adjust volume and activate the mute function.

The base also incorporates proprietary Air Surround Xtreme technology to deliver virtual surround through its two 1.5- by 3.9-inch front-firing cone drivers, generating surround images without dedicated surround speakers, the company said.

The $499 SRT-1000 adds multiple enhancements, including 10 drivers and proprietary Digital Sound Projector technology said to deliver “true” surround without separate surround speakers by reflecting sound beams off the walls.


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