Klipsch Expands Soundbar Line
Klipsch expanded its active-soundbar selection with the launch of a third model at a lower opening price point of a suggested $399. The Reference R-4B soundbar joins the $599 Reference R-10B and $799 R-20B.
It features Bluetooth, Dolby Digital decoding, wireless subwoofer, and three listening modes: virtual surround to widen the soundstage, night EQ and voice enhancement EQ. It connects to TVs or set-top box via an optical digital input, taking 5.1 Dolby Digital signals and downmixing them to 2.1. I also has RCA inputs.
The two-way soundbar is 40-inches-wide and 3.5-inches-tall.
Meridian Adds MQA To TWO Home Products
Meridian Audio believes is adding high-resolution MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) decoding to two home-audio components for the first time, joining the Explorer2 pocket USB DAC
One product is the $16,000 818V3 Reference Audio Core stereo preamp, positioned as an audiosystem hub that also streams music from the company’s Sooloos multizone-music server. With MQA technology, the 818V3 will play MQA-encoded files, said to deliver music with higher performance in smaller files than today’s high-resolution music files.
The other product is the $22,000 808v6 networked CD player/preamp, touted as the highest performance CD player ever manufactured by the company. It features S/PDIF and USB ports that accept digital audio up to 192kHz. It also features DoP DSD playback, MQA, direct connection to a Meridian Sooloos music server, and bass, treble, and balance controls.
McIntosh Opens Experience Center
Fine Sounds Group changed its name to World of McIntosh and opened its first World of Mc- Intosh Experience Center in New York City’s Soho neighborhood.
The four-story multimillion-dollar townhouse will be used to demonstrate the company’s family of hifi brands through events intended to expand brand awareness. The company’s brands are McIntosh Laboratory, Audio Research, Pryma, Sonus faber, Sumiko, Sumiko Subwoofers, and Wadia.
The company-name change reflects “renewed commitment to all of our brands” to “reinforce our position as the family of the finest audio brands in the world,” the luxury-audio vendor noted. The Experience Center “is a place where we can open the doors and invite people in to experience the products and understand for themselves why we deserve to live among other luxury brands.”