Pantel Speakers Debut
Garden Grove, Calif. — Pantel is complementing its lineup of outdoor flat-screen TVs with outdoor speakers, which shipped in April.
The two two-way 100-watt speakers can also be installed in saunas, bathrooms and in-door pool rooms.
Both models, at a suggested $249.99/pair, are 8-ohm, 100-watt models that can be mounted horizontally or vertically. One model is black; the other is white. Both feature 6.5-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter, 89dB sensitivity, and 55Hz-22kHz frequency response.
Morel Relauching In U.S.
Ness Ziona, Israel — Morel is relaunching its speaker brand in the U.S. through custom integration and specialty CE channels.
The 33-year-old company manufactures high-performance home speakers, architectural speakers, car speakers and raw drivers.
For the relaunch, the brand selected ASL Group, formerly Audiophile Systems, as its U.S. sales and marketing operation. ASL offers training capabilities along with sales, logistics and service support, Morel said.
Morel’s home products range from the MT-1 5.1-speaker system at $1,300 to the Fat Lady three-way floorstanders at $32,000 a pair. The company also offers the Harmony and Soundwall in-wall speaker lines priced from $240 to $1,500.
Cold War Amps Return
Binghamton, N.Y. — McIntosh Laboratory has begun offering limited-edition reissues of two early 1960s amplifiers developed during the Cold War to deliver warm sound.
As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the company shipped the MC75 monoblock tube amplifier, which is modeled after a 1961 model, and the C22 preamplifier, originally launched in 1962. Only 120 sets of the system will be available in North America at a suggested $15,000.
The components will be packaged with a numbered version of the book “For the Love of Music,” signed by author Ken Kessler and by McIntosh co-founder Sidney Corderman and McIntosh president Charlie Randall.
Goldenote Amps Debut
Carolina, Puerto Rico — Koetsu USA, the U.S. distribution arm for multiple audio brands, launched Goldenote’s S-1 dual mono and S-1 Signature amplifiers, available for suggested retails of $1,436 and $1,866, respectively.
The two solid-state stereo amps are made by Goldenote in Florence, Italy.
The dual-mono boasts 2×40-watt output, frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz at +/- 3dB, signal/noise ratio of -90db, and total harmonic distortion (THD) of 0.2 percent.
The S-1 Signature is a special edition of the S-1, offering extra power, higher-grade components, and matched HQ transistors to further refine its performance. It boasts 2×60-watt output with frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz +/- 3dB. signal/noise ratio of -90db, and its THD of 0.2 percent.
Proprietary Mirror-Amp design featured in both models is a gain stage made with a proprietary cascade differential amplifier with a mirror current. This produces a super-linear signal, virtually eliminating distortion. The mirror current helps regulate the amount of the current and avoid overheating.
Koetsu USA’s other brands include Koetsu, Chario, Montegiro and Black Note.