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Shipping in Time for Spring: Sonance 70v Landscape Series Speakers

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Sonance is now shipping their Landscape series 70v outdoor speaker system which was unveiled at the September 2010 CEDIA Expo. For those of you are not familiar with 70v systems, they are widely applied for long runs where standard speaker wire would drop the volume significantly and deteriorate the sound. The series consists of two-way satellite speakers - LS67SAT, LS47SAT and in-ground subwoofer LS10SUB. The LS67SAT features a 6" woofer, .75" tweeter and power handling up to 25 watts at 70v. The LS47SAT uses a 3.5" woofer. A variety of accessories includes multiple mounting solutions including tree mounts, ground stakes and surface mounts. The LS10SUB in-ground subwoofer features a 10" woofer and 100 watts of power handling at 70V. The subwoofer enclosure material has been designed to either be buried or left exposed to the elements. A brown canopy is included to easily blend into the surrounding landscape.

Pro Audio Technology Expands Affordable Options For Distributed Audio And Media Rooms

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Pro Audio Technology (PRO) has expanded its offering of designer-friendly speakers to include new in-wall, in-ceiling and subwoofer models.  Featuring professional components and DSP optimization, the new models bring PRO's unique high-output performance to a lower price point than previously available.


If you've never heard of Pro Audio, it's probably because they are only available through custom Audio/Video dudes, as the installation requires the services of a pro.
The SCRS-5iw in-wall loudspeaker joins a ¾-inch compression driver to a PRO-designed elliptical horn for broad dispersion of high frequency energy. This is code in the trade for Loud! Its 5-inch woofer employs a powerful ferrite magnet with an oversized voice-coil, resulting in a high-sensitivity design capable of output levels of 110dB and a dynamic range typically associated with larger floor standing loudspeakers.   The SCRS-5iw installs easily in a standard 2 x 4 stud bay.

Aperion Audio Unwraps New Verus Forte Home Theater Speakers

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Direct-to-consumer speaker manufacturer Aperion Audio has launched its Verus Forte line. The Verus Forte Tower, the Verus Forte bookshelf and the Verus Forte Center Channel speakers are derived from the Verus Grand series. According to the manufacturer, the Forte line's affordable price points belie the internal engineering and high-end performance characteristics. "We worked to produce uncolored, authentic sound in a small form-factor speaker by achieving a flat frequency response. The Axially Stabilized Radiator tweeter we developed handles a range beneath most tweeters, supporting the mid-range driver so the mid-high frequencies are as crystal clear as those at the top of the range", says Ken Humphreys, Aperion's lead speaker engineer.


Verus Forte Bookshelf $350 per pair 
Verus Forte Center Channel $350 
Verus Forte Tower $990 per pair


Available February 22


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Breaking News – Zu Keepers Escape Confines

High-end speaker manufacturer Zu, known for high performance products which are sold factory direct to the consumer, has broken its own raison d'etre. According to Zu's brand guardian, Chuck Williams: "A forty-thousand dollar loudspeaker from Zu sounds oxymoronic-after all, we're the guys who've put fabulous sound quality back within reach of mere mortals with a range of speakers that are genuinely affordable to the average Joe. So what's with the new $40,000 model, "Dominance"? The answer's simple-market pressure. Many people falling in love with the Zu sound wanted a more expensive speaker - they wanted to know what a Zu would sound like if cost constraints were removed."


Enter Zu's newest model, Dominance. The heart of Dominance is Zu's nanotech impregnated full-range driver, pinioned by twin massively motored, discretely-housed 3" ring-radiating tweeters. Subterranean bass energy is provided by an efficient down-firing 15" ‘sub-subwoofer' sealed within a labyrinth complex. The hull of Dominance is a super-structured framework encasing three discrete ZuRG cartridges.

The sound of Dominance has been described by the maker using "FQs" or Feeling Quotients as opposed to relying on quantitative measurement. As Zu's Simon Matanle describes: "When I say the organ in the cathedral gathered up its skirts and swept me down the nave on a wave of air, you'll hopefully understand just what real bottom end articulation does, especially when every pedal note is nuanced to reveal a foot paddling away like a duck on speed."

Paradigm Reference Introduces Slim, On-Wall Millenia LP Speaker

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For you AV minimalists who want the in-wall aesthetic without the construction hassles...

Paradigm Electronics Inc. introduces the Millenia LP on-wall LCR speaker to its award-winning Paradigm Reference® series. The ultra-thin (1-1/2") cabinet profile is designed to hang with sleek flat-panel displays and projector screens.

Millenia LP caters to audio enthusiasts building a system piece by piece since each speaker can be used for left/right or center channel sound, just by configuring vertically or horizontally, depending on preference. The Millenia LP LCR requires no custom speaker cut-out holes, only small holes for the speaker wire. The Millenia LP features convex S-PALTM satin-anodized pure aluminum domes and curved mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange cones. Three Reference Millenia LPs can be paired with the sonically-matched Millenia ADP surrounds and a Millenia Sub or Seismic 110 to create a 5.1 surround sound set-up. The speaker will be available in black gloss finish.


Availability in black gloss finish Spring 2011

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What Does ‘Invisible’ Sound Like?

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Invisible speakers have been around for a while. Although the new generation has far surpassed the original, the design principle and labor-intensive installation remain the same - a rectangular sandwich panel is mounted between wood frame studs and ‘mudded' into walls or ceilings. The speakers can be installed prior to the dry-wall phase during new construction or cut into existing walls. After the speaker is painted over during the wall finish stage, it cannot be detected. But you and your installer must remember where they are located, otherwise you might end up nailing a framed photo onto the surface!


The better invisible speakers offer larger panels, an expanded sound with a wider soundfield and greater front-to-back depth. We'd offer you a picture of an invisible speaker, but you wouldn't be able to see it. So you'll have to use your imagination. And remember, you have to really want invisible speakers - did we merntion multi-phase labor-intensive installation?

The photos included here are from Katsuya Restaurant located in Brentwood, CA. The requirement for invisibility was by architect, Phillippe Starck. The AV system design was performed by yours truly (a project of high-end custom installer Sound Solutions, inc.).

Read the "Home of the Future" case study included here to explore the sound of invisible:


To learn more about a various brands if invisible speakers, click here:  and here:

Carboton Speakers Define World-Class Exclusivity

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Carboton, Austrian maker of handcrafted monocoques speakers has unveiled its new world-class, exclusive line. Borrowing from racing sports, the monocoques chassis is designed as a closed shell formed of a fiber-reinforced sandwich structure, ensuring that the speaker's sound is not influenced by its enclosure. The theory behind using multiple materials in a sandwich format is to inhibit the resonant frequency of any single material from triggering and propagating. For you history and architecture buffs, this is one reason why the Roman aqueducts are still standing, despite the numerous earthquakes that have occurred throughout history.

Product Review: RSL CG Speakers

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Back in the 70s and 80s, Southern California audio fans were familiar with RSL Speaker Systems, designed by Howard Rodgers and sold exclusively at Rogersound Labs' audio/video stores throughout the area. RSL speakers were known for their quality as well as their tremendous value, being available at factory-direct prices. The RSL Studio Monitors were a familiar sight in many of L.A.'s recording studios and radio stations and were owned by many of LA's top musicians. They still have a loyal following. 
When asked why he decided to launch a new speaker line in today's crowded market, Rodgers said: "There are dozens of really fine speaker brands available today. The world doesn't need another brand, unless it has something unique to offer. We will be offering speaker sound quality that we're certain will impress picky audiophiles, at prices much lower than those found currently in the audiophile market." The premise is credible; RSL speakers were one of the best-selling lines back when Hi-Fi shops were crammed with dozens of brands. 
For the past 3 years, Howard Rodgers and his son Joseph have been developing a new line of home theater speakers and studio monitors based upon RSL's patented Compression Guide (CG) technology. According to Rodgers, CG technology is a different approach to speaker tuning. "Without the boxy quality caused by cabinet resonance, the sound seems to break free of the enclosure and images in the room. The clarity of the voices and instruments is dramatically improved, as well as the soundstage. It also results in significant bass extension without the boominess and overhang." RSL's slogan is, "Hear Outside the Box". I was about to test RSL's premise.


Atlantic Technology Debuts Wireless Audio Solutions for Subwoofers and Remote Zones

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Atlantic Technology has introduced its WA-50 Wireless Audio System, which can transmit a full-range stereo signal wirelessly up to 150 feet, or 300 feet line-of-sight, and with no time delay or interference. The WA-50 system can accommodate three zones and eliminates the need for long runs of RCA cable for powered subwoofers or remote amplified speaker systems.

"Said Steve Feinstein, Director of Marketing and Product Development: "Installers and end users alike are always looking for a way to eliminate those unsightly long runs of RCA cables. Now they have a quality solution. The WA-50 also has applications for rear surround channels, remote Zones, and outdoor speakers."

Boston Acoustics Redefines the “Soundbar” With Two New Models

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Boston Acoustics announced its TVee Model 25 Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer at the Consumer Electronics Show, recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The virtual surround sound TV and music audio system uses a slim soundbar and wireless subwoofer to deliver room-filling sound, providing consumers with an affordable audio solution for enhancing their TV viewing and gaming experience. The system also includes "Smart" Features including Boston's new Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround processing for pinpoint, theater-like surround effects.


Availability April 2011

TVee Model 25 MSRP $349.95


Boston Acoustics also announced that it's highly anticipated TVee® Model 30 Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer System is expected to ship in March 2011. The TVee Model 30 is an advanced TV enhancement system that uses a slim soundbar and matching wireless subwoofer. According to the manufacturer, the TVee Model 30 represents the next step in the evolution of the soundbar concept because it not only brings power, quality, and dynamic audio punch to TV, movies, and gaming but also enhanced music listening to the category. 

Availability March 2011

 TVee Model 30 MSRP $599.99

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