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It’s a Zu in Here: How High-End Speakers are Made

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For most of you who have never entered a speaker manufacturing facility, we present this enlightening video by Zu. Many speaker brands buy pre-made parts and merely assemble them into finished product. Zu, however, designs and builds all components from scratch. Consider this short video clip as a visit to Zu's inner sanctum, as they build their new Omen Def speaker.

 

To see the video, click here: 

 

To read our story on Zu's debut of their new Omen Def model, click here:

 

Meridian Introduces New Compact Active Loudspeaker, Controller System

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Meridian Audio has announced the introduction of two new products, the DSP3200 Compact Digital Active Loudspeaker and the Audio Core 200 Stereo Audio Controller. The DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeakers are designed to echo the lines of Meridian's flagship DSP8000 and are the most compact Meridian loudspeakers designed to date.

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The manufacturer touts its Meridian's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies as "delivering powerful, room-filling sound with the performance of a conventional system many times the size." Featuring a wide-range driver that allows the DSP crossover frequency to be well outside the speech band, the DSP3200 delivers an effortless, open and spacious sound, even at high listening levels, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the DSP3200's digital signal processing provides dynamic bass protection with accurate transients. The DSP3200 is designed for a wide range of room positions - on or in furniture, on floor stands or on wall brackets and is offered with two high-gloss paint finishes; high-gloss white and high-gloss black.

PRODUCT REVIEW: RSL COMPRESSION GUIDE SPEAKERS

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AFTER TWO DECADES, THE NEW RSL CG SPEAKERS COME WITH A SURPRISE IN EVERY BOX

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.

Lightning Strikes Twice: RSL Speakers Re-Launch After Two Decades – New ETA

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Back in the 70's and 80's, Southern California audio fans were familiar with RSL Speaker Systems, sold at Rogersound Labs audio/video stores throughout the area. During those decades, RSL was one of the best selling brands in the region. 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. RSL speakers stood for high quality and great sound at reasonable, factory-direct prices. "I am amazed by the number of emails I receive from owners who still are happy with their older RSL Speakers", says founder Howard Rodgers.

Golden Ear Technology Earns “Best of” Innovations CES Award for Home Theater Speakers

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Golden Ear Technology, of Stevenson, Maryland, has just won the prestigious "Best of" award for their Super Cinema 3 Home Theater Speaker System, bestowed by Consumer Electronics Show, to begin this coming Thursday, January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Super Cinema 3 system is comprised of one pair of SuperSat 3's (left/right mains), one SuperSat 3C (center channel), two SuperSat 3 surrounds and one Focefield 3 subwoofer.

 SuperSat 3 and Sat 3C Center Channel Stats:

Magico’s Q5 Speaker Wins CES’ Best High Performance Audio Award

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The Consumer Electronics Association has honored Magico, LLC with its "Best High Performance Audio" award for 2011. Magico's speakers have collected numerous awards, many of them international.

Magico, headquartered in Berkeley, CA., builds its own drivers using beryllium diaphragms and carbon nano-tube cone construction. The Q5's speaker driver component array: two 9" bass, one 9" mid-bass, one 6" mid-range and one 1" high frequency. Shipping weight is 1,100 pounds. But this doesn't begin to tell the story.

Known for a no-holds-barred approach, Magico's extremely rigid chassis design and heavy industrial bracing is drawn from the same principles that are applied to auto and aircraft design and construction. Magico counts state-of-the-art computer graphic modeling, precision real-time analysis and sophisticated CAD acoustic simulations among its arsenal of

MSRP for Magico's Q5 speaker $59,950 per pair

For an enlightening and impressive visit to Magic's web site and to learn more about the Q5, click here:

It’s All Happening at the Zu: New Omen Def Speaker Unveiled

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At first glance, it's clear that Zu is not your average speaker company. Company literature is chock full of text, like "Omen Def defines state-of-the-art without all the pussyfootin' of hi-fi, just hook 'em up and let the music and party happen... Omen Def are without rival, if the price fits get 'em."

"Our objective for Omen Def is simple, create and build a loudspeaker that can go toe-to-toe with the best loudspeakers in the world, is happy with the vast majority of amps, looks spectacular, and at a price that most working music heads can afford (without having to sell their car)", says Chuck Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

The Omen Def, like all Zu products, is built around the critical human voice range (55Hz, through and all the possible harmonics, to approximately 10kHz). To this end, Zu is using their 4th generation (standard motor) 10" paper coned full-range driver. The Omen Def's dual 10" full-range drivers include high frequency diffusion "phase plug" in the face of the pole piece extension, giving Omen Def a more linear management of high frequencies and broader dispersion from the directly-coupled-to-voicecoil inner cone.

One of the technologies utilized in Zu speakers is ZuRG Acoustic Loading - a cabinet / driver / room acoustic impedance architecture. The technology was developed from motorcycle / automotive engine systems for improving power output through pulse and pressure management with wider power band.

Yamaha Unveils New Slimline, Height-Adjustable Digital Sound Projector

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The YSP-2200 Delivers 7 Channels of Cinema Sound from a Single Sound Bar (subwoofer makes it 7.1)

Yamaha Electronics Corporation today introduced the YSP-2200 Digital Sound ProjectorTM, the latest addition to its award-winning sound-bar series. With a height of 3½ inches, the YSP-2200 has height-adjustable feet to allow for use with virtually any tabletop-mounted flat-screen video display without blocking any of the picture. The YSP-2200 comes with a compact, 100 watt subwoofer that can be positioned either vertically or horizontally, thereby maximizing space. "Most consumers want the benefits of 7.1 surround sound, but don't want to compromise the look of their living room," said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. "Yamaha's YSP-2200 technology allows for the enjoyment of surround sound without additional speakers, unsightly cables and stands."

iQuake-52 Powered Speakers Play & Charge Docked iPods, iPhones, iTouch & MP3 Devices

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Earthquake Sound is introducing its new and improved iPod docking speakers, iQuake-52, in a multitude of colors. iQuake's interior components can now charge the newest iPhone and iTouch models as well as other brands of MP3 players while they are playing. Designed for TV, computer or bookshelf use, the eye-catching iQuake speakers incorporate carbon fiber 5.25" woofers, silk dome tweeters and a 200-watt amplifier. Other features include subwoofer and S-video outputs as well as USB port to sync iPod devices to computers. Available colors: bright pink, red, silver, white and piano gloss black

Shipping ETA January, 2011.

To locate a dealer, click here:

MSRP $525 pair (black,white), $550 (silver, pink, red)
Docking adapters extra

 

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE - RSL SPEAKERS RE-LAUNCH ON DEC.29 AFTER TWO DECADES

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Back in the 70's and 80's, Southern California audio fans were familiar with RSL Speaker Systems, sold at Rogersound Labs audio/video stores throughout the area. During those decades, RSL was one of the best selling brands in the region. 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. RSL speakers stood for high quality and great sound at reasonable, factory-direct prices. "I am amazed by the number of emails I receive from owners who still are happy with their older RSL Speakers", says founder Howard Rodgers.
 
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 Technology. 
According to Rodgers, Compression Guide Technology is a different approach to speaker tuning, which dramatically increases the clarity of the voices and instruments as well as improving the soundstage (the company's slogan is, "Hear Outside the Box"). It also results in significant bass extension with less boominess and overhang. "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." Rodgers said.
 
RSL Speaker Systems will be offered exclusively through their website www.rslspeakers.com beginning December 29, 2010. All RSL speakers will come with a 30 day satisfaction money back guaranty. RSL will even pay shipping both ways so that customers will pay nothing to try them, if returned.
 
The initial RSL line will include a compact 2-way speaker designed to complement their new subwoofer, the RSL Speedwoofertm 10. The RSL Speedwoofertm 10 will feature wireless remote control of volume and crossover frequency. It is powered by a 375-watt pure analog Class A/B amplifier. Rodgers describes the bass as impactful with extreme clarity that doesn't intrude on the mid-range sound like most subwoofers.
 
The line will include a new RSL Studio Monitor, which can also perform as an ideal center channel when placed horizontally. All models will feature RSL's patented Compression Guide Technology and high-gloss black piano finished cabinets. Combinations of these models will be suitable for home theater as well as stereo installations.
In late January, the company will also be introducing in-wall and in-ceiling models which will acoustically match the other speakers in the line.
 
To learn more, click here for RSL's website:   LAUNCH DATE DECEMBER 29, 2010

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