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Denon Announces Major Hardware and Firmware Upgrade

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3Di Pass-Through, Audyssey and Dolby Upgrades Added


Denon Electronics is offering owners of its flagship AVR-5308CI A/V receiver and AVP-A1HDCI MultiMedia preamplifier a major hardware and firmware upgrade that will provide full 3D pass-through capability, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey DSX and Dolby PLIIz.


"We are very excited to bring these leading-edge features to owners of our flagship products, noted Jeff Talmadge, Director, Product Development & Systems Integration, Denon Electronics. "Early adopters who purchased these components nearly 4 years ago bought them with the confidence that they would experience the very best home entertainment for years to come. This upgrade opportunity is yet another example of how Denon is committed to ensuring that our customers are ‘future ready' and remain at the leading edge of all the latest performance-enhancing technologies."

Onkyo Proves Everything Old is New Again

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Onkyo, the 60-year old audio manufacturer, has announced a new range of elite hi-fi separate components with a style reminiscent of the company's classic stereo models of the 1980s. All three models, the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, incorporate Onkyo's new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC) to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference.Despite being beyond the normal range of human hearing, frequencies above 100 kHz are susceptible to clock pulses and other forms of distortion from digital devices., Such distortion in the super-high frequency range can generate "beat interference," which in turn affects the character or atmosphere of the original sound.

IOGEAR Wireless 3D Media Kit Streams HD, 3D, Digital Audio Content From up to Six Devices

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IOGEAR has debuted the Wireless 3Di Media Kit (GW3DKIT), which wirelessly streams HD audio/video and 3D content up to 100 feet away.  Six different A/V devices can be connected and stashed away for discrete performance, making the GW3DKIT a hub of digital home activity. 

According to the manufacturer, the Wireless 3D Media Kit broadcasts with almost no latency and no interference from nearby wireless routers. Content can be streamed to a total of four wireless 3D receivers, simplifying the process of setting up multi-room or multi-display environments with additional freedom to install displays in non-traditional locations without worrying about line-of sight placement.

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.

Airplay Capability Now Available on Denon and Marantz Components

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Users Can Unleash Their iTunes® Music Libraries, Stream Songs from iPhone®, iPadTM or iPod Touch® Devices to Denon or Marantz Systems


Denon Electronics, the 100 year-old technology innovator and Marantz America, a leader of advanced home entertainment solutions, have announced the availability of AirPlay music streaming capability on nine network-capable audio/video components in their respective lineups, making the A/V receivers the world's first to include AirPlay capability. Given the availability of the newly launched Apple iOS 4.2 update to its mobile operating system, owners of AirPlay-compatible Denon and Marantz components may now stream songs directly from their iTunes music libraries, as well as music stored on their mobile devices, though their Wi-Fi enabled networks from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.* The AirPlay upgrade is available at both the Denon and Marantz websites for $49.99.

Sensio Expands 3D Content Viewing

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Press releases today from Sensio Technologies, Inc. report three major announcements regarding 3Di. These advancements will be launched at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, beginning this coming Thursday, January 6, 2011.


Press Release 1:

With the current dearth of 3D content, SENSIO has negotiated the rights to an extensive and varied library including independent movies, documentaries, and blockbusters, which it will encode in the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D format, to be distributed through the video-on-demand (VOD) platform of RoxioNowTM, a major player in OTT services. Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices incorporating the SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D decoder will be able to offer viewers access to this expanding library of 3D content.

Revolutionary Aelius Hybrid Power Amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece

Aaudio Imports, an importer of esoteric audio products, will be exhibiting the Aelius, a new high-performance push-pull hybrid monoblock power amplifier by Ypsilon of Greece, at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. 
Capable of driving any loudspeaker, the hybrid Aelius combines single-ended triode (SET) amplification with the power of push-pull amplification. According to Aaudio, SET amplifiers help instruments and voices retain their natural presence, making listeners feel they are hearing real music played by real people. Music flows in a way that happens only in live unamplified performances. Operating in Class A, where current flows independently of the audio signal, they deliver a sound that makes it easier to feel music's inherent drama and momentum. The Aelius is said to provide a tonal palette of immense width, producing clear, undistorted music that brings listeners as close as possible to the actual music event.

The Vinyl Corner: Parasound Ships Halo Phono Preamp

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Parasound, the San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production run of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier. Nearly 20 years ago Curl also designed the Vendetta Research SCP2B that is still regarded by many audiophiles as the preeminent phono preamp. As of this writing, the JC3 is so new, we beat the Parasound website to the punch; we could find no reference to it yet.

The new Parasound Halo JC 3 is a high-performance dual-mono phono preamplifier. Like all phono preamplifiers, the JC 3 must multiply the tiny audio signal generated by a high-end low-output moving coil or moving magnet phonograph cartridge and make it strong enough to deliver to the input of a line level preamplifier. The JC3 uses the smallest possible amplifier circuit and the least amount of copper to reduce potential noise and distortion.

Classé SSP-800 and CT-SSP Are Now 3D-Ready with HDMI 1.4

Classé Audio recently unveiled new HDMI 1.4 video capabilities in its updated SSP-800 and CT-SSP Surround Sound Processors. They are now available with the new video board. The new board has five full-featured HDMI 1.4 inputs and two outputs, which support all standard 3Di video resolutions and formats plus HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channel) and ARC (Audio Return Channel).

"The SSP-800 and its rack-advantaged twin, the CT-SSP, are the most successful products in Classé history," said Dave Nauber, Executive VP, Brand Development. "They have the right technology, performance and price. Adding new HDMI 1.4 capabilities will ensure they remain the processors that everyone wants to own."

According to Classé, the original video board was designed in such a way that it could be easily replaced, making upgrades to existing units both possible and straightforward. The new video board fits in the original rear panel space. It adds a fifth HDMI input by eliminating two S-Video inputs, deemed no longer necessary. Upgrade kits sell for $1,500 and are available through authorized Classé dealers.

MSRP for SSP-800 and CT-SSP is $9,500 each.

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Onkyo Launches Heavy Artillery Flagship Separates

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Onkyo, known for its home theater receivers, has expanded its product line to include three new flagship, THX Certified separate components.


The PR-SC5508:

A THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified, 3Di-ready, network-capable, 9.2-channel audio-video controller. The PR-SC5508's video performance comes in the form of HQV Reon-VX processing, 1080p upscaling, and individual ISF calibration capability for all video sources. This THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified system offers height channels, setup calibration, and state of the art processing from Dolby, THX, DTS, and Audyssey, including the latter's new MultEQ XT 32. The PR-SC5508's connectivity options includes 8 HDMI inputs, dual USB's, two balanced line-level XLR audio inputs, and nine XLR preamp outputs. The networking features offer DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 compatible connection to PC audio and Internet radio. The system is configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, Mediafly, Slacker, Napster, VTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.

 The PA-MC5500:

This nine-channel THX-Ultra2 certified analog power amplifier is 8-ohm rated at 150 Watts per channel, and up to 400 Watts dynamic power into 3 ohms. It utilizes Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) design philosophy, which proscribes low negative feedback, low distortion, extended frequency response, and a power supply with high instantaneous-current capability. To achieve all this, the PA-MC5500 uses large, custom output transistors in push-pull configuration and a massive power supply consisting of a large toroidal power transformer and two 22,000 µF storage capacitors. A three-stage inverted Darlington circuit preserves sonic subtlety. The 51-lb PA-MC5500 has a rigid, anti-resonant chassis, gold-plated inputs and outputs, plus multi-zone and bi-amp capability to allow full utilization of all channels no mater what the system configuration.

The BD-SP808:
Onkyo's THX Certified and DLNA 1.5 Certified Blu-ray Disc Player features Video On Demand, premium Marvel QdeoTM video scaler, and studio-master quality Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master AudioTM sound. A highly rigid chassis and a balanced, center-mounted drive minimize vibration. An Ethernet port enables interactive Profile 2.0 BD-Live features such as picture-in-picture and web-sourced firmware updates. An SD card slot allows playback of downloaded web content or stills and video from a digital camera. In HDMI Source Direct mode, the player can output the video signal in its native resolution for optional external processing.


MSRP: PR-SC5508 Controller $2,199, PA-MC5500 Amplifier $1,699, BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player $599

For more information visit www.onkyousa.com

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