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Audio Video Today's Denon 100th Anniversary Party

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 @ 07:44 PM

You Are Invited!

Free Dinner,
Gifts and Raffle!

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Join Audio Video Today and Denon next Thursday October 21 for an unveiling of Denon's 100th Anniversary Product line.

Denon will only make a limited number of these very special products, so experience them while you still can.

Audio Video Today is having a party to celebrate Denon's 100th Anniversary.

Please come to our Celebration. RSVP Here.

 You are Invited! to a very special event celebrating Denon Electronics 100th  Anniversary. Few electronics manufacturers have been in the high end audio  business for 10 years, let alone 100 years!  Denon has created a very special line of 100th Anniversary products to commerate this renown achievement.

 Sneak Peak  See, hear and experience Denon's Special Products 100-Years -in-the-making before anyone else!

 Product Evaluations Listen to and view some of the best home electronics ever invented in our state-of-the-art facilities.

 Denon Representatives will be present to discuss their 100th Anniversary products as well as all-things Denon.

 Free Catered Dinner  We will provide a catered Mexican Dinner, barbecued here, plus beverages and dessert.

Free Gifts Denon will give away T-shirts, hats and pens during the event.

  Raffle Denon will give away an RCDN7 Network Music Receiver Denon RCDN7 to one luck raffle winner. (Must RSVP and be present to win.) Denon RCDN7 w/speakers (purchased separately)

 Special Sale Pricing during our Event. If you are considering making a purchase, this is the perfect time to take advantage of ultra-low prices on select items.

RSVP Here

 Check out our Cedia Expo Video of the 100th Anniversary Products

 Learn More about our Party

Learn More about Denon 100th Anniversary Products

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Denon unveils 100th Anniversary Products at Cedia Expo 2010

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 @ 06:13 PM

Denon 100th Anniversary

Denon LogoDenon revealed their exclusive, and extremely limited-distribution, 100th Anniversary line of home electronics at the Cedia Expo 2010. The products are geared towards those who appreciate higher quality audio and video reproduction and include a turntable and cartridge, (for which Denon is famous), a 2-channel integrated amp, a home theater receiver, a CD/DVD-audio player, a Blu-Ray/Universal player and a very high end pair of headphones. A very limited number of these items will be produced, with only two production runs scheduled, so these could become collectors items. More product details at www.denon100.com

100 years in the home electornics business is an amazing achievement for any manufacturer and Denon has done so by concentrating on quality and innovation rather than the mass-market. Denon actually produced the first ever turntable in Japan. Denon is short for Denki Onkyo (onkyo is japanese for "audio" or "sound").

You are Invited!  As part of an elite group of only 40 dealers in the U.S., Audio Video Today will be hosting a very special introduction party for these products on Thursday October 21, so please join us and see these unique and limited-run items before they are even available to the general public. Click here for more details. 

 Sneak Peak  See, hear and experience Denon's Special Products 100-Years -in-the-making before anyone else!

 Product Evaluations Listen to and view some of the best home electronics ever invented in our state-of-the-art facilities.

 Denon Representatives will be present to discuss their 100th Anniversary products as well as all-things Denon.

 Free Gifts Denon will give away T-shirts, hats and pens 

Special Sale Pricing during our Event. If you are considering making a purchase, this is the perfect time to take advantage of ultra-low prices on select items.

Free Raffle. Denon will be giving away an RCDN7 Network Music Receiver Denon RCDN7 to one lucky raffle winner, but you must RSVP and be present to win. Denon RCDN7 w/speakers (sold Separately)

Free Food, delicious snacks and beverages will be served.

Click here to RSVP or for more details. 

Check out this video of the Denon 100th Anniversary Products, taken at Cedia Expo 2010

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Classe Audio New Products at Cedia Expo 2010

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Thu, Oct 07, 2010 @ 08:11 PM

Cedia Expo 2010

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Classe Audio revealed exciting new products at Cedia Expo 2010

SSP-800 Classe SSP-800 Preamp-ProcessorClasse Audio is updating their top-of-the-line home theater preamp/processor, the SSP-800, with HDMI 1.4 functionality, making the best home theater preamp/processor in the world, even better. Previous owners of the SSP-800 will be able to upgrade their unit for a nominal fee. The new HDMI board adds one extra HDMI input and gives the owner the ability to handle 3-D content as well as other HDMI 1.4 benefits. According to Dave Nauber, President of Classe Audio, "Expected in November, upgraded SSPs will be fully featured HDMI 1.4 solutions that are compatible with today’s 3D displays and sources. They will also have a fifth HDMI input, replacing the S Video inputs."

Classé Redefines Amplifier Excellence With New Delta Lineup

The new Delta series models build upon three key refinements. First, a new miniaturized driver-stage circuit, which is almost perfectly free of noise and distortion, delivers the most precise signal control yet devised. Additionally, the entire amplification process occurs on a single new six-layer circuit board, significantly shortening the signal Classe Audio CA-M600path for superior time-domain performance and even greater transparency. But the most obvious and arguably one of the most important new Delta series innovations is Classé’s ICTunnel™ (“icy tunnel”), an active cooling system inspired by million-dollar medical and laser imaging equipment designs.

Audiophiles have long known empirically that any amplifier achieves its best sonics when warmed to its ideal operating temperature. But just what temperature is that? How quickly will it reach it? And how warm is too warm?

 The ICTunnel eliminates these uncertainties by bringing each new Delta series amplifier to temperature within 15 minutes of initial power-on—and holding it there. The Intelligent Cooling Tunnel incorporates advanced sensors and microprocessor controls to maintain the amplifier’s ideal operating temperature throughout the listening session, regardless of how hard the amplifier’s driven.

 The all-new Delta series amplifiers bring fresh thinking to the category. In addition to a completely new audio circuit topology, a new power supply design enables the amplifier to sit at idle, consuming only 0.5W in standby. With the ICTunnel helping the amplifier to quickly reach its ideal operating temperature, there is no need to waste energy by leaving the amplifier continuously on, as audiophiles often do.

 Consistent with the original Delta series amplifiers, the new designs include a host of sophisticated control and diagnostic features. RS-232, USB, CAN Bus, IR and DC trigger controls provide for automation in virtually any installation scenario. Comprehensive monitoring of AC mains and signal input and output parameters assures a lifetime of safe, reliable operation.

 The four new Classé Delta series power amplifiers share their predecessors’ massive, rounded fascia and aluminum-steel construction, executed to the very highest standards. The four new models join the existing CA-2100 (2x100 watts), which continues in the line at an attractive new price.

The Delta Series power amplifiers will be available in September, 2010, at the following suggested prices:

CA-M300 $5,500

CA-M600 $7,000

CA-2100 $2,750

CA-2300 $7,000

CA-5300 $9,500

Classé Debuts Preamp of the Future, the CP-800 Classe Audio CP-800 Upclose

Classe Audio unveiled their astounding new two channel preamp processor, the CP-800. This ground-breaking piece will provide the very best two channel audio experience available by extracting digital audio streams from any source including iPods and networked computer drives, and provide all the processing and clocking necessary to reveal the audio magic that Classe is known for. Classe Audio CP-800

Look to replace your two channel preamp with the CP-800 in order to dramatically improve the sound of your system and bring your two channel setup in the 21st century.

“Using proprietary technology, the CP-800 achieves more with less circuitry than any conventional preamp could,” said Dave Nauber, Executive VP, Brand Development for Classé. “The connection to the recording is now so direct and immediate, it’s like plugging into the mixing board and listening right there in the studio.”

In addition to accommodating legacy analog and digital sources, Classé announced that the CP-800 can also optimize playback from computer audio files and portable devices like iPods via USB using asynchronous techniques and proprietary clocking circuits. A storage device like an iPod or computer can contain all the data of the original recording, so it has the potential to be an audiophile source. The challenge is to clock that data into the D-to-A converters at precisely the right time, which the CP-800 achieves through newly-developed recovery and clocking technology.

 “Using full resolution files and one of its USB inputs, the CP-800 can surpass the performance of conventional disc playback systems,” says Nauber. “When the innovative audio circuitry and power supply designs are factored in, the CP-800 becomes a ground-breaking new product with unmatched performance at an affordable price.”

 A new power supply design optimizes the electrical environment for the audio circuitry inside the CP-800 and benefits associated equipment sharing the same AC power. PFC (Power Factor Correction) technology ensures the most efficient operation of the power supply while maintaining a constant load on the AC Mains. The benefit, according to Classé, is that the preamp/processor does not modulate the AC mains as would a conventional linear power supply without PFC. Other system components won’t even know it’s there.

 In addition to superb performance as a digital-to-analog converter and stereo preamplifier, Classé says the CP-800 boasts features like bass management and parametric EQ that heretofore have been lacking in stereo preamps. There is a subwoofer output and two configurable auxiliary channels that can be used to drive additional subs, bi-amp the L&R channels or feed into another room.

 Classé points out that a properly implemented subwoofer (or two) is at least as beneficial to stereo playback systems as it is to home theaters. Placing the Left and Right speakers for best stereo imaging rarely delivers ultimate bass response at the listening position, no matter how well those speakers can reproduce low frequencies. One or more subwoofers avoid this compromise. Parametric EQ enables further tweaking of the low frequency modes to achieve the best overall system performance. As with Classé SSPs, the subwoofer(s) may be configured for use with some inputs and not others or engaged with different crossover frequencies/slopes as desired.

 An updated 16x9 touchscreen and graphical user interface give the CP-800 a fresh new look to match its advanced feature set. With both USB host and slave connections and a useful range of output configuration options, the CP-800 looks and works like the preamp of the future.

The CP-800 will be available in December for under $6000.00

Check out my video of Dave Nauber, President of Classe Audio discussing the CP-800

 

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Audio Video Today at Cedia, New Rotel and B&W Products

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 @ 07:33 PM

Rotel Electronics and B&W speakers announced new products at Cedia 2010.

Rotel logo Rotel showed their new reference home theater preamp processor, the RSP1580.Rotel RSP-1580 Priced at under $4000.00, the RSP1580 is the first to include a 4 x 4 HDMI matrix switcher built in. This will allow any one of 4 different HDMI inputs to be shown in any one or more of 4 separate rooms at the same time. So if dad wants to watch DirecTV in the living room and mom wants to watch a blu-ray in the kitchen, they can do so at the same time, using the best picture and sound only offered by HDMI, while the kids are watching PlayStation3 in family room, and grandma is watching Tivo in her room. All sources are plugged into the RSP1580 and then fed to the different rooms, up to four, directly from the RSP1580. Additionally, the RSP1580 includes a digital streaming USB input for the very best sound from your iPod or other USB music storage device.

Another cool new product from Rotel includes the new RCX-1500,Rotel RCX-1500 a 2 x 100 watt receiver with internet (Rhapsody, Pandora, Okio, Live365 and more) and digital streaming iPod functionality built in for $1500.00, also available as a preamp/tuner.

Rotel also showed the new RKB-1508Rotel RKB-1508 65 watt x 8 channel amplifier, very slim, powerful, cool running Class D and install-friendly with easy rack-mounting and daisy chaining input available.

B&W LogoB&W showed their new CM-8 tower speaker, that replaces the CM-7. The CM-8 includes dual 5" woofers, 5" FTS midrange and a new slim-line cabinet design, for improved appearance and sound quality. B&W CM-8 Tower SpeakerAudio Video Today is pleased to announce that we are one of the first dealers in the US to have this product, so you can audition them right now in our store!

Check out our video of Scott Rundle, product specialist from Equity Audio discussing the new Rotel and B&W products.

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Sonos Reveals New Products at Cedia Expo 2010

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

Cedia Expo 2010 

Sonos Digital Music System

Today Sonos revealed two new products at the Cedia Expo 2010, a new, free iPad app and an iPod dock, an item conspicuously absent from their product lineup.

Both of these new items from Sonos include unique and compelling qualities that similar products from others don't have.

For instance, the iPad app makes excellent use of the iPad's extensive real estate by including three separate areas that comprise, zone control, "currently playing" information and, thirdly, other available music sources. Also items can be dragged and dropped from one area to another and the app works in either landscape or portrait mode with the same seamless, powerful and easy to use setup that has made Sonos so popular.

Check out this video of my interview with Andrew, product trainer for sonos.

I will post some still pictures later, (when I can figure out how to get them off my new Droid2 phone)

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Cedia 2010 Day 1

Posted by Daniel Jordan on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 @ 01:43 AM

Cedia Logo Day One

I'm a day late in posting this as it has been a hectic two days since the show started. I would say attendance is down, but manufacturer participation is excellent with many exciting new products and promise of many great things to come.

Smyth Research LogoMy My favorite new discovery so far is from a small company named Smyth Research (www.smyth-research.com). Mike and Stephen Smyth, two talented and brilliant brothers, (Stephen is the creative genius, Mike is the nuts-and-bolts man), have come up with one of the most exciting audiophile products I have ever experienced. They call their invention the Realiser, and this is a good description, as this setup realizes some of the best high end audio sound I have ever heard, and no-less from headphones!

Smyth Research Realiser 8The system, called the Realiser A8, for 8 channels of surround sound audio, reproduces an actual three dimensional surround sound experience from only two channels. the setup is comprised of an equalizer/amplifier of sorts with a pair of high quality Stax 202 heaphones and a "tracker" system Smyth Research Tracker that maintains the sound you hear as coming from the same direction even when you move your head, freeing your mind from the in-your-head sensation that has always plagued headphones. But there is much more to the story than just image stabilization. In order to fully benefit from the experience, the system is equalized to your head and ears. A set of headphone/microphones Smyth Research Headphone-microphones that fit in your ear canals are used to measure the acoustics you wish to reproduce, using your head and ears as part of the measuring paraphernalia, thereby creating a sound reproduction that is truly customized to you and your system. According to Stephen, the system will work with any high quality pair of headphones, for instance, Sennheiser 800's, but in order to ensure a quality experience, they encourage the use of the Stax headphones that they currently bundle with the system because they know and trust them. (I'm looking forward to experimenting with other fine headphones.) I want to make it clear that the system is much more than just surround sound, as it reproduces the magic of ultra-high end two channel music as well. The soundstage is in front of you with the ambiance of the room and system around you. And when it's time for a surround sound movie, the bullets will be wizzing by your head, left and right, up and down, just as with the best movie sound setups.

You will not believe me when I tell you this, so you must experience it, but I must tell you, you will not think you are listening to headphones. If you did not know better you would think you were sitting in a sound room listening to the best sound system, surround or two channel, you have ever heard. It's true, but you must hear it to believe it.

I first met Stephen several years ago at CES when they had plans of selling the technology to the highest bidder, who they assumed would license the technology for use in any number of products. But alas, there is so little vision among our industry giants that no one has had the forsight or fortitude to take them up on the opportunity. So, the Smyth's have taken matters into their own hands and have started limited worldwide distribution of their awesome invention themselves.

I am looking into making this incredible experience available to you, my valued friends and clients, so stay tuned for more info.

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