What's New: Residential Technology
Nov 1, 2007 12:00 PM, By Laura Dixon and Eric Melin
The ultra-high-end Muon loudspeakers from KEF stand nearly 7ft. tall. Only 100 pairs are to be made worldwide. Made from super-formed aluminum, the 6mm thick, heavily damped loudspeaker shells minimize any sound-distorting vibrations. The Muon's four-way loudspeaker system is mounted into the front of the structure with powerful bass drivers, and two additional drivers are mounted on the back. Acoustic Compliance Enhancement (ACE) technology enables the loudspeakers to effectively double the available volume through absorption of air molecules by activated carbon.
▪ KEF Audio | www.kef.com
Dnp has added the Supernova Epic screen to its arsenal of home theater optical projection screen technology, offering uncompromised widescreen reproduction of movies in all formats with enhanced resolution, contrast, and 100-percent-neutral color rendition. Its curved-screen design, constant image height, and improved brightness uniformity add to an increased sense of immersion when viewing. A motorized masking curtain easily transitions from fully closed to 2.40:1 with smooth, cinema-like motion.
▪ Dnp | www.dnp.dk
HOME THEATER IN A BOX
Onkyo's HT-SP908 home theater in a box features a high-definition video display and a full 7.1-channel system. The package includes the TX-SR605 AV receiver, which has HDMI v.1.3a switching and internal decoding for the latest high audio codecs. Also included are the upconverting DV-SP405 DVD player capable of 1080p HD video output, seven identical full-range satellite loudspeakers, a powered subwoofer for deep bass reproduction, and a remote interactive iPod Control dock.
▪ Onkyo | www.onkyousa.com
Ideal for indoor and outdoor audio applications and designed to blend in with any home environment, the Aton Storm series of ceiling, in-wall, LCR home theater, and outdoor loudspeakers offer a full range of flexible configurations. The in-wall and outdoor models also feature Aton's unique waveguide pivoting technology. The LCR home theater models were specifically designed for surround sound to balance clarity, accuracy, and power for the ultimate movie experience. The LCR models are available in two configurations: ceiling and in-wall.
▪ Aton | www.atonhome.com
WHOLE-HOME AUDIO SYSTEM
Nuvo Technologies' new Essentia whole-home audio system offers the same NuvoNet capabilities as the company's Grand Concerto, but it brings it down to size into a single box. The E6G control pad has a polycarbonate surface and an OLED display, boasting a six-source, six-zone system with 40W per zone system. It is also expandable to 12 zones. According to Nuvo, it is the first multiroom audio system to boast the EnergyStar label, which indicates its very low energy consumption during idle time.
▪ Nuvo Technologies
Modern music management meets classic presentation with the new Qsonix QJB110 nostalgic digital jukebox. A solid walnut and die-cast metal exterior houses a system that stores up to 9,000 CDs and delivers digital sound with a built-in 360W amp, loudspeakers, and a subwoofer. Users can enjoy different playlists in different zones simultaneously, and each zone can be independently controlled with separate playlists, and playback and volume control. The QJB110 also includes iPod transfer, CD burning, web browsing, and automatic Internet updates.
▪ Qsonix Digital Music Systems
The XTC Reference series is Xantech's solution for durability and high-end sound reproduction in installed loudspeakers. A pivoting dome tweeter of titanium allows pure piston motion throughout the frequency spectrum, while rear acoustic damping and positive rubber surround removes ringing and achieves tones with low distortion. Premium aluminum/magnesium materials stay rigid during the most extreme bass notes, delivering accuracy and dynamic bass response. A large titanium woofer voice coil increases power handling and allows greater control over the cone.
▪ Xantech | www.xantech.com
The 057 top-line surround processor is Burmester's first multichannel home theater component. The surround audio processor that includes compatibility with Dolby Digital Ex, DTS ES, DTS Neo6, and Dolby Prologic II; fully balanced amplification; DC coupling; individually set audio and video inputs; and automatic overload control. Hardware and software elements can be upgraded as needed. The 057 can be optionally equipped with the newest version of the BurLink interface, which features RS-232 and USB 2.0 ports.
▪ Burmester | www.burmester.de
Custom installers or users can design a personalized, one-box home-entertainment system from the SE2 website. The ITC One can include an X-Box 360 and an HD-DVD player; a Nintendo Wii; DirecTV, High-Def TiVo, Dish Network, and national cable providers; a DVR; an AMX Netlinx control system; a high-end digital surround processor; a Bryston preamp processor; IcePower D-Class amplifiers; a high-end video processor; a front touchpanel screen; a Video iPod with dock; proprietary remote control; power conditioning; transparent cabling; and an anti-noise/vibration system into one 18"×21"×20" console.
▪ SE2 Labs | www.se2labs.com
The new Paradigm Electronics SIG-1.5R and SIG-1.5R-30 in-ceiling loudspeakers feature Pure-Beryllium (P-Be) domes and Cobalt-Infused Anodized Pure-Aluminum (Co-PAL) cones, and Paradigm's Guided Soundfield system to optimize the listening experience. In a Guided Soundfield system, the bass/midrange driver is recessed in the chassis, while the two tweeters fire at a 30-degree angle from the ceiling. This allows the loudspeakers to guide a wide arc of sound toward a specific area of the room without compromising the dispersion pattern between drivers. The loudspeakers also feature proprietary Glass-reinforced Injection-molded Polymer (GRIP) chassis and mounting brackets.
▪ Paradigm Electronics
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