updated 05:12 pm EDT, Tue August 20, 2013
New devices implement DSP technology in budget-oriented line
Onkyo is growing its audio lineup with a pair of devices aimed at areas where space or budget preclude use of a multi-speaker surround-sound setup. New to the lineup are the The LS-B50 Soundbar System and LS-T10 TV Speaker System, both combining a multi-channel, multi-speaker array with DSP technology.
Both models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by AuraSphere DSP from Onkyo. Algorithms manage equalization and sound pressure levels in real time to create a 3D immersion field from regular PCM stereo or Dolby Digital sources.
Three sound modes optimize playback of different content, with News Mode cleaning up and projecting dialog more intelligibly, Movie Mode shaping for greater audio impact, and Music Mode equalizing for a more balanced listening experience.
The LS-B50 adds a wireless active subwoofer for deep-reaching bass impact from almost anywhere in the room, while the LS-B40 includes a subwoofer pre-out. Wall-mounting kits and IR flashers enable flexible soundbar placement in any location.
The LS-B50 has a frequency response of 40Hz through 200kHz, with a power consumption of 17W. The LS-T10 has a frequency response of 150Hz through 20kHz for the front and side, with a 20Hz through 150Hz response for the subwoofer, all with a 21W power consumption.
The LS-B50 and LS-T10 Envision Cinema products will both be available in September, and have suggested retail prices of $699 and $499 respectively.