Boutique speakers provide 'enhanced' bass response, wirelessly
Los Angeles-based audio purveyor Audyssey has unveiled the Audyssey Wireless Speakers, the company's second foray into Bluetooth stereo audio. The seven-pound speaker set is capable of 106 dB SPL peak at one meter.
Audyssey gets into upscale wireless iOS audio
Audyssey took its high-end iOS audio wireless Wednesday through the Lower East Side Audio Dock Air. The monolithic design borrows the same unusually bass-rich technology from the South of Market speakers and adds AirPlay for iPads, iPhones, iPods, and iTunes-equipped computers to share their audio over Wi-Fi. Controls are kept to a minimum on the device itself, which relies on a passive bass radiator, two mid-range drivers, and two tweeters to produce a sound that's theoretically balanced and deep without using a subwoofer.
Audyssey Lower East Side speaers hit PC, home AV
Audyssey unveiled its second district-themed speaker system on Wednesday with an unusual flexible focus. The Lower East Side is ostensibly a desktop speaker set for computers but has both analog and optical inputs to hook it up to virtually any platform, such home theater receivers and mobile devices. The company's experience in audio tuning comes into play with processing that reportedly delivers deeper bass and good low-volume quality without needing a dedicated subwoofer.
New Onkyo TX-NR809 receiver gets 4K upscaling
Home theater audio gear maker Onkyo has just introduced a replacement for its TX-NR808 receiver with the TX-NR809. The new model gets network compatibility, support 7.2 channels and is THX Select2 Plus Certified. Its highlight is Marvell's Qdeo video upscaling and processing circuits, enabling it to upscale 1080p videos to an almost unprecedented 4K (3840x2160) resolution for high-end projectors and future TVs.
Audyssey intros Audio Dock South of Market Edition
Best known for its audio processing chips, Audyssey this morning brought out a dedicated sound system of its own, the Audio Dock: South of Market Edition. The design has both a Dock Connector for an iOS device as well as a stereo Bluetooth audio link to push music and calls wirelessly, either from Apple hardware or any A2DP device, like an iPad or Android phone. Audyssey's design reflects its experience and is bi-amped as well as given automatic EQ, voice and volume tuning to make the most of its woofer and tweeter pairs.
Best Buy gets Insignia 5.1 system with Audyssey
Best Buy on Friday introduced its own Insignia home theater sound system to its lineup. The 5.1-channel system has 110W per channel and a 120W subwoofer, along with Audyssey sound processing. Three HDMI 1.4 inputs support 3D video formats, and an HDMI output relays the
Sharp shows QuadPixel LED, web-connected HDTVs
At its press conference at CES on Wednesday, Sharp announced it would release LED-backlit HDTVs with new QuadPixel technology that is said to increase the number of individual color reproduced by conventional sets from 1 billion to 1 trillion. Conventional TVs use red, green and blue, but QuadPixel adds a fourth, yellow subpixel. This is said to provide richer yellows, golds and light blues, while Sharp’s X-Gen panels, which use the RGBY pixels, are also said to be more energy efficient.