Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NAD ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS M28 SEVEN CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER

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First amplifier of its kind to feature HybridDigital™ Purifi Eigentakt™amplifier technology
PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA, AUGUST 4, 2020 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, today unveiled another new and unique Masters Series product. The M28, a seven-channel high performance amplifier that can serve as a powerful engine for a state-of-the-art multi-channel system for music or home theatre. Of note, the reference amplifier is the first multi-channel amplifier to utilize Purifi’s Eigentakt™ (self-clocking) amplifier technology. The M28 ($4,999 U.S. MSRP) is available now to order and will begin shipping in August, 2020.

Hybrid DigitalTM Purifi EigentaktTM Amplifier

First embraced in the NAD M33 Masters Series BluOS Streaming DAC Amplifier, the Masters M28 uses the Eigentakt™ amplifier, manufactured by NAD under license from Purifi, a Danish technology company that brought together several of the industry’s leading engineers.
While there are many good sounding amplifiers on the market today, Purifi has taken a fresh look at every aspect of amplifier performance and found many seemingly small non-linearities that, when corrected, can make a dramatic difference in the overall sound. Advanced technology, well thought-out PCB layouts and advanced mathematical modelling solved the last remaining limitations of audio amplifiers. The measured result is less noise and lower distortion, but the audible result is something more. The detail and transparency of the sound provides new levels of refinement at any volume level.
In common with previous generations of NAD HybridDigital technology, but unlike most Class D amplifier designs, the M28 is not only able to easily handle long cable runs but is impervious to the loudspeaker load it is presented with, maintaining the same wide and even bandwidth response irrespective of the speaker’s impedance and at the same time providing high current capability. On tap is 200W into 8 Ohms of continuous power for all channels driven at the same time and 560W of dynamic power into 4 Ohms. 
Eigentakt technology is very analogue-like in behaviour in the unlikely event the amplifier is driven into clipping. Whereas many Class D designs can become unstable, Eigentakt behaves in a way like the benign way of clipping with instant recovery of well executed traditional Class A/B amplifiers. 
“NAD has always been known for great sounding amplifiers that punch way above their weight and the M28 does this at a reference level and then some” states Cas Oostvogel, NAD’s Product Manager. “Using the Purifi Eigentakt technology, the M28 delivers massive amounts of power with sound quality that has to be experienced to fully appreciate. Even better, NAD engineers have managed to deliver all this performance at a cost less than traditional technology.”

CONNECTIVITY 

For ease of installation in a variety of systems, the M28 accepts both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, the latter being the same efficient audio interface as used by professional studios to provide the highest level of signal integrity with the lowest noise floor for the best possible performance. The high-quality binding posts provide rock-solid speaker connections.
The M28's styling is designed to match the NAD Masters Series M17 V2i preamp/processor, for a seven-channel home theatre system that will astound you with its power and grace.

M28 KEY FEATURES 

  • HybridDigital™ Purifi Eigentakt™ Amplifier
  • 200W x 7 channels into 8 Ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.003% THD
  • 4-Ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • Locking XLR connectors and special interface electronics allow long cable runs without noise pickup or signal loss
  • Balanced and single-ended line inputs
  • 12-Volt trigger

About NAD Electronics

Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high-quality components for audio, home theatre and custom installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values — innovation, innovation, simplicity, performance, and value — have earned it a cult-like following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

ASUS Announces RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U Gaming Routers

ASUS Announces RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U Gaming Routers
Boldly styled new ASUS gaming routers deliver high-performance WiFi 6, NVIDIA® GeForce NOW recommended and ultrafast networking for low-lag gaming
 
Fremont, CA, July 28, 2020 — ASUS today announced RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U, two high-performance dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) gaming routers. The new models give gamers — especially mobile gamers — even more choice for creating an ultrafast and stable gaming network.

RT-AX86U is an upgraded version of the best-selling RT-AC86U, keeping the classic black chassis with gaming-inspired red accents. It features powerful WiFi 6 technology with combined overall speeds of up to 5700 Mbps[i] and is an NVIDIA® GeForce NOW™ recommended router. The boldly styled RT-AX82U delivers WiFi 6 speeds up to 5400 Mbps and features a futuristic design with Aura RGB dynamic lighting effects.
 
Both models are packed with powerful, easy-to-use game acceleration features that will appeal to every type of gamer, especially mobile gamers. The ASUS Router app includes a one-click Mobile Game Mode, and wired devices can be easily prioritized via the online control panel or by connecting them to the dedicated Gaming Port. RT-AX86U also includes a 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port, giving it true 2 Gbps networking capabilities for WAN, LAN and WiFi.

ASUS AiProtection Pro with Parental Controls provides full protection for all connected devices including gaming smartphones. The routers also support the unique ASUS AiMesh technology, which allows them be used as part of a multi-router mesh network in conjunction with other AiMesh-compatible ASUS routers to create a seamless whole-home network.

Visit the RT-AX86U product page and the RT-AX82U product page to learn more.

Designed for Gaming
RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U include a wealth of features designed to allow any kind of gamer to easily accelerate their game play.

ASUS and NVIDIA are delivering low-latency game streaming to supported devices connected to the RT-AX86U. For wired gaming devices, one of the LAN ports on RT-AX86U is also a dedicated Gaming Port that prioritizes any wired device connected to it. RT-AX86U is a GeForce NOW recommended router for the very best cloud gaming experience, and Open NAT takes the complexity out of port forwarding with an easy three-step configuration process. Adaptive QoS can be configured to prioritize traffic from different kinds of apps, including games, so network bottlenecks should be a thing of the past. The RT-AX82U is in the process of being accepted into the GeForce NOW recommended program. GeForce NOW is an open cloud gaming service that lets people play their PC game libraries, streamed from world-class NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud.

The free and easy-to-use ASUS Router app includes the new Mobile Game Mode. This provides one-touch mobile gaming acceleration, automatically prioritizing all traffic from the device running the ASUS Router app to ensure the best possible gaming experience. Mobile gaming devices can also take advantage of lower congestion and faster speeds on the 5 GHz WiFi band.

Users can also prioritize any device on the network using the Gear Accelerator function in the router's online control panel. For wired gaming devices, one of the LAN ports is also a dedicated Gaming Port that prioritizes any wired device connected to it.

Open NAT takes the complexity out of port forwarding with an easy three-step configuration process, and Adaptive QoS can be configured to prioritize traffic from different kinds of apps, including games, so network bottlenecks should be a thing of the past.

RT-AX86U additionally supports lightning-fast 2 Gbps wired connections via 2.5 Gbps port that can be used as either a WAN or LAN. This means that RT-AX86U supports true 2.5 Gbps networking via WAN, LAN and WiFi.

Powerful WiFi 6
RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U are gaming routers that deliver all the benefits of the new WiFi 6 standard, while offering full backward compatibility with existing WiFi devices. WiFi 6 technology provides faster speeds, higher network efficiency, longer range, and improved battery life for connected devices.

The WiFi 6 in both the RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U uses 160 MHz channels to enable combined overall WiFi speeds of up to 5700 Mbps in RT-AX86U and 5400 Mbps in RT-AX82U. In a revolutionary move, WiFi 6 also combines OFDMA technology with MU-MIMO to deliver increased network capacity and efficiency in multi-device environments, as well as improved WiFi signal range for better coverage. The result is fewer WiFi dead spots and faster, more reliable WiFi connections for all devices, throughout the home, no matter how many devices are connected: gamers can be sure their game won't be interrupted by downloads or streaming on other devices. WiFi 6 also includes a feature called Target Wake Time that helps reduce power consumption for mobile and IoT devices, giving gamers more battery life for gaming.

Bold Gaming Style
The new ASUS gaming routers are designed for maximum visual appeal, with bold lines and gaming-inspired detailing. RT-AX86U has a vertical orientation — chosen for optimum performance — with discreetly powerful looks enhanced by the red panel at the front base of the router.

Designed with a full-on gaming vibe, RT-AX82U has a striking futuristic look. Its sleek, geometric lines give it a strong and purposeful stance, reinforced by the four non-removable antennas at the rear. At the front of RT-AX82U, a large full-width louvered window houses the stunning Aura RGB lighting system. Gamers can choose from a range of alternative full-color dynamic patterns — such as the colorful Rainbow effect — or choose their own colors from a selection of patterns. It can also be set to a static pattern if a calmer mood is desired.

Secure and Versatile
For maximum security, RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U support the latest WPA3 wireless security protocol, and include a free lifetime subscription to ASUS AiProtection Pro, which offers commercial-grade security and advanced parental controls. AiProtection Pro protects all devices connected to the network, including those that cannot run traditional antivirus software, such as smartphones and IoT devices.

Built-in ASUS AiMesh support means that RT-AX86U and RT-AX82U can be used as either a controller or a node in a mesh network built using AiMesh-capable routers. An AiMesh mesh network delivers whole-home WiFi coverage for all wireless devices, with seamless roaming and no dead zones.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
  • ASUS RT-AX86U will be available in August 2020 in North America for $249.99. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
  • ASUS RT-AX82U will be available in August 2020 in North America for $229.99. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
 
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SPECIFICATIONS[i]
 
 
 ASUS RT-AX86UASUS RT-AX82U
Antennas3 x detachable antennas
1 x internal antenna (for 5 GHz)
4 x non-detachable antennas
Operating Frequency2.4 GHz & 5 GHz2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Data Rate802.11a:6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11b:1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
802.11g:6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11n:up to 450 Mbps
802.11ac (2.4GHz, nitro-QAM):up to 750 Mbps
802.11ac (5 GHz, nitro-QAM):up to 4333 Mbps
802.11ax (2.4GHz):up to 861 Mbps
802.11ax (5 GHz):up to 4804 Mbps
802.11a:6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11b:1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
802.11g:6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54 Mbps
802.11n:up to 300 Mbps
802.11ac (2.4GHz, nitro-QAM):up to 500 Mbps
802.11ac (5 GHz, nitro-QAM):up to 4333 Mbps
802.11ax (2.4GHz):up to 574 Mbps
802.11ax (5 GHz):up to 4804 Mbps
Network StandardsIEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac,
IEEE 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac,
IEEE 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6
Memory256 MB Flash
1 GB DDR3 RAM
256 MB Flash
512 MB DDRIII RAM
I/O Ports1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN
1 x RJ45 for 2.5G WAN or LAN
4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN
4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
ButtonPower, WPS, Reset, LED on/offPower, WPS, Reset, LED on/off
DC Power AdapterAC Input : 100V~240 V
DC Output : 19 V / 2.37 A
AC Input : 100V~240 V
DC Output : 19 V / 1.75 A
Package ContentsRT-AX86U WiFi router
RJ-45 cable
Power adapter
Quick Start Guide
Warranty card
RT-AX82U WiFi router
RJ-45 cable
Power adapter
Quick Start Guide
Warranty card
Dimensions242 x 100 x 325 mm
(excluding antennas: 242 x 100 x 164 mm)
275.5  x 184.4  x 165  mm
(excluding antennas: 275.5 x 184.4 x 65 mm)
Weight814.5 g740 g
  
 
[i] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils ROG Phone 3 and Full Lineup of Peripherals

ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils ROG Phone 3 and Full Lineup of Peripherals
ROG Phone 3 sets a new bar for performance alongside expansion accessories that redefine the mobile gaming experience
Fremont, CA (July 22, 2020) — ASUS Co-CEO S.Y. Hsu today unveiled the ROG Phone 3 and an array of gaming accessories and peripherals during the Game Changer virtual launch event. As the latest generation of the world’s most powerful gaming smartphone series, the ROG Phone 3 redefines mobile gaming with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, an ultra-responsive 144 Hz / 1 ms AMOLED 6.59-inch display, and the GameCool 3 cooling system for peak performance during extended gameplay sessions. Mobile gaming on ROG Phone 3 is enhanced by a number of expansion accessories, such as Kunai 3 Gamepad and ROG Clip for console-like controls, and TwinView Dock 3 for dual-screen gameplay.

At this event, ROG also announces the new ROG Falchion wireless gaming keyboard, ROG Cetra RGB gaming headphones, and ROG Strix XG16 portable gaming monitor. The ROG Falchion wireless mechanical keyboard offers a space-saving layout that is 65 percent of the size of a standard keyboard, a user-friendly multi-use interactive touch panel, and wireless Aura Sync lighting. ROG Cetra RGB in-ear gaming headphones feature active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and customizable RGB lighting. To round out this all-new peripheral lineup, the ROG Strix XG16 is a 15.6-inch portable gaming display with a built-in battery and user-friendly kickstand design that supports an up to 144Hz refresh rate and 1080p HD resolution.

The ROG Phone 3 and the abundant choices of gaming accessories and peripherals empower gamers with the ultimate mobile gaming experience. “ROG loves gaming, and ROG Phone 3 together with the full range of gaming accessories are the ultimate game changer,” said ASUS Co-CEO S.Y. Hsu. “ROG Phone 3 is undeniably the next evolution of the gaming smartphone. With absolute power, enhanced audio, better phone controls, and a more connected system with our gamer community, the ROG Phone 3 delivers unimaginable gaming experiences and empowers gamers to tailor these experiences as they wish.”

The President of Qualcomm Incorporated, Cristiano Amon, also joined the virtual event and noted that “Qualcomm Technologies has worked closely with ASUS for years and we are honored to have been a part of every ROG Phone launched. The latest ROG Phone 3 will be one of the first devices powered by the new Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform to deliver a world-class gaming experience for consumers.”

To establish an integrated gaming ecosystem and deliver more immersive mobile gaming experiences to gamers, ROG also introduces its partnerships with the game development platform Unity Technologies and the online cloud gaming platform Google Stadia™. Game developers using the Unity real-time 3D content creation platform will get exclusive access to a plugin with five ROG Phone features, allowing them to easily optimize their games for ROG Phone. Google Stadia on ROG Phone enables gamers to stream the latest games directly to their mobile device without requiring users to download the game. Stadia supports gaming up to 60 frames-per-second in resolutions up to 4K UHD, with HDR and 5.1-channel surround-sound support — a perfect match for the hardware capabilities of the powerful ROG Phone 3.

The ROG Phone 3 redefines mobile gaming
ROG Phone 3 is the most powerful ROG Phone ever, using the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform, which enables staggering multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™, intuitive AI experiences, and desktop-level gaming with ultra-realistic graphics. Featuring the uprated GameCool 3 cooling system, ROG Phone 3 is engineered to deliver nonstop, ultra-smooth performance for ultimate mobile gaming experiences.

A 144Hz / 1ms AMOLED 6.59-inch display provides Delta-E color accuracy of less than one to ensure vivid and accurate imagery, and an industry-leading 25-millisecond touch latency allows a near-instant touch response. The 10-bit display also supports HDR10+ high-dynamic range content for ultimate visual realism. For a more comfortable viewing experience, the display has Low Blue Light (Hardware Solution) and Flicker Reduced certifications from TÜV Rheinland.

The distinctive ROG Phone 3 design retains the core gamer-centric benefits of its predecessors, including the unique side-mounted charging port, and takes it to the next level with a transparent part of the back cover for displaying the heat sink. With its 6000 mAh battery, the ROG Phone 3 has stamina that can be relied on for even the longest battles. The intuitive AirTrigger 3 system now includes a motion sensor in addition to the programmable ultrasonic touch sensors, giving gamers even more ways to control the action. The latest leveled-up version of the X Mode performance-optimization software delivers increased display refresh rates, enhanced touch sensitivity, and fast network connections—in addition to maximizing CPU and GPU performance—making it easier than ever to unlock the full power of the ROG Phone 3.

The ROG Phone 3 also features an upgraded audio system that is tuned in collaboration with audio specialist Dirac. A new, dedicated Game Mode further enhances in-game sound effects for immersive gameplay. The powerful dual front-facing speakers positioned at the top and bottom of the phone are now even more capable of delivering rich, detailed audio that presents perfect stereo imaging in landscape mode.

All-new ROG Phone 3 modular accessories
The wide range of all-new modular accessories for ROG Phone 3 includes the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, ROG Clip, ROG TwinView 3 Dock, and ROG Lighting Armor Case. The Kunai 3 Gamepad adds console-like gamepad controls to ROG Phone 3; the ROG Clip connects the phone to PlayStation® 4, Google Stadia™, or Xbox® controllers for an enhanced on-the-go gaming experience; the TwinView Dock 3 expands the phone’s display area to provide true 144Hz dual-screen gameplay; and for extra protection and style, the ROG Lighting Armor Case gives ROG Phone 3 a striking appearance and features Aura lighting.
ROG Falchion: An ultra-portable wireless mechanical keyboard
ROG Falchion is a wireless mechanical keyboard with an innovative design that’s 65 percent of the size of a standard keyboard. It offers a versatile cover case and an interactive touch panel that can adjust volume, play and pause music, and zoom the screen in and out. The touch panel can also be programmed for use as a macro key, and the RGB LEDs inside the touch panel indicate battery status in real time. It provides gamers with ultrafast 1ms response time, 2.4GHz connectivity and up to 400 hours of battery life.  With a cutting-edge design and user-friendly features, ROG Falchion empowers gamers with next-level control and performance.
ROG Cetra RGB: In-ear gaming headphones with active noise cancellation technology and RGB lighting
The ROG Cetra RGB in-ear gaming headphones support multiple platforms via a USB-C® connection, including mobile phones, PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch. The active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and innovative Ambient mode on the earbuds enable users to adjust their listening experience, allowing them to either fully immerse themselves in games, music and other media without distraction, or tune into their surroundings and external sounds. Exclusive 10mm ASUS Essence drivers deliver optimized gaming audio and strong bass. Users have a choice of three sizes of silicone tips and ear fins, as well as a pair of foam ear tips ― all to provide flexibility to ensure a comfortable fit. The customizable RGB lighting on the headphones allow users to enjoy high-quality audio in style.
ROG Strix XG16: The ultimate portable gaming display
ROG Strix XG16 is a 15.6-inch portable gaming display with a built-in battery that supports an up to a 144Hz refresh rate and 1080p HD resolution. Its IPS panel enables wide viewing angles and displays high-quality colors and brightness. For I/O options, the XG16 offers two USB-C® ports and one Micro HDMI port, which provide flexible connectivity and the ability to charge during gameplay. The user-friendly kickstand on the back can be opened up to 70 degrees and provides the display with stability on a flat surface in landscape or portrait orientation for comfortable viewing on-the-go. Underneath the kickstand is a mesh design with cybertext patterning, which adds to its futuristic aesthetic. The ROG Strix XG16 is also compatible with ROG Tripod, which allows gamers to position the display above a laptop for use in a portable dual-screen setup.
 


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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Audio-Technica Releases Limited-Edition Purple/Black Models of Its Popular ATH-M50x Wired and ATH-M50xBT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica Releases Limited-Edition Purple/Black Models of Its Popular ATH-M50x Wired and ATH-M50xBT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

-- The new limited-edition ATH-M50xPB and ATH-M50xBTPB are added to
Audio-Technica's 
M-Series line of headphones --


Stow, OH, July 15, 2020 -- Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, today announced the introduction of its ATH-M50xPB Professional Monitor Headphones and ATH-M50xBTPB Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, limited-edition purple/black versions of Audio-Technica's acclaimed M-Series ATH-M50x and ATH-M50xBT headphones. The headphones feature metallic purple earcups and black accents, giving these popular models a distinctive, bold new appearance.

Originally designed as professional studio monitor headphones, the ATH-M50x has crossed over into the consumer market and become a favorite of listeners worldwide. The ATH-M50xBT offers the sonic advantages that have made the ATH-M50x an audio industry standard and adds the convenience of wireless operation.

From its 45 mm large-aperture drivers to its sound-isolating earcups and robust construction, the ATH-M50xPB (SRP: $US169.00) provides an unmatched listening experience for the most critical consumer audio applications, including home recording, podcasting, remote learning and listening for personal enjoyment. The ATH-M50xPB offers natural, accurate sound with impactful bass, a detailed midrange and outstanding high-frequency extension, along with high power handling and powerful dynamic capability. The ATH-M50xPB features professional-grade earpads and headband material for long-wearing comfort and comes with detachable 3-meter, 1.2-meter and 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cables.

The ATH-M50xBTPB (SRP: US$199.00) delivers an exhilarating wireless listening experience, with exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response. Utilizing Bluetooth® wireless technology and the same 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare-earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coils as the ATH-M50xPB, the ATH-M50xBTPB brings the coveted sonic signature of the M50x to a wireless, on-the-go design. These wireless headphones are compatible with aptX® and AAC codecs for the best-possible wireless audio reproduction and feature convenient earcup-mounted controls. An internal battery provides up to 40 hours on a full charge and the ATH-M50xBTPB can also be used in wired mode.


ATH-M50xPB Features:
  • Limited-edition purple/black version of Audio-Technica's popular ATH-M50x Wired Professional Monitor Headphones
  • 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coils deliver exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Circumaural earpad design provides an excellent ear seal for sound isolation
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material for extended-wear durability and comfort
  • Collapsible for space-saving portability and convenient storage
  • Detachable cables (includes a 1.2m-3m coiled cable, 3m straight cable and 1.2m straight cable)

ATH-M50xBTPB Features:
  • Limited-edition purple/black version of the ATH-M50xBT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
  • Wireless, on-the-go design delivers the same sonic signature as the ATH-M50x studio headphones
  • Touch control provides convenient access to voice assist feature
  • Mic and button controls built into the earcup allow for easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
  • 45 mm large-aperture drivers deliver exceptional clarity and bass response throughout an extended frequency range
  • Over-ear design for superior sound isolation
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material for extended-wear durability and comfort
  • Up to 40 hours of continuous use on a full charge
  • Compatible with aptX and AAC codecs

Audio-Technica's new limited-edition ATH-M50xPB and ATH-M50xBTPB are available now. They join the ATH-M50x models currently available in black (ATH-M50x and ATH-M50xBT) and white (ATH-M50xWH).

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Marantz Introduces New 8K-Ready AV Receivers


Marantz Introduces New 8K-Ready AV Receivers
The 2020 SR-Series AV Receivers Pair State-of-the-Art Home Theater Specifications with
Marantz’s Signature Musicality
VISTA, Calif. (July 7, 2020)—Marantz®, the number one Hi-Fi brand in the world1
, today
announced the latest additions to its SR-Series AV receivers, the SR5015, SR6015, SR7015,
and SR8015. Designed to deliver impactful and nuanced home cinema and listening
experiences, the 8K-ready AV receiver line offers the most musical sound from any source,
including home theater, vinyl and streaming media. Like all Marantz products, the 2020 SRSeries AVRs are extensively tuned by world-renowned acousticians at state-of-the-art facilities,
producing Marantz’s unique audiophile-quality sound. This, paired with the AV industry’s latest
array of technologies, enables more immersion, visual beauty and detailed power than ever
before.
“The new 2020 SR-Series AV receivers represent the next major step forward in home theater,
not just for Marantz, but the entire home entertainment industry,” said Jake Mendel, global
brand manager for Marantz. “Marantz fans will be some of the first to experience new levels of
incredibly sharp image quality, remarkably fast gaming and immersive surround sound. But
more importantly, superior Marantz HDAM-SA3 amplification based on decades of extensive
tuning transports the listener ever closer to their music.”
High-Performance Amplification & Multichannel Home Theater
Prioritizing rich, powerful audio, the 2020 SR-Series feature high-current discrete power
amplifiers on all channels to deliver Marantz’s signature power output. Leveraging the
company’s proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplification Module (HDAM) circuitry, the AVRs provide
optimal fidelity and maximum dynamic range of high-resolution files for stellar sound quality.
With low impedance driver capability, the SR-Series offers operational stability with a wide
range of speakers providing the clarity and balance users have come to expect from Marantz.
For advanced multi-channel home theater applications, the flagship SR8015 supports DTS:X
Pro®, which will allow users to enjoy up to 13 channels of DTS:X decoding with speaker
configurations such as 7.2.6 or 9.2.4. Listeners can also enjoy the latest in IMAX Enhanced
films in 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 speaker configurations thanks to newly adopted 13.2 channel processing
capabilities with external amplification. The DTS:X Pro feature will be delivered via firmware
update later this year.
In addition to DTS:X Pro, the 2020 SR-Series feature several other 3D audio formats, including
Dolby Atmos®, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X®, DTS Virtual:X™,
IMAX® Enhanced and Auro-3D® out-of-box.
2 The latest height virtualization technologies
provide immersive audio without height channels, creating virtual height effects in a 7.1, 5.1 or
2.1 speaker arrangement.
If listeners want to tap into separate power sources, the latest Marantz SR Series now support
“Pre-Amplifier” mode on the SR6015, SR7015 and SR8015 models. Pre-Amplifier mode
provides a clear signal path and more tolerance in clipping levels by disconnecting internal
amplifiers when the receiver is used as an AV processor and all speakers are powered by
external amplifiers.
1 GfK Japan data 2017 Feb - 2018 Jan for HiFi amp, CD player and receivers
 GfK Europe data 2016 Dec -2017 Nov for amplifier and CD player
 US NPD 2017 Jan - Dec data for HiFi receivers and amplifiers
2 Review features table for supported Object-based audio technologies per product
Next-Gen HDMI Technologies
The new Marantz SR-Series AV receivers take advantage of the latest HDMI technologies. Enjoy
movies and shows with stunning picture quality thanks to a dedicated “8K” HDMI input enabling
8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through, new HDR format support including HDR10+ and
Dynamic HDR, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS), which allows a
source to instantly switch frame rate to eliminate screen blackout. For exceptional color, clarity
and contrast the latest SR Series models still support HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and
Dolby Vision, as well as 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling and BT.2020 pass-through.
Several new features give gamers an edge, including razor sharp motion clarity with 4K/120Hz
pass through and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to reduce frame tearing and improve overall
precision. Get a jump on the competition with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame
Transport (QFT), each designed to reduce lag and improve stats. See the enemy before they see
you with stunning 8K picture quality.
The Marantz SR-Series can also upscale existing HD and 4K content to 8K3 so more people can
experience the power of 8K resolution. They also continue to support eARC (Enhanced Audio
Return Channel), which allows lossless and object-based audio transmission like DTS:X and
Dolby Atmos from TV apps or connected devices using a single HDMI cable.
HEOS Built-in, Roon Tested & Hi-Res Support
HEOS Built-in allows for unlimited and unrestrained listening anywhere in the home. The 2020
SR-Series can decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files as well as DSD
2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks, empowering users to experience high quality content from services
like Spotify, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn Internet Radio and more. Users can also play
songs stored on smart devices or personal media servers. Pair HEOS Built-in AVRs, including
the Marantz SR-Series, with other HEOS Built-in products or speakers for a seamless listening
experience.
Marantz SR-Series AVRs are Roon Tested certified so users can get more out of their music
libraries through the advanced Roon music interface on their PCs and smart devices. Marantz
Roon Tested AVRs can be found and setup easily by Roon via AirPlay 2 or hardwired into a Roon
Core device. Each receiver features a front-panel USB port that offers convenient audio playback
of MP3 and high-resolution audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz files).
Vinyl lovers can easily connect their turntable to the SR-Series’ phono input and enjoy the raw
purity of LP records. All models feature an advanced phono stage with HDAM, which
outperforms op-amp solutions, delivering the clarity and detail discerning listeners expect from
Marantz.
Audyssey Room Calibration
Listeners can optimize their experience with Audyssey MultEQ XT on the SR5015 and MultEQ
XT32 on the SR6015, SR7015 and SR8015 models, providing seamless setup for any room.
With the supplied measurement microphone, Audyssey analyzes each speaker's output
(including subwoofers) at up to eight measurement locations and generates precision digital
filters to optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Audyssey
Dynamic Volume also smooths out disruptive jumps in volume (such as TV commercials), letting
listeners enjoy lower output levels while still enjoying clear dialogue and overall performance.
The Audyssey Dynamic EQ provides full-range clarity at any listening level.
Audyssey MultEQ XT32 is adding Low Frequency Containment using advanced psychoacoustic
algorithms to deliver more full-range balance, including deep bass, without disturbing neighbors
or people in other rooms of the home. Audyssey Sub EQ HT provides individual DSP tailoring of
each subwoofer in a dual subwoofer setup for deeper bass with improved definition. Plus, the
3 To compatible 8K-ready TVs
optional Audyssey MultEQ Editor app available for purchase at the app store, users can view
and adjust settings for detailed tuning.
New to Marantz, Dual Speaker Preset Memory enables users to toggle between two calibrated
speaker configurations, which are stored natively in the AVR and can be switched on the fly.
This ensures the listener can dictate where the sweet spot is for a variety of listening situations,
adding ease and flexibility for the overall listening experience.
Advanced Custom Installation Support
Designed with custom integrators in mind, the new SR-Series AVRs boast the latest remote
monitoring and management capabilities via Domotz Pro and OvrC, as well as RS232C and IP
control capabilities. Web User Interface is also supported providing access to the AV receivers’
setup menu remotely or from a computer on the same network. These programs empower
integrators to monitor the status of connected products and troubleshoot remotely from a
separate location or on-the-go.
The 2020 SR-Series continues to feature HDMI Multiple Input Assign, which allows users to
listen to multiple audio sources while maintaining the same video content on-screen. All Zone
Stereo Mode—a.k.a. Party Mode— is storable on “Smart Select,” so both Main Zone and Zone
2 will initiate music playback in sync by simply pressing the “Smart Select” button on the remote,
app or third-party controllers. The new series also features HDMI Auto Input Rename, which
automatically renames HDMI inputs to the source devices, including “PS5” and “Apple TV,”
reducing wasted time naming inputs.
New 2020 8K Models SR5015 (DAB) SR6015 SR7015 SR8015
Price $1,099 $1,599 $2,299 $3,199 
Amplifier Channels 7 Channels 9 Channels 9 Channels 11 Channels
Processing Channels
with Preamp Outputs
7.2 Channels 11.2 Channels 11.2 Channels 13.2 Channels
Output Power4 100 watts per
channel (8 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, THD:
0.08%, 2 ch driven)
110 watts per
channel (8 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, THD:
0.08%, 2 ch driven)
125 watts per
channel (8 ohms,
20Hz-20kHz, THD:
0.05%, 2 ch driven)
140 watts per
channel (8 ohms,
20Hz-20KHz,
THD: 0.05%, 2 ch
Driven)
Output Power 180 watts (6ohm,
1ch, 1%)
185 watts (6ohm,
1ch, 1%)
200 watts (6ohm,
1ch, 1%)
205 watts (6ohm,
1ch, 1%)
8K/60 & 4K/120
HDMI Pass Through
8K Upscaling
HDMI In/Out 6 In/ 2 Out 7 In/3 Out 8 In/ 3 Out 8 In/ 3 Out
Dual Sub Out
IMAX Enhanced Yes Yes Yes
Auro 3D Yes Yes
DTS:X Pro 5
All Zone TV Audio Yes Yes Yes
Integrated Phono
Input with HDAM Yes Yes Yes
Audyssey MultEQ XT,
Dynamic Volume,
Dynamic EQ
Yes Yes Yes
Audyssey MultEQ
XT32, LFC, Sub EQ
HT
4 Marantz guarantees 70 percent power up to 5 channels driven as proof of quality
5 Via a future firmware update
The Marantz SR Series will be available at authorized Marantz retailers at the below dates.
To learn more about the Marantz SR series, visit www.marantz.com/us.
• SR5015 ($1,099) (September 15)
• SR6015 ($1,599) (September 15)
• SR7015 ($2,299) (July 15)
• SR8015 ($3,199) (August 15)
About Marantz:
The company can trace its roots back to the dawn of the first mono LP, when Saul Bernard
Marantz, a native of New York, was unhappy with the equipment available to play his cherished
record collection on. So he had to build his own! Saul officially founded the Marantz Company in
1953. Then, as now, the company’s cornerstones were quality and innovation. For over 60
years, Marantz has been developing unique technologies and bringing landmark hi-fi and home
entertainment products to market through its tireless and extensive R&D programs. Such
commitment to audio and video excellence ensures each Marantz design delivers class-leading
performance. Marantz is a part of Sound United LLC. Additional information is available
at www.us.marantz.com.
About Sound United
Sound United was founded in 2012 with a simple mission – to bring joy to the world through
sound. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest portfolio audio companies and home to several
legendary audio brands—Denon®, Marantz®, Polk Audio, Classé, Definitive Technology,
HEOS, and Boston Acoustics.® Each brand boasts its own philosophy and unique approach to
bringing home entertainment to life.
With centuries of collective experience, Sound United oversees the design and manufacture of
a diverse array of premium audio products, including loudspeakers, sound bars, AV receivers,
wireless speakers, amplifiers, turntables, and headphones. We create distinct and memorable
listening experiences for a wide range of consumers in more than 130 countries. For more
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Denon Introduces Loaded $ 649 8K AVR


Denon Introduces Loaded $6498K AVR

The Denon AVR-S960H is theWorld’sMostAttainable8K-Ready AV Receiver


VISTA, Calif. (June 30, 2020)— Denon®, defining audio excellence since 1910, today
announced its latest 8K-ready AV receiver, the AVR-S960H. The first 8K-ready AV receiver in
Denon’s S-Series line, the AVR-S960H features Denon’s legendary sound quality, a suite of
new AV technologies and simple setup features designed to produce best 4K home theater
system today with 8K on tap to easily upgrade the family room in the future.
“On the heels of the X-Series launch earlier this month, we’re excited to offer another AV
receiver that gives users the ability to dramatically upgrade their movie and gaming nights at a
price we think is really going to excite people,” said Jake Mendel, product marketing manager
for Denon AVR & Hi-Fi components. “The AVR-S960H checks all the boxes to easily build a
really excellent 4K home theater and gaming experience while also arming your system for 8K
when you’re ready. While theaters remained closed and family time is more important than ever,
now is the time to build the home theater and gaming system of your dreams.”
Making Movie and Game Night Amazing
The new Denon AVR-S960H receiver delivers rock solid home theater and gaming experiences
for the entire family. With incredible picture quality and immersive audio capabilities, it is easier
than ever to replicate the theater experience at home.
Movie night gets more vivid with stunning picture quality thanks to a dedicated “8K” HDMI input
enabling 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through, new HDR format support including
HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS),
which allows a source to instantly switch the resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen
blackout. For exceptional color, clarity and contrast the latest S-Series models still support
HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and Dolby Vision, as well as 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling
and BT.2020 pass-through.
Nothing makes favorite movies and games more immersive than 3D audio. The Denon AVRS960H has Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X
support so users can add speakers to their system over time. With 7 channels of Denon’s
revered amplification and low impedance driver capability (90W per channel at 8 ohms, 20Hz20Khz, THD: 0.08%, with 2 channels driven), all of your speakers can boast balanced, quality
sound.
Several new features make gaming on the AVR-S960H more fun than ever, including razor
sharp motion clarity with 4K/120Hz pass-through and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to reduce
frame tearing and improve overall precision. Get a jump on the competition with Auto Low
Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), each designed to reduce lag and
improve stats. See the enemy before they see you with stunning 8K picture quality.
The Denon AVR-S960H can also upscale existing HD and 4K content to 8K1 so more people
can experience the power of 8K resolution.
The new Denon AVR-S960H continues to support eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel),
which delivers uncompressed and object-based audio from the TV to the receiver via a single
HDMI cable. TVs play video directly from TV apps at best available picture quality—either 4K or
8K—while the receiver identifies the best available surround format for decoding.
With eARC and the latest HDMI connectivity up to 8K Ultra HD, the new receiver simply pairs
with the latest 8K TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles, and other source players without
hassle.
Denon Setup Assistant Does the Work
By visually guiding users through each step in the setup process, Denon’s award-winning Setup
Assistant makes it easy to get the AVR-S960H out of the box and making beautiful music
quickly. Because every home theater is unique, Denon uses premium room calibration
technology from Audyssey that automatically takes precise measurements and optimizes the
receiver’s performance, providing the finest 3D audio experience tailored to the acoustic
properties of the space. The Audyssey MultEQ Editor app is available for purchase for those
who want more customization options.
HEOS® Built-In Multiroom Music Listening
With HEOS® Built-in, the AVR-S960H can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS
components from a variety of free and premium streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora,
Amazon Music HD, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, TIDAL, and more. Consumers
can also enjoy their favorite music in any room of the home wirelessly. Play the same song in
every room or select a different song for each connected room via a variety of streaming
sources. Add Denon Home speakers to more rooms and control it all with the HEOS app. Apart
from HEOS, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth are also supported. Apple Music streaming is
supported through AirPlay 2.
Effortless Voice Control
The latest receiver works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, and Apple Siri for
effortless voice control. Listeners can use Amazon Alexa for a variety of commands, including
switching inputs for different media players, while the Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri can be
used to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, and more2
. Josh.ai offers custom integrators
greater control over voice integration into a variety of existing smart home platforms.
Roon Tested and Hi-Res Playback
The AVR-S960H is Roon Tested certified so users can get more out of their music libraries
through the advanced Roon music interface on their PCs and smart devices. Denon Roon
Tested AVRs can be found and setup easily by Roon via AirPlay 2 or hardwired into a Roon
Core device. Each receiver features a front-panel USB port that offers convenient audio
playback of MP3 and high-resolution audio formats (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz
files).
New Convenient Audyssey Feature
1 To compatible 8K-ready TVs
2 Degree of functionality is variable and platform-dependent
The AVR-S960H now supports Dual Audyssey Preset function which allows users to store and
instantly switch between two Audyssey configurations. For example, users can store both the
Audyssey calibration result straight from the receiver and a customized MultEQ curve or
frequency range made through the Audyssey MultEQ editor app on the receiver simultaneously,
allowing users to easily compare differences and select their preference. Listeners can also
perform Audyssey measurements for two different speaker settings, including 2.0 for music
listening and 5.1.4 for movie surround.
Key Features on the AVR-S960H
Video and HDMI
• (New) 8K: See unprecedented detail with 8K passthrough and upscaling.
• (New) 4K/120Hz: Experience incredibly smooth motion clarity with 4K/120 frames-persecond pass-through.
• (New) Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): Reduces or eliminates lag, stutter and frame tearing
for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
• (New) HDR10+: Make the most out of a HDR10+ compatible TV and content with HDR10+
pass-through capability.
• (New) Dynamic HDR: Optimize the performance of HDR TVs with Dynamic HDR with
scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame dynamic metadata.
• (New) Quick Media Switching (QMS): More watching, less waiting. Say goodbye to
blank screens using Quick Media Switching (QMS).
• (New) Quick Frame Transport (QFT): Enjoy reduced latency for smoother, tear-free
entertainment experience.
• eARC support: Enhanced audio return channel supports latest lossless and 3D audio
formats for audio transmission directly from the TV to the AV receiver through the
connected HDMI cable.
• Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): Low latency gaming supported on Xbox One and
requires supported TV.
• Incredible Color: 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid LogGamma (HLG), and BT.2020 pass-through support for exceptional color, clarity and
contrast.
• HDCP 2.3: Supports the latest copy protection standard on all HDMI ports.
Audio and Surround Sound
• Immersive 3D Audio: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology,
DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X.
• Premium DAC: 32bit AKM DAC allowing for high-resolution audio decoding.
• Hi-Res Audio: Ability to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files
as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks through front panel USB or network connected
devices.
Music Streaming and Smart Home
• Roon Tested: Get more out of digital music libraries with searchable, surfable information
about artists and songs.
• HEOS® Built-in: Wi-Fi music streaming and multi-room audio technology with compatible
components. HEOS supports free and premium Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music HD,
TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, TIDAL, and more.
• AirPlay 2 Built-In: Use AirPlay 2 to stream Apple music wirelessly to the AV receiver, or
group with other AirPlay compatible speakers to fill the home with music.
• Effortless Voice Control: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Siri for
hands-free control of wireless music and AVR.
• Bluetooth Enabled: Stream music wirelessly and distribute to Zone 2 or HEOS enabled
speakers through the free HEOS app.
• Bluetooth Transmitter: Listen to audio through Bluetooth headphones late at night, or
enjoy with a family member or a friend with a hearing impairment. Audio can be heard
through speakers and headphones simultaneously.
Setup and Ease of Use
• Room Calibration & Optimized Room Acoustics: Boasts Audyssey’s suite of EQ
calibration technologies for simple, accurate set-up and dynamic volume control.
Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume are supported.
• (New) Dual Audyssey Preset Memory: Allow users to store two speaker and Audyssey
configurations and switch on the fly for more tailored listening experiences to the
environment.
• Quick Selects: The front panel and remote control feature four Quick Select buttons
that store preferred or most used audio settings for user’s convenience.
• Remote apps (iOS/Android): Denon AVR remote for basic AVR’s control and setup.
Audyssey MultEQ editor app available for purchase for further customization of room EQ
curve.
The AVR-S960H will be available in July 2020 for $649 at authorized Denon retailers. For more
information on the latest addition to the Denon S-Series receivers, please visit
usa.denon.com/us.
About Denon
Denon is a trusted world leader in the manufacture of the highest-quality home theater, audio
and software products since 1910. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and
groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the
development and groundbreaking commercialization of pulse-code modulation (PCM) digital
audio and the first 13-channel AV receiver. Denon Electronics is owned by Sound United LLC.
For more information visit usa.denon.com/us.
About Sound United
Sound United is a division of DEI Holdings with an award-winning portfolio of audio brands that
deliver industry-leading home theatre and personal audio listening experiences for a wide-range
of consumers. Each brand provides an expansive array of audio products that includes high-end
and custom installation audio, to mid-tier markets that cover loudspeakers, sound bars, AV
receivers, wireless multi-room music systems, Bluetooth® speakers, amplifiers, turntables and
headphones.
Dedicated to artfully reproducing audio for listeners and enthusiasts around the world, Sound
United is comprised of Denon®, Marantz®, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Classé, Polk
BOOM, HEOS®, Classé®, and Boston Acoustics®. Each brand offers a unique approach to
bringing home theatre and music to life. Whether it’s through the legendary heritage of Denon,
the classic sound of Polk Audio, the premium performance of Definitive Technology, the highly sought-after amplification of Marantz, the action-inspired form factors of Polk BOOM, the
wireless home audio solutions of HEOS, or the accessible performance of Boston Acoustics,
Sound United is your sound — so listen.
To learn more about Sound United and its brands, visit www.soundunited.com.


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