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
information on Sound United and our mission, please visit www.soundunited.com.


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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.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

LG LAUNCHES XBOOM GO PL SPEAKER LINEUP

LG LAUNCHES XBOOM GO PL SPEAKER LINEUP

Premium Audio Powered by Meridian Technology Combines with Unique Design and Lighting Features to Deliver a Powerful and Portable Listening Experience

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 30, 2020 — LG Electronics USA announced arrival of the latest addition to its XBOOM Go portable Bluetooth speaker lineup with the debut of the LG XBOOM Go PL Series with Meridian technology (models PL7, PL5 and PL2), now available at LG.com and through LG-authorized dealers nationwide.

The LG XBOOM Go PL teams up with Meridian -- the world’s leading high-resolution audio brand -- to deliver enhanced bass, clearer vocals
and an exceptional listening experience. With enhanced usability, a stylish new design, compact size and long battery life (up to 24 hours*) LG XBOOM Go PL is the perfect solution for premium audio on-the-go enjoyment.

Meridian’s advanced audio technology delivers premium quality sound with deep bass, rich treble and clear vocals. The exceptional bass is driven by the inclusion of Dual Action Bass (PL7 and PL5) which uses passive radiators to pump out dynamic bass and bold beats that users can both feel and hear. For a wide sound stage with excellent detail across the higher frequencies, the PL7 speaker also employs dual tweeters.

The XBOOM Go lineup also pairs impressive audio quality with party-optimized features including Dual Play (PL7, PL5 and PL2) to allow two LG speakers to be connected together and create an even more immersive sound experience. The water resistant (IPX5 rated) PL series also provides peace of mind in various settings from casual dinner parties to outdoor adventures.

To complement the XBOOM Go PL’s excellent audio quality and add an element of visual excitement to the experience, the LG XBOOM Go PL speakers include a Multi-Color Lighting feature (PL7 and PL5) employing a three-step process to detect tempo based on soundwaves, and producing pulses of LED lighting in sync with the speed and beat of the song.

The lineup also supports hands-free functionality, voice commands and multi-phone pairing. Users can also control the speaker from a mobile device. When you download the LG XBOOM Bluetooth app (available on Android and iOS), you can manage the audio connection, lighting effects, playlists, equalizer and more with just a few clicks.

For more information on the 2020 LG XBOOM Go PL visit https://www.lg.com/us/wireless-bluetooth-speakers.

2020 LG XBOOM Go PL Series
PL7
$179
Available Now
Up to 24 hours of playback
PL5
$129
Available Now
Up to 18 hours of playback
PL2
$59
Available Now
Up to 10 hours of playback


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Zephyrus Duo 15

Ultraslim gaming laptop features integrated secondary 14.1" full-width touchscreen for accelerated multitasking, gaming, content creation, and more
Fremont, CA, (June 22, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today launched the groundbreaking ROG Zephyrus Duo 15. The laptop has two integrated displays that fits in an ultraslim form factor, bringing a new dimension of versatility to premium gaming laptops without having to sacrifice any of the high-powered performance that defines ROG. It’s powerfully equipped with an innovative cooling system to optimize performance and has the portability to create, play, and stay productive anywhere you go.

ROG ScreenPad Plus unlocks endless possibilities
The 14.1-inch panel in ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is the largest second display ever put in a production gaming laptop. As the laptop opens, the ROG ScreenPad Plus tilts up at a 13° angle for comfortable viewing and touchscreen interaction. The custom hinge staggers the rise of the display to prevent damage and incorporates curved sliders that delay the deployment of the secondary screen. The IPS panel stretches wide viewing angles across the full width of the body, and its 3840 x 1100 resolution boasts a high pixel density that delivers rich details, crisp text, and flowing lines at a smooth 60 Hz refresh rate.

ScreenPad Plus can be used to turn the primary display into a more immersive medium for gaming, streaming, and content creation. Users can get a more expansive view of their game, movie, or other media, while using the secondary screen to keep an eye on emails, social media, and more. The touchscreen also supports the ASUS Pen active stylus that makes scribbling and sketching seamless.

ROG is working with game developers like Techland to optimize AAA games like Dying Light 2, which artfully moves co-op chats to ScreenPad Plus for easy viewing, and adds touchscreen controls for easy switching between inventory items and quests. Gamer's can see real-time stats, build recommendations, and more — all to amplify the advantages that the multi-screen design offers.

The Task Group feature lets users take snapshots of app arrangements across both screens, and then open those apps instantly with a tap of its associated icon. ROG Armoury Crate has a built-in resource monitor that allows users to track vital stats like CPU and GPU frequencies at a glance. And streamers can run their broadcasts more easily with an interface optimized for the secondary screen thanks to Xsplit Gamecaster.

AAS Plus amplifies airflow
With AAS Plus, tilting the touchscreen at an angle opens a larger 28.5 mm air intake, and allows the fans to draw in cooler air from above the laptop instead of warmer air from beneath it. This massive air intake increases airflow by up to 30% over previous AAS implementations, improving performance and putting less strain on the internal cooling system. Decreased need for heat dissipation means that noise levels can be kept below 46 dB(A) in Turbo mode, and 43 dB(A) in Performance mode.

Go hi-res or hi-speed
Users can choose between an ultrafast 300 Hz / 3 ms gaming panel or a high-resolution 4K UHD display.
The 4K UHD display offers incredible visuals at the highest fidelity detail. Both of these displays are factory calibrated and PANTONE® Validated to guarantee color accuracy, but this particular panel also covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. The wide gamut and accurate colors let gamers who are also creators produce work at a professional level.

Both primary display options use NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology to enable a uniquely engaging experience. G-SYNC synchronizes the refresh rate with the frame rate to eliminate tearing, minimize stuttering, and reduce input lag. A GPU switch exclusive to ROG lets users toggle between G-SYNC and Optimus modes depending on whether they want smoother gaming or longer battery life, reinforcing this laptop’s innate duality.

Super-powered speed
Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER makes everything fast and fluid. The GPU can hit peak clock speeds as high as 1330 MHz in Turbo mode.
The revolutionary Turing architecture behind the GeForce RTX series enables incredible visual realism and accelerate workloads like image processing, 3D modeling, and deep learning.

Boosted productivity
Up to an 8-core 10th Generation Intel® Core i9 CPU hits speeds as high as 5.3 GHz on a single core, and can engage up to 16 parallel threads with Hyper-Threading technology to power through heavy duty tasks.

With up to 48 GB of combined onboard and SO-DIMM memory, Zephyrus Duo 15 is ready for multitasking mastery across multiple displays. Its DDR4-3200 RAM outpaces the old 2666 MHz standard, improving system speed and responsiveness.

Two nimble NVM Express® PCIe® x4 SSDs run in RAID 0 to provide plenty of high-speed storage. With up to 2 TB of capacity, gamers and creators can take their entire game library and professional portfolio wherever they go.

USB Type-C™ (USB-C™) with Thunderbolt 3 offers versatile connectivity for a wide range of powerful accompaniments. With peak theoretical interface bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps – 4X the speed of USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard – Thunderbolt 3 can balance multiple performance-hungry devices and drive external displays up to 8K resolution.

Revolutionary cooling
The CPU of Zephyrus Duo 15 is coated with Thermal Grizzly’s liquid metal compound instead of standard thermal paste. The cooling module strategically snakes five heat pipes to draw degrees from the CPU, GPU, and surrounding power circuitry. Dual n-Blade fans circulate air with superslim blades made of a special liquid-crystal polymer that’s strong enough to withstand high spin speeds. A mesh cover guards the fans against anything that pokes into the AAS vent.

Zephyrus Duo 15 has multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode sacrifices a touch of speed to keep acoustics low. Performance mode offers the horsepower needed for high gaming frame rates without too much noise. Turbo mode dials the CPU up to full power and reaches higher speeds with a louder fan profile.

Available through the ROG Armoury Crate utility, Scenario Profiles lets users link individual games and programs to specific operating modes, lighting effects, and other settings.

Accuracy, comfort, and durability are key
To keep hands away from the warmest parts of the machine and create more space for ScreenPad Plus, the keyboard is shifted forward. The design lets wrists sit on the table, like with a desktop keyboard, and there's a detachable palm rest to improve user comfort.

A handful of keyboard enhancements upgrade the input area below the touchscreen. The separated groups of function keys are easier to intuitively identify. Dedicated hotkeys put volume and microphone mute within easy reach. ROG Overstroke technology lifts the actuation point of the underlying switches for a more responsive experience and multi-key inputs are more accurate. The touchpad tucked neatly to the right of the keys lights up a digital numeric keypad with the press of a button.

Per-key RGB is great for highlighting critical commands and time-saving shortcuts. It can be used to streamline workflows or just coordinate RGB lighting across an ecosystem of Aura Sync peripheral devices.

Stay active anywhere with portable power
Stay productive with Zephyrus Duo’s high-capacity 90 Wh battery. The laptop can also charge via USB Power Delivery, so users can take care of lighter work with a 65 W USB-C adapter that’s much smaller than the standard unit required for full performance. If the battery runs low and there's no free socket available, users can buy time by charging from a compatible USB power pack.

The ins and outs of on-the-go gaming
The USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with Thunderbolt 3 supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4, and can be used to connect a G-SYNC desktop monitor. There’s also an HDMI 2.0b output capable of driving a 60 Hz signal for 4K UHD monitors and TVs. Three Type-A USB ports accommodate additional peripherals, including a mouse, gamepad, and VR tracking.

Zephyrus Duo 15 features superfast WiFi 6 (802.11ax). It also reduces latency and expands upstream capacity, which provides more bandwidth for livestreaming.

Two audio jacks make it easier to connect a standalone microphone and headset for streaming or voice chat, and a premium ESS Sabre DAC elevates the experience for gamers with high-end headphones. The hi-fi DAC reduces noise and distortion, enabling clearer audio with wider dynamic range. Combined with virtual 7.1-channel surround sound, spatial immersion in games and virtual reality is deeper. Hi-Res Audio certification guarantees full-quality audio and other media, providing rich and detailed sound.
 
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AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is now available.
GX550LWS-XS79 at MSRP $2999.99 from Amazon & Newegg.
GX550LXS-XS96 at MSRP $3499.99 from ExcaliberPCHID Evolution, & Xoticpc.
GX550LXS-XS99 at MSRP $3699.99 from AmazonASUS Store & Newegg.

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
SPECIFICATIONS
 
Processor Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i9-10980HK
Intel® 10th Gen Comet Lake i7-10875H
Graphics 
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER™, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER™, 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Display Main Screen: 15.6” PANTONE® Validated, supports Microsoft Hybrid Graphics / G-SYNC switching
- 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz Adobe 100%, non-touchscreen
- FHD IPS 300 Hz sRGB 100% 3 ms, non-touchscreen
Memory 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz onboard, plus 1 x SODIMM slot up to 32 GB (supports up to 48 GB total)
 Storage 2 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe® PCIe®), PCIe® 3.0 x4 1 TB / 2 TB, supports RAID 0
 Keyboard Backlit chiclet keyboard, supports n-key, per-key with 1.4 mm key travel
 Audio 2 x speakers, ESS + Hi-Res Audio (HRA) certification, supports smart amplifier, Nahimic Sonic Studio + ISST
Microsoft Cortana (far-field mic array)
Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth 2x2 multi-atenna WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth® 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C™, DisplayPort 1.4, TBT, PD input 20 V/3A;output 5 V/3A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (right)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (Bottom)
1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0b support)
2 x audio jack: mic-in & headphone, plus mic-in
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery 90 Wh
Power Supply 240 W power adaptor
Supports USB-C™ Power Delivery 3.0 up to 65 W
Size 36 x 26.8 x 2.1 cm
Weight 5.29 lb
 


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Maximus XII Apex Hits 7.7 GHz on 10 Cores and Overclocks Memory to 6666 MHz
ROG reaches highest Intel Core speed, and overclockers break six world records
Fremont, CA (June 12, 2020) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that overclockers have used the latest ROG Maximus XII Apex powerhouse motherboard to break a slew of world records and secure a raft of global first place scores.

Marking a new performance milestone, overclockers took the Intel® Core i9-10900K all the way up to 7.7 GHz frequencies on all 10 of its cores. Because of the ongoing global situation, ASUS was unable to host its traditional overclocking gathering this year, so instead a smaller session took place at the ASUS headquarters in Taiwan — with local overclockers Jon ‘Elmore’ Sandström and Pieter ‘Massman’ Plaisier working alongside internal ASUS experts. Using a liquid-helium setup, the group managed to shatter the Intel Core architecture frequency record, the single-core Geekbench 4 record, and took global first-place positions in 10-core categories for Geekbench 3, Cinebench R15, and wPrime 32M.

Throughout the testing period, ASUS also worked with pros both near and far who flexed their prowess in a variety of benchmarks. Overclocker ‘bianbao’ leveraged the combined power of G.Skill and Intel to hit a new DDR4-memory-overclocking-frequency record of 6666 MHz. Intel’s edge in gaming and graphical performance were shown off by both ‘rsannino’ and ‘Rauf’ who broke 3DMark records: ‘rsannino’ took the 3DMark06 overall world record, and ‘Rauf’ smashed the single-GPU score for version 11. Showing the breadth of the platform, ‘keeph8n’ raked in a few records including Geekbench 4, Cinebench 2003 and GPUPI 3.2 100M. By far, the most accolades went to ‘safedisk’: four world records and seven global first place scores, including Cinebench R15, both HWBot x265 benchmarks, both wPrime scores, and both Super Pi records.
 
All of the records are recorded for reference below.
Overclocker Category* Score**
elmor Intel Core CPU frequency 7707 MHz
bianbao Memory frequency 3332.7 MHz
safedisk Geekbench3 - Multi Core 69936 pts
safedisk Geekbench4 - Single Core 10257 pts
safedisk Cinebench R15 3892 pts
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 1080p 131.513 fps
safedisk HWBot x265 Benchmark - 4K 31.594 fps
safedisk wPrime - 32m 1.171 sec
safedisk wPrime - 1024m 35.625 sec
safedisk PiFast 8.370 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 1M 4.734 sec
safedisk SuperPi - 32M 4 min 1.766 sec
safedisk GPUPI for CPU - 1B 1m 25.089 sec
rsannino 3DMark06 77469 pts ***
Rauf 3DMark11 57807 pts
keeph8n Geekbench4 - Multi Core 61364 pts ***
keeph8n Cinebench - 2003 12051 pts
keeph8n GPUPI for CPU - 100M 4.316 sec ***
* Unless otherwise noted, all records are in the 10-core class of their category.
** Scores were tracked at 2020-05-20 15:00 GMT.
*** Score submitted internally at time of writing, but not yet published to HWBot.


About ROG Maximus XII Apex
ROG Maximus XII Apex stands out even among the ROG family as a motherboard made to give overclockers and enthusiasts unrestrained power over Intel 10th Generation processors. To learn more, read here for a detailed product introduction:
https://edgeup.asus.com/2020/z490-motherboard-guide-asus-rog/2/

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS ROG Maximus XII Apex is available now. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.


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