Thursday, January 20, 2022

NAD Launches New M23 Hybrid Digital Stereo Power Amplifier

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Masters Series power amplifier features Purifi Eigentakt™ amplifier technology to deliver true audiophile performance with exceptional value.

PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA January 19, 2022– NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, takes value and performance to a whole new level. The M23 Hybrid Digital stereo power amplifier (US $3499 / CDN $4599 MSRP), available in January 2022, builds on the Purifi Eigentakt amplification technology first introduced in the acclaimed M33 BluOS Streaming Amplifier - a once-in-a-decade amplifier innovation that will define the pinnacle of power and performance in the category for years to come. Continuing NAD's long-standing tradition in identifying and developing cutting-edge amplification technology, Eigentakt nearly eliminates harmonic and intermodulation distortion and noise while its load-invariant frequency response can drive even the most demanding of loudspeakers to their highest performance.

 

 NAD Master M23 Stereo Power Amplifier (front)

NAD Master M23 Stereo Power Amplifier (front)

 

According to Cas Oostvogel, NAD’s Product Manager, “The sonic character of the M23 is reinforced in the story told by the numbers. This is an amazingly powerful and transparent amplifier bringing new levels of refinement and dynamics at any level and sets a new benchmark for performance and value in its category.”

 

Powerful Eigentakt™ Amplifier Technology

 

The Masters M23 Hybrid Digital stereo power amplifier features Eigentakt™ amplifier technology, manufactured by NAD under license from Purifi. This new technology nearly eliminates harmonic and intermodulation distortion and allows for an even, wide, and load-invariant frequency response.

 

In common with the previous generations of NAD Hybrid Digital technology but unlike most Class D amplifier designs, the M23 offers a minimum of 200W per channel with amazing reserves of dynamic power at lower impedances. It is capable of beyond 260W dynamic power per channel even into 8 ohms, and beyond 520W into 4 ohms. It can effortlessly power any loudspeaker to live performance levels with amazing efficiency and low power consumption.  

 

The M23 in bridge mode is the perfect addition to expand the power of an M33 BluOS Streaming Amplifier to create a 2 x 700W system or is an easy upgrade to power any high-performance separates system.      

 

Thanks to the advanced Purifi Eigentakt amplifier technology, all this power comes at a lot less cost than traditional technology while delivering improved performance!

 

A Diverse Performer

 

It is easy to find amplifiers that can excel in one or two areas. The M23 HybridDigital stereo power amplifier featuring the Eigentakt amplification technology provides nearly unmeasurable distortion, ultra-high damping factor, and unconditional stability with any speaker.

 

Leaving old fashioned and power-hungry linear power supplies and Class A/B output stages behind, the M23 features proven switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages that are very linear over a wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into all speaker loads. With tight, detailed sound, amazing control, and transparency, the M23 is a stereo power amplifier that truly does break down barriers to audiophile-grade sound.  

 

NAD Master M23 Stereo Power Amplifier (rear)

NAD Master M23 Stereo Power Amplifier (rear)

 

Flexibility is another strength of the M23 with its RCA and XLR balanced inputs, bridge mode, three selectable gain levels, 12v trigger and auto sensing. The M23 is the perfect addition to expand the power of an M33 BluOS Streaming Amplifier or power any high-performance separates system.

 

The M23 features all alloy casework that is elegant yet practical. Rigid panels with magnetic iso-point feet provide a solid foundation for the multi-layer circuit boards and intricate internal construction. The M23 employs a completely modern and fresh take on the traditional stereo amplifier, with a combination of features, performance and value for money not found elsewhere.

 

Key Features of the NAD M23 Hybrid Digital Stereo Power Amplifier

 

  • Purifi Eigentakt™ amplifier technology
  • Continuous Power Output: 2x200W into 8 ohms; 2x380W into 4 ohms
  • Dynamic Power Output: 2x260W into 8 ohms; 2x520W into 4 ohms
  • Bridged Power Output: 700W mono continuous into 8 ohms
  • Virtually immeasurable noise, harmonic distortion, intermodulation distortion
  • Wide, flat frequency response into any loudspeaker load
  • Balanced (XLR) and single-ended (RCA) auto-sensing inputs
  • Three-position adjustable gain control
  • 12V trigger input

 

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.

 

Links

 

Website: https://nadelectronics.com

 

Images: https://brandlibrary.lenbrook.com/galleries

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nadelectronics

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NADElectronics

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadelectronics/

 


 


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cyrus Audio to Join the BluOS® High-Resolution Multi-room Audio Ecosystem

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Respected British brand, Cyrus Audio, looks to the future by integrating the best-in-class BluOS platform into its award-winning audiophile components

JANUARY 18, 2022, TORONTO, CANADA – Cyrus Audio, the iconic British brand of audiophile electronics and Lenbrook International, the owner and developer of the market-leading BluOS high-resolution multi-room platform, announced a global partnership to bring the BluOS streaming platform into upcoming Cyrus Audio products.

 

“Music streaming remains complex with the wide variety and rapidly changing list of services and features that are demanded by the modern music consumer. We realised that being part of a well-established and class-leading ecosystem provided the best option for both our customers and dealers to minimise this complexity.  As such, we always found ourselves coming back to BluOS. Throughout our conversations, Lenbrook made clear their strong commitment to providing all customers a premium user experience, combined with access to the best of the hi-res music streaming services. That aligns so perfectly with the Cyrus brand values that it became a rather straightforward decision for us,” says Nicholas Clarke, Managing Director of Cyrus Audio. “Our team is naturally excited as we go forward, planning the latest expansion of the Cyrus Audio product range.”

 

“Our goal with BluOS continues to be being highly selective about the brands we add to the platform since it is so important that the shared ecosystem model be represented by totally like-minded and committed partners,” explains Gordon Simmonds, CEO of Lenbrook International. “Cyrus Audio is one of those well aligned brands that the Lenbrook team has long admired. We’re pleased they have come on board to share our BluOS high res music vision again reaffirming the significant investment we continue to make into this platform.”

 

BluOS is an award-winning proprietary, but brand-agnostic platform meaning that any BluOS Enabled product connected to the same Wi-Fi network can share music libraries and playlists, regardless of the brand of speaker or audio component. Found in products that range from amplifiers through to powered speakers and rack-mounted installed audio, BluOS Enabled products satisfy a wide range of use cases and applications, making it the most versatile hi-res multi-room streaming audio platform available on the market today.

 

About Cyrus Audio

 

Cyrus Audio is an internationally acclaimed, high-end audio brand based in Cambridgeshire, England.  The company has been at the forefront of the audio scene for nearly 40 years. Having launched the original Cyrus One amplifier back in 1984, it quickly established itself as a company providing outstanding quality for the most discerning of music-lovers, and it has been designing and manufacturing award winning audio products ever since. Cyrus is proud to be one of the few remaining independent British brands, with their range of integrated amps, CD players, power amps and power supplies continuing to be manufactured in the UK.  

 

Its talented R&D team has been responsible for several industry firsts over the years, and it continues to push technological boundaries in pursuit of bringing a better music experience to its customers.  The brand's key focus is on ensuring that the emotional content of the music is captured, which is why listening to music on a Cyrus system is a truly engaging and uplifting experience. Cyrus has also gained a reputation for products that have a stylish, compact design and, because they can be upgraded, provide lifetime value for the customer.   
Find more information at,  www.cyrusaudio.com

 

About BluOS

 

BluOS™ is a premium multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for high-resolution audio streams up to 24/192. Adopted by some of the most renowned hifi audio brands and integrated with numerous smarthome and voice control systems, BluOS allows for interoperability among enabled devices across brands for maximum versatility and use cases. Integrations with popular streaming music services like Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, and Deezer, niche hi-res music services or stations like Neil Young Archives and Radio Paradise, as well as featured support for FLAC, WAV, MQA, and other high resolution formats and codecs, offers BluOS users virtually unlimited access to music of all genres for any occasion. Made up of an operating system and a control application for smart phones, tablets, and PC desktops, BluOS is the ultimate choice for the modern audiophile. Find more information at, https://bluos.net

 

About Lenbrook International

 

Lenbrook International, a subsidiary of the Lenbrook Group of Companies, is the owner and manufacturer of award-winning brands for home audio and residential install applications. Its full suite of products from NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound wireless multi-room players, and Bluesound Professional commercial audio, are distributed in over 80 countries, while its BluOS hi-res distributed audio platform continues to be adopted by some of the world’s leading premium audio brands. Find more information out at https://lenbrook.com.


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Friday, January 14, 2022

ACTION ARCADE WRESTLING SMASHES ONTO NINTENDO SWITCH THIS FEBRUARY

ACTION ARCADE WRESTLING SMASHES ONTO NINTENDO SWITCH THIS FEBRUARY

Get Ready to Deliver Flying Dropkicks and Fireballs at a Sizzling 60FPS On Switch Next Month

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 13, 2022 - Bring your powerbombs, fireballs, and steel chairs to the wrestling ring! VICO Game Studio, in partnership with Reverb Triple XP, has announced today that Action Arcade Wrestling will launch on Nintendo Switch this February. In a few short weeks, ‘90s arcade wrestling fans everywhere will be able to pass around a Joy-Con and land the ultimate finisher at home and on the go.

Choose from over 30 mighty characters and brawl across over 25 playable game modes, including 5-on-5 tag team, Elimination matches, Battle Royale, and more. Perform moonsaults, grab power-ups, unleash laser beams, and pummel the opposition with giant squeaky hammers! After sending rivals to dream land, head to the extensive Wrestle Lab to create the world’s greatest wrestling star, legendary superhero, or even recreate your friends! From old school rasslin’ fans to newcomers and everyone in between, Action Arcade Wrestling on Nintendo Switch can be enjoyed by anyone - anytime and anywhere!


Experience a shocking fun time with Action Arcade Wrestling on Switch this February.

Action Arcade Wrestling is a fast-paced, arcade wrestling extravaganza that superkicks overly simulated wrestling games out of the ring! Master powerful attacks and superhero-like abilities in the most over-the-top wrestling game ever conceived.

Action Arcade Wrestling will launch on Nintendo Switch this February and is currently available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Stay up to date on Action Arcade Wrestling by following the game on Twitter, ‘Like’ it on Facebook, and visiting its official website at ActionArcadeWrestling.com.

 
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ABOUT VICO GAME STUDIO LLC
Action Arcade Wrestling was created by the joint partnership between lead programmer and producer Eugene Tchoukhrov, founder of VICO Game Studio LLC, and executive producer David Horn, independent developer. The duo have devoted much of their spare time from their full-time jobs to the production and launch of Action Arcade Wrestling.


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EZCast ProAV WR/WT Brings 200M+ Range to Wireless HDMI Display Systems

EZCast ProAV WR/WT Brings 200M+ Range to Wireless HDMI Display Systems

 

A wireless extender, splitter and switcher that provides the performance of a wired system

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New Taipei City, Taiwan, January 13, 2022 - EZCast, a leading innovator of wireless display technologies, is pleased to announce the EZCast ProAV WR/WT, a highly-flexible Wi-Fi HDMI Extender/Splitter/Switch with a range of 200M, or even more, in open areas. This product, comprising a transmitter unit and a receiver unit, is being officially launched at Infocomm 2021. The wireless ProAV WR/WT is ideal for applications and scenarios where a wired network connection may be too disruptive, time-consuming or difficult to install, while still providing an easy bridge to wired networks wherever they are more suitable (for example via EZCast’s ProAV ET/ER). The EZCast ProAV WR/WT is exceptional for providing wireless performance that is just as good as standard LAN performance.

Enable images or just imagine how amazing the EZCast ProAV WT WR looks like..

Powerful but affordable EZCast ProAV WR/WT upgrade

The ProAV WR/WT benefits from EZCast’s simplified, unified transmitter and receiver design, and from economic fast networked backbone and easy deployment configurations. These advantages help EZCast ProAV equipment cost less than one-tenth of the price of traditional ProAV gear, helping you do away with complex and expensive matrix switch devices. Despite this, this product offers easy compatibility with existing systems and hassle-free integration.

 

Flexible and scalable and controllable

The product design provides greater flexibility and scalability in both system design and system functions – for example, making it easy to change from extender to splitter to switcher functionality. Central Management System (CMS) software support provides easy centralized remote control, while the built in USB KVM capability still gives you access to key functions in the field, such as controlling TX port messaging from the RX receiver.

 

Based on our advanced custom chip

EZCast ProAV devices supporting Video/Audio/USB/IR/UART over IP, including the ProAV WR/WT, are based around a powerful in-house developed, highly integrated System on a Chip (SoC) with embedded HDMI receiver and networking components.

 

Get more information

https://ezcast-pro.com/ezcast-proav/

 

Price and Availability

EZCast ProAV WT HDMI Extender/Splitter/Switch is available at an MSRP US$139 at EZCast online store

EZCast ProAV WR HDMI Extender/Splitter/Switch is available at an MSRP US$129 at EZCast online store

 

About EZCast Pro

EZCast Pro is owned by Actions Microelectronics Co., Ltd. Located in New Taipei City, Taiwan, it creates audio-visual and digital wireless accessories with integral support for Cloud services, for professional, education and business-focused markets. From chip to product through its in-house design efforts, EZCast Pro aims to assist moving the world from wired to wireless, empowering people with freedom of mobility and to use digital products without restriction. To date, more than 10 million users around the world use EZCast Pro solutions, and our technologies and solutions are trusted by dozens of major brands worldwide. Learn more about EZCast Pro at www.ezcast-pro.com. Reach us on YouTube: @EZCast Pro or LinkedIn: @EZCast Pro.


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Friday, January 7, 2022

Securam Introduces Full Home Security Line and Wins Mark of Excellence Award at CES 2022

Securam Introduces Full Home Security Line and Wins Mark of Excellence Award at CES 2022


The leader in home security presented its newest offerings at CES in Las Vegas


January 6, 2022 - Las Vegas, NV – SECURAM Systems, Inc., best known for its commercial security solutions and smart home products, was honored today with a Mark of Excellence award at CES in Las Vegas. The brand is currently exhibiting its full home security suite at the trade show.


The Smart Home Division of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) chose the brand’s new EOS smart lock home security system as the winner of its Mark of Excellence Award under the Security Product of the Year: Residential Access Control & Intrusion category. 


Chunlei Zhou, the CEO of SECURAM Systems, Inc. said, “We are honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award at CES, and it has been incredible to meet our peers and introduce our full suite of products to the public at this year’s CES.”


The brand’s newest smart home lock picks up where the Securam Touch, winner of the 2020 CES Innovation Award, left off, offering a competitive price, and top of the line Wi-Fi communication without the requirement of a hub. 


SECURAM Systems also rounded out its home security suite with a handful of other new additions. The Smart Garage Door Controller features built in Wi-Fi, integration with the SECURAM Guard App, and provides instant status alerts. The Smart Light Switch allows you to control your lights from anywhere and program routines in the app. It has a built-in motion sensor and is available for dimmable and non-dimmable lights. Finally, The Smart Siren produces an alarm when any of the security features of connected devices on the network are tripped. 


“It’s exciting to be back at CES, sharing our new line of products with the world,” said Marketing Director, Kristine Lucero. “The event looks a bit different this year, but we are still seeing interest from people across a number of industries who want to keep their space secure.”


SECURAM will be located at Booth #52921, Venetian Expo, Level 2, January 6 and 7, 9am-5pm.

 


About SECURAM Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Southern California, SECURAM Systems, Inc., is best known as the leading supplier of safe locks for applications such as home, commercial, corporate, and ATM safes, as well as bank safes & vaults. In 2005, the company began designing and manufacturing electronic and mechanical safe lock systems to meet the needs of the worldwide safe and vault market. They launched the SECURAM Smart line in 2020.




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Dirac’s new Intelligent Audio Platform delivers immersive automotive sound for all types of car models

Dirac’s new Intelligent Audio Platform delivers immersive automotive sound for all types of car models

The modular platform offers patented optimization and spatialization solutions, easy tuning and measurement, and an all-new way of achieving immersive sound experiences with standard stereo content.

Trusted and endorsed by market leaders like Volvo, Rolls Royce, NIO, BYD, and Harman, Dirac Intelligent Audio Platform enables optimal in-car sound experiences for all levels of automobiles.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 6, 2022 — Modern cars—connected, electric, autonomous—aren’t just for transportation. They increasingly serve also as moving offices or home theaters where superior sound experiences are more important than ever. Swedish digital audio pioneer Dirac, a world-leader in automobile audio optimization, today announced it has created the foremost software foundation for improving automotive sound without costly hardware upgrades: the new Dirac Intelligent Audio Platform (IAP).

With Dirac IAP, car manufacturers and their customers can enjoy outstanding sound quality at every seat, including true, multichannel immersive sound from regular stereo content.

“Providing great sound in cars has never been more crucial and challenging,” said Lars Carlsson, Head of Business Development of Automotive Audio for Dirac. “With modern cars capable of more than ever before, and including ever-more speakers and features, it’s important to deliver better sound while also allowing passengers to hear better. Dirac’s Intelligent Audio Platform offers software-driven sound perfection so car manufacturers can more easily, quickly, and cost-effectively deliver the in-car experiences consumers love.”

Dirac IAP is a modular platform for achieving better automotive sound. It is unique to the car market because it offers state-of-the-art sound optimization and spatialization technology; the industry’s best measurement and tuning tools; and a single, unified interface and methodology for maximizing any type of sound system layout, from entry-level to premium.

It is fully data-driven, 70% of the tuning work can be done remotely, and all results can be shared globally throughout an organization. Moreover, Dirac IAP is supported by the industry’s most common chipsets and frameworks, so any car can sound better with Dirac solutions.

Leveraging the industry’s most powerful and effective sound solutions in Dirac Opteo™ and Dirac Virtuo™, Dirac IAP also includes the newest immersive feature sets from Dirac’s R&D labs. Making its debut for CES 2022, Dirac’s new upmixing technology, a critical new feature of the company’s Dirac Virtuo solution, can produce true, multichannel audio from existing stereo content. The new upmixing technology analyzes source content and splits into component parts, then intelligently generates a 5.1 or 7.1 version and distributes it to multichannel sound systems.

“Equipping a vehicle cabin with true surround sound can be tricky, but our upmixer achieves it with software and in real-time,” continued Carlsson. “No added hardware is required, and passengers get to enjoy their favorite two-channel content in a much more immersive, spatialized way.”

The Dirac IAP contains a full signal chain and works seamlessly with leading third-party audio technologies. It is available in three pre-configured tiers:

  • Professional: The most advanced solution for ensuring perfect listening at all seat positions, powered by Dirac’s patented MIMO mixed phase correction technology.
  • Premium: The industry’s preferred solution, adopted by premium brands and powered by Dirac’s magnitude and time domain correction technology.
  • Performance: For upgrading the sound performance of entry-level systems without hardware upgrades, powered by Dirac’s magnitude response correction technology.

Automotive engineers can use the available toolsets in Dirac’s IAP to meet a variety of design goals, including cabin sound optimization, center image optimization, bass enhancement, soundstage widening, sound field control, surround-sound integration, and more.

The guided process fully supports the engineer, and prototype cars are only required for measurement and final tuning. All computer-assisted tuning is handled virtually and predictably, reducing tuning time by as much as 70 percent. With Dirac IAP, engineers can visualize their target sound performance on-screen and experience every adjustment immediately.

Dirac will be demonstrating the Dirac Intelligent Audio Platform and upmixing technology during CES 2022 in its private suite at the Venetian Hotel.

For more information about Dirac Intelligent Audio Platform, click here.

About Dirac:

 

Dirac is here to change the world of sound. We’re inventing the future of audio with superior experiences for any content, device, and space. For the many, not the few. Based in Sweden, Dirac optimizes digital audio, perfecting sound for better listening in any environment. The patented sound solution technology spans across mobile, gaming, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, headphones, streaming, automotive, residential and commercial AV, boosting whatever sound you’re listening to, wherever you’re listening. For professionals, Dirac produces the industry’s most powerful suite of audio tools for signal processing. Some of the world’s most respected brands, including Rolls Royce, Volvo, Polestar, BMW, BYD, Harman, Datasat, NAD, ASUS, and OPPO bring the Dirac sound experience to their customers.

 

Dirac is a global company with headquarters in Uppsala, Sweden and R&D facilities in Copenhagen, Denmark and Bangalore, India, with representation in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and USA.

 

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Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Annual Editor's Choice Award Recipients

Just when you thought all the craziness was done with COVID in 2020, it was another wild year in 2021.  Yet, there still were some great products in 2021.  It’s that time of the year again, for us to reflect back on the best that has come across my desk this year.  Those that have earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  We tried to emphasize home theater products, for those that are still playing it safe and staying home.  But also portable products as well, for those that had enough and just had to get out.  This is to further recognize those products, and links to the individual reviews are also provided.

 

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT Active Noise Cancelling wireless headphone

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/03/audio-technica-ath-anc900bt-anc.html

 

Beyerdynamic Lagoon Active Noise Cancelling wireless headphones

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/03/beyerdynamic-lagoon-anc-wireless.html

 

Focal Listen Wireless headphones

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/05/focal-listen-premium-wireless.html

 

Kenwood Motorsport CAM STZ-RF200WD camera system

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/12/kenwood-motorsports-cam-stz-rf200wd.html

 

Master & Dynamic MW08 true wireless In-Ear Monitor

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/03/master-dynamic-introduces-mw08-active.html

 

Panasonic DP-UB9000P1K Reference Class THX 4K UHD Streaming Blu-ray Player

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/06/panasonic-pb-ub9000-reference-class-thx.html

 

RBH Sound SI-1212 Signature In-Ceiling/In-Floor Subwoofer System

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/07/rbh-sound-si-1212-signature-in-floorin.html

 

Sony VPL-VW325ES 4K SXRD Home Cinema Projector

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2021/12/sony-4k-sxrd-home-cinema-projector-vpl.html

 

While it has been a crazy year, it has still been a good year.  And there are some great products to be had.  These have been the best that we have seen this year.  Thank you all for reading.  There is more to come, so stay tuned for some great reviews to come next year.  And from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!



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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Kenwood Motorsports Cam STZ-RF200WD Review

Safety is always a top priority. You never know when an accident can happen. It’s also fun to be able to record your adventures. For these reasons dash cams have become popular. But now it’s not just for your car, truck, or SUV. Thanks to Kenwood you can now have this fun and security on your motorcycle or ATV. Up for review is Kenwood’s Motorsports Cam STZ-RF200WD.

 

Features and specs:

Waterproofing/

Dustproofing: Main Unit: IP55

Cameras: IP66/67

GPS/GLONASS Antenna: IP66/67

Control Switch: IP66/67

Front & Rear Camera

Units: Image Sensors: 2 Megapixels ( effective pixels : 1.86 megapixels)

Lens Viewing Angle: 195° Diagonal (effective angle: 181°)

Frame Rate: 27.5 fps

F-number: 2.2

Recording Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Video Quality: Fine / Normal

Video File Format: MP4 ( Video format : H.264 audio format : AAC)

Recorded File Length: 30 seconds / 1 minute / 3minutes (Recording time for one file)

Recording Mode: Continuous recording, event recording, manual recording

Data Recorded: Video file, time and date, speed, location information

Audio Recording: ON / OFF

HDR: Yes

G-sensor: Yes (5 impact sensitivity settings / OFF)

GPS: Yes

Electronic Image

Stabilization: Yes

Positioning Satelites: GPS / GLONASS

Storage Media: microSDHC, microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I

16GB to 256GB

Recorded video Playback Methods: KENWOOD Motorsports CAM App

-iOS 11 or later

-Android 7 or later

KENWOOD Motorsports CAM Viewer

- Apple Mac OS 10.14(Mojave) or later

- Microsoft Windows 10

Power Supply: DC 12V

Power Consumption: 0.48 A

Measurement

( W x D x H) Main unit: 79 × 104 × 22.5 mm

3-1/8 x 4-1/8 x 7/8 inches

Camera /pc: 23.5 (Φ) × 34.4 mm

15/16(Φ) x 13/8 inches

GPS/GLONASS Antenna: 27.4 × 33 × 13 mm

1-1/8 x 1-5/16 x 1/2 inches

Control Switch:  25.8 × 36.9 × 9.5 mm

1 x 1-7/16 x 3/8 inches

Weight

(Excluding Cable) Main unit: 105 g (0.2315 lb)

Camera / pc: 42 g (0.0926 lb)

GPS/GLONASS Antenna: 14 g (0.0309 lb)

Control Switch: 9 g (0.0918 lb)

Operating Temprature:   -20 °C to +60 °C

(-4 °F to 140 °F)

Warranty: 1year

 


The Kenwood Motorsports Cam STZ-RF200WD came in a nice-looking color printed box with photos and specs of the camera system. Opening the box revealed a very well protected product, with all parts wrapped in bubble wrap. Materials used in the construction was both metal and plastic. The quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was excellent! Included is the central module, two cameras, GPS antenna, remote switch, mounting and installation hardware, and owner’s manual.

 

I love the design of the Kenwood Motorsports Cam STZ-RF200WD. The central module is mostly plastic, yet it feels really solid. And the wires that came out of the module are very heavy duty, with solid connectors. The GPS antenna and the remote switch are also plastic, yet they also feel solid and well made. The two cameras actually have a metal housing, and are attached to a metal mount. Kenwood definitely designed this for your motorsport vehicle like a quad or side by side, it can definitely handle any water, mud or other environmental conditions thrown at it.

 

The Kenwood Motorsport Cam STZ-RF200WD also came with many excellent features and functionality. The dual cameras record in full 1080P resolution at 195-degree view. And with two cameras, you can record in front of you and behind you, simultaneously. With built-in EIS and HDR, you will have good looking video footage. There is a G-Sensor for impacts. So, if an impact, such as an accident is felt, the recorded video will be put in a protected folder, so it will not be recorded over. This is due to the recording modes. There are three to choose from. Continuous recording records it either 30 second, 1 minute or 3 minute sizes. So all of the saved video files will be in either 30 second, 1 minute or 3 minute segments. The 2nd mode, G-Sensor, places a recorded file in a protected folder. And the third is manual recording. Manual recording is activated by pushing the push-button switch. Each of the three recording modes also have their own sperate file that they record into. So when you push the button to record manually, it will record in that file.

 

The Kenwood Motorsport Cam STZ-RF200WD records not only good quality video, but audio as well. That’s because each of the cameras have the camera, as well as a mic. That way you get both video and audio. And thanks to the built-in GPS, your recorded videos will also have the time, location, and speed included in the video. And while there is a 32 GB card included, the device can handle up to 256 GB sized cards.

 

To watch videos and recorded on the internal card. That’s where the wireless link feature comes into play. It’s using a smartphone app that lets you control the system. Through the app, you can watch the videos stored on the internal memory card, as well as copy, edit and share any of the recorded videos. Through the app you can also change settings and update firmware.  The app connects to the camera system thru your phones wi-fi.

 

Installing the camera system was fairly straight forward. Some of the components, like the push-button switch and GPS antenna, have double sided tape already mounted on it. The included zip ties also hold the different components, like the central module and cameras in place. And if you are mounting this on a side by side or gold cart, the cable probably won’t be long enough. Fortunately, Kenwood sells extension cables. Now that it’s installed, let’s see how it performs.

 


Setting up the Kenwood Motorsport Cam was pretty simple.  With it wired up, I could see the indicator LED’s blinking on the switch that it was ready to connect to my smartphone thru wi-fi.  Once it was paired, I was able to go into the app, and go into the settings, and also watch the live video feed.  The resolution was very good with great details, as well as the beautiful colors.  They were well saturated without being overly so.  Reds were deep and yellows vibrant. 

 

The Kenwood Motorsport cam STZ-RF200WD is an excellent product. If you have been enjoying the security of having a dashcam in your vehicle, now you can have it in your motorsport vehicle like a side by side. And it’s also fun to be able to have the video of your adventures. With its excellent build quality, it should give you years of use. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Kenwood STZ-RD200WD has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.kenwood.com.



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