Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer Preview
Polk Audio released their MagniFi Mini soundbar and wireless sub at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. For $299 you get a great sounding mini soundbar and a wireless subwoofer. The new system features Polk’s patented Voice Adjust technology, which is designed to emphasize vocals, independent of program material and volume level. Is this the soundbar deal of the year? Read on to find out.
Polk Audio released their MagniFi Mini soundbar and wireless sub at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas. For $299 you get a great sounding mini soundbar and a wireless subwoofer. Will it be right for you?
RIVA WAND Arena and Festival Wireless Speaker Preview
Riva Audio announced the release of their new line of multiroom wireless speakers at the 2016 CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas. The new WAND series includes the RIVA Festival for $499 and the smaller RIVA Arena for $249. With lots of competition from well know companies such as Sonos, Sony and Bose in this market will Riva be a serious competitor in this crowded field? Read on to find out.
Riva Audio announced their new line of multi-room wireless speakers at CEDIA 2016 and we got to listen. The new WAND series includes the RIVA Festival for $499 and the smaller RIVA Arena for $249.
Anthem STR Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview
Anthem is strengthening its presence in the two-channel audio space with the introduction of the STR Integrated Amplifier which they unveiled at the CEDIA 2016 Expo show. Built with high end components, a MC and MM phono preamp and high resolution 32-bit/384 kHz DAC, the STR is ready to meet your audiophile needs. Able to pump 600 watts into 2 ohm loads, it can also easily power the most demanding loudspeakers as well. Looking to get your two-channel fix? Try Anthem!
Anthem has stepped up their two-channel game with their new STR Integrated amplifier built with high end components, MC/MM phone input, 32-bit/384 kHz DAC’s and 600 watts of power into 2ohm loads.
Integra Research DRX-R1 AV Receiver /DRC-R1 Processor Preview
Integra’s new Research Series is sure to make custom installers salivate with the new DRX-R1 network AV receiver and DRC-R1 network preamp. This receiver and preamp are built with the latest immersive audio configurations with full support for 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups. Just about any hi-res audio format, the latest streaming services (including Tidal), and MQA are major additions to the mix. Custom installers will love all the standard features such as three independent zones, HDBase-T, RS-232, IP, and IR repeater options. Factor in HDMI 2.0a and the latest video standards and you have two networked AV beasts that can serve as the center of any connected home.
The Integra Research Series DRX-R1 AV receiver and DRC-R1 preamp pack 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, hi-res and streaming audio—including MQA, and custom-installer friendly features galore.
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Sneak Peek
Oppo gave us an exclusive look at their new UDP-203 Ultra HD Universal Blu-ray player at the CEDIA 2016 Expo. What can you expect from this new player? The best in HD audio and video, with a quick responding interface unlike the current offerings from other manufacturers. But you will have to give something up (at least initially). Read on to find out and be sure to check out our sneak peek YouTube Video interview with Jason Liao of Oppo.
Oppo gave us an exclusive look at their new UDP-203 Ultra HD Universal Blu-ray player at the CEDIA 2016 Expo. State of the art HD audio and video with a fast responding interface is promised and more.
RBH Signature Reference Speakers Enhanced with New AMT Tweeter
RBH Sound is further refining its Signature Reference line-up with the announcement of a new Air Motion Transducer (AMT) for the series. The proprietary design, co-developed by RBH and Aurum Cantus® engineers, promises extended high frequencies and increased fidelity and is destined for the company’s flagship Signature Reference speaker models. RBH Signature Reference speakers were already among the best we’ve reviewed. Can a good thing get even better? Read on to find out.
RBH Sound is further refining its Signature Reference line-up with the announcement of a new Air Motion Transducer (AMT) for the series to take performance to the next level.
SVS Prime Elevation Speaker Preview
SVS just announced their new Prime Elevation speaker that can used for height effects or as a front, center, rear surround, side surround and/or LCR speaker when ideal placement isn’t possible. Instead of offering the typical compromised Dolby Atmos-enabled bouncy house speaker for marketing appeal, SVS instead chose to engineer a real solution for uncompromised performance and versatility. Check out all the installation possibilities this speaker offers by reading on.
SVS just announced their new Prime Elevation speaker that can used for height effects or as a front, center, rear surround, side surround and/or LCR speaker when ideal placement isn’t possible.
GoldenEar’s Invisible Dolby Atmos System Demo at CEDIA 2016
GoldenEar wanted to prove that you can have all the benefits of Dolby Atmos (and by extension DTS:X) in an all-architectural installation. We love immersive audio but want to make sure we give accurate impressions—not just marketing gimmicks. We sat in on GoldenEar’s self-proclaimed “invisible Atmos” demonstration for a listen to see if they could pull it off. Read on to see what we thought about it and check out our little YouTube video teaser of their new impressive SuperSub X compact subwoofer.
GoldenEar’s invisible Dolby Atmos system consisted of Invisa MPX in-wall speakers for the main and rear channels, Invisa HTR 7000 speakers for height, SuperSat 60C soundbar, and SuperSub X subwoofer.
CEDIA 2016 Expo Show Coverage Page
The CEDIA 2016 Expo was once again in Dallas Texas and we covered it live from the lovely Omni Hotel. We scouted the showfloor in search of new gear and tech reporting on some of the latest Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers and their inflated power ratings. We heard demos of the coolest new high end loudspeakers, soundbars and subwoofers and even got a sneak peek at a new Oppo UHD Blu-ray player. DTS:X software was still scarce and those dreaded Atmos upfiring speakers still failed to impress us despite Dolby’s latest marketing push to convince otherwise. Be sure to also check out our YouTube video show coverage.
We reported on the latest Atmos AV receivers, loudspeakers, soundbars and subwoofers at the 2016 CEDIA Expo as well as the new Oppo UHD Blu-ray player. See what we thought about the Atmos demos too.
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