New at CEDIA from Mark Levinson is the No.500H series of power amps, including the No.531H (mono, 300W, $6500), No.532H (two channels, 300Wpc, $8000), and No. 533H (three channels, 300Wpc, $10,000), and No.535H (five channels, 200Wpc, $12,000), all with a frequency response from 10Hz to 20kHz and THD less than 0.5%. A new circuit design emphasizes current-mode operation, which is said to be much faster than conventional voltage-mode operation. Independent power-supply components for each channel maximize isolation and improve imaging, and all models provide both single-ended and balanced inputs.
Lexicon has entered the growing field of truly universal Blu-ray players with the BD-30, which can read SACD and DVD-Audio in addition to Blu-ray, DVD, and CD as well as all recordable disc formats. It conforms to Profile 2.0, which means it can access BD-Live content online, and it provides a USB port that lets users access A/V material on a USB storage device. Video processing is performed by Anchor Bay's well-regarded VRS chipset, and the player can decode all current audio formats to PCM via HDMI, though the press release seems to imply that it has no multichannel analog output, which is odd considering the $3500 price tag.
JBL's Synthesis is among the finest integrated audio systems available, and it's about to expand with the addition of three new power amps—the S7165 (seven channels, pictured), S5160 (five channels), and S280 (two channels). The S7165 and S5160 each produce 160Wpc into 8 ohms, while the S820 delivers 200Wpc into 8 ohms or 400W in bridged-mono mode, all with a frequency response of 20-20,000Hz with less than 0.03% THD.
When I profiled the <A href="http:// blog.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-gear/revel_in_luxury/">Revel Ultima2</A> speaker line in my Ultimate Gear blog, there was no matching subwoofer. No longer—CEDIA will witness the introduction of the Ultima Rythm2 powered sub. With 2400W RMS (5400W peak) to power its 18-inch, dual-voice-coil driver, this thing should shake the foundation with vanishing low distortion ad no dynamic compression. I don't know the price yet, but if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
In its continuing quest for perfection, JBL is introducing the K2 S9900 speaker ($22,000 each) for the discerning—and well-heeled—audiophile. This full-range floorstander is an update of the K2 S9800 with greater bass extension down to 33Hz (topping out at 50kHz) and 35 percent more power-handling capacity. The driver compliment includes a 15-inch fiber-pulp cone woofer; 4-inch, horn-loaded, mid/high compression driver; and 1-inch supertweeter.
Among the many LED-illuminated front projectors expected at CEDIA is the Kroma from Projectiondesign. A preliminary spec sheet for this single-chip DLP design claims a peak light output of about 600 lumens, a contrast ratio of up to 7500:1, and a lifespan of over 50,000 hours. Also, there's no need for a color wheel since the red, green, and blue LEDs are activated sequentially, and much faster than any color wheel's filters can move in and out of position, which means fewer—if any—so-called "rainbow artifacts." Pricing and availability were not disclosed prior to the show.
As <A href="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/news/toshiba_to_make_blu-ray_players/">repo... here</A> in July, Toshiba recently decided to enter the Blu-ray fray after its defeat in the high-def-disc format war. At CEDIA, we'll finally see the first fruit of that decision—the BDX2000, which should be available in November for $250. This Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) player offers 1080p/24 output, decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, AVCHD playback, and an SD card slot, into which you must insert a module with at least 1GB for BD-Live operation since the player doesn't have enough onboard memory.
Front projectors are great for generating large images in dark rooms, but they can be pretty noisy and hot. Digital Projection will be introducing a solution for this problem with its CineSkin enclosure, which is designed for the company's Titan projectors. In addition to providing sound isolation and cooling, the CineSkin also integrates DP's TheaterScope anamorphic-lens/sled system for a much cleaner look than such contraptions normally present.
At CEDIA next week, Focus Enhancements will be demonstrating what it calls the industry's only 7.1-channel wireless-audio system. Dubbed Summit, the technology uses the 5GHz band to transmit multichannel audio to powered speakers equipped with compatible receivers. The demo will include a set of Aperion Intimus 5 speakers modified with internal power amps and Summit receivers, and Focus Enhancements is in discussions with many other audio companies to incorporate the technology into their products.
You've never heard of Procella speakers? Neither had I until I got a press release about their US debut at CEDIA. This truly global company started in England, moved to Australia, and is now based in Sweden. The lineup includes three L/C/R/S speakers and three dual-driver, dual-amp, sealed-box subwoofers ranging in price from $1500 to $9000 each. The flagship P815 pictured here combines the P8, which features an 8-inch woofer and 1-inch compression driver at the apex of a custom elliptical waveguide, with the P15 sub, which sports twin 15-inch drivers and 350W amps.
Projectiondesign will be introducing its Avielo Chroma DLP projector with LED illumination. No price was available at press time. The projector is said to produce a wider and more consistent color gamut with its red, green, and Blue LEDs. While the desirability of a wider gamut is debatable given the standard HD color gamut that most program sources use (a playback gamut that's wider than the source simply distorts the colors), more consistent color is always welcome. And unlike conventional lamp-based projectors, the Avielo Chroma's LEDs are said to produce the same color balance throughout their claimed lifetime of 50,000 hours.
As an update to its Titan and Lightning 1080p projectors, Digital Projection has added lens memory that automates changes in zoom, shift, and focus at up to 10 specific preset positions. The repositioning is said to be accurate to within two pixels over repeated cycles. This allows the use of a 2.35:1 screen for 3.25:1 content without the need for an anamorphic lens. While there are important advantages to the full anamorphic approach, there are disadvantages as well. Simply zooming out the 2.35:1 image to fit the 2.35:1 screen does eliminate considerable expense and complication.
Gefen is showing its GefenTV-WirelessHD sender-receiver combo ($899). Operating at 60GHz, it is said to offer high quality wireless transmission of HDMI 1.3 audio/video at up to 1080p/60 to any remote display up to 30 feet away, with no obstructions between transmitter and receiver.
Knoll Systems or Richmond, BC has announced two new projectors built by the company from the ground up: the HDP1100 and the HDP1200. Both are single-chip DLP designs with 7-segment color wheels said to "virtually" eliminate rainbow artifacts. The projectors are available with either sort- or long-throw, all glass Nikon lenses, and offer an anamorphic aspect ratio for use with 2.35:1 screens and add-on anamorphic lenses. The HDP-1100 ($5999) is short-throw, while the HDP-1200 ($6799) is long-throw.
In addition to the Performance 2 bookshelf, Mordaunt-Short is unveiling an entire line of home-theater speakers at CEDIA. Dubbed Aviano, the line includes two floorstanders, two bookshelf models, one center, and two subwoofers. All feature curved front baffles and proprietary driver designs with prices ranging from $500 to $1400 per pair; the center and subs fall within this range for single items.