What if every product you bought was built with only award-winning designs? The world would be a kinder, gentler place, that's for sure. AudioControl is doing their part with their new Architect Model 950, which uses the same Class H Architect amplifier design that made the Model 1250 a past CEDIA Product of the Year. According to the company, AudioControl's Class H multi-rail design provides cool operation without using noisy fan mechanisms. The 16-channel, multizone amplifier features a five-band room-correction equalizer, and it uses BiMOS output channels for a dynamic, 4-ohm output of 55 watts. The compact unit takes up only 7 inches of panel height (four rack spaces), but a rack-mount adapter is also available. The Architect Model 950 is constructed on an all-metal chassis and retails for $3,250.
I know what you're thinking: nothing is sexier than some good interconnect cables. Oh, that's not what you're thinking? Perhaps Tributaries' new IEEE 1394 FireWire cables will change your mind. These sleek cables can transport an electronic system's IEEE 1394 digital data signal with a single cable system. The low-capacitance, quad-shielded cables can handle data rates up to 400 megabits per second. Of the three pairs of internal conductors, two handle data and the third carries DC voltage for special power requirements. All three pairs are enclosed in a copper braid and Mylar wrap. The IEEE 1394 cables are available in three configurations (four-pin to four-pin, four-pin to six-pin, and six-pin to six-pin) and are available in lengths of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 4.5 meters. Prices range from $28 to $44.