February 2016 New Gear
A reference headphone without the reference price is one way to look at the R6, an on-ear design that weighs just over a third of a pound and costs less than a hundred bucks. Its generous 1.5-inch custom-tuned drivers are ensconced in swiveling ear cups to ensure a good fit, and they’re voiced to emulate the sound of Klipsch’s Reference Series speakers. A pretty tall order.
Travel Buddy: The headphone folds flat, making it an excellent travel companion, and it has an adjustable leather headband and padded memory foam cushions for noise isolation and comfort. A carrying case is included. Price: $79 ($99 for the R6i, which adds an iPhone-compatible in-line remote and microphone)
Klipsch • (800) 554-7724 • klipsch.com
MartinLogan Motion AFX Height Speaker
Plop the AFX on a shelf or atop any of the bookshelf or floorstanding speakers in MartinLogan’s popular Motion Series, wire ’em up, and you’ll be ready for Atmos action without having to think twice about mounting speakers in your ceiling.
Mini Module: The Dolby Atmos–enabled speaker module is a compact 7.7 x 6.8 x 10 inches, weighs 8 pounds, and has an upward-firing 0.75-inch aluminum-dome tweeter and a 5.25-inch polypropylene woofer, angled to reflect sound off the ceiling—an approach that works surprising well. You’ll be ducking in no time. Price: $600 a pair
MartinLogan • (785) 749-0133 • martinlogan.com
Amped Wireless Titan-AP Wi-Fi Access Point
If you’re looking to seriously extend the range—and performance—of your Wi-Fi network, the Titan-AP might be just what the doctor ordered. Connect it to an existing router (or network switch), and Amped Wireless promises up to 12,000 square feet of “blazing fast” Wi-Fi with speeds that can reach 1,900 Mbps (when connected to AC1900-capable 802.11ac devices).
Buffer No More: Combine the Titan-AP’s 14 high-power amplifiers and four high-gain antennas with its 1-GHz dual-core processor, and you have enough horsepower to “easily manage music downloads, video chats, 4K content streaming, and gaming all at the same time.” If improved performance isn’t enough, you can create up to eight restricted-access guest networks for enhanced security. Price: $190
Amped Wireless • (888) 573-8820 • ampedwireless.com
RSL C34E In-Ceiling Speaker
Thanks to the lateral, phase-coherent alignment of its three drivers, RSL says the new C34E outperforms many in-ceiling speakers on the market today—especially those that situate the tweeter in front of a woofer. The speaker is designed to fit in most ceilings, thanks to its 4-inch depth, and sports an edgeless design with an easy-to-remove magnetic grille.
Object of Desire: It might go without saying, but the C34E is ideally suited to raise the roof with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks, which can produce startlingly realistic overhead sounds. Build quality is not an afterthought: Connection terminals are gold-plated, and the crossover uses a high-grade air-core coil and polypropylene capacitors to “preserve purity at high volumes” and reduce distortion. Price: $250/pair (with a 30-day trial and free return shipping)
RSL • (800) 905-5485 • rslspeakers.com
Technics SU-C700 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
The lure of those majestic VU meters is undeniable, but there’s more than meets the eye with this vintage-looking amp. For starters, the heart of the SU-C700 is a 2 x 45-watt all-digital amplifier and a proprietary digital processor Technics calls the JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimization) Engine, all housed in a double-chassis aluminum cabinet.
Digital Finesse: To present a “pure and accurate” signal to the speakers, the processor uses noise shaping to reduce jitter in the low-frequency range and a high-precision sample-rate converter to suppress high-frequency jitter. One optical, one USB, and three coaxial digital inputs are provided along with phono and RCA analog inputs. DSD files and PCM resolutions up to 192-kHz/24-bit are supported on all digital inputs, except the USB, which tops out at 32 bits. Price: $1,600
Technics • (800) 405-0652 • technics.com