Rotel's $1299 RSX-1055 is an elegant addition to the company's line of surround sound receivers. Replacing the RSX-972, the 1055 is compatible with 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1-channel formats. The RSX-1055 handles Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby EX, Rotel XS, dts ES and dts Neo 6.
A deal signed in late September by Dolby Laboratories and the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA) will result in standard worldwide licensing rates for DVD products manufactured by Chinese consumer electronics companies.
Accurate Imaging Technologies has launched a complete lineup of new products as part of their Digital Pathway Series. The new products were debuted at the CEDIA EXPO 2002 in Minneapolis September 27-29.
Consumers typically have just two objections to surround sound: the proliferation of loudspeakers and their cost. Torrance, CA-based Nirotek America appears to have solved both problems with the ingenious Niro Two 6.1 System, available in October.
The past year has been a boom time for the home theater industry, with business exploding at all price points. From January to May of 2002, DVD-based home theater sales grew by 988 percent during the past year, according to a study by NPD Techworld. One huge growth area has been so-called "home-theater-in-a-box" (HTiB) systems, typically a package with disc player, surround sound receiver, five speakers and powered subwoofer---typically priced at under $1000. Such systems are intended for use with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS films.
Home theater fans and music lovers have been praying for a high-quality single-box disc player that will handle every optical disc format now available. Marantz may have answered their prayers with the introduction of the DV8300.