Integra follows up the winner of our processor of the year award with the new DHC-9.9 surround sound processor. This new version offers a few new features including an Ethernet connection and the first ever ISFccc feature.
Blu-ray players are popping up everywhere at the show this year now that the format war is over. Integra is dipping their toes into the water as well with their new DBS-6.9 Blu-ray players. It will make its debut this September as a Bonus View capable player but BD-Live does not look to be supported.
Active monitors are a rarity in the market today but JL Audio makes their break into the loudspeaker market with a great new active LCR, the Primacy. This new design is an active three-way system that has an integrated 3-channel 1,000 watt amplifier. The speaker utilizes DSP crossovers and is corrected for frequency, time and phase response.
Carada was showcasing their new Masquerade systems at their booth including their new solution for constant image height screens. We just reviewed their horizontal Masquerade masking system in this months issue and loved it. The Masquerade system simply installs right over your existing fixed frame eliminating the need for a new screen.
The Halo C3 is the newest flagship A/V processor from Parasound and will be replacing the previous C2 in January. It features Faroudja video processing, automatic room correction from Cirrus, iPod control and full HD Audio processing.
Mitsubishi showed off their new Diamond line 1080p front projector at the show. The HC7000 uses three tweaked in D6 LCD panels and delivers a 72,000:1 contrast ratio with their dynamic iris system along with 1000 lumens. It also runs at a silent 17db.
B&K delivers their new Ref 70 surround sound processor equipped with 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output. The processor does not boast inboard audio processing of the new HD Audio formats but the rep claims an update will be made available for free to owners in the near future.
Parasound showcased a new surround sound processor in their “Classic” line that is a slimmed down version of their new receiver. The HDP 70 features 5 HDMI inputs and 1 output, full Faroudja video processing and HD Audio decoding.
THX is getting into the sub business with their new B6X in-wall subwoofer solution developed with BG. The in-wall uses four modules that fit within a standard 2x4 wall space. This is the first in-wall subwoofer solution to achieve the Ultra2 certification from THX.
Parasound showcased their first audio/video receiver since 1982 with the HDR 77. The receiver features Faroudja video processing, 5 HDMI inputs and 1 output, full HD audio support and a room correction system by Cirrus.
The receiver boasts 140 watts per channel x 7 plus a second stereo zone with 35 watts per channel. The receiver will ship in January and retail somewhere under $3000.