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A new product from English ‘distributed audio’ company Opus is their theatre control system. Priced lower then most of its competitors and sold in the US by Marantz, it can control up to eight zones and multiple sub-zones, as well as offering interactivity between the Opus units, AMX and Crestron, the current control standard in today’s custom-installed home theater. Seen here is a range of Opus products, including their DZM20 digital zone module and in the foreground the MCU500-B master control unit, which houses a built-in tuner, all audio switching, power supplies and other electronics.

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The MCU500 has five stereo line-level inputs for external source components such as CD, tape or DVD. In addition to control and sub-control pads, the system also sports the ability to hook up amplifiers designed by Opus. Price for installation varies depending on the options used, Paul LaPlaca, Marantz USA sales manager (right) explained.

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Synergistic Research showed its newest products at the CES show. They included the “line doubler”, a new component interconnect cable that, using their new Active X shielding, produced one of the most amazing pictures I have seen to date, although how much of that was down to their display device rather than the cable, I couldn’t say. Anyway, the three individual interconnects have different color LEDs that signal when the cable is “active” and which interconnect it is, red, green or blue – easier to spot in the dark I guess. Also shown were their new line of power cords and interconnects with and without the Active X technology. The “line doubler” component interconnect retails for $499 per meter. Ouch. [] Click for a Larger Image

Only visible under acrylic in the Dolby booth was Pioneer’s TRE-D1000 headphone processor/amp and cordless headphone transmitter, incorporating Dolby Headphone and Dolby Prologic II processing. Currently this model is only available in Japan, though Dolby’s Ron Vitale expressed some hope that it might find its way to the US. []

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Latest additons 7th February 2003:

Panamax Power Conditioning
Xplore Solutions A/V Control
EAD Theatermaster Studio
Focal-JMLab Utopia Loudspeakers
McCormack DVD-Audio/SACD Player
Martin Logan Clarity & Scripti
Artistic Audio & Red Rose Audio
IMF Audio Musica Model 25
Philips, Pioneer & Sharp DVD-R/RW
Opus Distributed Audio
Audio Aero Prestige A/V Player
Philips DVDR80 DVD+RW Recorder
Lexicon Home Theater Products
DVD Entertainment Group Dinner
Universal Remote Control MX-3000
Xantech System Control Products
McIntosh MVP851 DVD-Audio Player
Von Schweikert VR-S/1 Subwoofer
Von Schweikert VR-1 & VR-4SE
Zu Druid 2 & Gallo Acoustics
2003 Panasonic DVD-Video Players
Universal DVD-Audio/SACD Players
Arcam Home Theater Products
Stillpoints Isolation Products
Panasonic e-Wear & LCD Monitor
SACD Press Conference
Clark Synthesis Gold TST329
Guitammer BKA1000-4 Amplifier
Dynaudio Contour Loudspeakers

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