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Ayre Acoustics

Ayre Acoustics, a leader in the high-end audio/video market showed off its new and improved products for the 2002/2003 year. These included CX-7 CD player which allows “up and oversampling” to 1.4112MHz at 24-bits, the improved K-5x preamplifier offering “superior sonics” than its elder sibling, and the V-5x Power Amplifier that is also said to afford enhanced musical reproduction over its predecessor. These products will retail for $2,950, $2,950 and $4,500 respectively.

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In addition to the changes in the two channel specific models, Ayre also announced that its well-received D-1x DVD player would soon be furnished with an optional SDI board. The goal of the new option is to set a higher standard for video reproduction than has been possible up till now, but pricing was not yet available. Finally the company also announced it plans to sell its own Signature Series interconnect cable, although once again pricing and availability details were not ready in time for the show. []

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Enlightened Audio Designs

Close on the heels of its $10,000 Theatermaster Studio preamp/processor introduced at CEDIA 2002, Enlightened Audio Designs unveiled a scaled down version called – well, the Theatermaster Studio (its big brother has been mercifully re-christened the Theatermaster Studio Pro to minimize confusion). To meet a lower target price of $7,500, the new kid on the EAD block sacrifices the front panel monitor, DVI switching, and some I/O flexibility, but sports the same Texas Instruments Aureus DA610 1800MIPS DSP chip, with the same basic decoding capabilities, surround modes, and bass management. The Pro model still retains a sonic edge with higher quality DACs for its main outputs, and sports an unusually flexible 8-output multi-zone array which can be configured as 1 8-channel zone, 4 2-channel zones, or 8 1-channel zones – or, it could be reconfigured in the future to provide up to sixteen main zone channels, says Chief Engineer Alastair Roxburgh, “…if the world goes more mad than it is at the moment.”

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Both Theatermaster Studio models come with a Marantz 5200 universal touchscreen remote, pre-programmed by EAD. []

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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
Linn KISTO & UNIDISK 1.1
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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