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Erzetich Audio released a Bacillus series Headphone Amplifiers

Slovenia, September 5, 2012

Office, lack of space, portability, little kids sleeping in the next room: these are the factors that make the use of audio speakers hard or even impossible for music lovers. An obvious solution to this problem are headphones. Like speakers, headphones need a good and powerful amplifier, too, to get most out of them. Sound cards and players mainly do have an incorporated headphone amplifier, but usually they don’t deliver enough power.

Headphone amplifiers have been around for some time now and you can find them in all kinds of shapes and price ranges. They are also an essential item in an audiophile’s equipment.

Erzetich Audio released a Bacillus series of two amplifiers. Both models are hand made and tested one by one.

”With our initial range of headphone amplifiers, we thought about two categories of users: sound professionals and home users. Bacillus is a portable hard aluminium cased amplifier that will help sound engineers and musicians drive their headset properly, whether this is in a studio or on the go, while Bacillus Tilia targets more at good-sound lovers, who wish not only a hi-end headphone amplifier but also an aesthetic piece of art, a hand made object on their table. With their outstanding linearity, ranging from 5 Hz to 500 kHz, and constant power, these amplifiers won’t leave any audiophile indifferent,” says Blaž Erzetič, the man behind Erzetich Audio.

As a homage to the Slovenian heritage, the Tilia line (currently consisting of an amplifier and a headphones stand) is made of linden wood, hand crafted, artificially aged and painted with eight coats of varnish. Not two of them have the same pattern, making every unit unique.

Bacillus twins are expecting the birth of their (evil) brother Perfidus in late autumn.

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About Erzetich Audio
Erzetich Audio is focused on personal audio, specifically on headphone amplifiers and accessories. The company is located in the west of Slovenia, in the woods of Trnovo, not really far away from the border with Italy. Erzetich Audio products keep a clean and fine industrial design, as well as a simple use and positioning. They strive to keep the units as compact as possible by incorporating the power supply directly into chasis, having no need for annoying external power supplies.

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KEF X300A Powered Speaker

New KEF X300A Powered Speaker Offers High-Resolution Sound from any Smartphone, Tablet or Computer

New powered loudspeaker series delivers unequalled sound performance from devices such as iPod®, iPhone® iPad®, Android® and Kindle Fire® via distortion-free USB input 

Marlboro, N.J. – September 5, 2012 - KEF, the renowned manufacturer of innovative, reference-quality loudspeakers, enters into an entirely new product category with the launch of the X300A digital hi-fi desktop speaker system. The X300A is a premium loudspeaker system that was developed to offer the highest sound reproduction possible from the listener’s computer and all of today’s popular smartphones and tablets, including Apple® iPod®, iPhone® iPad®, Android® and Kindle Fire® devices, via distortion-free USB input.

“Innovation has been the guiding force behind KEF’s success for over five decades,” said Alec Chanin, president of KEF America. “The X300A continues that tradition. The X300A addresses the challenges of reproducing today’s modern music formats, and delivers them in the highest possible quality. Additionally, this new loudspeaker represents all of the characteristics that make KEF products legendary: superior engineering, premium sound performance and stylish aesthetic design.”

Unlike typical powered computer speaker designs, each X300A speaker utilizes two Class AB audiophile-grade amplifiers – one dedicated for HF and one for LF/MF – complete with a toroidal transformer, which significantly reduces the normal “hum” heard while playing most powered speakers. The X300A was designed to mirror the performance of the best in professional studio monitors with an impressive output of 150W of power per channel at 1kHz.

To get the very best from the twin class AB amplifiers, the X300A features KEF’s patented Uni-Q driver array, adapted from KEF’s flagship Blade speaker. KEF’s Uni-Q array places the tweeter in the acoustic center of the woofer. This allows both the woofer and tweeter to act as a single, focused source of sound that is dispersed widely and evenly throughout a room or setting—a feature not found on any other loudspeaker brand.

The 5.25” driver array is neatly housed within a die-cast aluminum chassis to help prevent resonances and creates a more accurate sound. With other innovations such as the Z-flex surround for a smooth transition between cone and cabinet, and large neodymium magnets with copper caps to reduce inductance and distortion, the Uni-Q driver array provides a wide, clean and detailed sound field, whatever source your music is coming from.

The X300A’s USB connection provides lossless, high-resolution sound from any computer, smartphone or tablet courtesy of a 96kHz/24-bit digital input featuring an integrated audiophile-quality digital/analog converter (DAC). This assures that when a listener connects to the X300A, they will bypass the source’s internal DAC resulting in accurate, high resolution playback from whatever source is connected, whether it’s a phone, tablet or computer.

In addition to the USB connection for smartphones, tablets and computers, the X300A offers wireless playback via  an optional Bluetooth® receiver (dongle) or can be used with Apple Airport Express®. A backup 3.5mm analogue connection is included with the X300A to offer an even greater level of functionality with the use of alternative hi-fi components. The speaker’s adjustable EQ modes compliment a “Desk”, “Stand” and “Desk/Wall” mode allowing the speaker to be optimized specifically for any application. To maximize sound performance, the listener simply selects the “Desk” or “Stand” mode by a switch on the rear panel of the master speaker, or chooses the “Desk/Wall” by inserting the included foam plugs to the rear mounted reflex port on each speaker.

The X300A comes in a brushed gun metal finish and will be available Fall 2012 with a price of $799.99/pair. For more information on KEF, please visit

About KEF

KEF’s ethos has always been based on the continuing quest to find new and better ways of reproducing sound. Since the company’s establishment in Maidstone, Kent in 1961 by Raymond Cooke O.B.E., KEF has maintained a flair for unusual and controversial speaker engineering, design and material use. KEF has always driven innovation in sound with examples including its iconic ‘egg’, Muon and Blade speakers. KEF is part of Gold Peak Group and its products are available in more than 60 countries. In 2011 KEF celebrated its 50th anniversary and is still committed to building on its strong heritage.

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AudioXperts Introduces Kornersâ„¢

The Korners Speakers integrate seamlessly into living spaces and deliver

extraordinary audio performance


BOSTON, Mass. – September 5, 2012 – AudioXperts, the new luxury audio brand committed to delivering unique audio solutions, introduces an entirely new approach to loudspeaker room integration with the launch of its Korners collection.

Perfect for design-minded homeowners who demand that their speakers blend into the surrounding décor without sacrificing performance, Korners offers professional integrators an innovative solution to traditional, in-wall, and ceiling speakers. The initial Korners lineup includes the Korners Speaker, a 2-way L/C/R loudspeaker with the unique ability to fit perfectly into any corner or anywhere a wall meets the ceiling or floor. To compliment the Korners Speaker, the Korners Kompact Sub, a wireless-ready 100-watt powered subwoofer, can be positioned in corner or against a wall. An optional wireless transmitter is available to make for easier placement and installation. A more powerful Korners Sub (MSRP TBD) will be introduced at a later this fall.

“The Korners collection delivers a difficult to achieve concept: unobtrusive ultra-slim form factor and wide dispersion high performance audio reproduction.” said Eli Harary, president of AudioXperts. “Korners is truly a one-of-a-kind range of high performance audio solutions that uniquely blends into any living space.”

The versatile Korners Speaker’s impressive driver compliment includes a 1-1/4″ soft dome tweeter, six 2″ fiber cone woofers, and eight 2″ passive radiators ­– all enclosed in an extruded aluminum cabinet only 3″ wide.

There are two grille size choices available for the Korners Speaker. The 68” grille is designed for Left/Right vertical positioning and raises the tweeter to the optimal height for improved stereo imaging, and the 55” Center Channel grille is specifically designed for horizontal placement below or above a TV or video screen. Integrated wall brackets, wire channel, and 5-way binding posts make for easy mounting and installation. There is also an optional floor stand if wall or corner installation not applicable.

The Korners Speaker features three designer-friendly grille finishes including Black, Silver, and a paint-ready Satin White. The Korners Kompact Sub is available in Black and Silver finishes.

The Korners collection includes:

Korners Speaker

  • ·         1” wide bandwidth tweeter
  • ·         Six 2” fiber cone woofers
  • ·         Eight 50mm passive radiators
  • ·         Two grille lengths options and three grille finish options
  • ·         90Hz-25kHz frequency response
  • ·         5-Way binding posts
  • ·         Optional floor stand for placement flexibility
  • ·         Dimensions with LCR Grille (H x W x D): 66-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4″ (1691 x 91 x 57mm)
  • ·         Dimensions with Center Channel Grille (H x W x D): 3-1/2 x 56-1/8″ x 2-1/4″ (91 x 1426 x 57mm)


Korners Kompact Sub

  • ·         100-watt amplifier
  • ·         8” long throw poly cone woofer
  • ·         30Hz-300Hz frequency response
  • ·         Position in corner or against wall
  • ·         RCA Line Level input
  • ·         Dimensions (H x W x D): 12-3/4 x 18-1/16 x 12-3/4″ (325 x 460 x 325mm)


Korners models include a five-year, parts and labor warranty as well as an impressive two-year, over-the-counter exchange policy, assuring customers that when they purchase an AudioXperts product, they can feel confident that they are receiving the best in product reliability.

Korners from AudioXperts will make its official debut at CEDIA EXPO 2012, held September 6-8 in Indianapolis, Ind. Korners will be available through authorized dealers, select retailers and directly through AudioXperts in Late Fall of 2012 (Pricing TBD). For more information, visit

About AudioXperts

AudioXperts is dedicated to delivering unique audio solutions, with best in category/class design, incorporating only the highest quality materials, while delivering exceptional sound quality and performance. The AudioXperts Team brings over 100 years of combined expertise and passion in order to provide consumers with products that exceed expectations. By incorporating the finest materials and applying the latest technologies, in sophisticated, flexible and intuitive designs, AudioXperts ensures an extraordinary user experience and unparalleled pride of ownership.

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Monster’s next-generation audio line that supports music, the importance of sound,
and the social causes the entertainment community cares most about will be
unveiled globally across CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, Logo, MTV,
SPIKE, Tr3s, VH1 and VH1 Classic

New York, N.Y., September 4, 2012 – Monster, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance headphones and electronic accessories, and Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands, today announced a global alliance for the launch of a new audio brand Monster DNAâ„¢. With Monster’s latest advancement in sound engineering, Monster DNA headphones bring music listeners a new sound that is as powerful and striking as the bold design of the headphone itself.  More than a headphone, Monster DNA will look to serve today’s music listener and music artists with a focus on music sharing, music community, and social awareness reaching the music entertainment community globally through an exclusive integrated campaign across Viacom music and entertainment brands worldwide includingCMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, Logo, MTV, SPIKE, Tr3s, VH1 and VH1 Classic.


Rooted in the technology behind music, Monster has been dedicated to improving the music listening experience, from its development of high-performance audio cable for audiophiles, to professional recording and instrument cables for musicians. Recently, the company changed the way people think about what a headphone can sound like when it engineered the sound of the popular Beats by Dr. Dreâ„¢ headphones.


Said Noel Lee,The Head Monster:  “We’re excited about what we have accomplished with next generation sound with Monster DNA.  It’s the evolution of what a headphone can look and sound like. Sonically, they completely kick ass yet still have refined sound qualities that all music lovers can appreciate.”


Viacom will provide a global platform for the Monster DNA headphones through its diverse entertainment brands, which continue to innovate, create culture and connect with young audiences at the intersection of music and entertainment. “Just like Viacom’s brands, Monster DNA headphones are designed to reflect the creativity and confidence of young people,” said Jeff Lucas, Head of Sales, Music and Entertainment for Viacom. “Through this partnership, we’re plugging Monster in to the deep connection we have with our young audiences, and giving our fans a new way to experience sound and express originality.”


Monster DNA is Next Generation Everything

Designed with both the music and fashion consumer in mind, Monster took a very aggressive approach to evolve its audio signature, the technologies that make it possible, the “not-square-or-round” triangle speaker housing, and its fashion forward two-tone color design.  Extensive design considerations included advanced ear cushion design and lightness for overall better ear comfort than similar on-ear headphones.  “We tried to think of everything we could do to make Monster DNA better than anything out there for today’s extensive music listener.  We even included a nifty ‘buddy’ jack to share what you’re listening to, something we thought people might want to do but haven’t thought about,” added Lee.


Music Isn’t the Only Thing That Matters

Music is a very powerful platform, building on the message that music matters, Monster and Viacom want to ensure that Monster DNA helps advance important pro-social causes that resonate with young music fans. The unprecedented alliance will benefit from the global marketing power of Viacom’s brands and connect to many of its pro-social campaigns, including the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, SPIKE’s Hire a Vet and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.


Monster DNA to Debut at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

The Monster DNA campaign will officially launch at the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards,” airing live from Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new headphones will be integrated into several elements, and VMA performing and presenting music artists and celebrities will have the first-hand look and sound experience when they receive special chrome versions, a nod to MTV’s moon man.  Monster DNA will also be integrated into the 2012 MTV EMA, airing globally from Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday, November 11th.


Monster DNA in Stores Soon

Monster DNA will be available in the U.S in September and in Europe in October at the following retailers: Apple® stores worldwide, Best Buy and its Global Subsidiaries (Future Shop) and HMV Europe. They will be offered in seven different versions, including On-Ear models in Black, White, Cobalt Blue and Perfect Teal for a suggested retail price of $229.95, as well as Black and White In-Ear versions (MSRP:$119.95).



Monster was founded over 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, who was recently honored with the prestigious Plus X Award®: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dreâ„¢ headphones, and has become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, sonically superior headphones, all of which feature the company’s Pure Monster Sound®. Monster is also the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions for high-performance home entertainment, audio, home cinema, computer and gaming as well as a leading innovator in the field of mobile accessories and professional audio. The company also provides high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems, as well as energy-saving power products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 300 U.S. and international patents and dozens pending, offering more than 4,000 products in over 134 countries worldwide.


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Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA. Paramount Pictures, celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.


For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at and Twitter feed at


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Pro Audio Technology Announces V-Series Speakers

V stands for value as Pro Audio Technology unveils its most affordable full-range speakers to date, designed for small to mid-sized rooms.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Sound Room 5 - Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in professional-grade loudspeaker and digital amplifier technology, today announced the new V-Series loudspeakers, designed to deliver the high-impact dynamics for which PRO is known, but at a more affordable price than ever before. Both new models, the SCRS-210v full-range loudspeaker and LFC-12v subwoofer, feature enclosures only 6-inch deep, making deployment of high-output systems in small rooms possible.

The two professional 10″ woofers employed in the SCRS-210v create an astonishingly high sound pressure of 102dB with one watt of input and combined, can handle 300W of continuous power. Offering even higher sensitivity, the 1″ annular-diaphragm compression driver produces 110dB-per-watt and delivers highs that are both detailed and extended, resulting in an effortless presentation that is both dynamic and life-like in scale. Striking the perfect balance of power and accuracy, the SCRS-210v fills nearly any space with cinema quality sound and concert caliber music without industrial-grade pricing or space requirements.

For added low frequency support, the companion LFC-12v subwoofer features a high-output 12″ professional-grade woofer with huge 4″ voice coil. With sensitivity rated at 96dB driven with one watt, and power handling up to 700W, the LFC-12v has no problem producing the bone-jarring explosions or visceral slam found in today’s high quality recordings, all from an enclosure only 6″ deep.

“For every large theater brought to us, there are at least six to eight small theater projects with smaller budgets but with the same high levels of expectation,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “Using intelligent engineering and careful selection of components, we designed the V-Series to deliver the maximum quantity of high resolution sound for the minimum dollar spent.”

At only 14″ wide and 6″ deep, the SCRS-210v and LFC-12v have been designed for placement inside a 2×6 stud wall or behind the viewing screen for a clean and unobtrusive installation.

As with all PRO products, DSP processing is a must. When paired with the companionPMA amplifier / processor, advanced digital EQ can be applied to compensate for speaker positions near boundaries or for the effects of placement behind viewing screens or fabric. As a system, the PRO V-Series loudspeakers and PMA amplifiers provide a level of sonic accuracy unparalleled at the price.

“Dealers now have an option for price-conscious applications without having to sacrifice the commercial cinema caliber dynamics and output levels we built our business on,” Hales said.

For more information about pricing and products, dealers can contact an authorized PRO distributor or reach Pro Audio Technology directly



About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

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The high-definition headphones deliver dramatically enhanced audio
and a design by renowned digital artist Joshua Davis

San Francisco, CA, August 16, 2012 – 
SOL REPUBLIC, committed to changing the world one listener at a time with high-quality headphones, today announced the deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones, produced in close cooperation with the multiple award-winning electronic music artist, and digital artist Joshua Davis.
Kevin Lee, SOL REPUBLIC CEO, said: “We didn’t want to make yet another artist headphone for namesake.  However, some music artists are truly creative beyond music and have an interesting artistic view.  Joel Zimmerman is one of them. What he created in the end with Joshua Davis is very cool interpretation of the world of Deadmau5, part controlled part not, which in itself says something.

We’re excited that Joel liked our Tracks headphone, the sound of it, look of it, and wanted to use it as a creative canvas.  Like most art, it wasn’t designed for everyone. But for the deadmau5 fan and certainly for Joel Zimmerman, it’s a strong expression of sound and personal style, which is why we love it.”

Unique Design

Part illustration, part computer “controlled randomization” Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 and Joshua Davis, a frequent collaborator of deadmau5, worked together to create a digital interpretation of the world around deadmau5 that Joshua best describes as a “beautiful accident”. 

Signature Sound
Not only can the Tracks HDs handle all the dynamics and powerful bass of deadmau5 music, the design is a fun, energetic visual view point of Joel’s music and his iconic “mau5head”.

Like all SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphones the deadmau5 model features v10 Sound Engines, for deeper bass, higher clarity and crisp vocals. Also, the Sound Engines, the virtually indestructible FlexTech™ headband and the detachable cable with three-button remote and mic are completely interchangeable with all other SOL REPUBLIC Tracks products.

The SOL REPUBLIC deadmau5 collaboration Tracks HD headphones are available now at major retailers worldwide including The Apple Store, FYE and Guitar Center and online at for $149.99 MSRP.


SOL REPUBLIC is global consumer electronics company dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through better-sounding headphones. Comprised of music fanatics, SOL REPUBLIC develops its products from the ground up to make headphones that look, sound and feel unlike anything else in the market. SOL REPUBLIC has offices in California, Oregon and New York City and is developing an army of music fans in its worldwide social media communities.

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Quarkie Launches Audio Art Headphones

Quarkie Launches Audio Art quirky headphones shaped like snake heads, rusty bolts and cats eyes

A new line of expressive and high-performance headphones hits the UK, Hong Kong and U.S markets

Quarkie looks, Serious Sounds – that is the message from Quarkie regarding their exciting new range of audio art.

The Quarkie headphone design is the result of a designer’s vivid dream about snake’s heads and cats eyes. The dream was then transformed into reality when a team of innovative and imaginative British and Asian-Pacific artists, music lovers and electronic engineers came together to produce the funky audio art range.

Unlike some headphone designs, the incredible sound has not been comprised in order to produce some awesome looking designs.  As music lovers, the group’s goal was to bring British studio monitor quality sound to an in-ear headphone range whilst keeping in line with their philosophy that high-performance technology products can be beautiful and individual as well as functional. The results speak for themselves.

Seven awe-inspiring designs have been launched in August.  Whether you are a music junkie, a fashionista or an animal lover, there is something to suit you.  The funky designs include: yellow viper snakeheads, green viper snakeheads, snake eyes, cat eyes, chameleon eyes, purple gemstones and rusty bolts.

Quarkie headphones achieve the incredible sound by using specially developed 13.5 mm drive units with aluminum voice coil and neodymium magnets. As a result, they have low distortion, wide-bandwidth and excellent transient response. They are also very sensitive allowing them to reach maximum performance potential with portable devices.

Each pair of headphones is packaged with four sets of high quality ear buds (XS, S, M and L), instructions on how to fit the buds in correctly for maximum noise isolation, a microphone / function controller compatible with iPhones and Android phones and a sharing splitter. The gold plated 3.5mm plug and cloth covered cables minimize tangling and micro phonics.

After you get your hands on these phenomenal designs, don’t worry, there is more to come. Quarkie are currently working on a second collection of supersonic audio art which will be available at the end of the year.

Quarkie’s Audio Art range has an RRP of £69/ $109 U.S and are available online direct

About Quarkie

Quarkie was founded by music lovers, artists and electronic engineers with decades of experience in the audio industry, with the goal of creating headphone that combine expressive designs and exceptional performance.

The Quarkie world-view is that function is vital and that self-expression and individuality are essential.

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iHome iD55 Portable Stereo System for iPad, iPhone, iPod

Whether at the pool, park or BBQ picnic, the summer is always sweeter when it’s accompanied by your favorite summer hits. Allow iHome to make it easier and more enjoyable than ever with the new iD55 Portable Stereo System for iPod, iPhone and iPad. Sporting a convenient sliding cover for ultimate portability and protection, the iD55 is ready for travel and, more importantly, ready to rock your tunes.

Features include:

  • Charges and plays iPhone, iPad or iPod while docked;
  • Sleek, slim cover slides closed for travel, and opens to become a dock for your iDevice;
  • Aux line-in jack allows users to connect and listen to any audio source;
  • Operates on AC adaptor or 4 AA batteries;
  • SRS TruBass sound enhancement for extra depth;
  • 2 high quality speakers in Reson8® chambers deliver awesome sound.
  • Works with iHome apps;
  • Available now for $79.99.


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– For Best User Experience, Cocoon Models Offer Powerful Audio, Broad Content Access and More Feature Sets –

Mahwah, NJ, August 1, 2012
 – Denon Electronics, a premier manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, has raised the bar in iPod dock systems with the launch of its breakthrough Cocoon Home (SRP: $599), a stylish new solution that makes enjoying and sharing high-quality music from your iPhone or iPod as well as virtually any content source easier than ever. Cocoon Home features Apple’s Airplay, allowing users to stream their iTunes music, whether from a Mac or PC, as well as directly from their iPhone, iPad or iTouch.* Available this summer in black or white, Cocoon Home will be joined by its compact yet powerful on-the-go counterpart, the Cocoon Portable audio dock, available in black for a suggested retail price of $499.

Jim Ludoviconi, D+M Group Product Manager, North American Region, noted: We’re excited about the debut of the Cocoon truly a product designed for consumers to grow into. Both Cocoon audio docks feature the ability to stream directly from an iPhone, iPod, networked hard drive or USB thumb drives, delivering groundbreaking performance and flexibility in an iPod docking solution at any price. A suite of robust Internet Radio capabilities, including three on-board presets, rounds out the impressive feature set. Cocoon is engineered to work seamlessly, providing users with easy access to all of today’s popular music sources in a simple all-in-one system that is sure to change the way people think about their music.”

Cocoon: A Major Step Forward in Music Dock Evolution
With its modern styling, wireless music access and streaming capabilities, Cocoon offers a simple and seamless solution for maximizing the benefits of today’s content-rich music environment. With Cocoon, users enjoy access to a myriad of popular internet-borne content. And thanks to its AirPlay capability, Cocoon allows users to stream their iTunes music, whether from Mac or PC, as well as directly from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Ahead-of-the Curve Design Meets Powerful Audio Performance
The design of Cocoon immediately sets it apart visually from all other audio dock systems on the market. To give it a super glossy appearance with a contemporary twist, the clear plastic enclosure is painted from the inside. Additionally, for a seamless appearance, all connections are housed in a solid metal base. Cocoon is a powerful all-in-one audio dock system, delivering 100 watts of total power (25-watt per driver, bi-amped); more than enough to fill virtually any room with rich, immersive audio. Cocoon features a ported enclosure and a built-in, 2-way speaker system with dual-layer woofers for resounding low frequency response. Finally, Cocoon includes an advanced DSP engine and 9-band digital equalization (EQ) to insure precision sound reproduction.

Powerful On-the-Go Music Maker: Cocoon Portable

Like the full-sized Cocoon, Denon’s Cocoon Portable – which is twenty-five percent smaller – offers full networking capabilities, including AirPlay, DLNA and Internet Radio**. Its built-in battery provides 5 hours*** of operation, and the robust, water resistant construction makes it ideal for trips to the park, the beach, or anywhere you want to enjoy the powerful, full access Cocoon music experience. The portable sound system delivers 50 watts of power, with 2 full-range drivers specially tuned for outdoor usage. Cocoon Portable features oversized rubberized buttons, a special rubberized back panel cover for protection against sand, dust and water, as well as an integrated carry handle and a retractable slot for the remote control.

* AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.

** Some services may require a subscription

***Battery time will vary depending on how product is used.

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About Denon Electronics

Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and groundbreaking commercialization of PCM digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D&M Holdings Inc.

About D+M Group
D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer, professional and automotive markets, D+M Group brands include Allen & Heath, Boston Acoustics®, Calrec Audio, Denon®, Denon DJ, Denon Professional, Marantz®, Marantz Professional, McIntosh® Laboratory and Premium Sound Solutions. Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey, D+M Group has approximately 2,000 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries. D+M Group is a Bain Capital portfolio company.

Statements in this news release that are not statements of historical fact include forward looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of the company. We wish to caution you that such statements are just predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. Forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties surrounding competitive and industry conditions, market acceptance for the company’s products, risks of litigation, technological changes, developing industry standards and other factors related to the company’s businesses. The Company reserves all of its rights

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Pro Audio Technology’s Quad-Amplified, Seven Foot Tall SCR-3215sm Loudspeaker

With dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers and a maximum output of >130dB; what started as an exercise to push loudspeaker performance limits is now a reality for audio and home theater enthusiasts.
Huntington Beach, CA – July 24, 2012 - Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the SCR-3215sm loudspeaker, a seven foot tall, 350 pound four-way reference speaker designed for placement behind acoustically transparent screens. The culmination of more than 25 years in high-performance loudspeaker design by lifelong loudspeaker designer and PRO founder Paul Hales, the 3215 is truly a statement product.

Starting with the drivers, Pro Audio Technology went big, opting for dual 15-inch, 1400W woofers which offer a low frequency sensitivity of 102dB with one watt of input power. With over 350 square inches of surface area supported by a massive 30 pound motor system, the 3215 moves a lot of air to produce highly impactful bass. With four-inch voice coils, thermal power handling is maximized, allowing the SCR-3215sm to play at live concert sound pressure levels for extended periods of time without fear of driver failure.

At the heart of the SCR-3215sm’s mid/high frequency assembly is a 41-pound ultra high-output (114dB / 1 watt) compression driver. Its seven-inch carbon fiber diaphragm provides pistonic motion over three and one half octaves, resulting in the most effortless, coherent, and dynamically correct rendering of vocals and instrumentation possible. Dispersion and acoustic power transfer are controlled via a constant directivity horn with over 800 square inches of effective radiating surface – more than 40 times the radiating area of a typical cone midrange.

Upper-mid and high frequencies for the SCR-3215sm are supplied via a state-of-the-art coaxial compression driver utilizing an annular polymer diaphragm for silky smooth midrange and treble and uncolored harmonics to beyond 30 kHz. Mated to a large format 18″ x 22″ horn, the high frequency system provides 396 square inches of radiating surface to drive the air; or the equivalent of more than 500 one-inch dome tweeters per speaker. As in commercial cinema systems, the SCR-3215sm mid/high frequency assembly employs tri-amplification to maximize the performance of each driver in the system.

When paired with companion PMA Amplifiers the SCR-3215sm speakers are part of a sophisticated digital cinema system employing advanced DSP to redefine the industry’s concept of “accuracy” and sonic realism. Maximum output is >130 dB, making the SCR-3215 the definitive loudspeaker of choice for large to very large room applications, and those who desire a visceral concert experience in their home. Because they are designed to perform behind transparent screens at “Reference Levels” from more than 12 meters away, the 3215′s are also ideal for home theater installations.

“I designed my first loudspeaker when I was 16 and have never stopped looking for ways to improve speaker technology,” said Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology. “The 3215 loudspeaker started as a laboratory experiment to see how far we could push the limits of audio performance, and now it’s a reality with orders already in place. Our dealers can’t wait to let customers hear them in person.”

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About Pro Audio Technology
Through thoughtful combination of consumer and professional engineering technologies, Pro Audio Technology designs and manufactures a complete range of high-power loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifiers for high-end residential installations. PRO products unite lively dynamics, high maximum output level, and rugged durability with the refined acoustic performance you’ve come to expect from contemporary home audio equipment. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology products are available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers. Pro Audio Technology is the brand name of Professional Home Cinema, LLC.

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