The following is a press release issued by T+A.
February 25, 2021 – The Herford-based Hi-Fi specialist T+A elektroakustik has introduced three new products in its Caruso series. The new Caruso R is the first of its type, being a fully functional amplified music-player, rather than an all-in-one device. The decision to opt for a system without speakers is explained by International Sales Director, Oliver John: “The Caruso R closes a gap in our Lifestyle line-up by addressing customers who are looking for a classic stereo system with the added benefits of the modern user interface and connectivity of the Caruso Multi-Source-System.”
To match the Caruso R, the Herford firm is introducing two new loudspeakers in the form of the Caruso S 10 floorstanding and R 10 stand mount, which coordinate neatly with the Caruso R in visual and sonic terms.
During the development stage of the Caruso R, the challenge lay in transforming an all-in-one system into a receiver and adapting the Navigator OS operating system to suit this change. “Although the Caruso’s Navigator OS represented a strong starting point, we had to rethink many aspects of the user interface, and adjust them to suit the altered facilities”, says Project Manager Jörg Küpper. “In the final analysis, the product we developed is a blood-brother to the Caruso, but still a truly independent unit which will be received with just as much enthusiasm by new customer groups”, Küpper continues.
The centre of the Caruso is dominated by a high-resolution landscape-mode 7” screen, which is the key element in the intuitive operation of the whole system. The Caruso R can also be controlled using the Caruso Navigator App for Android and iOS, as well as by the remote control handset which is supplied as standard. The designers at the Herford family company were faced with a difficult balancing act: on the one hand the Caruso R was required to be a compact device; on the other it had to exude an impressive presence in the room. To achieve this, the distinctive loudspeaker grilles were replaced by black-lacquered aluminium cheek panels, while the Caruso R’s landscape touchscreen makes the unit appear wider to the eye. The contrasting silver cover subtly accentuates this effect, with the result that the Caruso R has an elegantly compact, extended silhouette.
In technical terms the new Caruso satisfies virtually every requirement in terms of music. Analogue and digital inputs are present, as are FM and DAB tuners as well as Bluetooth and Airplay 2 receivers. Like its predecessors, the Caruso R can deliver all current sources in a single unit. Music from the home network, or via Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz, is reproduced with equal brilliance as music from the classic CD. Inside the Caruso R, there is the stunning new Streaming Client which was first introduced with the new Caruso and provides access to the Amazon Music HD and Spotify Connect music streaming services. If desired, users can set up the Caruso as the control centre of their home life by means of Amazon Alexa. As you would expect, the Alexa functions and microphones can be switched off at any time to protect a private environment.
The Caruso S 10 and R 10 loudspeakers form the perfect complement to the Caruso R, and uphold its philosophy perfectly. Marketing Director, Conradin Amft, states that it was important to include both bookshelf and floor-standing speakers in the portfolio: “We believe in placing as few restrictions on our users as possible. This conviction is reflected in the two speakers, both of which are specially designed to suit their individual application and environment”. Both speakers feature external designs that slot harmoniously into the Caruso series, while their forceful bass reproduction, crystal-clear mids and incisive treble generate a sound image which belies the diminutive forms.
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