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Filtronique - audioquest Event
On Friday, September 4th from 6–10pm, Sonor Filtronique, located at 9343 Rue Lajeunesse, Montréal will host a special event focusing on hi-fi, music, and technology.

Manufacturer representatives, including Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio Specialties, John Quick of dCS, Dave Gordon of Audio Research, and Garth Powell of AudioQuest are expected to attend and discuss their latest products. There will be an opportunity to hear some wonderful music, ask questions and get answers from these well informed individuals.

The event will feature the Wilson’s Sabrina loudspeakers, dCS’s Vivaldi DAC, Audio Research’s GSi75 integrated amplifier–DAC–headphone amp, as well as, the serve as the North American dealer debut of AudioQuest’s new Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System.

If you are interested and able to attend, please be sure to RSVP, as follows: reservations@filtronique.com.

For more info, visit www.filtronique.com or call (514) 389-1377.

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LG Electronics has announced pricing and availability of an expanded line of OLED 4K flat panel television in 2015.

The introduction of the EF9500 OLED 4K TV series marks a significant milestone in the expansion of the LG OLED TV portfolio, tripling the number of models in less than a year. The new series introduces flat-screen models to LG’s OLED line up, which also includes the EG9600 and EG9700 series of Curved OLED 4K TVs and its EC9300 Full HD Curved OLED TV model. LG now offers OLED TVs in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch class sizes, both curved and flat configurations, and 1080p and 4K resolutions.

OLED is a revolutionary technology that brings the highest levels of picture quality as well as perfect blacks and an incredible color palette that allows viewing from wide viewing angles unlike any LCD/LED TV. Blacks rendered by LG’s OLED TV are up to 200 times deeper than those of an LCD panel, creating an infinite contrast ratio and bringing colors to life like never before possible.

In addition to its flat configuration, another notable distinction of the EF9500 series is that it is the world’s first HDR-capable OLED TV, allowing consumers to display HDR content from both streaming content partners and external source devices. LG’s EG9600 Curved OLED 4K TV series soon will receive a firmware update that enables consumers to stream HDR content from current and future streaming content providers. LG OLED technology is perfectly suited for HDR content because it delivers the perfect black that only OLED TVs can achieve. By starting from perfect black, OLED is able to produce the required light ranges at lower peak brightness, resulting in an exceptional – and more comfortable – HDR viewing experience.

LG’s OLED TV lineup features its webOS Smart TV platform designed to make finding and switching between content options – including broadcast TV, streaming services and external devices – simple and fast. LG’s updated webOS 2.0 platform for 2015 models features an enhanced user interface, reduces boot time and allows users to personalize Launch Bar menus to make it easier than ever for users to access their favorite content.

LG’s webOS Smart TV platform launches apps quickly and seamlessly so users can view their desired content faster. It features simple switching to let users quickly shift to any content they’d like, as well as simple discovery to help find new sources of entertainment from 4K partners* such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and YouTube, and many more Full HD options.

LG is making OLED TV accessible to more consumers than ever before, offering models at prices comparable to many of today’s premium LCD/LED TVs. Even with new features and design enhancements, the 55EC9300 Full HD Curved OLED TV is now priced at $2,499 U.S. – more than 75 percent lower than the price of LG’s first-generation 55-inch class model, which first sold for $14,999 U.S. two years ago. Since then, LG’s OLED TV lineup has evolved into a new category of television to include multiple variations at lower price points available nationwide through big-box retailers, regional dealers and specialty and custom-installation retailers. Furthermore, the new flat EF9500 series and the curved EG9600 series will be available at the same price – $6,999 U.S. for the 65-inch model and $5,499 U.S. for the 55-inch model.

LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs combine the intense detail of 4K Ultra HD and the superior contrast and rich, accurate color that OLED provides, displaying the ultimate in picture quality. For impressive sound, LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs feature premium built-in speaker systems designed by harman/kardon to deliver a completely captivating audio and video experience. LG has also taken its state-of the art screen technology and transformed it into a work of art with its Art Slim design philosophy, making OLED a complement to any interior décor as the TVs boast an amazingly slim depth at only a few millimeters and a stylish, frameless design.

Series, models and suggested pricing for LG’s full line up of OLED TVs include:

EF9500 – OLED 4K TV
65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EF9500: $6,999 U.S.
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EF9500: $5,499 U.S.

EG9600 – OLED 4K TV
65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EG9600: $6,999 U.S.
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EG9600: $5,499 U.S.

EG9700 – OLED 4K TV
77-inch class (76.7 inches diagonal) model 77EG9700: $24,999 U.S.

EC9300 Series – Full HD OLED
55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EC9300: $2,499 U.S.

For more information regarding LG’s 2015 OLED TV lineup please visit: http://www.lg.com

Audio-Excellence-2015-Invite
Audio Excellence will be hosting a special event on September 10 at 6 p.m. at their store showroom. The invitation details are as follows:

September 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.
‘Audio Excellence cordially invites you to an evening of music and technology to be held at their showroom, located at 661 Chrislea Road, Woodbridge, ON. A special demonstration will be provided by Steve Silberman and Frederic Pinsonnealult of AudioQuest, with a discussion on the components, applications and peripherals needed to transform a computer into a high-performance media system.

AudioQuest’s NightHawk headphones, new Beetle Toslink-Bluetooth-USB DAC and JitterBug USB Data & Power Noise Filter will be available at several listening stations for audition, at the store.’

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to adrian@audioexcellence.ca or 905-881-7109. The store’s website is as follows: http://www.audioexcellence.ca
AudioQuest JitterBug

BlueSound Gen2
Bluesound International has just announced their all-new Bluesound Gen 2 multi-room music system platform that supports high-resolution audio. The Gen 2 is a complete reinvention of the original Bluesound product line-up and app and brings a new compact industrial design, enhanced feature-set and enhanced performance.

Using BluOS, a proprietary purpose-built operating system, Bluesound integrates all sources into a single music stream, and delivers studio-quality music to every room. There are six new models, three of which integrate with new or existing audio systems, and three work as complete plug-and-play music systems, as follows:

NODE 2 Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $499 U.S.)
POWERNODE 2 Amplified Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $799 U.S.)
VAULT 2 Streaming Music Player, 2TB Storage and CD Ripper (MSRP $1199 U.S.)
PULSE 2 Full Size All-In-One Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $699 U.S.)
PULSE MINI All-In-One Wireless Streaming Music Player (MSRP $499 U.S.)
PULSE FLEX All-In-One Wireless Portable Streaming Music Player (MSRP $299 U.S.)

New feature enhancements and technologies of Bluesound Gen 2:
» Powerful ARM Cortex-A9 CPU running at 1GHz
» Improved connectivity with both Analog and Optical Inputs
» IR Sensor with TV Connect learning function
» Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX high-fidelity codec support
» Headphone Output with Dedicated Amplifier
» Coax Digital Out (NODE 2, VAULT 2)
» Gigabit Ethernet speed
» New advanced Wi-Fi design
» Best-in–class audio performance
» Industrial design by renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID.

The TV Connect feature endows most models with the ability to connect to your TV and integrate its IR control functions for a seamless integration of TV sound. The ability to stream music and sound directly from your handheld smart device either via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is another great new enhancement to the Bluesound experience. Faster processing and network connections improve responsiveness of the Bluesound Controller App.

The Bluesound Controller App is also being redesigned with new graphics and an enhanced layout for even more intuitive operation. Fully backward compatible with Bluesound Gen 1, the upgraded Controller App adds many new enhancements. Presets, for example, allow a favorite playlist or program to start playing with one simple touch. The Bluesound Controller App is available on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops. Control4 also certifies Bluesound for integration into advanced control systems.

The sleek new industrial design for Bluesound was created by renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID. All models are available in both black and white finishes.

The Bluesound NODE 2, POWERNODE 2, VAULT 2 and PULSE MINI are available now, while the PULSE 2 and PULSE FLEX will be available in September 2015. Look for more information at: http://www.bluesound.com

Yamaha MusicCast
Yamaha has just announced MusicCast, a new way to wirelessly stream music and provide a whole home distributed music solution with easy control via a simple app. MusicCast has been developed to work with existing home Wi-Fi networks, providing access to wide-array of audio content from just about any source, including: streaming services, Internet radio channels, digital music libraries, Bluetooth devices as well as other sources connected to MusicCast products such as set-top cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray Disc players and even turntables. Yamaha already has over 20 MusicCast enabled products in line for intrduction in 2015 that include AV receivers, wireless speakers, sound bars, Hi-Fi components and powered monitor speakers.

All MusicCast products will support Bluetooth playback, allowing connection and listening via Bluetooth enabled music devices. MusicCast device’s will be able to output a Bluetooth stream, allowing transmission to Bluetooth speakers or headphones. MusicCast also supports wireless playback of high-resolution audio files for a true high-fidelity listening experience with exceptional sound realism and detail.

MusicCast systems will be able to provide true surround sound, including multidimensional Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a main TV room, while streaming the audio content to other rooms throughout the home.

With the free MusicCast app available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, users can easily browse content and play it back to each room where a MusicCast device is present / connected and the app will also permit linking of rooms together.

MusicCast includes Pandora, Spotify Connect, Rhapsody and SiriusXM Internet Radio streaming services, as well as thousands of free local and international Internet radio stations. All MusicCast products support Bluetooth playback, so virtually any streaming service can be accessed via Bluetooth from a mobile device. MusicCast can even select over-the-air AM/FM radio stations for playback throughout the home when linked to a tuner-enabled MusicCast device. Both Internet radio and terrestrial radio stations can be saved as “Favorites” for quick in-app recall.

Unlike other wireless systems on the market today, MusicCast supports true high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic details, presence and atmosphere. MusicCast components are compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz / 24-bit, as well as FLAC, AIFF and WAV files up to 192 kHz / 24-bit. Most MusicCast models also support single-device playback of DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz.

MusicCast AV Receivers
Starting in August, owners of the recently launched RX-V 79 and AVENTAGE RX-A 50 Series of Yamaha network AV receivers will be able to perform a firmware update to enable MusicCast capabilities. Supported AV receiver models include the RX-V479, RX-V579, RX-V679, RX-V779, RX-A550, RX-A750, RX-A850, RX-A1050, RX-A2050 and RX-A3050. This represents every one of the latest Yamaha network AV receivers.

Beginning in September, the CX-A5100 preamp/processor, a new companion to the MX-A5000 11-channel amplifier, will become available for those seeking an “AV separates” solution for uncompromising home theater performance. The new model will feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based multidimensional sound technology, the latest HDMI specs including HDCP 2.2, balanced subwoofer outputs and many other enhancements including MusicCast.

Also in September, the slimline RX-S601 will join the roster of MusicCast enabled models, providing a 5.1-channel AV receiver solution for space-challenged installations.

Additional details on the CX-A5100 and RX-S601 will be made available through separate announcements.

MusicCast Wireless Speaker
The MusicCast Wireless Speaker, available starting in October, features a 2-way design with a large passive radiator combined with Yamaha’s digital sound processing for amazingly clear, room-filling sound from this compact model. Choose from solid black or white with a silver accent to fit beautifully in any room of the home. If counter space is limited, the speaker offers a threaded mounting hole, allowing for wall mounting using commercially available brackets.

MusicCast Sound Bars
Yamaha will introduce a MusicCast Sound Bar and a MusicCast TV Speaker Base in September, both of which offer a single-body design for those seeking an easy way to enhance their TV sound without having to connect multiple speakers. Both feature Yamaha’s exclusive Digital Sound Projector technology for true (vs. virtual) surround sound and HDMI connectivity with 4K Ultra HD and HDCP 2.2 support for compatibility with today’s 4K TVs and sources. The MusicCast Sound Bar (YSP-1600) sports eight speaker drivers plus dual built-in subwoofers in a slim, 2.5”-tall design suitable for placing in front of a TV. The MusicCast TV Speaker Base (SRT-1500) features 10 speaker drivers plus dual built-in subwoofers in a solid wood MDF enclosure that can be used as a base for most 32-inch to 55-inch TVs.

These models will be followed by the MusicCast Sound Bar (YSP-5600) slated for introduction in December, which will support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X using Digital Sound Projector technology to deliver true multidimensional sound.

MusicCast Hi-Fi and Powered Monitor Speakers
Yamaha will also offer MusicCast products designed for discerning music lovers who crave the company’s signature “natural sound” Hi-Fi sound quality. This includes the R-N602 network Hi-Fi receiver, available in October, and the NX-N500 powered monitors, available in December. Additional details on these models will be made available through separate announcements.

Availability and Pricing
The following MusicCast products are now available:
RX-V779 ($849.95 U.S.)
RX-V679 ($649.95 U.S.)
RX-V579 ($549.95 U.S.)
RX-V479 ($449.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-A3050 ($2,199.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-A2050 ($1,699.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-A1050 ($1,299.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-A850 ($999.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-A750 ($699.95 U.S.)
AVENTAGE RX-550 ($549.95 U.S.)
Home-Theater YHT-5920 ($699.95 U.S.)

Available in the upcoming months:
RX-S601 ($649.95 U.S., Sep.)
AVENTAGE CX-A5100 ($2,999.95 U.S, Sep.)
MusicCast Speaker (Black; $249.95 U.S., Oct.)
MusicCast Speaker (White/Silver; $249.95 U.S., Oct.)
MusicCast Sound Bar (YSP-1600; $499.95 U.S., Sep.)
MusicCast TV Speaker Base (SRT-1500; $599.95 U.S., Sep.)
MusicCast Sound Bar (YSP-5600; $1,699.95 U.S., Dec.)
Receiver R-N602 ($649.95 U.S., Oct.)
Powered Monitor Speakers NX-N500 ($799.95 U.S./pair, Dec.)

For more information on Yamaha MusicCast, please visit: http://4wrd.it/YAMAHA_MUSICCAST.

Simaudio 35th Anniversary - Opening Image
2015 marks the 35th Anniversary of the well-respected Canadian hi-end audio product manufacturer, Simaudio. Simaudio, is based in Boucherville, Quebec, where it was founded by Victor Sima originally under the name Sima Electronique. In the 90’s the company was incorporated under its current name Simaudio Ltd.

Over the past 35 years Simaudio has gained a great reputation for producing some of the highest quality audio products available. Simaudio now offers a wide range of audio components under three main product lines: the entry-level MOON Series; the step-up MOON Nēo Series and a flagship line called MOON Evolution. The past 35 years that Simaudio has spent designing, developing and manufacturing its products might be summed up best by the company’s own anniversary slogan…”35 years of passion”.

As part of Simaudio’s 35th anniversary celebrations, a small private event was held in Toronto at Executive Stereo, a mid-town audio product retailer. I attended this event in late-June and though side-tracked with other assignments, I’ve finally gotten a chance to share my experience with you.

Attending this event were three executive hosts from Simaudio: Costa Koulisakis (VP Sales, Simaudio); Johanne Mc Intyre (Director of Marketing) and; Lionel Goodfield (Marketing & Public Relations) as well as representatives of the press – includng audio/video and other publications such as Dress To Kill Magazine. To my delight, there was a live music performance and also some celebrated Canadian musicians that were present.

A number of Simaudio products were on display, including examples of the past, present as well as a couple on the cusp of release:

First up, the Simaudio 340i integrated amplifier and recently released Simaudio 280D digital-to-analog converter:
Simaudio 340i atop 280D

A look at the panel of the new MOON Evolution 780D ($15,000) flagship digital-to-analog converter and player:
Simaudio 780D

Not yet released at the time of this event but in near final form was Simaudio’s new Swiss Army knife product – the MOON Neo 230HAD ($1,500), a headphone amplifier, preamplifier and digital-to-analog converter, which I’m sure will get much attention:
Simaudio 230HAD

There were a couple Special Edition models also on display – a Simaudio Moon 600i integrated and a Moon 750D DAC/transport. Both of these feature custom paint and plating options that come at a significant premium but are made available to customers seeking something very personalized:
Simaudio Special Edition Components

Here is Ed Stone himself, owner of Executive Stereo, standing behind a Simaudio 35th Anniversary Special Edition of the 600i ($15,000):
Simaudio 600i 35th Ann Special with E.Stone

As mentioned, a few celebrities were in the house for this event. In the following picture you will find from left to right – Ed Stone (Owner – Executive Stereo); Victoria Duffield (Juno Award Winner performer); Rich Kidd (Juno Award nominee):
E. Stone - V. Duffield - N. Kidd

Peforming at the event was Melanie Durrant, a Canadian singer (3-time Juno Nominee) who has shared the stage alongside Jay-Z, 50cent, Jill Scott and Sean Paul. Melanie captivated the attendees of this event with a passionate and lively performance, set to music via a Simaudio Evolution Series stack set in motion by none other than Costa Koulisakis (VP Sales, Simaudio):
Melanie Durrant no.1
Melanie Durrant no.2
Melanie Durrant no.3

A look at some of those gathered, enjoying the festivities:
Partakers of Festivities

And, finally, on a closing note a picture of Jason Thorpe, Reviewer/Contributor at Soundstage! as well as myself, George de Sa of Canada HiFi Magazine (photo courtesy of Simaudio’s Facebook site):
Jason Thorpe - George de Sa - Simaudio Facebook

Wishing Simaudio many more years of success and of course passion!

Astell-and-Kern All-in-One

Astell&Kern has just announced their new AKT1 all-in-one hi-res sound system, which incorporates loudspeakers, amplifier and high-resolution audio decoding.

The Astell&Kern AKT1 serves the needs of those searching for a high quality lifestyle audio product that easily fits into smaller spaces, while also complementing a broad range of decor. The AKT1 intends to provide audiophile-quality high-resolution sound withouth the need for bulky components and large speakers.

The AKT1 contains six speakers in a 3-way configuration, featuring two 0.75” tweeters, two 2” midranges, and two 6.5” woofers with a 4th order crossover. The speakers are driven by a hybrid amplifier system, combining the best of analog and digital amplification for the best sound possible. The AKT1 tweeters are driven by an analog amplifier, providing crisp, clear highs, while a digital amplifier drives the midrange speakers and woofers, giving the speakers rich mids and deep, clean bass.

The AKT5 supports playback of 24-bit/192 KHz PCM and native playback of single (DSD64) and double-rate (DSD128) DSD audio files using two (2) Cirrus Logic 4398 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Chipsets, one for each channel, creating a true Dual-Mono setup that gives clear channel separation, broader dynamic range and wider sound stage.

Playback sources include microSD, optical and auxiliary inputs. The AKT1 includes wired Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX and DLNA networking support, allowing the AKT1 to stream high resolution music from a network attached storage device, computer, smartphone, portable player or any device compatible with the DLNA protocol. Also included is support for a variety of streaming services and Internet radio stations, which can be accessed and controlled via the 4” LCD touchscreen on the unit. With the AK Connect app for iOS and Android-based smartphones and tablets, you can control playback on the device and stream music located on your device directly to the AKT1.

The Astell&Kern AKT1 will be available by the end of August 2015 at a MSRP of: $3,700 U.S. Look for more information on this and other Astell&Kern products at: http://www.astellnkern.com

NAD HP30
NAD Electronics, has just released its latest addition to its VISO headphone range – the new on-ear VISO HP30. The new HP30 features NAD’s unique RoomFeel technology, which combines sound accuracy with the sense of openness that is typically associated with listening to a pair of high-quality loudspeakers in a listening room. Essentially, the VISO HP30 brings together NAD sound quality within a compact, portable and stylish headphone product.

The VISO HP30 on-ear, closed-back design includes an internally damped acoustic chamber for tight articulate bass and stunningly natural vocals. Ultra-low mass, high excursion 40mm drivers featuring neodymium magnets deliver shimmering highs and extended bass response.

The ear cups are attached to the aluminum headband, and soft foam ear pads perfectly conform to the ear for a nice seal to isolate sound and provide long-term comfort. When not in use, the VISO HP30’s clever folding system and included custom-designed carry case make them easy to stow away.

Through its ground-breaking research on the frequency response of sound at the ear drum, NAD utilizes a completely new concept of audio design for headphones called ‘RoomFeel’. Headphones are binaural (each ear is isolated) whereas almost all recordings are recorded in stereo where both ears hear both left and right speakers, which are designed for in-room listening. This alters the sound of the speakers in a predictable way, and RoomFeel technology takes this effect into consideration to bring realism back into the VISO HP30 listening experience. Other headphones may attempt to create the same effect by artificially boosting the bass, which only results in sound that is either overblown or too thin.

RoomFeel involves calibrating the chamber design on both sides of the driver and adjusting the corresponding target response curve, which can be ‘tuned’ to get the desired response. Getting the correct ‘transfer function’ ensures accurate sound reproduction with natural aural spaciousness and balance as if listening to a pair of high-quality loudspeakers in a room. In addition, every VISO HP30 driver is individually calibrated then matched as pairs within an extremely tight tolerance to the reference response.

Available in three high gloss colours, Black, Red, or White, the NAD VISO HP30 comes with its own neoprene travel case, two detachable tangle-free cords – one standard and one Made for iPhone in-line remote control and microphone – and ¼” stereo and airplane adaptors. For more information on the NAD VISO P30 On-Ear Headphones, please visit: http://nadelectronics.com.

Deieter Burmester

The world of hi-end audio mourns the loss of Dieter Burmester, founder and CEO of Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH, who passed away in Berlin after a short battle with a severe illness, on August 15, 2015. The following is an extract of the announcement made by Burmester on this tragic loss:

Dieter was an internationally admired pioneer. Many of his legendary audio components have become known as artifacts of the high-end world. His passion for music and its reproduction at the highest levels of quality, his creative energy, and his captivating enthusiasm inspired him to develop and realize extraordinary projects.

Easily his most extraordinary undertaking was the founding and leading of one of the world’s most highly regarded luxury audio brands: Burmester. The company of his namesake began in 1976 as a byproduct of Dieter’s engineering and audio listening passions. Today it has a global reputation for uncompromising sound and craftsmanship in all its home audio electronics and speakers. It also has become the household name for German luxury car audio systems. Ten years ago Dieter led the company to new realms by accepting the challenge of implementing the experience of high-end sound into the Bugatti Veyron. Following that project’s success Burmester now offers high-end sound for premium Porsche and Mercedes-Benz cars.

The loss of this great man will have ripple effects across the globe. “Dieter Burmester was more than just a partner in business he was a dear friend that will be missed more than words or emotions can express,” says Robb Niemann, CEO of Rutherford Audio, Burmester’s North American distributor. “His passion for excellence in everything is a character trait that I have learned from and trust that I will be able to carry through my days.”

Nonetheless, the amazing team he left behind will go on to achieve and innovative as strongly as ever. For Dieter, sharing his passion, profound knowledge, and expertise in the art of hearing was a labor of love. “I am confident in the team that is in place,” says Robb, “And glad to hear that Dieter had everything arranged to carry the company forward for years to come. We look forward to sharing his vision through many years in partnership with the team in Berlin.” Burmester is in good hands, and together with his wife Marianne Burmester, the team in Berlin will continue to run the company as Dieter would have wished.

Look for more information on this as well as Burmester products at Rutherford Audio, the Canadian distributor’s website: http://www.rutherfordaudio.com

Pioneer BS22
Pioneer has just announced a new line of Pioneer Dolby Atmos enabled speakers that have been designed with both performance and affodability in mind. The new SP-BS22A-LR and SP-T22A-LR are both Andrew Jones designs.

The SP-BS22A-LR closely follows the physical footprint of the SP-BS22-LR compact speakers but adds a top firing concentric driver with 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter to accomodate Dolby Atmost height channels. The SP-T22A-LR add-on speaker is an enclosed top firing concentric driver which includes 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter that has been designed to be paired with Pioneer’s award-winning SP-BS22-LR compact speakers and the SP-FS52 floor standing speakers as well as previous generation SP-BS21-LR and SP-FS51 models, allowing them to function as Dolby Atmos height channels.

Dolby Atmos Compact Loudspeakers – SP-BS22A-LR:
The new SP-BS22A-LR compact are designed for both sound quality and delivery of Dolby Atmos content. The front 4-inch structured surface woofer provides both enhanced cone strength for better bass dynamics while also smoothing the response for more accurate midrange presentation. Above the woofer is a high efficiency 1-inch soft dome tweeter systematically placed in a custom-designed wave guide to control sound direction, optimizing on- and off-axis response to produce a more consistent sound throughout the listening space. The woofer and tweeter combination are carefully matched with a sophisticated six element crossover network to produce more precise frequency division to establish natural sounding output with a combined max power handling of 80 Watts.

The top of the cabinet is slanted at 10 degrees and houses a top firing concentric driver which includes 4-inch woofer and 1/2-inch tweeter utilizing a two element crossover network designed specifically for Dolby Atmos. This driver provides a wide frequency response essential for delivering compelling height information.

Closely following the footprint of the previous model, the new SP-BS22A-LR maintains exceptional build quality through the use of the same RF molded laminated MDF cabinet construction technique. The enclosure reduces vibration and ringing, adding to improved sound reproduction. The front speakers are protected by a detachable grill.

Pioneer’s SP-BS22A-LR Dolby Atmos-designed compact speakers have a MSRP of: $299.99 U.S./pair.

Pioneer Modules
Dolby Atmos-Enabled Speaker Modules – SP-T22A:
Designed to sit directly on top of Pioneer’s current line of award winning compact and floor-standing speakers, the new SP-T22A add-on speaker modules use the same RF-molded, laminated MDF cabinet. The SP-T22A’s can also be used with most flat surfaced speakers, along with a Dolby Atmos enabled AV Receiver to transform your standard home theater into a Dolby Atmos enabled system.

The SP-T22A features a top firing concentric driver mounted at a 10 degrees slant, and a two element crossover network. In addition, the SP-T22A-LR features gold 5-way binding posts and can handle max power up to 80 Watts. The Pioneer SP-T22A-LR add-on speakers are an ideal way to upgrade consumers with the Dolby Atmos experience.

Pioneer’s SP-T22A-LR Dolby Atmos add-on speakers are available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 U.S./pair.

Look for more details on these an other Pioneer products at: http://www.pioneerelectronics.ca

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