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Savant Unveils Audio Amp and Soundbar Capable of Acting as Home Control Hubs

By Lisa Montgomery · May 31, 2019 • Built into Savant’s new smart amplifier and smart soundbar is the company's complete suite of home control software, plus HomeKit, AirPlay2, and high-res audio support.

Hands On: CasaTunes Deftly Integrates Sonos

By Robert Archer · May 21, 2019 • CasaTunes is helping dealers to maximize the potential of Sonos with a solution that is geared towards custom installation applications.

Yamaha VINYL 500 Turntable Bridges Traditional Functionality With CI-Friendly Smart Home Convenience

By Robert Archer · May 10, 2019 • With features such as the proprietary MusicCast whole-house audio platform from Yamaha, as well as Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth, built-in Wi-Fi and a built-in Ethernet port, the MusicCast VINYL 500 is the most versatile turntable in consumer electronics.

Hands-On: Yamaha XDA-QS5400RK Packs Power and Features

By Robert Archer · April 29, 2019 • The small footprint Yamaha XDA-QS5400RK quad streamer is a rack-friendly multizone audio solution that delivers high-performance sound.

Savant Micro Aperture Powered Architectural Speakers Driven by PoE

By Robert Archer · April 25, 2019 • Savant's new active Micro Aperture Powered Architectural Speakers incorporate built-in amplifiers and PoE technologies.

Here’s How to Use Yamaha MusicCast to Build the Backbone of A/V System Interoperability

By Robert Archer · March 15, 2019 • Through products like the Yamaha XDA-QS5400RK, a quad-streaming whole-house audio solution that’s 1U tall, integrators can configure just about any whole-house audio system to meet a range of client needs. Here’s how Litton AV did it.

Hands On: Roon Labs Nucleus+ is Flexible, Easy to Use Whole-House Audio Server

By Robert Archer · March 4, 2019 • The $2,498 Roon Labs’ Nucleus+ whole-house audio server allows integrators to mix-and-match audio components without losing performance or functionality.

Meridian DSP In-Wall Loudspeakers Feature Built-In ‘Dynamic’ Hi-Res Amps

By Robert Archer · February 21, 2019 • Meridian has introduced two in-wall loudspeakers incorporating the company's new CLASS-M DSP engine that improves low-end resolution.

High-Resolution Qobuz Audio Streaming Service Launches in the U.S.

By Robert Archer · February 15, 2019 • The Qobuz audio streaming service is now available to U.S. customers in four subscription tiers including a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution option.

NAD DSP Amp Produces 120 Watts of Power, Drives 4 Zones of Whole-House Audio

By Robert Archer · February 5, 2019 • The NAD CI 8-120 DSP Amplifier will deliver up to 120 watts of power for each of its eight channels, and it provides a bridge mode that powers four channels to allow integrators to configure the amp based on specific criteria.

CasaTunes Adds Sonos Auto-Detect Integration

By Robert Archer · January 25, 2019 • CasaTunes is now integrating Sonos to balance the profitability, functionality, and performance goals integrators require from their vendor partners.

JL Audio Now Shipping 8-inch Fathom IWS and ICS Architectural Subwoofers

By Robert Archer · December 18, 2018 • The new 8-inch Fathom IWS and ICS subwoofer systems join JL Audio's larger 13.5-inch models to provide integrators with more architectural subwoofer choices.

Poll: Did Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Get It Right?

By Robert Archer · December 17, 2018 • The 34th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Klipsch Audio will place the 2019 class that includes The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies into the hall. CE Pro's Bob Archer says that it's time to put the election power solely in the hands of the people that count the most: the fans.

Hegel Music Systems Enters the Home Theater Market With C5 Series Amps

By Robert Archer · December 13, 2018 • The Norwegian audio manufacturer's C5 Series of amplifiers are available in three-, four- and five-channel configurations, and are designed to keep music and action peaks fully reproduced.

Alexa, Meet Bose: In-Depth Review of Bose’s New Smart Speaker System

By Robert Archer · December 12, 2018 • Superior Bose sound. Unlimited entertainment possibilities. The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa that puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. And with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want; however you want.

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