SONANCE'S FIRST SOURCE COMPONENT
Sonance has introduced the Concierge, a dual-drive, 160-GB music server that can store 2,500 hours of audio and play different selections simultaneously in up to four zones, with the option of expanding to a total of seven. The Concierge offers comprehensive media-management features, including on-screen menus and access to online services, while providing everyday users with simple, one-button operation from any listening area. The Concierge comes with three independent analog and one Toslink digital output. When combined with the company's new Networked Audio Modules (NAM), which fit in the back of Sonance SAT amplifiers, the unit can be expanded to ten zones by distributing audio over an Ethernet Connection to each NAM. The Concierge has an MSRP of $3,600.00. NAM modules will be available in July at a price TBD.
NEW LOOKERS FROM LOEWE
Loewe has announced a slew of new digital video and audio products that will appeal to design-conscious customers. The display options range from the 30-inch Articos DTV through the Spheros 42-inch plasma screen and up to the Articos 55-inch, DLP-based RPTV, which, at only 19-inches deep, is Loewe's first projection model for the U.S. market. Large-scale LCD displays will be forthcoming, courtesy of a partnership with Sharp. The company has also announced accompanying audio systems that match the stunning visual design of the video displays and accessory cabinetry and feature acoustics based on a joint venture with Bose. Systems will range in price from approximately $10,000 to over $20,000, depending on configuration and options.
DREAMVISION WEAVES A DREAM
French-based DreamVision has introduced a stylish new DLP projector called the DreamWeaver, which emphasizes visual appeal both from the hardware and the projected image. The unit offers 1,280x720 resolution, utilizing the Mustang HD2 chip from Texas Instruments. The light engine has been designed by optics legend Carl Zeiss, and images are enhanced with Faroudja DCDi processing. There is digital keystone correction of up to 20 degrees, and connections have been provided for component video, DVI, an IR repeater and RS-232. Brightness is rated at 1,100 lumens through a 200-watt lamp, and DreamVision claims a contrast ratio of 1,500:1. SRP for the DreamWeaver is $10,995.