This month’s New York Audio Show was the venue for multiple demos held by the Scarscale, N.Y.-based custom integrator/AV retailer Value Electronics – sponsors of the annual TV Shootout evaluation – and a highlight was the first public demonstration of Panasonic’s Technics-brand OTTAVA S SC-C50 Premium Wireless Speaker System ($799). At press time, it was slated to launch officially in the in U.S. in early January 2019.
The system is Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth-, Apple AirPlay- and USB-compatible and also offers built-in Chromecast; it will work with Google Assistant/Spotify and with a broad selection of streaming services, including TIDAL and Deezer, and has built-in Internet radio.
The SC-C50 provides a full stereo soundstage from a single, arc-shaped chassis, featuring three midranges and three tweeters, as well as a subwoofer. A “directivity-control horn” is said to eliminate mutual speaker interference for wide directivity within the compact body. The coaxial midrange and tweeter layout provides vertical directivity, which Technics says ensures less frequency disorder within this small-footprint system.
A function called Space Tune “Auto” tunes into the listener’s position with a built-in microphone, and displays calibration curves on a smartphone or tablet, and will adjust calibration accordingly. The model also offers multi-room capability, using the Technics Audio Center app in conjunction with other app-compatible Technics or Panasonic devices, and stereo pairing, says Technics.
Other technologies unique to Technics include its four JENO engines, which aid in sound imaging through subwoofer, midrange and tweeter alignment, helping to optimize sound for the listening environment. LAPC, an original Technics speaker load adaptive technology, measure amplifier frequency amplitude phase characteristics and performs digital signal processing to achieve the ideal impulse response, according to the company.
The chassis is also designed with ruggedized footers to curb vibrations.