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Nuvo Launches P600 Streaming Audio Player

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Legrand presents the Nuvo P600 Player-- the first model in the Player Portfolio whole home audio line designed for the DIN rail mounting system commonly found in Europe and the rest of EMEA.

Legrand NuvoCompatible with other amplifiers in the Legrand Nuvo ecosystem, the P600 supplies up to 40W of power to a single zone via built-in Class D digital amplifier. The system supports as many as 16 players and 16 simultaneous, independent streams, and the P600 gives any room access to music from networked collections or a variety of internet and radio streaming services, including Spotify, Napster and Deezer. Control comes via Nuvo Player Portfolio app or Nuvo in-wall keypads.

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James Loudspeaker Unveils 2.1 Format LR-S Soundbars

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James Loudspeaker launches the LR-S format series of 2.1 soundbars, producing left and right channel audio as well as bass energy from a centre-mounted built-in subwoofer.

SoundbarThe soundbars are customisable to match nearly any flat-panel display, and are ideal for bringing clarity and full-range sound to applications where an external subwoofer is impractical. The company initially engineered the LR-S soundbar solution to cater for commercial applications such as lobbies, showrooms and nightclubs, but the residential market has also adopted the format for bedrooms and other zones where surround sound is not required.

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Bryston Unveils Flagship Active Loudspeakers

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Bryston presents the Active Loudspeaker lineup with 3 different-sized speakers-- the Model T Active, Middle T Active and Mini T Active-- all mated to a DSP-enabled BAX-1 active crossover and Cubed Series amplifiers.

Bryston Active LoudspeakerThe Bryston Active Loudspeaker system leverages decades of research into acoustics and audio component design, and promise to recreate each recording with realism. Each system is optimised using an anechoic chamber, generating over 300 measurements residing within the system's software.

At the heart of each speaker is the BAX-1 crossover-- a digital crossover containing proprietary software for each model. It receives a full-range analog audio signal from the preamp, and performs 3-way crossover functionality and driver correction for each channel. It also applies any user-selected filters for tailing bass response, before sending the signal to each amplifier channel.

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Statista: Smart Speakers Getting More Popular

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Judging from a Statista chart smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo are becoming increasingly popular, at least in the US-- 39 million Americans own such a device, and more people use them to access news, information and music.

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The chart is based on a November 2017 survey of 806 smart speaker owners conducted by NPR and Edison Research. It shows around 66% of smart speakers owners do not want to go back to life without the "little helper," while 39% are spending less time using the radio. This is perhaps not surprising, since listening to music (in many cases online radio) is one of the most commonly used features of the devices.

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PMC Home Cinema Audio at ISE 2018

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PMC takes on home cinema at ISE 2018-- a partnership with Stewart Filmscreen has it present premium product lines aimed at the high-end home theatres and custom install markets.

PMC ISE 2018Hiding behind a Stewart Filmscreen acoustically transparent borderless screen are wafer2 series speakers promising the "ultimate in audio transparency for home theatre." Also showcased are the BB6 and QB1 large scale active speakers with active DSP control. PMC says many major Hollywood studios and film composers use these speakers as they score blockbuster films, and in home theatres they provide customers with movies sounding exactly how the director intended.

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Klipsch Puts Google Assistant in Heritage Wireless Speakers

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Heritage wirelessKlipsch announces the addition of a smart assistant in the next generation Heritage Wireless tabletop speakers-- specifically Google Assistant, providing voice control together with assistant functionality.

The Heritage Wireless speakers come in two flavours. The Three is a stereo tabletop with an integrated subwoofer for enhanced bass, while The One is a smaller, semi-portable tabletop speaker with a rechargeable battery. Both models feature a mid-century modern design, premium materials including a real wood veneer and copper switches and knobs, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

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The Modular Ashley Chloe Ensembl Speaker

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Headphone maker Ashley Chloe presents a modular smart speaker concept at CES 2018-- the Ensembl, a rose gold and cream cylinder with a series of stackable plastic discs on top.

Ensembl speakerThe main cylinder making the Ensembl as as the main speaker unit, but the addition of different modules turn into nothing less than a "smart wirelessly charged home entertainment system," at least according to the company. Actual modules were not available at the show, but the Ashley Chloe says these can include a 360-degree IP camera, glowing lantern disc, Qi charging base, battery and even a pico projector.

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