We've compiled the latest gear news, including a new stereo receiver, digital music player, and compact music system!
From product announcements and streaming app updates to general industry news and recent gear trends, keeping up with the latest tech news can be a daunting task. With that in mind, we're here to offer you a roundup of some of the latest gear and consumer electronics news that you may have missed.
For this edition, we're covering a new stereo receiver from Integra, a new DAP and earbud from Pioneer, a new M-Series music system from Denon, and a new LG 4K monitor.
So, without further ado, here's a rundown of some of the latest gear and tech news:
Integra Details DTM-7 Network Stereo Receiver
Integra has announced the launch of its latest stereo receiver. The DTM-7 Network Stereo Receiver is geared toward the custom installation market, and offers several next-generation audio options and robust network connectivity.
The device is rated for 100 watts per channel at 8 ohms and features an AKM AK4438 384 kHz / 32-bit high-grade DAC with gold-plated RCA terminals and anti-resonant aluminum front panel and volume control, a massive high-power transformer, two custom-made high-current capacitors, and a non-phase-shift amp design. In addition, the DTM-7 offers 4 HDMI inputs / 1 output supporting 4K / 60 Hz, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10, WCG (Wide Color Gamut), and BT.2020 pass-through with HDCP 2.2.
Likewise, the receiver includes Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, and FireConnect for wireless multi-room audio, along with dual band 5GHz / 2.4GHz Wi-Fi LAN compatibility, Bluetooth version 4.1+LE, Apple AirPlay, and support for Internet radio and music streaming services. Hi-Res audio playback for files stored on a computer, media server, network-attached storage or USB thumb drive is supported as well, including DSD 5.6MHz and FLAC.
Finally, the device offers convenient custom installation features like bi-directional RS232 and Ethernet Control Port; IR input and output, two programmable 12V triggers (100 mA, 25 mA) with adjustable delay; line-out for playback in another room; Zone 2 DAC for Airplay, NET and USB sources; and speaker A/B drive for installation flexibility.
The Integra DTM-7 Network Stereo Receiver is now available to custom installers for $650.
Pioneer Reveals XDP-30R Digital Audio Player and SE-CH5BL Hi-Res Earbuds
The XDP-30R features an aluminum chassis and the twin ESS SABRE DAC "ES9018C2M" and SABRE "9601K" headphone amp chips. Likewise, the device offers 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output; support for up to 5.6MHz DSD native playback; up-sampling of compressed audio up to 192kHz/32bit; and separate 44.1kHz and 48kHz clocks for both types of audio formats. 16GB of storage (expandable to 528GB via two 256GB micro SD card slots), onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 2.4in capacitive touch screen, and a 3.5mm unbalanced headphone jack with line out mode are integrated as well. Models are available in silver or black.
Meanwhile, the SE-CH5BL earbuds feature a 2.5mm four-pole balanced connector; new 9.7mm drivers; a patent-pending Airflow Control Port for improved tonal balance, tight bass, and clear mid-range frequencies; and a patent-pending two-layer brass and aluminum housing to absorb excess vibrations. In addition, the ribbed ear tips can individually mold to a user's ear for added comfort.
Denon Announces D-M41 Ultra Compact Music System
Denon has revealed its latest M-Series music system. The new Ultra Compact D-M41 combines the RCD-M41 CD receiver and matching SC-M41 speakers.
The system features a new discrete analog amplifier circuit with 2x30W, Denon's Triple Noise Reduction Design, and a dedicated headphone amplifier section. Likewise, the device offers Bluetooth, a built-in CD player and FM/AM radio tuner, and two optical digital inputs for external sources, such as the sound from a TV. In addition, the unit's Hi-res 192kHz/24bit converters handle all digital sources and the high-quality speaker terminals are fitted, along with a preout for use with an active subwoofer.
Here's a full rundown of key specs and features for each component in the D-M41 system:
RCD-M41 Compact size, Hi-Fi quality CD Receiver
·2 x 30W output, plus preout socket for an active subwoofer
·Bluetooth for instant wireless streaming from smartphones and tablets
·New discrete analogue circuitry for enhanced audio performance
·Simple & straight circuit design
·High-precision Digital/Analog converters to reproduce high definition sound
·Triple Noise Reduction Design for signal purity
·CD, FM/AM radio) and two optical digital inputs
·Dedicated headphone socket for personal listening
·New industrial design derived from flagship NE series separates
·Speaker Optimizer for best performance with SC-M41
·Available in black
SC-M41 Speaker System
·2-Way speaker system with 4.72” woofer and .98” soft dome tweeter
·Crossover network, to separate woofer and tweeter to reproduce the smoothness of natural sound
·Further tweaked European Sound Tuning
·Available in black and wood
Denon's D-M41 is expected to be available in June for $500.
LG Unveils 43UD79-B 4K Ultra HD Monitor
LG has detailed its newest display model. The 43UD79-B is a 4K monitor with robust split-screen and picture-in-picture support.
The monitor features a 42.5-inch IPS panel with an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 × 2160, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 178-degree viewing angle, support for over 1.07 billion colors, a 60 Hz refresh rate, a Game Mode, Black Stabilizer, a Dynamic Action Sync mode, and built-in Harman Kardon speakers. Two HDMI 2.0 inputs, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, one DisplayPort 1.2a connection with FreeSync, and a USB-C port are integrated as well.
Likewise, the monitor is capable of serving as a screen for up to four different sources at the same time through several picture-in-picture and split-screen options. In addition, customers can use the device's two USB 3.0 ports to control two computers from one mouse and keyboard. Finally, with two built-in Harman Kardon speakers
LG's 43UD79-B 4K monitor is set to launch in Japan on May 19 for about $745, but early pre-order listings in the US point to a MSRP under $700.