We've compiled the latest gear news, including a Samsung sound bar, new amps, and more.
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 the launch of Samsung's latest sound bar model, new amps from Onkyo and Rotel, and a Mohu all-in-one cord cutting kit.
So, without further ado, here's a rundown of some of the latest gear and tech news:
Samsung Releases MS750 Sound+ Sound Bar
Samsung has announced the launch of its newest sound bar model. The MS750 Sound+ Soundbar is available now for a MSRP of $700.
"Bringing the best viewing and listening experience to our home entertainment lineup is paramount at Samsung," said Jim Kiczek, Vice President of Digital Audio/Video Marketing for Samsung Electronics America. "MS750 Sound+ Soundbar provides a sweet spot no matter where you sit with Samsung’s patented distortion cancelling technology."
The sound bar features 5-channels of audio through 11 speaker units with dedicated amplifiers, three wide-range tweeters, six woofers, and two vertical wide-range tweeters. With that said, while the unit does include upward firing drivers, the device does not offer Dolby Atmos or DTS:X support.
A UHD upscaling option which uses Ultra High Quality 32-bit audio technology to automatically preserve a recording’s original sound is offered as well. Likewise, the speaker features a Smart Sound Mode capable of identifying and optimizing content as Movie, Voice, Music or Sports. The cross-over range is rated for 600Hz ~ 20kHz and the unit supports 4K pass-through for Ultra HD video sources. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and multi-room audio capabilities are integrated as well. Finally, users can also add an optional W700 subwoofer ($500) for deep bass as low as 27Hz.
Onkyo has revealed its newest audio component. The A-9150 Integrated Stereo Amplifier is now available for an MSRP of $599.
The amp is rated for 60 W + 60 W (4 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC). Likewise, the device features a high-current transformer; two large, custom-made filter capacitors, and discrete output-stage transistors. In addition, the unit uses a Discrete SpectraModule to generate a class-leading 500 volts per microsecond slew rate, and incorporates AKM's premium 768 kHz/32-bit AK4452 digital-to-analog converter with Onkyo's original DIDRC Filter technology. A gold-plated MM/MC phono input backed by an independent phono circuit board with dedicated MM and MC equalizers and custom head amp is integrated as well, along with four gold-plated RCA line inputs; two gold-plated coaxial digital inputs; two optical digital inputs, and gold-plated speaker posts with A/B selector.
Here's a full rundown of key features per Onkyo:
• Refined Power Amplification Circuitry with Discrete SpectraModule
• Dedicated MM/MC Circuit Board and High Quality Discrete Head Amp
• High Current Power Supply
• Natural Music Reproduction with Hi-Grade DAC and DIDRC Filter
• Robust Flat Chassis
• Quality Audio Terminals
Rotel Launches RA-1572 Amplifier, RC-1572 Stereo Preamp, and RCD-1572 CD Player
Rotel has released its latest lineup of 15 Series audio gear. The collection includes the RA-1572 integrated amplifier ($1,699), RC-1572 stereo preamp ($1,099), and RCD-1572 CD player ($899).
The RA-1572 is a stereo integrated amplifier with 120 watts per channel. The device features an AKM premium 32-bit/768kHz Digital to Analog Converter and an oversized toroidal transformer. Support for DSD capable PC-USB (32-bit/384kHz), Bluetooth with aptX, and LPCM music sources with up to 24-bit word lengths sampled at 192 kHz via two coaxial (RCA) and optical (TOSlink) inputs are integrated as well. In addition, the unit includes a pair of balanced XLR connectors and conventional RCA jacks.
Meanwhile, the RC-1572 stereo preamp also features a 32 bit/768kHz AKM stereo digital-to-analog converter along with a large toroidal transformer, regulated power supply, and premium circuit components. Four digital inputs (2 coax and 2 optical), and a rear PC-USB support digital sources up to 32/384 resolution, and analog inputs include balanced XLR connectors and four pairs of conventional RCA inputs. Bluetooth connectivity with aptX is included as well.
Finally, the RCD-1572 CD player uses a Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/stereo digital-to-analog converter to process digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz. In addition, the unit features an oversized custom Rotel-designed and precision-manufactured toroidal power transformer that feeds precise rectifiers, tight-tolerance voltage regulators, and advanced Slit-Foil low-ESR storage capacitors. RCA and XLR rear panel connectors are integrated as well, and the device also supports MP3 playback.
The Rotel RA-1572 integrated amplifier ($1,699), RC-1572 stereo preamp ($1,099), and RCD-1572 CD player ($899) are available now.
Mohu Announces Premium Pro Pack Cord Cutting Kit
Mohu has announced the launch of its new Premium Pro Pack. The all-in-one Professional Installation Kit is designed to provide businesses with access to HDTV, HD Radio, and FM Radio through one device.
The Premium Pro Pack includes:
- Mohu's newest 65-mile range antenna, the Mohu Leaf 65
- 3 high performance, low-loss coaxial cables (two 10 feet and one 16 feet)
- A patented HDTV Amplifier with low noise figure and one-of-a-kind RF filtering for outstanding HDTV reception, made possible by patented USB power
- A Two-Way RF Splitter
In addition to the new pack, Mohu also recently released the new Leaf Glide, a powerful indoor HDTV antenna for consumers with a 65-mile range; Amplified by Jolt with Clean Peak filter technology to remove unwanted RF signals and boosts the ones you want; patented SignaLift technology for receiving VHF channels; and Multi-directional support to eliminate the need for "pointing."
Mohu's Premium Pro Pack will be available in mid-August at select retailers like BrandSmart for an MSRP of $100. Meanwhile, the Leaf Glide is available now for an MSRP of $90.