September 11, 2009: Part 2
All prices in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
Torus Power introduced the AVR series to their growing line
of power-conditioning products. AVR stands for automatic voltage regulation. The
AVR ciruitry is mounted inside, toward the front of the chassis. According to the
company's literature, AVR-equipped conditioners not only provide powerline isolation and
surge suppression, but will also maintain 120V, +/- 5V, regardless of input power. Shown
above is the 20A-rated RM20 that, in its base configuration (i.e., without AVR),
is priced at approximately $3000. The RM20AVR is priced at approximately $4000.
For systems that don't required a 20A rating, Torus Power
offers the 15A-rated RM15 that, without AVR, costs approximately $2000. The RM15AVR is
priced at $3000.
Totem Acoustic used CEDIA Expo to launch their new $1895
Tribe in-wall powered subwoofer that uses a 12" flat-cone driver
with a 5" voice coil along with a 12" passive radiator to generate bass down to
25Hz. A pair of Tribe in-walls were used in Atlanta with the company's Wind Design
loudspeakers. The Tribe in-wall is said to be so shallow that it will fit into a standard
2"x4"-studded wall (the enclosures shown in the photo above are just for
demonstration to illustrate the necessary depth required). There is also an 8" Tribe
in-wall sub that is rated to 30Hz and is priced at $1395.
Powered speakers are becoming more popular, likely because
an increasing number of consumers are using computers and other desktop devices as a main
music source. Dynaudio has taken their passive (i.e., non-powered) Focus 110
loudspeaker and created an active (i.e., self-powered) version called the Focus
110A. The 110A sells for $2450 pair. A look at the Focus 110A's backside reveals the amplifier's
heatsink and controls.
REL put on display a prototype of their new, curvy
Gibraltor-series subwoofer, the replacement for the older, rectangular Britannia-series
subwoofers. It certainly looks a lot nicer. Pricing and availability has yet to be
Wolf Cinema showed a prototype of their next-generation
1080P DLP projector that is said to use an LED light source. According to a company
representative, the main advantages of LED are higher efficiency and longer lamp life --
about 30,000 hours. No price (or name!) is given, but availability is said to be the first
quarter of 2010.