New Products

Canton Movie LE 125 Home Theater System
Canton has introduced the Movie LE 125 home theater system as part of their LE series of loudspeakers. The package consists of four identical two-way satellite speakers for front and surround L/R channels, a matching horizontal center-channel speaker, and a 150-watt active subwoofer.

The Movie LE 125 satellites deliver a dynamic range of 43 Hz to 26 kHz. The front and surround speakers each feature a 5-inch polypropylene woofer and 1-inch fabric tweeter. The center channel uses identical drivers to ensure a seamless soundstage, but employs a pair of woofers for better dialog reproduction, according to the company.

The LE 125 subwoofer features Canton’s SC technology, extending the system’s bass response all the way down to 22 Hz, while maintaining low distortion. It features a10-inch cellulose-graphite cone, bass reflex enclosure, and 150-watt built-in amplifier. It includes variable bass level, switchable phase control, and a crossover that can be adjusted from 50 to 150 Hz.

The Canton Movie LE 125 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $1599. The Take 5-LE 1 system is currently available at a suggested retail price of $1000.

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xHiFi xDucer Game Speaker System

xHiFi manufacturers audio and home theater products that, according to the company, provide state-of-the-art levels of design and technology within non-traditional, real-world applications. The company’s debut product, the xDucer, is a compact, upgradeable, three-piece loudspeaker system (two satellites plus one subwoofer) designed for today’s multimedia consumer, who values improved sound quality from everyday sources like PCs, MP3 players, and gaming consoles (such as XBox, Playstation 2, and Game Cube). The xDucer will begin shipping on April 1, 2003, at a special introductory price of $695.

The xDucer’s European Cherry finished subwoofer enclosure also houses the system’s high-current 50-watt subwoofer amplifier and custom 50-watt Class “D” digital amplifier for the two satellite speakers. The subwoofer’s single 6.5-inch paper cone driver mates precisely to the satellites, which employ a high-bandwidth 360-degree driver, delivering rich, enveloping sound quality with frequency response out to over 50 kHz, allowing compatibility with higher resolution formats like DVD-Audio and SACD.

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Creative MegaWorks THX 6.1 650 Speaker System

Creative Technology Ltd. has announced the availability of the 600-watt Creative MegaWorks THX 6.1 650 speaker system through and for only $299.99 (which reflects the price after rebate for purchase of Sound Blaster Audigy 2 with MegaWorks THX 6.1 650). High-end computer gaming machine manufacturer Alienware will also ship the MegaWorks THX 6.1 speaker system this month, in custom-configured PCs featuring the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card.

The Creative MegaWorks THX 6.1 arms PC gamers with a speaker system to take full advantage of the high-definition 6.1 audio playback capabilities of the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2. The Creative MegaWorks THX 6.1 delivers 600 watts of Total System Burst Power for 6.1 surround sound from today’s DirectSound 3D games.

Creative MegaWorks THX 6.1 650 delivers seven-channel BASH amplification, 600 watts of total system Burst Power, and 99 dB SNR with frequency response of 25 Hz–20 kHz through six magnetically shielded speakers and one subwoofer. A small, rare earth magnet in each speaker and a high precision 3.5-inch driver contribute to the system’s design. The wood subwoofer features dual flare porting with a down-firing 8-inch long-throw driver to produce true low-frequency effects for surround sound playback.

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Panasonic Slim Digital Receivers

Panasonic has introduced the SA-XR25 and SA-XR45 slim, digital receivers. The SA-XR25 and SA-XR45 are Panasonic’s second-generation, fully digital receivers. The receivers deliver 100 watts to each of the six channels.

Both models are equipped with 6-channel discrete inputs to deliver DVD-Audio music. They decode the DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX surround formats, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1-channel sources and Dolby Pro Logic II.

A Digital Re-Master feature on the SA-XR45 adds home-theater-like sound quality to compressed music files such as MP3 tracks. In addition, the SA-XR45 also has a Second-Room Output with Independent Selection, enabling users in one room, for example, to use the receiver to watch a film, while those in another room can use it for listening to a CD or DVD-Audio disc.

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