CE Week 2015: New Audio Products


Sunfire debuted the XTEQ Series Subwoofers, which include 8, 10, and 12" models and provide massive, yet accurate output from a small form factor. Each enclosure is fitted with an active side-firing driver and side-firing passive radiator, powered by the Tracking Down Converter amplifier with up to 3,000 watts of clean power. Additionally, the units feature a digital Auto-EQ, which utilize an included microphone for self-calibration.

The Asymmetrical Cardioid Surround (ACS) is designed with a thinner wall as compared to its thicker outer wall, which enables the XTEQ to deliver well-defined, tight bass with extended woofer excursion. Additional features include anti-walking tread design feet, gold-plated connectors, soft clipping circuitry, variable crossover level, and variable phase control.

The Seaboard Grand from Roli is now being shipped. The cutting edge musical instrument and MIDI controller re-imagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous, pressure-sensitive control surface. This new interface offers polyphonic pitch-bend, vibrato, and per-note dynamics that marries the intuitiveness of a traditional instrument with the versatility of digital technology.

The Seaboard Grand is available in 37-key and 61-key versions. Additionally, there is a limited number of 88-key instruments available. Each instrument features an integrated octave shift, sound dial, two ¼" continuous pedal inputs, two ¼" balanced audio output jacks, a 1/8" stereo headphone jack, USB Type A & B ports, volume control, and a 9 to 12 VDC power input. The instrument ships with a software suite from many third-party companies and includes its own Equator software, which is a purpose-built engine for the multi-dimensional control of the Seaboard Grand.

Cleer has released four models of headphones: DJ, NC, BT, and DU, each capable of high-definition playback. The Professional DJ Headphone offers studio recording and mastering-grade performance for the discerning audio enthusiast and features the innovative psycho-acoustic spectral compensation (PASC) technology that seamlessly delivers solid bass performance, regardless of volume settings. The NC-Noise Canceling headphones utilize hybrid active and passive noise-canceling technologies. The active circuit uses four microphones to capture the ambient noise and invert the phase of the identical sounds, which cancel them both out. A full circumaural design is employed for passive noise isolation, which blocks out 99.5% of environmental noise.

The BT-Headphones offer aptX digital encoding technology that is capable of streaming high-resolution audio wirelessly. Additionally, the headphones offer near-field communication (NFC) technology, which allow for simple connections to smartphones or music players. The DU –Dual Driver headphones utilize separate mid-high and bass drivers and together with a built-in fine-tuned crossover, create a voiced and balanced sound well suited for high-resolution lossless music.

Merging Technologies has released the NADAC—Network Attached Digital to Analog Converter, which harnesses the company’s high-end audio converters and makes them available to audiophiles with advanced network capability. The NADAC is offered in stereo and eight-channel versions. The stereo version merges eight channels of ESS Sabre ES9008S Reference converters into two for improved linearity, grater dynamic range, and a lower noise floor. The eight-channel version operates in an eight discrete channel mode, but may also merge the eight into two channels as the stereo version. Both versions offer balanced XLR outputs and unbalanced RCA outputs, as well as a separate headphone output for uncompromised DSD/DXD listening.

The NADAC utilizes Ethernet (RAVENNA/AES67) on an RJ45 connector, which accepts 44.1 to 384 kHz PCM, DXD, DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256. The system works with Mac (CoreAudio) and Windows (ASIO) and can accept cable runs up to 100m on a single Cat5e or Cat6 cable. All rates are controlled by the NADAC, which provides ultra-precise communication clocking driven by the DAC. The Precision Time protocol is at the heart of the RAVENNA, which ensures a clock resolution of one nanosecond. Additional inputs include AES/EBU (3-pin XLR), SPDIF (Toslink), SPDIF (Coaxial), and Word Clock (BNC). There is an intuitive and ergonomic front panel display and rotary control.  The system can also be controlled by the Universal Remote Control, a control interface available on any web-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer that allows for the source selection and listening level of any NADAC on the network.