Hertz is lowering its prices significantly this year, with some products seeing reductions of around 25 percent.
As of January 1, the high end maker of amplifier and speakers, reduced prices on Hi-Energy label components and coaxials and Hertz HDP and HCP woofers as well as Hertz woofers.
In addition, Hertz showed during CES, its first DSP amplifier, joining its higher end sister company Audison in providing a Hi-Res Audio processor.
Hertz said it lowered prices in order to be more competitive and it has moved to a business model of hitting specific price points.
The Hertz HDP5 5-channel compact amplifier, which sold for $799, is now $599. A Hi-Energy coaxial speaker that was $349 last year is now $249 and a component set that was $549 is now $399. Also a Hi-Energy 12 inch woofer that had a street price of $299 last year is now $219.
Pricing at Audison will remain the same.
Hertz’s first DSP amplifier, the H8 DSP can work with an analog or digital source to create Hi-Res Audio using a 32 bit Cirrus Logic processor at 147 MHz with digital signal processing chips and analog to digital (AD) and digital to analog (DA) converters at 48Hz with 24 bit resolution.
It provides automatic de-equalization of the head unit’s audio signal and full bandwidth reconstruction with a simple push button switch (so need for a PC).
It has 7 inputs and 8 outputs including an optical digital input, 4 independent high-level input channels with auto summing capability, 1 analog low-level stereo auxiliary input, and 1 high-level audio interrupt input for phone mute.
Also included is a 31-band graphic equalizer, crossover filters and time alignment.
A shipping date and price for the H8 DSP was not available.
Photo: H8 DSP shown on right