Jensen Intros Hi-Res Audio Ready Speakers and Amplifiers

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Jensen is announcing at CES three Power series amplifier that are designed to work with Hi-Res Audio systems (that deliver better than CD quality audio).

The amplifiers can handle the extra dynamic range produced in Hi-Res Audio.  All three amplifiers deliver 10Hz to 100kHz, 3dB audio, allowing the full audio spectrum to be reproduced, said Jensen parent, Dual Electronics.

Pre-amplifier and amplifier signal levels have also been optimized to increase the signal to noise ratio, it said.

Dual was one of the first suppliers to show a Hi-Res Audio deck with WiFi streaming.   The deck allows streaming of Hi-Res Audio files in up to 24bit/192 kHz.  But after winning a CES Innovation Award last year, the model DWF916L was put on hold until the market is ready for such a player, said Dual’s CEO Jim Braun, who believes the product is still a bit ahead of its time.  It was originally expected to ship last spring at $499.

The company says Hi-Res Audio is a great quality audio format and plans to ship the new amplifiers in March,  although the DWF916L remains on hold.

The 3 new Hi-Res audio ready amplifiers are the Power250x2 ($89.99 suggested retail price), Power400x4 ($119.99), and Power500x1 ($129.99).   The Power250x2  is a 2-channel Class AB amplifier with 500 watt peak power and the Power400x4 is a 4-channel version with 800 watt peak power.   A third mono Class AB amp is the Power500x1 with 1,000 watt peak power.

These are joined by new XS653 High-Resolution Series 6.5-inch 3-way speakers rated at 70 watt RMS power handling with a frequency response > 30kHz to support Hi-Res Audio playback.  They use a 25mm silk dome tweeter and will ship in the first half at a suggested retail price of $69.99.


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