The 2011 International CES brought 130,000 to Las Vegas to see the newest and best in video and audio products for the coming year. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors and attendees was justified by some significant technological advances and wonderful sights and sounds.
This week Marantz unveiled two new models in their Blu-ray player line, the UD7005 (SRP: $899, available in September, replacing the BD7004), and UD5005 (SRP $599, available in August, replacing the BD5004) Universal Media Players.
The Rotel RSP-1570/RMB-1575 Surround Sound Processor/Five Channel Amplifier are a match made in heaven that offer flexible setup, superb performance with movie soundtracks, and enriching music playback that rivals more expensive preamps. The RSP-1570 lacks automatic setup/room correction, Dolby Volume and network connectivity which are features found in similar products at its price point. However the good outweighs the bad and enthusiasts who are searching for high quality sound, user friendly setup, and sturdy construction wrapped in an understated but elegant package that exudes class should head to the nearest Rotel dealer for an audition.
Sony has added three new 3D-Ready AVRs to its top-of-the-line ES models with the introduction of the STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4600ES, and STR-DA3600ES, which all support HDMI 1.4 and the audio return channel (ARC) for Blu-ray 3D playback. Additionally, the consumer electronics company has also unveiled a new ES model Blu-ray 3D player, the BDP-S1700ES.
Take a seat and get ready to drool HT fanatics, because Onkyo has just unleashed their latest top-of the-crop in A/V Receivers and these two units have all the modern accoutrement one would expect in flagship units.
Denon unveiled 10 AVRs ranging in price from $249 to $1,999 all featuring HDMI 1.4a at a press event in New York City earlier this week and a host of networking features including Pandora Music Direct, and remote access.
McIntosh Laboratory, a leader in the high-end audio and video markets today unveiled their latest drool-worthy player, the universal format MVP881 BR…