Quick equipment update, while I work on a few reviews

June 28, 2004


Onkyo’s First Universal DVD-A, SACD 6 disc DVD Carousel Changer looks to be a promising player for those interested in changers. It’s THX Certified with adjustable video black level control.

And from Gizmodo, Kenwood’s “Supreme” networked AV Amplifier, supports MPEG-1/2 and XviD as well as mp3 playback.

So Kenwood announced a whole mess of high-end AV amplifiers, but the VRS-N8100, the “Supreme,” is a monster, with a huge array of video formats [MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Xvid], audio [MP3, WMA, OggVorbis], and still images, including PNG. Not only that, but it’s got a 10/100 Ethernet interface for lots of lovely streaming, a bevy of surround sound formats, inputs, outputs — it’s crazy fancy, I’m saying. Plus they even built in a system that adds back in the high tones to MP3s and other compressed audio formats that sometimes get cropped during compression (hearing is believing, of course). TechJapan was kind enough to translate the press release, and Akiba.SorobanGeeks fished out the high quality images (and more information on the rest of the Kenwood offerings).

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater News