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Fo­cal 300 Se­ries In-wall/ceil­ing Speak­ers

Fo­cal, known for its great-look­ing (and -sound­ing) speak­ers, has ex­panded its mid-priced 300 Se­ries of in-wall/ceil­ing speak­ers with three mod­els that fea­ture the brand’s sig­na­ture flax cone woofers and in­verted-dome alu­minum-mag­ne­sium tweet­ers. All have a low-pro­file frame with a mag­netic grille and are de­signed for quick in­stal­la­tion (no tools re­quired) and high power han­dling. Three’s Com­pany:

The 300 IW6 ($499) is a two-way, sin­gle-woofer de­sign suit­able for mu­sic and home theater ap­pli­ca­tions, while the more elon­gated IWLCR6 (shown, $799) has two woofers flank­ing a midrange/tweeter com­ple­ment that can be ro­tated 90 de­grees, mak­ing it ideal for use as a left-, cen­ter-, or right-chan­nel speaker in a home theater. The ICLCR5 ($799) is also well suited for home theater with a left/cen­ter/right chan­nel se­lec­tor and piv­ot­ing midrange/tweeter mod­ule that lets you di­rect sound to­ward the lis­ten­ing area. Fo­cal USA • (800) 663-9352 • fo­cal.com/us

In­te­gra DRX-7.1 A/V Re­ceiver

In­te­gra’s DRX-7.1 is aimed at “film and mu­sic lovers with big rooms and high ex­pec­ta­tions.” To help meet those ex­pec­ta­tions, the 9.2-chan­nel re­ceiver is THX Se­lect cer­ti­fied and rated to de­liver 140 watts per chan­nel (into 8 ohms) with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X pro­cess­ing for sur­round lay­outs with up to 5.2.4 chan­nels (or 7.2.4 if you con­nect its mul­ti­chan­nel pre­outs to a stereo amp). It sup­ports three high dy­namic range (HDR) for­mats—dolby Vi­sion, HDR 10, and HLG (Hy­brid Log-gamma)—wide color gamut, Rec. 2020 video passthrough, and “vir­tu­ally ev­ery high-res­o­lu­tion and loss­less au­dio for­mat.” One-ca­ble Con­nec­tiv­ity:

The DRX-7.1 is one of the first re­ceivers to sup­port the HDBASET stan­dard, which en­ables 4K/60p/4:4:4 video and un­com­pressed au­dio to be trans­mit­ted up to 328 feet over a Cat6 (or above) Eth­er­net ca­ble along with con­trol signals and up to 100 watts of power. Price: $2,400

In­te­gra • (800) 225-1946 • in­te­gra­homethe­ater.com

Acous­tic Re­search AR-E10 In-ear Head­phones

AR A says it used top-shelf com­po­nents and spared no ex­pense in de­sign­ing its first in-ear m mon­i­tor, the AR-E10. Each ear­phone fea­tures a hy­brid acous­tic mod­ule that com­bines a an 8mm (0.3-inch) beryl­lium driver with a pro­pri­etary bal­anced ar­ma­ture driver.

Two for One: The AR-E10S come with a Blue­tooth/aptx neck­band for wire­less stream­ing and a choice of de­tach­able ca­bles—one with a 3.5mm mini­jack con­nec­tor, the other with a 4.4mm bal­anced five-pole con­nec­tor; all ca­bles con­nect via a two-pin in­ter­face and are re­in­forced with a su­per-strong syn­thetic fiber. AR also throws in ex­tra sil­i­cone rub­ber and me­mory foam eartips and a carry pouch. Price: $250 Acous­tic Re­search • (844) 353-1307 • acous­tic­sre­search-hifi.com

NAD M17 V2 Preamp/pro­ces­sor

When NAD up­dates its A/V gear, it doesn’t mess around. The Masters Se­ries M17 V2, a re­make of its top-of-the-line M17 sur­round sound preamp/pro­ces­sor, boasts 11.1 bal­anced out­puts (up from 7.1) and of­fers Dolby Atmos ob­ject-based de­cod­ing along­side Dolby Truehd and DTS-HD Master Au­dio. It’s also equipped with Dirac Live—ar­guably the most ad­vanced room-cor­rec­tion soft­ware on the planet—and sup­ports mul­ti­room hi-res au­dio stream­ing via the BLUOS plat­form de­vel­oped by sis­ter com­pany Blue­sound as well as the lat­est 4K/HDMI fea­tures, in­clud­ing HDCP 2.2 copy pro­tec­tion, 4:4:4 color, and high dy­namic range (HDR). Mod Squad: The M17 V2 fea­tures NAD’S Mod­u­lar De­sign Con­struc­tion (Mdc)—which sep­a­rates au­dio, video, and other func­tions on re­mov­able mod­ules to pro­tect against ob­so­les­cence—and is equipped with five HDMI in­puts and two out­puts plus two sets of coax­ial and op­ti­cal dig­i­tal in­puts and out­puts. Price: $5,999

NAD • nad­elec­tron­ics.com

Acer VL7860 Ul­tra HD Laser Pro­jec­tor

Hailed as the world’s small­est 4K Ul­tra HD laser pro­jec­tor ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing up to 3,000 (ANSI) lu­mens of light, Acer’s VL7860 can project a gar­gan­tuan 10-foot (di­ag­o­nal) im­age and sup­ports high dy­namic range (HDR) and an ex­panded color gamut said to cover 110 per­cent of the Rec. 70 709 stan­dard. It’s also com­pat­i­ble with the Rec. 2020 color space and ad­justs lamp power on the fly to op­ti­mize black lev­els. Cal­i­bra­tionk­ing: Cal­i­bra­tion King: Is­fcer­ti­fied ISF Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­bra­tion Con­trols (Is­fccc) pro­vide tools for op­ti­miz­ing color and bright­ness, and the pro­jec­tor has an Eco­mode Eco mode that’s said to ex ex­tend laser life by up to 30,000 hours. An­other nifty fea­ture is Acu­mo­tion frame in­ter­po­la­tion, which an­a­lyzes v video in real time and gen­er­ates in­ter­me­di­ate frames to en­sure “seam­less­mo­tion. “seam­less mo­tion.” Pr Price: $4,000 Acer Ace­r­amer­ica Amer­ica • (866) 695-2237 • acer.com

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