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Peer­less-av HDS-WHDI100 Peerair Wire­less HD Sys­tem

Let’s say you bought a great lit­tle TV for your newly re­mod­eled kitchen so you can watch Net­flix while you’re cook­ing din­ner. Prob­lem is, you’re not about to carve up those pris­tine walls to run an HDMI ca­ble from your fam­ily room. With Peer­less-av’s HDS-WHDI100 Peerair sys­tem, you can skip the wires and wire­lessly stream an HD sig­nal from a source com­po­nent up to 100 feet away. No Static at All: The sys­tem, which com­prises a com­pact trans­mit­ter and re­ceiver, cre­ates its own (802.11n) Wi-fi net­work to avoid in­ter­fer­ing with your ex­ist­ing Wi-fi net­work. The trans­mit­ter has two HDMI in­puts and a passthrough port so you can watch a movie on a lo­cal hard­wired TV while wire­lessly stream­ing that same movie to a sec­ond TV, of­ten elim­i­nat­ing the need for an ex­tra ca­ble box. Price: $299

Peer­less-av • (800) 865-2112 • peer­less-av.com

Mcin­tosh MCT500 SACD/CD Trans­port

Au­dio­philes with to-die-for disc col­lec­tions will ap­pre­ci­ate Mcin­tosh’s lat­est au­dio mar­vel: a high-performance SACD/CD trans­port that plays “all com­mon disc types” as well as au­dio files stored on a disc or USB drive. Sup­ported file for­mats in­clude AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 192 khz/24 bit), and WMA. Of course, the MCT500 is a trans­port—not a player—so it must be con­nected to a preamp, re­ceiver, or in­te­grated am­pli­fier with dig­i­tal in­puts and a dig­i­tal-to-ana­log con­verter (DAC). Silky Smooth: The trans­port reads au­dio data at twice the nor­mal rate to im­prove track­ing and er­ror cor­rec­tion, and disc han­dling is de­scribed as smooth and quiet, thanks to a die-cast alu­minum tray and ad­vanced dig­i­tal servo. Bal­anced, coax­ial, and op­ti­cal dig­i­tal out­puts are pro­vided in ad­di­tion to Mcin­tosh’s pro­pri­etary MCT con­nec­tor, which is re­quired for SACD play­back. Price: $4,500 Mcin­tosh • (607) 723-3512 • mcin­tosh­labs.com

Mon­i­tor Au­dio Vecta V240 Corner Speaker

Ver­sa­til­ity is a beau­ti­ful thing, and Mon­i­tor Au­dio’s Vecta V240 has it in spades. It looks great, has an in­ge­nious sin­gle-point-con­nec­tion bracket that sim­pli­fies in­stal­la­tion, and can be mounted ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally. But that’s not all: The speaker is weather re­sis­tant, so you can take it out­side and mount it un­der the eaves. Built to Last: The speaker’s ce­ramic-coated alu­minum mag­ne­sium (C-CAM) driv­ers—two 4-inch woofers and a 1-inch an­odized gold dome tweeter—are mounted on a curved baf­fle to “en­sure a con­trolled sound­field” and en­cased in a high-den­sity ABS en­clo­sure with a rust-proof grille. An IP-55 rat­ing means the V240 is dust re­sis­tant and able to with­stand a di­rect water spray. Price: $575 each

Mon­i­tor Au­dio (dis­trib­uted by Kevro In­ter­na­tional) • (905) 428-2800 • mon­i­torau­dio.com

Sonar­works True-fi Head­phone App

Ready to make your or­di­nary head­phones ex­tra­or­di­nary? With its True-fi head­phone app, Sonar­works aims to de­liver a sonic ex­pe­ri­ence that gets closer to the way artists in­tend their mu­sic to be heard. The app ef­fec­tively an­a­lyzes and EQS the fre­quency re­sponse of 138 pop­u­lar head­phone mod­els from 38 brands to cre­ate a flat,

“stu­dio ref­er­ence” re­sponse curve. Get Per­sonal: Once the app works its magic, you can per­son­al­ize the sound to com­pen­sate for age-re­lated hear­ing loss and even tweak the bass since most of us prefer a lit­tle boost over com­pletely flat sound. Visit sonar­works.com for a list of head­phones, an au­dio demo, and a free trial. The app is avail­able for Mac and PC, and Sonar­works of­fers a 15-day money-back guar­an­tee. Price: $79

Sonar­works • sonar­works.com

Elac De­but 2.0 Speaker Sys­tem

Elac’s nine-model De­but 2.0 speaker se­ries builds on the An­drew Jones– de­signed De­but se­ries in­tro­duced in 2015. The cab­i­nets have been re­designed with a front-mounted port for greater place­ment flex­i­bil­ity and are made of thick MDF, in­ter­nally braced to re­duce cabi­net vi­bra­tions and un­wanted col­orations. A new silk-dome tweeter with a wide-dis­per­sion wave­guide has also been added along with an aramid-fiber woofer that was re­designed to im­prove stiff­ness and damp­ing. Some­thing for Ev­ery­one:

The line com­prises two two-way book­shelf speak­ers ($250/pair and $300/pair), a cou­ple of two-way cen­ter speak­ers ($200 and $280) de­signed to min­i­mize power re­quire­ments from low-cost re­ceivers, two three-way tow­ers ($600/pair and $800/ pair), an add-on Dolby Atmos height mod­ule ($250/pair), two wall-mount­able speak­ers, and an app-con­trolled 400-watt sub­woofer with a 10-inch driver ($450). All cab­i­nets are fin­ished in black ash vinyl. Elac • (714) 252-8843 • elac.com

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