New Gear- CES Audio
Acoustic Research (AR) Sound Enhancer (TDS202). Available Q1 at a suggested retail price of $119.99. Component device that features the company's True Dimensional Sound (TDS) technology, that claims to unlock hidden elements such as background instruments and vocals unintentionally buried in the mix. With stereo RCA inputs and outputs, it is only for two-channel applications. Call (800) 969-AR4U or visit www.acoustic-research.com.
SONICblue Rio Riot. Available this month for $399.95 SRP. The Rio Riot is a hard disk-based digital audio player that offers 20GB of storage space and supports both MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) playback. The device also features an integrated FM tuner, MoodLogic music management software and compatibility with PC as well as Apple's iTunes. Call (408) 588-8000 or visit www.sonicblue.com.
Pinnacle SubSonic Subwoofer. Available now for $699. Advertised to be the "world's smallest powered subwoofer" at a 7 7/8-inch cube producing bass down to 28 Hz @ -3dB with 107.5 decibel output. The company says the secrets to its performance are specially designed dual 6-inch subwoofers driven by a powerful 300-watt amplifier. Call (516) 576-9052 or visit www.pinnaclespeakers.com.