Marantz showed its THX Select-certified SR8200 receiver.
Marantz showed its new SR8200 digital surround receiver with THX Select certification. The 6.1-channel receiver is upgradable to 7.1-channel sound because of its additional preamp inputs and outputs. It's rated to deliver 120 watts into each of its six channels and retails for $1,699.
SonicBlue's Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center
SonicBlue demonstrated it Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center that serves a hub for all that's MP3 and WMA. Its 40-GB hard drive stores more than 650 CDs worth of music, plus it can rip and burn regular and MP3 CDs with its built-in disc recorder. A large display screen makes easy work of ripping, burning, and cataloging. It transfers music to Rio portables through USB ports. It even comes with a Rio Receiver, or as SonicBlue calls it, a "client," and a 10-Mbps PNA connection for remote listening, all for $1,500.
At the more affordable end of things, Denon displayed its stylish new D-A03 personal audio system. The D-A03 incorporates a vertical-loading CD player, an AM/FM tuner, and speakers for $299.
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