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Gefen Launches USB Audio, Home-Automation Upgrade

By Joseph Palenchar June 25,2013

Gefen is coming to CE Week with its first USB audio product and with upgrades to a home-automation device that provides tablet and smartphone control of multiple home systems.
Gefen’s $999 Compact Pro Audio Package consists of a USB Audio DAC, amplifier, and speakers.

The USB audio product is the $999 Gefen Compact Pro Audio Package, which just began shipping and consists of a USB-to-audio decoder, a pair of speakers, and a two-channel amplifier.

The USB decoder fits in the palm of a hand and incorporates DAC to deliver computer audio to an amplifier or headset in up to 192kHz resolution. The palm-size device connects via USB to a computer, and the device features optical digital output, stereo analog output, and quarter-inch headphone jack for plugging in high-end headphones.

The USB-to-audio decoder connects to the GefenTV 2.1 2x50-watt audio amplifier, which incorporates two digital inputs and one analog input. The selected audio source is delivered as analog stereo to a pair of GefenTV speakers. If a multichannel-audio source is selected, the amplifier automatically down mixes the content to 2.1 channels. A powered subwoofer can be connected to the amp’s RCA output.

The system, which has begun shipping, also features Dolby Volume technology in the amplifier to automatically even out the different volume between different audio sources.

For home-automation installers, Gefen will unveil upgradesfor its $999 Gefen Audio / Video Automation System (GAVA) software-hardware solution. The 3.0 update ships in the next three to four weeks.
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