March 09, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
This Suite is pretty sweet, indeed. Audio Design Associates (ADA) is showing off its new Suite 7.1 HD home theater decoder/preamp at this week’s Electronic House Expo, and it’ll have your home theater cookin’ in full-throttle 7.1 to the latest high-res audio and video.
The unit itself measures a measly 1.75 inches high so it barely takes up space in your equipment rack, but it stuffs a whole lot into the compact space. It can also be adjusted and monitored remotely by your installer if hooked into your home network.
All of its HDMI inputs/mirror outputs get lined up nicely in a row—all eight of them, to feed more HD sources than you can think of.
Other connections include four analog audio inputs, two Toslink digital audio outs, six digital coax inputs, 7.1 channel audio outputs, low-voltage trigger, ADA Bus data port to connect to the company’s multiroom systems, and Ethernet port.
With all of those HDMI ports, ADA made sure to include decoding ability for Dolby TrueHD and Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master and High Resolution audio, and multichannel PCM audio. You also get Dolby Volume so everything flows on an even keel and you can maintain high audio detail even at lower volume levels, and THX Ultra2 Plus is also included.
ADA expects to unleash this one on home theaters in Q2 of this year, with an MSRP of $5,499.
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