UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ. Onkyo aims to bring cinematic sound to listening rooms where space or budget preclude use of a multi-speaker surround-sound setup by introducing two additions to its Envision Cinema line with a new soundbar system and an innovative all-in-one TV-base speaker system.
The LS-B50 (soundbar with wireless subwoofer) and LS-T10 combine a multi-channel, multi-speaker array with powerful DSP technology to fill rooms with panoramic sound. As well as boosting audio from TV, gaming consoles and media players, these audio systems are among the easiest to use of any on the market requiring only a single digital cable to connect. Operating these units is simplified by using a regular TV remote control since both the LS-B50 and LS-T10 are preprogrammed with IR codes for nine major TV brands and learning ability for others. This feature is also available on the Onkyos initial Envision Cinema offering, the LS-3100.
Adding even further value, these products double as a powerful home hi-fi systems with Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming via mobile and PC. USB ports are also included to play audio from flash-memory-enabled media players such as smartphones, tablets, and mass storage-class devices.
For expansive sound in the living room, bedroom, or kitchen, the LS-B50 pack eight drivers (six full-range drivers and two ring-radiator tweeters) into very compact package. The LS-T10, meanwhile, features a total of six full-range drivers plus an powerful integrated subwoofer and is designed to slip neatly underneath the television base.
Both models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by AuraSphere DSP from Onkyo. Advanced algorithms manage equalization and sound pressure levels in real time to create a realistic 3D immersion field from regular PCM stereo or Dolby® Digital sources.
Unlike rival DSP technologies, AuraSphere expands the traditional sweet spot (the area directly in front of the TV where audio sounds best) to create an all-enveloping 3D sound field that places the listener in the center of the action wherever they are in the room.
Three sound modes optimize playback of different content, with News Mode cleaning up and projecting dialog more intelligibly, Movie Mode shaping for greater realism and impact, and Music Mode equalizing for a more balanced and engaging listen.
The LS-B50 adds a wireless active subwoofer for deep-reaching bass impact from almost anywhere in the room, while the LS-B40 includes a subwoofer pre-out. Wall-mounting kits and IR flashers enable flexible soundbar placement.
With the release of the LS-B50, and LS-T10, Onkyo reaffirms its position as the leading supplier of home entertainment solutions to suit every lifestyle and budget, from compact TV audio systems to audiophile-grade 9.2-channel home theater installations.
The LS-B50 and LS-T10 Envision Cinema products will both be available in September and have suggested retail prices of $699 and $499 respectively.