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New York, New York – Hisense today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Google TV powered 55-inch XT780 television.

The Hisense 55XT780 with Google TV expands upon Hisense’s depth of experience with Google TV, allowing consumers to enjoy a new level of intuitive content discovery and viewing recommendations in addition to easy navigation to integrated services that include Netflix, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube and more. The XT780 series brings Google Play, web search, e-mail, shopping, news and online videos to users’ fingertips.

Built on Google’s robust Android platform, Google TV enables TV-optimized versions of Chrome, Google Play, Search, TV & Movies and YouTube. Just as Google does with web searches, Google TV can intuitively search and sort through millions of channels and shows across live television, content services, the home network, apps, and the web, discovering and delivering the most meaningful content to each viewer. Supporting standard and high definition content in 2D and 3D, Flash and HTML5 as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and AVC formats, the 55XT780 with Google TV powers the most versatile TV experience available for home entertainment today.

The Hisense 55-inch XT780 will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2013 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

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About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart,, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

Editorial contact:
JoAnne Foist (Hisense USA): +1-(678) 318-9060 ext. 210
Mark Chisholm (Definition Branding & Marketing): +1-(503) 715-0990 ext. 29

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At CES 2012, XPAND 3D is introducing the world’s first fully automated 3D Ecosystem, which automatically detects whether a viewer is wearing 3D glasses and configures their display device for 3D operation. The 3D Ecosystem works in conjunction with XPAND’s 3D Electronic Eyewear and a compatible display device such as a TV, projector or computer.

The XPAND 3D Ecosystem makes 3D viewing more convenient than ever. Other active and passive 3D systems require the viewer to manually switch the TV (or computer or projector) from 3D to 2D operation whenever they want to watch in 3D or 2D. With the XPAND 3D Ecosystem, the viewer just puts on the XPAND 3D Electronic Eyewear and the display automatically does the rest.

The 3D Ecosystem works using bi-directional RF communication between the glasses and the TV. When the wearer puts the XPAND 3D Glasses on, the glasses automatically send a signal to the TV that tells it to switch to 3D mode. When the user takes the glasses off, the TV automatically switches back to 2D mode. The XPAND 3D Electronic Eyewear has an automatic on/off mode that activates when the user puts the glasses on and takes them off. In addition, the glasses can be tailored to the user’s preferences with individual 3D preset settings.

“As 3D broadcast standards evolve into a single stream that contains both 2D and 3D, our innovative glasses will allow our customers to watch 3D only by wearing glasses, and to watch 2D only by removing the glasses,” said Ami Dror, Chief Strategy Officer for XPAND 3D. “The displays will simply follow the indicators from the glasses. Such features along with other innovative features like automatic on/off, and automatic individual user 3D presets, make the 3D experience more user-friendly than ever before.”

The XPAND 3D products are on exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall Lower Level, XPAND Booth #20231.

About XPAND 3D:

The global leader in the 3D technologies for home, business, education, cinema, military and medical applications, XPAND 3D is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND 3D provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.  XPAND 3D technology is used by over 4,500 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HARMAN’s Revel today announced the introduction of its Performa3 loudspeakers, a complete range of home theater and music loudspeakers that incorporates significant engineering enhancements to the original Performa Series to deliver extraordinary music and movie soundtrack reproduction. Complementing their audiophile-caliber performance, Revel Performa3 loudspeakers are stunning in appearance, with a choice of high-gloss real wood and automotive-grade painted finishes.

The 10 models in the Performa3 line include the following:

  • F308 3-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, three 8-inch woofers; SRP: $6,000/pr)
  • F208 3-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, dual 8-inch woofers; SRP: 4,500/pr)
  • F206 3-way floorstanding tower (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, dual 6.5-inch woofers; SRP: 3,000/pr)
  • M106 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer; SRP: $1,700/pr)
  • M105 2-way bookshelf monitor (1-inch tweeter, 5.25-inch woofer; SRP: $1,200/pr)
  • C208 3-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, 4-inch midrange, dual 8-inch woofers; SRP: $1,700/ea)
  • C205 2-way center channel (1-inch tweeter, dual 5.25-inch woofers; SRP: $1,000/ea)
  • S206 2-way surround speaker (dual 1-inch tweeters, dual 6.5-inch woofers; SRP: 1,800/pr)
  • B112 powered subwoofer (12-inch woofer, built-in 1000-watt amplifier; SRP: $2,500/ea)
  • B110 powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 500-watt amplifier; SRP: $1,700/ea)

“Our Revel Performa loudspeakers have earned rave reviews from audiophiles since their initial introduction,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Manager, Marketing for HARMAN Luxury Audio Group. “We have made a number of advancements in loudspeaker materials and manufacturing technologies that we are now able to incorporate into the upgraded Performa3 models. We are confident that listeners will be thrilled with the improvements in sonic performance and musical accuracy.”

To achieve their superior sound quality, Revel Performa3 loudspeakers deploy proprietary drivers throughout. The 1-inch pure-aluminum-dome tweeters deliver airy, extended high-frequency response to beyond 20kHz, with superlative detail and clarity. The tweeters operate into an exclusive Acoustic Lens Waveguide that is precisely shaped for optimum imaging and horizontal and vertical dispersion both on-and off axis.

The midrange and low-frequency drivers employ aluminum cones for extraordinary resolution and responsiveness, along with a seamless sonic blend with the tweeters. The cones have integral ribs that add strength and rigidity for clear, richly detailed sound with reduced distortion even at higher volumes. The drivers incorporate additional refinements including cast-aluminum frames and efficiently vented, high-power motor structures, to deliver smooth, natural vocal and instrumental reproduction.

Only the finest materials and internal components are used for Revel Performa3 loudspeakers, including air-core inductors and audiophile-grade polypropylene capacitors in the crossover network, and heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts. Depending on the model, a tweeter level control allows the speakers’ high-frequency balance to be fine-tuned, and a Boundary control enables the speakers to be tailored to individual room acoustics and placement positions.

The enclosures are built to the highest standards, with internal damping and bracing at critical locations and curved side

panels that minimize cabinet-induced coloration. The larger models feature individual sub-enclosures for the midrange drivers for maximum midrange clarity and definition. Each Revel Performa3 loudspeaker is individually calibrated against a manufacturing reference standard to ensure absolutely consistent performance from every speaker that leaves the factory.

Revel Performa3 loudspeakers are as stunning in appearance as they are in performance with elegantly proportioned curved and contoured enclosures that are available in a choice of high-gloss real-wood and automotive-grade painted finishes.

Revel Performa3 loudspeakers will be available in Q2 2012 except the F308 and B110, which will be available in September 2012.

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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Mark Levinson No52

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Marking one of the most significant milestones in its history, legendary audio company Mark Levinson is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012. To commemorate 40 years of offering the finest in ultrahigh-end audio/video components, Mark Levinson is introducing The 40th Anniversary Collection at CES 2012, which includes the № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier, the № 585 Integrated Amplifier, The № 519 SACD Disc Player and the № 560 Digital Audio Processor.

“Since its founding in 1972, no other brand has been as consistently synonymous with ultimate-performance audio as Mark Levinson,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Manager, Marketing Harman Luxury Audio Group. ”Our heritage has always been one of uncompromising technological innovation in the service of pure music reproduction, and the 40th Anniversary Collection is the embodiment of everything we’ve learned in the last 40 years – along with significant new design and engineering advancements.”

Every component in The 40th Anniversary Collection is designed to reproduce music with all of its nuances and subtleties – as well as thrilling dynamic authority and power. To this end, Mark Levinson components are engineered and built to the absolute highest standards in every respect, heirloom-quality products that are created to deliver unmatched sonic accuracy and make a direct emotional connection to the listener and the musical performance.

52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier

The № 52 is quite simply the finest Mark Levinson preamplifier ever. It is an all-analog, true dual-monaural design with a two-chassis configuration that separates the critical analog audio circuitry from the control section to maintain the purest signal paths possible.

The № 52 provides a comprehensive complement of inputs including three balanced XLR and four unbalanced RCA line-level inputs, and a dedicated phono input that is selectable for moving coil (MC) or moving magnet (MM) operation. Two sets of XLR and RCA stereo preamplifier outputs are provided, along with an auxiliary pair of XLR and RCA outputs that can be configured for fixed or variable level output with independent source selection. This enables the auxiliary outputs to function either as a third preamp out, a pass-through full-range subwoofer output or a record output.

The № 52 offers a unity gain SSP (surround sound processor) output that provides the ability to integrate the audio sources that are connected to it into a home theater system, while maintaining optimal and independent stereo operation for music sources. The № 52 provides extensive control and system interface connectivity via Ethernet, Mark Levinson’s proprietary ML Net, 12V trigger and IR control ports. In addition, a USB 2.0 (A) port facilitates possible future software upgrades. The № 52 is supplied with a remote control that can also be used to operate other Mark Levinson components.

The Mark Levinson № 52 is built to an extraordinary level of refinement. Its control section features mirror-imaged DC power supplies and AC regeneration circuits for remarkably clean and stable power delivery and signal purity. Individual left and right DC umbilical cords are used to connect to the audio sections in the second chassis, and control signals are delivered via a third cable to keep them isolated. The audio chassis is laid out in a mirror image, left/right configuration with isolated and independent circuit boards for the volume, main and auxiliary signal paths, and extensive shielding for critical components. The chassis is constructed from heavy aluminum extrusions and plates.

Like all Mark Levinson 40th Anniversary components, the № 52 is striking and elegant in appearance, with a rich, brushed metal black and silver faceplate accented by red illumination against a glass center panel.

585 Integrated Amplifier

The Mark Levinson № 585 integrated amplifier is ideal for audiophiles and music lovers who desire an all in one audio control center and stereo power amplifier that is space saving and easy to use and delivers ultimate-quality music reproduction. The № 585 offers three analog line-level audio inputs plus an MC/MM phono input and six digital audio inputs, to accommodate a wide array of music sources, and can be operated via its remote control. The № 585 delivers a generous 225 watts per channel power output into 8 ohms, to easily drive even inefficient audiophile loudspeakers, and provides a dedicated subwoofer output.

The № 585’s analog circuitry is optimized to deliver extraordinary sonic refinement, and it incorporates leading-edge 32-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converters for unsurpassed digital audio performance. The Mark Levinson No 585 includes HDMI™ 1.3, USB, AES/EBU and coaxial S/PDIF inputs, and provides USB and S/PDIF digital outputs. A host of onboard sonic tailoring facilities are provided including full bass management with high-pass filtering, low-pass crossover controls for the subwoofer output and more. The № 585’s unity gain SSP mode enables easy integration with home theater systems, and the № 585 offers a full complement of system control ports.

519 SACD Disc Player

The Mark Levinson № 519 SACD Disc Player is designed for those who demand nothing less than the finest in digital music reproduction. It combines a precision CD/SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) player mechanism with dual 32-bit/192kHz audiophile-grade digital to analog converters to deliver extraordinary fidelity, resolution and musical accuracy. Adding to its versatility, the № 519 also functions as a complete digital preamplifier. It includes four S/PDIF and USB digital inputs, plus XLR and RCA analog and HDMI 1.3, AES/EBU, optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs and an onboard digital volume control that enable the № 519 to be connected to a stereo or multichannel preamplifier or amplifier. In addition, the № 519 provides direct SACD audio output via its HDMI connection as well as high-resolution LPCM digital audio.

The Mark Levinson № 519’s elegant front panel features dedicated input and volume control knobs, facilitating its use as a digital preamplifier, and includes a USB 2.0 (A) connector to enable future upgrades. Its Ethernet, ML Link, 12V trigger and IR ports enable easy system integration, and the № 519 is supplied with a remote control that operates all its functions as well as those of select Mark Levinson preamplifiers.

560 Digital Audio Processor

The Mark Levinson № 560 is engineered to bring out the very best in all digital audio sources including high-resolution audio formats and serve as the heart of a digital audio music system. The Mark Levinson № 560 enables listeners to enjoy the full sonic benefits of computer audio, disc transports, streaming media devices and other digital sources thanks to its dual 32-bit, 192kHz premium digital to analog converters, digital volume control and impeccable engineering and construction.

The № 560 provides no less than 10 digital audio inputs including two optical and two coaxial S/PDIF inputs, three USB 2.0 (A) connectors, two HDMI inputs with DSD (Direct Stream Digital)-direct capability and an AES/EBU XLR input. The No 560’s XLR and RCA analog outputs facilitate connection to an amplifier or preamplifier. The № 560 is designed for extraordinary sonic performance, incorporating isolated digital and analog circuitry with independent power supplies, asynchronous clocking to ensure jitter-free performance from the dual 32-bit DACs, premium quality internal components throughout and many additional enhancements.

Suggested retail pricing for the Mark Levinson 50th Anniversary Collection is as follows: № 52 Reference Dual Monaural Preamplifier, $25,000; № 585 Integrated Amplifier, $10,000; No 519 SACD Disc Player, $8,000; № 560 Digital Audio Processor, $6.000. Delivery dates will be announced.

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — At CES 2012, JBL Synthesis announced that it is reintroducing its Array 1000 and Array 800 loudspeakers to its ultrahigh-end Project Array lineup. The Array 1000 floorstanding speaker and Array 800 bookshelf model combine compression midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency drivers with dynamic woofers to provide the sonic advantages of both designs.

“We are reintroducing our Array 1000 and Array 800 in response to market demands and the requests of our dealers,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Manager, Marketing HARMAN Luxury Audio Group. “The demand for our Project Array loudspeakers has increased to the point where it makes sense to offer a complete lineup of Array models for custom home theater and high-end audio enthusiasts.”

The Array 1000 and Array 800 combine the exceptional dynamic contrasts, transient response and efficiency of horn-loaded compression drivers with the accurate imaging and low-frequency presence of dynamic drivers, along with superlative resolution, an expansive soundstage and a natural tonal balance.

Both loudspeakers utilize exclusive JBL Bi-Radial® horn compression drivers mounted vertically atop the speakers without being housed in an enclosure. This cabinet-free mounting eliminates enclosure diffraction effects to yield remarkably stable imaging and an immersive three-dimensional sound field. The Bi-Radial horns are made from an inert material to eliminate unwanted audible colorations, and incorporate the midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency drivers into a single horn assembly that provides optimum dispersion and a smooth tonal balance both on- and off-axis.

The Array 1000 and Array 800 both incorporate a premium midrange/high-frequency compression driver with an edge-wound aluminum voice coil, high-power neodymium magnet and Aquaplas®-treated aluminum dome; the Aquaplas damping yields smoother, tighter and more accurate sonic performance. The driver operates into a rapid flare phase plug and the Bi-Radial horn assembly. The Array 1000 and Array 800 both employ an ultrahigh-frequency transducer with a 1” pure titanium driver that achieves a frequency response to beyond 40kHz.

The Array 1000 and Array 800 utilize 10-inch and 8-inch treated-pulp-cone woofers, respectively, that are directly derived from JBL’s professional loudspeakers. The cones’ polymer coating treatment augments the pulp-cone fiber with added rigidity and damping, for a more neutral tonal balance and tighter bass response.

The heavy-duty die cast-frame woofers feature large-diameter voice coils that incorporate JBL’s Symmetrical Field Geometry™ (SFG™) technology, which lowers woofer distortion by maintaining a symmetrical magnetic field in the voice coil gap, as opposed to conventional woofers with asymmetrical magnetic fields. The uniform magnetic field ensures linear cone travel, reduces distortion and enables higher power-handling capability.

Complementing their exceptional drivers, the JBL Array 1000 and Array 800 are constructed using the highest-grade materials and internal components, including low-loss air-core inductors in the crossovers and audiophile-grade polypropylene capacitors. The enclosures are made from thick-walled MDF with non-parallel, heavily braced internal chambers to minimize internal standing waves and unwanted sonic colorations.

Totally unique in appearance with a design that blends retro and contemporary elements, the Array 1000 and Array 800 will be available in a rich lacquered black wood finish, complemented by a rubberized flat-black finish for the top.

The JBL Synthesis Project Array 1000 and Array 800 loudspeakers will be available in February 2012 at suggested retail prices of $9,000 and $7,000 per pair.

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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