Satellite Radio Hovers Over CEDIA Expo By Joseph Palenchar -- TWICE, 9/5/2005 INDIANAPOLIS â€” The push is on to deliver component-based satellite radio through home theater systems and distributed-audio systems at more affordable prices and with a greater variety of brand names. Here at the CEDIA Expo, at least four receiver brands â€” Integra, Onkyo, Pioneer Elite and Harman Kardon â€” will show their first XM-ready A/V receivers, joining expanded selections from Denon and Yamaha. Prices will starts at a suggested $500 for an Onkyo model. Installers will also find dedicated satellite-radio tuners turning up from at least two more suppliers: Niles, which will show its first XM and Sirius products, and Russound, which will show its first component Sirius tuner. In addition there are said to be two industry firsts: â€¢ Two-channel XM-ready AM/FM receivers, at prices down to a suggested $399, will turn up in the Yamaha booth. â€¢ An XM-ready HDD music server will go on exhibit in the Yamaha booth. During last yearâ€™s CEDIA Expo, Control4 and Krell showed their first products, joining expanded selections from such companies as ADA and Antex. All were dedicated tuners or tuner modules. Hereâ€™s what installers will find this year: Crestron: The company is expanding its satellite-radio commitment with the launch of its first two receiver-based distributed-audio systems, the 12-channel ADAD (Adagio Audio Distribution system) and 12-channel Adagio ADES (Adagio Entertainment System). The ADAD includes built-in AM/FM tuner and built-in XM satellite tuner. The ADES version lacks built-in tuners but features three tuner-card slots. Each slot accepts a dual AM/FM tuner, AM/FM/XM tuner, or AM/FM/Sirius tuner. In satellite radio, Crestron previously offered only a component XM tuner. The $2,400-suggested ADAD and $3,600 ADES ship in September. Denon: The company is expanding its selection of XM-ready A/V receivers to four from one. Models at a suggested $699, $1,299 and $1,999 join the $3,499 AVR-4806, introduced earlier this year. The AVR-4306 at a suggested $1,999 is XM-ready and features HDMI up-conversion and automatic room equalization. It ships in October in silver and black. The $1,299 AVR-3806 adds multiple features over the model it will replace, including XM-ready capability, HDMI switching and automatic room EQ. The AVR-2106, at a suggested $699, adds XM-ready capability and room EQ to its predecessorâ€™s feature list. It is due in August in black. Integra: Four new A/V receivers are all XM-ready and due in November at suggested retails of $600, $800, $1,000 and $1,400. All are two-source, two-zone models with Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT) delivering a frequency response of 5Hz to 100kHz. All transcode composite and S-video to 480i component video; feature defeatable bass management for DVD-Audio and SACD playback; and offer 12-volt trigger outputs, IR ins and outs, and RS-232 ports. The $600 DTR-4.6 is a 5.1-channel model with 5x90-watt output. Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6 and 6.1- and 7.1-channel surround formats become available in the $800 DTR-5.6. The $1,000 DTR-6.6 and $1,400 DTR-7.6 add THX Select2 certification, which provides THX Surround EX processing modes. Niles: The companyâ€™s latest receiver-based distributed-audio system, the IntelliControl ICS (Integrated Control Solutions), is the companyâ€™s first modular receiver. It accepts XM and Sirius tuner cards, source-input cards and iPod-control cards. The $2,799-suggested GXR2 receiver is a six-source, six-zone receiver with 12x60-watt amp. Due in the first quarter factory-direct to dealers, the receiver features six bays for incorporating a mix of AM/FM tuner modules, XM modules, Sirius modules, iPod-interface modules and source-input modules to integrate CD changers, music servers, and the like. iPod and satellite-radio metadata and AM/FM station frequency numbers can be displayed on the systemâ€™s keypads, touch screens and two-way remote. The XM tuner is a suggested $499; the Sirius tuner is $599, and the AM/FM tuner is $249. NuVo: The company, which announced XM plans at last yearâ€™s Expo, will show its first two satellite-radio products, which recently began shipping. One is a dual-XM tuner, the NV-T2DX, allowing for the simultaneous streaming of two XM channels through a distributed-audio system. It retails for a suggested $1,399. At $1,099, NuVo offers the dual-tuner NV-T2FX with one XM tuner and an AM/FM/weatherband tuner. Both use coaxial connections to an active XM antenna that can be placed up to 120 feet away for best reception. Onkyo: The brandâ€™s first three XM-ready A/V receivers are the $1,000-suggested TX-SR803, $800 TX-SR703 and $500 TX-SR603X. The top two are THX Select2-certified. All are 7.1-channel models that connect to Onkyoâ€™s iPod control dock to control iPods. The top model adds two HDMI inputs. They are rated at 7x105 watts, 7x100 watts and 7x90 watts into 8-ohm loads, respectively, and ship in October. Pioneer: The company's first two XM-ready receivers are the Elite series $1,700-suggested VSX-74TXVi and $1,400 VSX-72TXi. The three-zone models also control connected iPods and can play three separate sources simultaneously. Their built-in seven-channel amplifiers drive two zones, while the third zone is driven, via a digital output, by an outboard amplifier with digital input. In single-zone and multizone modes, they stream one XM channel and one iPod song at a time. When the receivers are connected to two-way RS-232-based distributed-audio systems, satellite-radio and iPod menus appear on remote touch screens if the touch screens have a live video window that could display the receivers' OSD. Russound: The company is having it both ways, adding an AM/FM/Sirius satellite tuner to complement its current AM/FM/XM model. The ST2S will be available in September at a suggested $1,199. Metadata can be displayed on Russoundâ€™s keypads and touch screens via Russound R-NET controllers. Terk: The Audiovox brand will launch an outdoor XM antenna that can be mounted up to 300 feet from a component tuner or Plug and Play tuner. The $79.95-suggested XM6 antenna uses RG-6 cable, which can be extended up to 300 feet by using two optional amplifiers, one for every 100 feet of cable. The ampâ€™s suggested retail is $19.95. Yamaha: The company is expanding XM-ready capability to two more models. The two A/V receivers, the $1,099-suggested RX-V1600 and $1,399 RX-V2600, are seven-channel models that are the companyâ€™s second and third models with amplified three-zone output, enabling them to serve as the core of a six-source distributed-audio system. A fourth zone can be added by using the speaker B output. They ship in October. The $1,399 model is Yamahaâ€™s first with up-scaling HDMI output to deliver 720p or 1,080i from a DVD player. Each model also features HDMI 1.1 input to receive digital-domain DVD-Audio signals for decoding. Two XM-ready two-channel receivers are the $549-suggested 2x100-watt RX-797 and $399 RX-497, both with second-zone output. Each features two-channel amps with second-zone preout, extended IR codes, and second-zone on/off button and volume control. In music servers, Yamaha plans October shipments of its second-generation model, the $2,199-suggested MCX-2000, which adds FM tuner, Internet radio compatibility and XM-ready capability.