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Aperion Audio's second-gen Zona Home Audio Link cuts the musical tether for $150

Darren Murph

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No need for the bookshelf speakers? No problem. Aperion Audio just introduced the second-generation Zona Home Audio Link system, enabling cable detesters to send music from any USB / 3.5mm-enabled source to, well... just about anything. The basic HAL package is comprised of a compact wireless transmitter and receiver, and since there's no proprietary shenanigans going on, it's about as universal in nature as you'll find. Needless to say, folks who've been trying to find an easy(ish) way to convert their existing indoor / outdoor speakers into wireless speakers should certainly have a gander, and given that it'll stream uncompressed 16 bit/48 kHz CD-quality audio to up to three simultaneous zones, the $149 price tag just might be justified. Hit the source to learn more (or place your order, if you've heard enough).

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Aperion Audio Cuts Wires on Sound Inside and Out of the Home

The Zona® Home Audio Link System Lets Music and Movie Enthusiasts Wirelessly Send High-Fidelity Sound Where They Want It

Portland, OR – (September 15, 2011) – Aperion Audio, a direct-to-consumer maker of award-winning home theater speakers, today launches the second generation of the Aperion Zona® Home Audio Link (HAL) System. Like its predecessor, the new HAL System remains an easy way to send music and movie sound wirelessly to audio systems anywhere in the home. The second-generation HAL System also employs the latest wireless technology to provide enhanced fidelity and the capability to stream to an unlimited number of audio systems or Aperion Zona® speakers-at no additional cost.

The Aperion Zona HAL System consists of a compact wireless transmitter and receiver. Compatible with virtually every MP3 player, computer, receiver, or other audio device, music fans can connect the Zona HAL via computer USB port or a headphone jack and listen on speakers throughout their homes. For greater flexibility, they can place Aperion Zona Wireless speakers where they desire and let the music follow-even outdoors. Movie buffs can use HAL to connect audio wirelessly from their audio/video receiver to powered subwoofers or surround speakers.

"When we introduced the first generation of HAL two years ago, customers were finally able to connect their computer-based music, existing sound systems and home theater subwoofers wirelessly with robust digital audio quality," says Mike Hopkins, Aperion Audio product development manager. "Then last year, we introduced Zona Wireless Speakers. Pairing HAL to the Zona wireless platform makes it even simpler for music lovers to stream tunes inside and out."

Without losing sound quality, the transmitter can feed an endless number of additional HAL receivers (available separately). Once connected, the system streams uncompressed 16 bit/48 kHz CD-quality audio. HAL also accommodates up to three simultaneous channels, so that at the press of a button users can select any of three "zones" to receive the selected music to different sound systems.

Zona® HAL System features include:

• Wirelessly send sound from your computer, home theater, MP3 player, or other audio source to any audio-video receiver or audio system – indoors or outdoors
• Connect your powered subwoofer and speaker systems wirelessly to eliminate wire clutter and hum
• Add multiple receivers to stream a single audio source to as many rooms as you want, and even outside
• Plug and play ease of use, audio input via computer's USB or the Audio-In Jack

The Aperion Zona HAL System (one transmitter, one receiver) is priced at $149. Additional receivers are available for $70. The one (1)-year limited warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship.

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