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Gefen's CES bounty squealed about early

Darren Murph

Gefen knows all too well how easy it is for new wares to get lost in the shuffle at CES, so it's opting to disclose its freshest gear a few days beforehand. This year's show will see four new devices in particular, so we'll start from the top. The Digital Audio Decoder with Dolby will be used to combine older, analog-based audio systems with digital devices of today by converting 5.1 audio to L/R analog audio. Next, the Volume Controller is a completely elusive "fully automated solution which equalizes audio to maintain the same levels consistently." The 2x1 Digital Audio Switcher makes it easy to hook up two TOSlink cables to one AV receiver, while the 1:2 Digital Audio Splitter does the opposite by splitting a single TOSlink signal into two streams. The full spill is just after the break.

The GefenTV brand from Gefen introduces four new audio solutions at CES. Each one enables a simple method of integrating existing equipment to enhance performance while streamlining equipment costs.

GefenTV Digital Audio Decoder with Dolby
Ideal for combining older, analog-based audio systems with digital devices, this tiny decoder converts 5.1 digital audio from Dolby-encoded devices to L/R analog audio, enabling a direct connection between digital devices using S/PDIF and TOSlink connectors to analog L/R speakers or receivers. DVD players, CD players and computer-based music can be enjoyed using the existing analog sound system.

GefenTV Volume Controller
This fully automated solution equalizes audio to maintain the same levels consistently, so commercials and television programs, for example, are heard at the same level.

GefenTV 2x1 Digital Audio Switcher
A simple solution that connects two digital TOSlink devices to one A/V receiver or any device equipped with TOSlink. You can connect two DVD players, gaming systems or CD players, and access each one from the same audio receiver. A local button on the Switcher controls source access. Each audio device can be placed up to 25-feet from the switcher, for added convenience in system setup.

GefenTV 1:2 Digital Audio Splitter
Allows a CD player, computer audio or DVD player to be delivered to two audio receivers at the same time. It splits the digital TOSlink signal and delivers two identical audio signals. Perfect for two-zone or bi-amp audio systems, this splitter offers a cost-effective method of maximizing your audio devices without adding additional equipment.

About Gefen:
Gefen delivers leading-edge connectivity solutions with signal extension, integration, optimization, distribution and conversion capabilities. The GefenTV line offers pro-quality engineering streamlined for consumer-based audio/video systems. Gefen equipment is valued around the world in professional A/V, information technology, digital signage, consumer electronics and home theater environments. Their add-on hardware maximizes functionality by enabling systems to operate beyond their original capabilities. A selection of high quality cabling is also available.

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