Technics has announced the evolution of its SC-C70 All-in-One Music Player with the upcoming release of an updated version, the SC-C70MK2.
A result of refining the sound quality, function and design of the already premium grade predecessor, Technics’s OTTAVA SC-C70MK2 takes the original’s 2.1 channel design and 12-cm subwoofer and adds an exclusively developed 8-cm woofer unit and 2-cm dome tweeter unit. This new tweeter is combined with an acoustic lens whose shape is optimised to deliver more expansive sound and the entire speaker system is driven by three units of Technics’ original digital amp, JENO Engine, to reproduce an impressively full-bodied sound from such a compact unit.
In addition, the Space Tune function ensures that the SC-C70MK2 produces an optimised sound for its location within a room by analysing test tones it receives back through its built-in mic.
Music from CD and radio as well as streaming sources like Chromecast Built-in, Airplay 2 and Deezer can all be enjoyed and up to nine presets can be set on the main unit to allow immediate access to favourite internet radio stations, Spotify playlists, and USB songs. This makes it possible to listen to your favourite music without even starting up an app
The SC-C70MK2 sports an aluminium top panel, louvred front grille and unique top mounted manual CD tray. As well as the dark silver model, a full-black version is also available.
The Technics SC-C70MK2 RRP is £799.99 and will be available from October onwards.
The Technics Press Release is quoted below:
Remastered Sound Quality. Expansive and Rich Soundscape
Newly Developed Speaker Units & Acoustic Lens
The 8-cm woofer unit offers significantly better basic characteristics as a result of various improvements made, such as the reduced weight of the voice coil, enhanced airflow and increased rigidity of the diaphragm. The woofer provides superb response and sound clarity to reproduce mid- and high-frequency sound comfortable to the ear. The high-res-ready 2- cm dome tweeter unit features a lighter silk diaphragm to provide beautiful lingering sound. What’s more, the acoustic lens is optimised for the new tweeter shape and enhances the expansiveness of reproduced sound.
Three JENO Engines
In order to faithfully reproduce the information of rich sounds with the 3.1ch configuration, three “JENO Engine” full digital amplifier units have been equipped. In addition to utilising the excellent processing capacity of the three units and faithfully driving the left and right channels and subwoofer, “Space Tune”, which optimises the sound quality depending on the installation status, has been realised.
The speaker impedance changes with each frequency and affects the power amplifier. The technology that improves this effect is the “LAPC” speaker impedance adaptive algorithm that is also utilised with the reference class amplifiers. The frequency characteristics of the amplifier amplitude and phase are planarized while the three amplifier circuits are connected to each of the subwoofer, tweeter and woofer speakers to realise the ideal impulse response.
Twin Power Supply Circuit System
Regular power supplies use one transformer to supply power to the amp, and digital circuits, and so if there is any load fluctuation or if noise occurs on a circuit, other circuits are affected, which results in degradation of the sound quality. This power supply system includes independently installed switch mode power supply circuitry for the amp and the other circuits, which eliminates mutual interference, thereby reducing degradation of sound quality caused by noise or power supply fluctuations. In addition, a layout with dedicated transformer and amp circuits enables the shortest possible connection to further reduce noise.
The high-precision signal processing circuitry of the JENO Engine is utilised to expand the frequency band of Bluetooth and Internet radio sources, in which high-frequency signals are commonly lost due to signal compression, to a range equivalent to that of a CD source. This eliminates the lack of expansiveness in high-frequency sound and the loss of sound details for enhanced sound quality.
Realises an Optimal Sound Space According to the Environment of the Room and Installation Location
The SC-C70MK2 features Space Tune™ Auto to achieve optimally balanced sound easily with the press of a button. This function measures test tones played through a mic that is built into the SC-C70MK2 to analyse the distance to walls and the effect of reflections. It then automatically optimises the sound field. In addition, the Space Tune™ function includes three presets (Free, Near the Wall, and Near the Corner) for easy setting, and also offers the use of the Technics Audio Center app to precisely adjust the sound quality to the listening position.
Comfortable Enjoyment of a Greater Range of Music Content and Flexible Connectivity Options
The Chromecast built-in function supports a wide variety of music streaming services for easy casting from a smartphone app. Since the data is streamed directly to the main unit, there is no degradation in sound quality and the user can select from a diverse range of music.
Works with the Google Assistant
If a Google Assistant built-in device is included in the same network, Google Assistant can be used to operate OTTAVA™ f SC-C70MK2 music playback and other functions. When the user doesn't have a smartphone app in hand, or when hands are full, music can be easily played by voice command.
Multi-room and Stereo Pairing
With a number of Chromecast built-in speakers, the variety of music streaming services can be played in several rooms, or different music can be played from room to room*. In addition, if you use Technics Audio Center app and have another app compatible Technics devices, you can also enjoy other music source in multi-room such as Bluetooth, AUX, Optical input, USB, Internet radio and also OTTAVA™ f SC-C70MK2 compatible streaming music. * The Google Home App is required.
In addition to CDs and radio, this model is newly compatible with Chromecast built-in, and supports a wide range of music streaming services. Furthermore, it is also compatible with Spotify Connect, Deezer and Internet radio. It is also compatible AirPlay 2, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, network playback, USB memory playback and analogue/optical input to allow you to enjoy various sound sources with one unit. The UI of our iOS/Android smartphone app, “Technics Audio Center App” has also been redesigned, making it easier to use than ever before.
Up to nine presets can be set on the main unit, such as favourite internet radio stations, a Spotify playlist, and USB songs. This makes it possible to listen to your favourite music without even starting up an app.
Source: Press Release
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