Artison revealed Thursday that its new Nano Backpack P5 surround sound processor/amplifier, which is an ultra-compact high-performance surround sound component designed for use with flat-panel displays, will debut at the 2016 CEDIA Expo next month and will be available to retailers in December.

The P5 is the final version of the surround sound processor/amplifier that the company first previewed at CEDIA Expo last year. The company has used that preview to gather suggestions and comments from dealers to improve the final version of the product before release.

The Artison Nano Backpack P5 is slated to ship to Artison dealers in December at a $1,199 suggested retail price.

Read more on the Artison Nano Backpack P5 after the jump:

Artison said the Nano Backpack P5 was designed as a small and super-thin audio hub that can mount on the back of a flat-panel display, on a wall or shelf, offering 100 Watts per channel to the front L/C/R speaker channels; and 50 Watts to the LR/RR channels, delivering what the company calls “true audiophile-grade sonics.”

The P5 measures 1.1” x 11.7” x 11.7” (H/W/D). It is said to enable “extreme power density when rack-mounting for distribution – up to 50 channels of amplification in 7 RU.”

The high-performance processor/amp includes: five internal Class D amplifiers to power passive LCR and surround channels using Continuous Sigma Technology for Class A-level performance Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby ProLogic II/IIx decoding.

Also included are internal 2.4/5.8 GHz antennas for stable connectivity to Wi-Fi and BT devices.

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The unit is designed to accept most currently available sources and features connectivity via HDMI (3), Bluetooth 4.0, Toslink, 3.5mm stereo minijack, and RJ45. The HDMI output (ARC/CED/3D/4K) pass-through makes the Backpack P5 easy to integrate into a single-room system.

The Backpack P5 includes a universal high power internal switch mode power supply, intuitive on-screen display and graphical user interface, and an IR remote control. It is also IP-controllable via RJ45/Wi-Fi.

ArtisonP5rear           A rear view of the Artison Nano Backpack P5 showing inputs and speaker contacts.

When it was previewed last year, the prototype of the Nano Backback listed three hard-wired front channels using a Phoenix connector. The rear-channels and subwoofer were said to be WiSA-compliant with wireless output of 24 bit/96 kHz.

The company statement announcing the P5 stopped short of detailing how the P5 will connect to speakers, and omitted any reference to the use of WiSA technology.

The company said the Nano Backpack P5 will be followed by a series of Artison products designed to deliver “high-performance audio without overpowering a room’s aesthetics.”

By Greg Tarr


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