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T+A CARUSO Blu


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In Autumn 2008 T+A introduced the first Caruso combining ingenious overall design with the best available components, sub-assemblies and materials, this compact stereo system was intended to supersede all conventional mini-systems and table radios. Without fear of denial we can certainly claim that the machine fulfilled this aim: within a very short period the Caruso developed into a great cult favourite, and it found many enthusiastic users in the five years of its production. We now follow up this story of success with the machine’s successor: a completely revised version, which represents a new development.

Like its predecessor, the basic concept of the Caruso Blu is that of a complete stereo system with superb sound, whilst remaining as small and compact as possible. External changes are restrained in nature, and the new unit looks even more elegant and exclusive. In contrast, the internal design is a completely new, and now features the very latest components and technologies!

The Caruso Blu is capable of reproducing music from all modern sources:

Specifications

Caruso blu

Multi Source All-In-One System

Output power
3 x 50 Watts for implemented speakers
Operation modes
DSP controlled soundfields
Inputs
2 x analogue, 3 x digital, USB
Outputs
Video (HDMI), PRE-Out, Subwoofer Out
Sources
BluRay (DVD, CD) mechanism, FM and DAB+, Bluetooth, Streaming Client

The machine plays all these sources with outstanding quality through its five integral loudspeaker systems. Three power amplifiers, each generating 50 Watts of continuous power, are coupled directly to the speaker drive units, while the active crossover unit (active loudspeaker principle) ensures that the signals reaching the speakers are precisely defined. The integral digital processor enables the user to select various sound characteristics, with the result that it sounds excellent on a sideboard or desk as well as on a shelf. The machine delivers incredible sound quality for its size, and forms a very convenient means of waking yourself up in the morning.

Technology

The external controls maintain the classic T+A style, and provide an ultra-simple, intuitive means of controlling the 6despite its enormous range of functions. The layout of the FM100 metal remote control handset is very clear, and the unit copes with auxiliary functions and text input in addition to the normal control operations. The machine´s large-format, high-resolution, graphical VFD screen displays the data and information in different font sizes according to context, and offers several levels of brightness. The USB port on the right of the machine’s front panel is intended for hard discs and memory sticks for the BluRay disc mechanism. The headphone socket has its own high-quality amplifier, and switches off the integral loudspeakers completely when in use.

The sockets on the back panel are a clear indication of the impressive facilities of the Caruso blu.

The machine is primarily conceived as an audio device; it can be employed as a great-sounding compact system, but can also be upgraded to form a high-quality Hi-Fi system. That’s why it retains two analogue inputs, intended for sources such as a turntable (with phono pre-amplifier) and a further analogue device. If your intention is to make the Caruso blu into a classic Hi-Fi system with separate loudspeakers, then the RCA pre-amplifier outputs are ideal for active bookshelf monitors.

If you wish you can switch the integral speakers off, allowing only the two stereo active loudspeakers to operate, but an alternative is to switch the integral speakers to the Centre role, supporting the stereo loudspeakers; an active subwoofer generates additional low bass. In this guise the unit forms an excellent 3.1 system. The menu system provides a simple method of selecting and setting up the various possible functions and configurations.The unit incorporates the same high-quality BluRay disc mechanism employed in our K2 Blu AV Receiver. This means that DVDs and BluRays can be played through a monitor or TV set, as well as CDs for pure music reproduction. The HDMI output is of very high quality, while the modern disc mechanism supplies an outstanding picture; the video processor even features a high-quality up-scaler for DVDs. The newly developed DAB+ and VHF tuners sound superb, and fully justify the use of a high-quality external aerial, which is strongly recommended. Access to new music media is via the LAN socket or the WLAN aerial; the Caruso blu automatically detects the streaming sources connected to it, allowing the facilities of your network and the Internet to be exploited to the full. The Caruso blu even features the network circuit board and software fitted to our streaming client, because this technology and its control system deliver the best sound results possible, as proved by the thousands of these machines currently in use. Sound quality from such sources can be even higher than from the original CD – depending on the definition of the stored music. The most significant feature of the Caruso blu is that it reveals the difference.

Specification

 

BluRay-Player

 

Mechanism

3-laser BluRay linear mechanism on vibration-damping sub-chassis

HDMI-Audio output

PCM-Stereo, HD-Bitstream out,
Bitstream Legacy

HDMI-Video output

HDMI 1.3; PAL, NTSC, 4:3, 16:9, Letter Box, Pan Scan

Disc formats

Audio

CDDA (Audio CD), MP3 CD, CD R, CD/RW, Hybrid SACD CD Layer

Container + other formats MKV, MPG, AVI, VOB, MP4, WMV

Video

BluRay Disc, DVD, VCD, SVCD

Foto

JPEG Picture CD

Streaming Client


Formats

MP3 , WMA,  AAC, FLAC, OGG-Vorbis, LPCM, WAV, ALAC, AIFF

Media nserver

UPnP AV, Media Player 10 (WMDRM10)

vTuner Internet Radio Service, DLNA compatible servers

Interfaces

USB 2.0, LAN, WLAN

Bluetooth

A2DP/AVRCP Bluetooth Audio transfer protocol

FM

Reception standard

FM, FM-HD

Frequency response

87.5-108 MHz (Europa/US Version)

76-90 MHz (Japan-Version)

Sensitivity

Mono (26dB S/N)

0.9 µV

Stereo (46 dB S/N)

40 dBµV

Overload margin

103 dB µV

Total harmonic distortion

0,1 %

Signal : noise ratio
(mono / stereo)

72 / 62 dB

Stereo channel separation

46 dB

Deemphasis
(Europa/US Version)

50 / 75 µs

Data services

RDS / RDBS, station name (PS), programme type (PTY), Radiotext (RT), time

DAB

Reception standard

DAB, DAB+

Frequency response

168 – 240 MHz (Band III)

Sensitivity(BER = 10-4)

2,5 µV

Overload margin

103 dB µV

Amplifier

Inputs

Analogue

2 x  Aux, 2 V / 20 kOhms

Digital

SP/DIF (16 – 24 Bit): 2 x coax (192 kHz), 1 x TOS-Link (96 kHz)

Headphone output

for dynamic headphones > 30 Ohms

Bass range

1 x 50 Watts continuous output

Mid-range / high-frequency

2 x 50 Watts continuous output

Total harmonic distortion

< 0,02 %

Soundmanagement

DSP controlled sound characteristics

Outputs

PRE Out Cinch, SUB Out RCA

Mains power socket

Automatic mains voltage switching,

100 – 240 V,  50 – 60 Hz

Accessories

FM100 system remote control handset, WLAN aerial, FM aerial

Features

Variable screen brightness,
three-time alarm timer

Dimensions H x W x D

18 x 28 x 28 cm

Weight

8 kg

Finishes

Black case with silver covers

Techical modifications reserved

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