Gefen is mixing things up a little—mixing up audio sources, anyway. The company just debuted the GefenTV 2.1 Digital Audio Amplifier, which can combine three different audio inputs using digital (TOSlink; S/PDIF) and analog (L/R) audio formats.
Once an input is selected, it’s delivered as left/right analog audio to a pair of speakers via standard binding posts with 50 watts per channel amplification. A powered subwoofer can also be connected to a line-level RCA output. If it’s a digital input, the GefenTV 2.1 will down-mix it to 2.1 channels.
The unit also includes Dolby Volume Technology to even up the volume between different audio sources. Gefen says that the feature can also be bypassed, if desired. Other features include front-panel buttons, an IR remote, and one RS-232 port.
“The 2.1 Digital Audio Amplifier with Volume Stabilizer is a great device for a small office, conference room or even the kitchen,” said Hagai Gefen, Gefen’s president and CEO. “You can select between three sources such as a smartphone, CD player and TV, and output high quality, amplified sound with automatic volume stabilizing. It is also perfect for presentation environments and home theaters. This little device has it all.”