Three Channels, No Digital
Jim Shannon and Stirling Trayle of Quartet Marketing pose with the $4200 T+A K1 AV,which combines CD/DVD playback with analog matrix room sound processing, analog preamp duties, an FM tuner, and two channels of 100W power plus one channel of 60W.
What's the point? "We suspect many people aren't all that interested in those rear channels—especially if they don't watch effects-laden movies," said Trayle. "The K1 will appeal to the consumer whose main focus is music, but who wants the movie experience to be as good as his audio. Besides, if rear and side channels are necessary, we do offer S/PDIF outputs."
And yes, that is North By Northwest playing on the TV—an excellent example of a film that doesn't need rear channels.