Docking Speakers To Diversify At CES
By Joseph Palenchar On Dec 20 2010 - 5:01am
NEW YORK –
Dealers going to International CES will
find a growing selection of iPad-docking speaker systems,
high-end iPod speaker systems, and powered tabletop
speaker systems that stream music wirelessly from PCs
and mobile devices.
At least one company, iHome, will show a speaker system
that streams music via Wi-Fi from iPads, iPhones,
iPod Touches, PCs and Macs equipped with Apple’s Air-
Play technology. Another company will show a tabletop
speaker system that uses Bluetooth to stream audio wirelessly
from Bluetooth-connected sources.
At least five brands will launch their first iPad speaker
systems or three-piece music systems with embedded
iPad docks. The iPad systems will join models recently
launched by Altec Lansing, Bang & Olufsen, Speaker-
Craft, Spectra’s Jensen brand and iHome.
Conventioneers will also find a growing selection of
iPad speaker systems with rotating docks to display iPads
in portrait or landscape mode. At least four brands will
launch their first such models, joining a model launched
by Spectra under the Jensen brand late last year.
Some iPad speakers systems will also angle the iPad’s
display back to allow for easier typing on the device’s virtual
keyboard. Spectra’s Jensen-brand $99.99 JiPS-250i
does that, and at least one other company will launch such
a product at CES. Another company, Haier, will show a
model that angles the iPad’s display back until it’s parallel
with the floor.
High-end one-piece iPod/iPhone speaker systems
priced up to $599 from one supplier and $399 from another
will also appear, joining current $599 models from
SpeakerCraft, Bowers & Wilkins, and Bose and a $999
model with CD from Bang & Olufsen.
Dealers will also find more docking speakers sold with
free apps to add features without having to raise hardware