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Having established its Pro Series in the custom home and commercial integration channels, Savant now brings its software-based solution to a broader market with the Smart Series technology.
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Boulder, Colo. — PS Audio plans April shipments of a $5,995-suggested DAC that it contended will overcome the flaws of PCM processing to “reveal all the missing information buried within PCM-based digital recordings.”
The PCM decoding process itself masks subtle musical cues, PS Audio said, but “the missing musical information is still buried deep within our audio libraries waiting to be revealed.”
By Joseph Palenchar
New York – Barnes & Noble didn’t launch a new Nook for the recent Christmas selling season but promises to launch a new model sometime after April, said CEO Michael Huseby.
He also warned that the company might need to take “additional actions” to pare Nook expenses despite a staff reduction in the fiscal 2014 third quarter ending January 24.
San Diego — Sony Electronics is restructuring “to maintain its competitiveness in an evolving consumer electronics market” in the U.S., and as part of the effort it will shut 20 of its stores.
Sony Electronics confirmed in a statement a total staff reduction of one-third by the end of the calendar year, affecting approximately 1,000 employees across all sites. “In addition, in an effort to further streamline costs and continue focus on existing partner relations, Sony announced the closure of 20 U.S. Sony Stores,” the company said.
Barrington, Ill. — Epic Audio Video and Hanson Audio Video Home have joined the membership ranks of the Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), the buying group for custom integrators and specialty dealers.
Epic is a 25-year-old systems integrator serving the Naples, Fla., market, while Hanson is a 15-year-old A/V specialty dealer in Dayton, Ohio, specializing in two-channel audio, home theater and home automation.
Barcelona, Spain — Chinese CE vendor Hisense unveiled a 6.8-inch 4G LTE smartphone at the Mobile World Congress and hopes to bring a similar device to the U.S. sometime later this year, a spokesperson told TWICE.
The device would be the company’s first smartphone for the U.S. market. It was previewed at International CES and will be available in other countries in a month.
U.S. sales channels for the device, previewed at International CES, haven’t been determined.
Mahwah, N.J. — D+M has begun offering firmware updates for select Denon and Marantz AVRs and preamp processors to add Crestron Connected technology, which simplifies the components’ integration with Crestron home-control systems.
D+M said it’s the first component-audio manufacturer to participate in the Crestron program, which enables the components to be controlled from a Crestron home-control system as if the products were made by Crestron. The components will also be controllable from Crestron apps for mobile devices.
Shenzhen, China — TCL announced a shift in its global marketing focus Tuesday that will aim to capitalize on the “the new Internet economy.”
The group transformation of TCL Multimedia Technology, TCL Communications and parent company TCL Corp. will see the companies begin to execute a “double plus” strategy that includes
“intelligence + Internet” and “products + services” as main marketing directives, while “shifting from the previous product-oriented focus to a user-oriented focus.”
Melville, N.Y. — After its sneak peek at International CES, Nikon’s new flagship professional DSLR, the D4S, was given a formal sendoff Tuesday.
The company said the newest addition to the FX-format camera line offers a host of performance upgrades, not the least of which is a significant bump in speed through the entire workflow.
The D4S will be available in early March at a $6,499 suggested retail for the body only.
Harrisburg, Pa. — National IT and CE distributor D&H Distributing has slated five regional trade shows for 2014.
The schedule kicks off March 27 with D&H’s West Coast Technology Show at the Pacific Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Industry Hills, Calif.
That will be followed June 18-19 with the distributor’s Education Back to School Show at the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center in Lancaster, Pa.