By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Remember when boomboxes had an AM/FM tuner and CD player, or tuner and dual cassette mechanisms?
The latest boomboxes strip out those “technologies” and replace them with stereo Bluetooth, turning cellphones and tablets into music sources for boomboxes.
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San Diego — Grace Digital has begun offering a docking speaker designed specifically for select Samsung Galaxy smartphones, which have taken a commanding share of the smartphone market.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. — Onkyo plans October shipments of its $199-suggested DS-A5 iPod/iPhone/iPad docking station that adds wireless AirPlay capability to Onkyo A/V receivers (AVRs) and to other audio products.
The DS-A5’s 30-pin connector captures audio stored on docked Apple devices excluding the new iPhone 5 and new Nano and iPod Touch, all with the new nine-pin Lightning connector. The docking station captures stored audio from the docked devices in digital PCM form.
Speaker systems that dock with MP3 players in general and iPods in particular are outselling traditional shelf systems by ever-widening margins as portable MP3 players become a key source of music content for the home, suppliers and analysts said.
Stillwater Designs, known for its Kicker-brand aftermarket autosound products, is expanding its presence in Kicker-branded iPod- and Zune-docking speaker systems with four new models, including its first two docking clock radios.
In 2008, the company launched its first iPod/iPhone-docking speaker system and first Zune-docking speaker system to expand its small home audio presence. Those 40-watt models, since upgraded, remain in the line at a suggested $249 each.