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Elmont, N.Y. – Morel will add to its Octave series of home speakers with the April shipment of the three-way Octave 6 floor-standing speaker and two-way Octave 6 bookshelf speaker at a suggested $6,500 and $3,500/pair, respectively.
The speakers will join the Octave Signature, which comes with three-way configuration when upgraded with a subwoofer.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Washington – Definitive Technology is voluntarily recalling SuperCube2000 powered subwoofers built in September 2012 because of a potential shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.
About 900 units manufactured in September 2012 with serial numbers containing the characters 0912HB are covered by the recall, the commission said. Definitive has received two reports of consumers who were shocked while handling the unit, the commission said.
Lawrence, Kan. – MartinLogan is expanding its selection of custom-installed bezel-less speakers with the shipment of its Helos 12 and Helos 22 in-ceiling speakers.
“There are other speakers in the MartinLogan architectural line with bezel-less design, but MartinLogan has never offered it in their more affordable in-ceiling designs,” a spokesperson told TWICE.
Struer, Denmark – Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play brand is teaming up with alternative rock band Mew in what the company calls a partnership to “create experiences that reach and engage music fans and audiophiles worldwide.”
North Reading, Mass. — Hi-fi supplier Bowers & Wilkins is expanding its selection of AirPlay-equipped speakers with the launch of two models, which are also its first two digital media speakers with Apple’s eight-pin Lightning connector.
Both new models are equipped with Wi-Fi, AirPlay and the Lightning connector, which enables docking with the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation iPod Nano. Neither model is physically designed to dock with the iPad Mini, which also features Lightning connector.
San Jose, Calif. – THX Ltd. sued Apple in federal court here, alleging that Apple is using patented THX speaker technology in select iOS mobile devices and in iMac PCs, Bloomberg reports.
Peterborough, Ontario — High-end audio supplier Bryston is diversifying from electronics to speakers in a big way with plans to offer eight models.
The lineup includes two floor standing speakers, a stand-mount speaker, an active subwoofer, two center-channel speakers, an in-wall speaker and an on-wall speaker.
Three models are already shipping and will be followed by additional models in May and in the third quarter.
Berkeley, Calif. — Sumiko, the North America distributor of multiple high-end audio lines, launched a special-edition version of REL Acoustics’ R-528 subwoofer.
The subwoofer is being is promoted as delivering much of the performance of REL’s flagship Gibraltar G-1 subwoofer in a much smaller enclosure for space-challenged rooms.
The R-528SE ships in mid-March at a suggested $2,799. It takes the shape of a 17.5-inch cube, compared with the $4,499 G-1, which measures 18.25 by 22.5 by 26 inches.
Boston — Luxury-audio startup AudioXperts, founded last year by industry veteran Eli Harary, has rolled out its first products to a dozen specialty retailers in the U.S.
Chula Vista, Calif. – Industry veteran Jeremy Burkhardt, the new owner of Soundcast Systems, is pledging to invest more resources in the wireless-audio company.
His goal is to strengthen its sales and marketing efforts, accelerate product development, and offer new products that will reinforce the company’s appeal to users of smartphones and tablets.
Last week, Burkhardt purchased 100 percent of Soundcast and all of Soundcast’s patents for an undisclosed price less than a year after leaving left Nortek brand SpeakerCraft.