By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — Sakar International went to this week’s CTIA convention with its first Bluetooth speakers under the Altec Lansing brand.
The company has begun rolling out seven AC/DC Bluetooth speakers priced from $59 to $299 but plans no iPod/iPhone-docking speakers under the Altec brand. “Docking is dead,” said VP Stefan Betesh, citing the rise of Android smartphones and Apple’s decision to change pin connections on new Apple mobile devices.
The company is also rolling out a trio of Altec Lansing stereo headphones.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio reports it has set pricing and begun shipping its 42-inch 5.1 home-theater soundbar with wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers.
Introduced during International CES in January, model S4251w is now available at Amazon.com, Costco, Costco.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, Vizio.com and in-store at Best Buy the week of May 27 for $329.
Stevenson, Md. – GoldenEar Technology shipped the newest models in its Invisa custom-install series of speakers, said to be virtually invisible because of their magnetically attached flat micro-perf grilles that hide the speaker flange.
Champlain, N.Y. – High-end component-audio supplier Cambridge Audio has diversified into the tabletop media-speaker market with the launch of two high-power models incorporating Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth and Internet radio streaming.
Oxnard, Calif. — Car speaker manufacturer Planet Audio is expanding into portable Bluetooth speakers with the launch of its new Lynx brand. Six models will make up the line initially.
The Lynx PA100B pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker features auto pairing, track and volume controls, a 3.5mm port, included aux-in and USB charging cables, LED indicator, and four hours of playback via lithium-ion battery. Suggested retail is $29.95; it will be available in May.
Chatsworth, Calif. —Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) has begun shipping its latest additions to the Ti Series of Micro’s and A’Diva’s satellite speakers.
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE (Special Edition), which are enclosed in 4- and 5-inch diameter all-metal spheres respectively, perform like much larger audiophile speakers, the company said. One of the benefits of the new speakers’ technology is the ability to present a vivid, 3-D soundstage regardless of listening position.
Bellevue, Wash. – Component-audio supplier Peachtree Audio has expanded into all-in-one tabletop speakers with the launch of the three-way Bluetooth-equipped deepblue at $399.
New York — Bang & Olufsen dipped its toe into the multi-speaker surround-sound category with the launch of its BeoLab 14 system.
During a press preview that also marked the official U.S. debut of the new B&O Play headphones, Zean Nielson, president of Bang & Olufsen America, said the company decided to enter this particular category because of its commanding share of audio dollar sales.
Indianapolis – Klipsch-owned Energy shipped its first two indoor/outdoor speakers.
The two-way Energy Take Classic I/O 4 and I/0 5 speakers retail for a suggested $99 and $149/ pair, respectively. Both weatherproof models feature UV-treated cabinets, rust-resistant grills, mounting brackets and five-way, gold-plated binding posts. The Take Classic I/O 4 features 0.5-inch tweeter and a 4-inch woofer. The Take Classic I/O 5 features 1-inch tweeter and 5.25-inch woofer. They can be used with dual M6 threaded inserts.