By Lisa Johnston
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Munich, Germany — Audio suppliers such as iRiver, Sonus Faber, and Wilson Benesch turned up at the High End 2013 show here to unveil new products destined for the United States.
iRiver launched the second high-end portable music player under its Astell&Kern brand, Sonus Faber launched a trio of high-end Olympica in-room speakers, and Wilson Benesch unveiled its new flagship speaker, the Cardinal at $100,315/pair.
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Indianapolis – Klipsch priced its first Klipsch-branded Bluetooth speaker at a suggested $399 and plans summertime availability of a wireless digital media speaker with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Both speakers are part of a new Klipsch Music Center series that will expand later in 2013 and 2014. The series commemorates the brand’s sponsorship of the Klipsch Music Center amphitheater in Indianapolis.
Petaluma, Calif. – Niles Audio launched a quartet of horizontal in-wall soundbars believed to be the industry’s first such products.
The four Cynema Soundfield systems consist of one passive model and three active models in 48-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch widths. The four models are shipping at suggested retails of $1,195 for the passive CSF-48P and $1,599, $1,749, and $1,999 for the active CSF-48A, CSF-55A, and CSF-65A, respectively. All are three-channel soundbars.
Lexington, Ky. – Thiel Audio has begun shipping its first new product since its acquisition late last year by a small, Nashville-based private-equity firm.
Rahway, N.J. — iHome is showing its Tony Stark support by teaming with Marvel for a line of “Iron Man 3”-themed products.
The MR-H22 dual alarm clock speaker system features a 30-pin iPod dock, separate wake times, 3.5mm port and adjustable brightness for the clock display. It operates using three AAA batteries. Suggested retail is $49.99. iHome already sells this system in a variety of other characters, including Kermit the Frog, Jack Skellington and Mickey Mouse.
Riverside, Calif. – SpeakerCraft has expanded its Profile series of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, which feature low-profile grilles and bezel-less design for a less obtrusive look.
The three new additions to the series, launched in 2010, consist of a $499-suggested in-wall subwoofer, a five-pack of budget in-ceiling home theater speakers at $799, and a $399 single-point stereo in-ceiling speaker. All are shipping.
Struer, Denmark – Bang & Olufsen has begun offering a software upgrade that adds Spotify’s on-demand music-streaming service to the company’s $6,324 BeoSound 5 two-piece digital music system.
The system plays back music from multiple sources, including its own hard drive and 14,000 Internet radio stations. It also plays music via AirPlay, DLNA and stereo Bluetooth.
Girard, Ohio — SVS Sound, the high-performance home-audio supplier known for its extensive lineup of subwoofers, has expanded its fledgling lineup of full-range speakers.
The $499-each Ultra Bookshelf speaker, $599-each Ultra Surround and $699 Ultra Center join the $999-each Ultra Towers announced earlier this year.
SVS sells online to consumers and through select retailers.
Portland, Ore. — Triad Speakers upgraded its in-wall Bronze/4 SlimSub active subwoofer but maintained the speaker’s $1,400 suggested retail, which includes a 350-watt rack-mount amplifier.
The sub’s improvements include a flush-mount 3.94-inch-deep enclosure that doesn't protrude several inches from the wall as its predecessor did. The upgrade also adds a long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver and a round steel back plate to replace a thick MDF back plate, making more room for the driver to reach full extension, the company said.
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.