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Sausalito, Calif. — Tympany, an original design manufacturer (ODM) for major audio brands, will team with Qualcomm Atheros to co-develop turnkey Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other streaming-audio products.
The companies said suppliers could bring to market at price points from $200 on up to the high end with faster time to market.
Under the agreement, Tympany will work with Qualcomm Atheros to integrate Qualcomm’s Skifta wireless audio module into home audio devices.
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.
Framingham, Mass. — Bose launched its first iPod/iPhone-docking speaker with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.
The new speaker allows the docking of the iPhone 5, fifth-gen iPod, and seventh-gen iPod Nano without the use of Apple’s $29 Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.
The AC-only speaker, called the SoundDock Series III, became available this weekend at Bose.com in gloss black at $249. It will also be sold at authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores and Bose’s toll-free number.
Atlanta – Philips unveiled some of the industry’s first tabletop docking speakers with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.
A quartet of docking speakers shipping this month from the company will dock with the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and seventh-generation iPod Nano to play back their music and charge them. The speakers are not designed for use with the Pad Mini or fourth-generation iPad.
Lexington, Ky. — The Nashville-based private-equity firm that bought Thiel Audio plans to improve marketing initiatives, shorten the delivery time of new products to market, and explore new product categories, said new CEO Thiel CEO Bill Thomas.
Thiel president/CEO Kathy Gornik is leaving Thiel, which she co-founded in 1976, according to a company spokesperson.
New York — Meridian is launching upgraded versions of three Reference-series audio electronics components and upgraded versions of two active DSP speakers.
Meridian also plans to offer hardware and software upgrades to owners of current models, providing various upgrade levels all the way up to achieving the same specs as the new models, a spokesperson said.
New York – Boston Acoustics wants to rebuild its share of the component-speaker market to complement its strong growth in active soundbars.
In an update with the media this morning VP/GM Mitch Nollman outlined the brand’s marketing plans and product rollout.
Stamford, Conn. – JBL unveiled some of the industry’s first docking speaker systems with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, seventh-generation iPod Nano, iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad.
The docks will be available for pre-order on JBL.com starting today, and the $99 OnBeat Micro will be available be at major retailers such as Apple prior to Black Friday. The $199 OnBeat Venue LT to follow shortly after.
Fort Worth, Texas – Edifier has added to its tabletop speaker lineup with the e10 Exclaim active bi-amplified 2.0 speaker system for use with a PC, TV, or mobile device.
The $99 speaker pair comes with 3.5mm auxiliary cable to connect to audio sources.
The system features DSP (digital signal processing) and DRC (dynamic range compensation) to provide tonal balance t any volume setting and minimize distortion, the company said.
Pickering, Ontario – PSB Speakers will add two slim on-wall speakers for use with flat-panel TVs to it selection of in-wall, in-ceiling and in-room speakers.
One of the two on-wall speakers is also the company’s first passive soundbar-style speaker to incorporate three front channels in one enclosure. Both 3-inch-deep models will ship in November as part of the company’s Imagine series of curvy freestanding speakers.
Binghamton, N.Y. - McIntosh Laboratory has begun shipping its first AirPlay-equipped tabletop speaker, the $3,000 McAire.
At that price, the single-chassis stereo speaker system joins a growing selection of very-high-end single-chassis AirPlay speakers, including Bang & Olufsen’s recently unveiled $2,699 BeoPlay A9, a disc-shaped floor-standing model that can also be hung on a wall.