REL Soups Up Subwoofer

REL Soups Up Subwoofer

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 8 2013 - 3:09pm

REL Acoustics’ R-528SE at a suggested $2,799
REL Acoustics’ R-528SE at a suggested $2,799


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.

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AudioXperts Building Up Dealer Base

AudioXperts Building Up Dealer Base

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 5 2013 - 2:07pm

AudioXperts’ $3,999 two-piece 4TV 5122 under-TV audio console
AudioXperts’ $3,999 two-piece 4TV 5122 under-TV audio console


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.

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Soundcast To Build Appeal Among Smartphone, Tablet Users

Soundcast To Build Appeal Among Smartphone, Tablet Users

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 26 2013 - 9:31am




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.

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Brown: Thiel Committed To Independent Reps

Brown: Thiel Committed To Independent Reps

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 21 2013 - 4:36pm




Lexington, Ky. — Thiel Audio is committed to the independent-rep distribution model and is looking at filling holes in its rep network, said Bob Brown, Thiel board member and interim COO.

In about a month, Thiel will have a “better idea” about its rep choices and will have completed a review of pricing and margin programs, Brown added.

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Quixel: Retail Soundbar Sales Up 82% In ‘12

Quixel: Retail Soundbar Sales Up 82% In ‘12

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 19 2013 - 1:01am




Newport Beach, Calif. – Retail-level soundbar sales rose 126 percent in the fourth quarter to $245 million compared to the year-ago period and by 82 percent for the full year to $658 million, Quixel Research announced.

 For the full year, retail-level dollar sales grew faster than factory-level unit shipments, which rose 68 percent, the company said in citing a 126 percent unit-sales gain in soundbars with external subwoofer.

 The company forecasts retail-level soundbar sales will exceed $1 billion in 2013 and jump to well over $2 billion in 2016.

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Bluetooth Speaker From Bēm Wireless Plugs Into Wall Outlet

Bluetooth Speaker From Bēm Wireless Plugs Into Wall Outlet

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 12 2013 - 3:47pm

The $99 outlet speaker from Bēm Wireless plugs directly into a home’s AC outlet.
The $99 outlet speaker from Bēm Wireless plugs directly into a home’s AC outlet.


Chicago — At least one more company has launched a wireless speaker that plugs into a home’s AC outlet like a night light.

Start-up Bēm Wireless launched the $99 outlet speaker, a mono Bluetooth speaker available now on the company’s website and in March at Amazon and Target.com.

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First Sonos Soundbar Connects To Wireless Multi-Room-Audio Network

First Sonos Soundbar Connects To Wireless Multi-Room-Audio Network

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 12 2013 - 9:54am

Sonos’ $699-suggested Playbar connects to a TV and to a Sonos wireless multi-roo
Sonos’ $699-suggested Playbar connects to a TV and to a Sonos wireless multi-room-audio network.


Santa Barbara, Calif. — Sonos, the supplier of wireless multi-room-audio systems, entered the soundbar market with the $699-suggested Playbar, which connects to a TV and to Sonos’ wireless multi-room-audio network to stream music from PCs, Apple’s mobile devices, and Internet radio stations and music services.

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Paradigm Ships First Soundbar

Paradigm Ships First Soundbar

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 7 2013 - 3:32pm

Paradigm’s $799 Soundtrack active soundbar with wireless subwoofer.
Paradigm’s $799 Soundtrack active soundbar with wireless subwoofer.


Toronto, Canada – Paradigm Electronics shipped its first soundbar, an active model equipped with wireless subwoofer at a suggested $799.

A production sample was shown at International CES, the company said.

The bar, called Soundtrack, is part of the company’s SHIFT series, launched in 2011 to expand Paradigm’s demographic beyond traditional purchasers of in-room and custom-installed speakers. The first products were powered desktop speakers, surround-sound headphones, and earbuds.

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Killer Concepts Launches Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Killer Concepts Launches Portable Bluetooth Speaker

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 7 2013 - 3:24pm


Killer’s $99-suggested RocksteadyXS AC/DC Bluetooth speaker.


Irvine, Calif. – Start-up  Killer Concepts unveiled a portable AC/DC Bluetooth speaker promoted as playing louder and longer than competing models and at half the price.

The $99-suggested speaker, housed in an aluminum chassis, delivers 100dB of output and offers 10-plus hours of playback. Swappable lithium-ion batteries extend playback time.

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SVS Launches First Full-Range Speaker

SVS Launches First Full-Range Speaker

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 7 2013 - 2:32pm

SVS’s $1,998/pair Ultra Towers with 3.5-way design and trapezoid-shaped cabinet
SVS’s $1,998/pair Ultra Towers with 3.5-way design and trapezoid-shaped cabinet


Girard, Ohio — Subwoofer supplier SVS launched its first full-range speaker, a pair of tower speakers in the Ultra series.

SVS sells online, direct to the end user and via select retailers. Pricing for the SVS Ultra Towers are $1,998/pair.

The 3.5-way tower feature a trapezoid-shaped cabinet whose non-parallel walls reduce standing waves inside the cabinet, effectively eliminating frequency-response colorations, the company said. The wedge-shaped front baffle and flush-mounted drivers are said to reduce edge diffraction and improve on-axis high-frequency response.

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