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New York –Infinity Lifestyle Brands, which specializes in acquiring and turning around struggling or bankrupt consumer brands, purchased worldwide rights to the Altec Lansing brand for $17.5 million at auction.
The company purchased the Polaroid and Linens ‘n Things brands in 2010, purchased the Sharper Image brand in 2009, and later sold it off, and is part of a joint venture that owns licensing rights to the Miss America brand.
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Milpitas, Calif. – NuForce, the supplier of consumer and professional audio products, is rolling out a pair of performance-oriented Bluetooth-equipped bookshelf speakers.
Manchester, U.K. – U.K. audio supplier AQ Audio has turned up in the U.S. with portable wireless speakers that stream music via Wi-Fi from PCs and from Android and Apple devices.
Unlike most other AirPlay- and network-enabled speakers, the AQ Audio SmartSpeaker also streams music directly from mobile devices via Wi-Fi when outside a home’s Wi-Fi network.
Chula Vista, Calif. — Hitachi America is “inspiring the next” this week by introducing two 133-watt Bluetooth Sound Bars, designed to coordinate both cosmetically and audibly with today’s advanced flat-panel TVs.
The soundbars were developed to fit the look of TVs flat panel sets with 32-inch and larger screen sizes. Both will connect to the screen either by wires or wirelessly via Bluetooth, and employ Hitachi’s CONEQ 3D sound technology.
Girard, Ohio — SVS is expanding its selection of full-range speakers to join its broad selection of active subwoofers.
The first full-range speakers in the company’s flagship Ultra series join a bookshelf speaker and center channel in SVS’s lower-priced S series and 10 active subwoofers priced from $749 to $2,299.
Norwood, Mass. – Atlantic Technology shipped an active soundbar that incorporates H-PAS technology to deliver bass down to 47Hz without a separate subwoofer.
The 43-inch-wide PowerBar 235 retails for a suggested $899.
Berkeley, Calif. – Sonus faber is adopting a “more youthful and aggressive appearance” in its latest series of home speakers, which also bring the brand to new price points.
Six models in the Venere series, priced up to $3,498/pair for a three-way floorstanding speaker, feature double curved sides, tapered shape, and a sculpted top embellished with tempered glass. The shape delivers structural strength and controls resonances to deliver undistorted sound, but the shape also reduces visual mass and promotes versatility of room positioning, the company said.
Portland, Ore. – Direct-to-consumer marketer Aperion Audio has begun shipping what it calls the industry’s first networked speaker compatible with the “Play To” feature of Windows 8 PCs.
The single-chassis 100-watt $499 Aris is also Windows 7-compatible and DLNA-certified.
New York – The sixth product in Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play series of lower-priced A/V products is a floorstanding, 480-watt docking speaker with Apple AirPlay, DLNA networking and built-in Wi-Fi at a suggested $2,699.
Southfield, Mich. — Parrot plans before the end of the year to ship a second-generation wireless home speaker and a trio of Android-based car entertainment systems.