By Lisa Johnston
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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha, known mostly for audio electronics, won’t let people forget that it’s also a high-end speaker brand.
The company introduced its highest end speaker to date, the NS-F901 Soavo floorstanding speaker at a suggested $2,499 each.
The speaker, which is shipping, is the first model launched in years in the high-end Soavo speaker series, whose top price point was $2,199 each for the Soavo 1PN introduced several years ago but since discontinued, a spokesman said.
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New York — Acoustic Research is readying a new line of CE accessories targeted toward women, known as AR For Her.
The first product in the line will be a portable Bluetooth speaker shaped like a clutch with leather details and a face meant to mimic fabric. It will come in several designs: black or white quilted, white and pink polka-dot, blue or red studded, and leopard print. Retailers will also be able to choose customized colors, designs and patterns, the company said.
Acoustic Research is a Voxx International brand.
Stillwater, Okla. – Kicker will go to International CES with its second Bluetooth-only desktop speaker.
The AC-only Amphitheater K3 will begin shipping via www.kicker.com and authorized dealers during first quarter of 2014 at a suggested $199. It will join the larger AC-only Amphitheater Bluetooth BT2, a $299 Bluetooth-only speaker.
The Bluetooth-speaker launches are part of a plan to expand the company’s selection of Bluetooth-only speakers and de-emphasize speakers with dedicated iOS docks.
Orlando, Fla. — Soul Electronics has updated its Party In A Box wireless speaker system.
The system features eight omnidirectional speakers, Bluetooth, digital signal processing, AptX, FM radio with RDS, LCD panel and multicolor perimeter light. Inputs include USB, aux, microphone and HDMI.
The system also has a carry handle and side-mount guitar pins that fit any standard guitar strap. It can be used via its rechargeable battery or AC power, and has the ability to connect to multiple Party In A Boxes.
Los Angeles — Beats Electronics added a wireless version of its recently updated Studio headphones, updated its Pill wireless speaker, and introduced an enlarged version of the Pill, known as the Pill XL.
It also debuted several accessories for the Pill, a first for the company.
San Francisco – Tabletop-audio supplier Pure Audio expanded its selection of iPod-docking AirPlay-equipped speakers and enhancing the capabilities of its Jongo wireless multiroom-audio system.
The company is also rolling out active POP displays to demonstrate the sound quality and capabilities of its Jongo wireless-audio system.
Newark, N.J. – Panasonic expanded its selection of portable Bluetooth speakers with the launch of the $199-suggested SC-NA10 and $299-suggested SC-NA30.
The compact speakers offer 20 hours of playback time on their rechargeable batteries.
The two stereo models join other Bluetooth-only speakers, including the portable AC/DC $99 SC-NT10D, $199 AC-only SC-NP10 with tablet stand, and AC-only 199 AC-only SC-NE1.
Deerfield, Ill. — Bang & Olufsen America has expanded distribution of its B&O Play sub-brand to 32 Magnolia Design Centers inside Best Buy stores nationwide.
The distribution agreement is the latest agreement that extends B&O Play products to more third-party outlets, complementing sales through Bang & Olufsen-branded stores.
Provo, Utah – Braven is expanding its selection of portable Bluetooth speakers again with the launch of the $169 Braven 710, which becomes the company’s first Bluetooth speaker with nearfield communication (NFC), second with IPX5 water resistance, and fourth with aptX decoding.
Braven’s Bluetooth lineup spans the price range from a suggested $89 to $299.