San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miramar, Fla. — JL Audio is giving owners of Harley Davidson Touring motorcycles the option of upgrading their factory speakers with bigger aftermarket speakers.
The company launched two pairs of speaker adapter rings that let consumers place 6.5-inch speakers in the 5.25-inch factory locations and maintain a stock look. Both models, priced at $50/pair, are designed to accommodate JL’s C3-650 or C5-650 speakers. All mounting hardware is included.
Las Vegas – High-end home audio supplier Bryston expanded from component electronics to speakers at CES with the launch of three Bryston-designed three-way speakers.
More speakers are in the works.
The three models unveiled by the Peterborough, Ontario, company include the flagship floorstanding Model T Signature at $7,495/pair with outboard three-way passive crossover. Bryston plans to offer the ability to upgrade the crossover to an active version to triamplify the speaker.
Wakefield, Mass. – Wharfedale has a new exclusive U.S. importer, Sound Solutions.
Sound Solutions is a new company founded by Walter Schofield, the audio-industry veteran who was one of two principals in Sound Imports, the company that previously imported Wharfedale. The new company, which Schofield founded with a new partner, is better capitalized and will be better able to able to provide dealers with inventory on a more timely basis, and grow the brand, Schofield said.
Las Vegas – Premium audio brand Bang & Olufsen came to International CES to unveil its latest custom-installed home speakers, a 3D OEM autosound system for Audi, and a new opening-price TV lineup that includes the company’s first smart TVs and first TVs with DLNA networking.
Las Vegas – Luxury-audio brand McIntosh unveiled its first products since its purchase last fall by Fine Sounds from D+M Group.
The seven new products are two-channel audio electronics components, including three integrated amps, the company’s first stereo receiver in about 20 years, a tube preamp, a turntable, and a digital preamp with five built-in DACs.
Las Vegas – DTS is putting in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multi-channel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.