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Denver — THX unveiled a THX Retailer Program that it said will help educate and promote specialty retailers that sell THX-certified A/V equipment.
To participate in the program, retailers must meet such requirements as running a brick-and-mortar location, displaying THX-certified products, offering an up-to-date website, and passing an exam on the benefits of THX technology.
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.
Denver – Luxury-audio brand AudioXperts is expanding its selection at the CEDIA Expo with a designer-inspired on-wall speaker and its third low-profile TV-speaker base that connects to TVs to enhance TV sound.
Denver – Sonance parent Dana Innovations will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the CEDIA Expo launch of small speakers in Sonance’s Architectural series of custom-installed speakers and the brand’s first two passive on-wall soundbars, which are three-channel three-way models.
Marlboro, N.J. – KEF will go to the CEDIA Expo with its first wireless desktop speaker pair.
The $999-suggested X300AW is a wireless version of KEF’s powered $799 X300A speaker pair, which plays back music from PCs via USB connection. The wireless X300AW at a targeted $999 features built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Apple AirPlay, and DLNA 1.5 to stream music wirelessly from Apple and Android mobile devices and from PCs.
Champlain, N.Y. – High-end component-audio supplier Cambridge Audio is expanding its selection of networked-audio products with the launch of its first tabletop network streamer with built-in amplifier.
Boston - AudioXperts has begun shipping the first three models in its Korners series of slim wedge-shaped speakers that can be positioned unobtrusively in corners.
A fourth model is planned later this year by the luxury audio brand launched in mid-2012 by industry veteran Eli Harary.
Marlboro, N.J. – High-end speaker company KEF America has begun shipping its first amplified speaker system for TVs.
The $899-suggested V300 TV-speaker system consists of two shallow-depth 1.4-inch-deep left-right vertical speakers. They’re powered by an included hideaway 2x50-watt DSP-equipped Class-D amplifier/activation module, which can be attached to the VESA point in the back of a TV. The module measures 1.1 by 10.7 by 6.4 inches.
The system is designed for applications in which a horizontal soundbar might block the TV screen.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Start-up Auris launched an adapter that turns older iPod/iPhone/iPad-docking speakers into Wi-Fi-enabled AirPlay and DLNA speakers.
The $89 Skye Wi-Fi music receiver plugs into a docking speaker’s 30-pin Apple connector, though not into newer docking speakers with Apple’s eight-pin Lightning connector.
The device enables the docking speakers to stream music via a home Wi-Fi network from computers and Android, Apple and Windows-based smartphones and tablets.
Marlboro, N.J. –KEF will soon add its name to the short list of companies offering THX-certified architectural speakers.
The company said it is developing a complete line of THX Ultra2-certified in-wall and in-ceiling speakers and an in-wall subwoofer. Certification testing is underway, a spokesman said. More details will be announced during the CEDIA Expo.
Currently, at least two other companies – Klipsch and Atlantic Technology – offer THX-certified architectural speakers. Klipsch offers six models, and Atlantic offers four.
San Diego – Grace Digital, known for its tabletop Wi-Fi Internet radios, is launching its first Bluetooth home audio products.
The Bluetooth products consist of a pair of active shelf speakers and two micro-size integrated amplifiers.
The speaker pair is the $199-suggested AC-only GDI-BTSP201. The leatherette-wrapped two-way speakers feature 36-watt output and ability to stream the AAC and AptX codecs over Bluetooth. Bluetooth 4.0 technology enables up to eight devices to be paired, Grace Digital said.