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Reno, Nev. — Soundmatters has expanded its selection of high-end pocket-size portable Bluetooth speakers to five models with the shipment of its smallest model to date.
The $219-everyday Dash 7, a flat speaker that Soundmatters called a soundbar, delivers higher output, deeper bass and flatter frequency response than the other stereo Bluetooth speakers in the company’s FoxL portable-speaker series, said marketing VP Lee Adams.
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Stillwater, Okla. — Kicker, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, has begun shipping its latest tabletop Bluetooth speaker as part of a plan in 2014 to add more Bluetooth speakers covering a broader price range.
The Amphitheater Bluetooth BT2 retails for $299.
Los Angeles – Denmark-based MK Sound changed its name to M&K Sound and will relaunch the Miller & Kreisel name on home speakers with a February shipment of a new high-end series.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is expanding its portable Bluetooth speaker lineup with the $199-suggested NX-P100.
The NX-P100 is a splash-proof model that features nearfield communications (NFC) pairing and streams the AAC and AptX codecs.
It joins the $179 PDX-B11, which lacks NFC and AptX streaming.
New York – Braven and Jabra have expanded their portable Bluetooth speaker selections in a market that has grown at triple-digit percentage rates in units and dollars so far this year.
NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found retail-level unit sales of Bluetooth-only speakers, excluding Bluetooth-equipped speakers with docking pins, rose 379 percent for the year through August on a dollar gain of 213 percent.
New York — Meridian has developed a component that makes it practical to integrate Meridian’s active in-room and in-wall DSP speakers into multi-room audio and home-control systems from other brands.
The component is the $1,500 Meridian Distributor 3, a multi-room audio source switcher to connect central music sources to Meridian’s active in-room and in-wall DSP speakers in up to three zones.
Stamford, Conn. – JBL has added two 5.1 home-theater speaker packages at suggested $299 and $399.
With the launch of the $249 system, JBL is starting its speaker packages at a lower price point, having offered a $399 package that is now on sale on its website at $249.
Mahwah, N.J. – Boston Acoustics launched its first Bluetooth speaker, the $149-suggested MC100Blue.
The AC-only single-chassis tabletop speaker, available on the company’s web site, streams AptX over Bluetooth. It features nearfield communications (NFC) for tap-to-pair functionality, dual 3.5-inch drivers with bass port, and BassTrac technology to maintain bass output at low listening levels,
The gloss-black speaker also features analog aux input and headphone output.
Mahwah, N.J. – Boston Acoustics has developed its first TV-speaker base, which joins the brand’s selection of active soundbars.
The Boston Acoustics model will ship next week to join a growing number of TV-speaker bases in the market. Klipsch, Energy and LG, for example, have introduced their first TV-speaker bases, and SpeakerCraft and AudioXperts have expanded their selections.
Framingham, Mass. – Wireless-speaker maker Libratone expanded its wireless-speaker line with a new disc-shaped model that can be placed on a shelf, floor or wall.
The $499-suggested 13.1-inch-diameter Loop is a 2.1-channel speaker that comes with embedded Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and DLNA to stream music from an Apple, Android or Windows Phone 8 mobile device over a home’s Wi-Fi network and from networked PCs and Macs. Up to six speakers at a time can stream music from a Mac or PC.