San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas – SuperTooth will be at International CES next week to feature two items, the new Disco Twin Bluetooth stereo speakers and the HD-Voice in-car speakerphone that speaks 12 languages.
The Disco Twin pairs two portable, 16-watt rechargeable speakers featuring true stereo sound with a high efficiency bass reflex system in back. Stereo music can be streamed wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device by pairing to both speakers, which channels audio to each.
Las Vegas – JBL will update its selection of tabletop digital-media speakers at International CES by expanding its lineup of models equipped with Apple’s Lightning 8-pin connector.
The two new Lightning-equipped speakers will enable docking of the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, 7th-generation iPod nano, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad without a 30-pin-to-8-pin Apple adapter.
The Harman brand is also launching a new AC/DC Bluetooth speaker.
Boston - The Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics (ALMA) will feature the world-premier screening of "The Life & Times of Paul Klipsch" during its Winter Symposium in Las Vegas just before International CES.
The screening will be held Sunday, January 6, at 6 p.m. at the Tuscany Suites & Casino.
Sausalito, Calif. — Tympany, an original design manufacturer (ODM) for major audio brands, will team with Qualcomm Atheros to co-develop turnkey Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other streaming-audio products.
The companies said suppliers could bring to market at price points from $200 on up to the high end with faster time to market.
Under the agreement, Tympany will work with Qualcomm Atheros to integrate Qualcomm’s Skifta wireless audio module into home audio devices.
Framingham, Mass. — Bose launched its first iPod/iPhone-docking speaker with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.
The new speaker allows the docking of the iPhone 5, fifth-gen iPod, and seventh-gen iPod Nano without the use of Apple’s $29 Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.
The AC-only speaker, called the SoundDock Series III, became available this weekend at Bose.com in gloss black at $249. It will also be sold at authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores and Bose’s toll-free number.
Atlanta – Philips unveiled some of the industry’s first tabletop docking speakers with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.
A quartet of docking speakers shipping this month from the company will dock with the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and seventh-generation iPod Nano to play back their music and charge them. The speakers are not designed for use with the Pad Mini or fourth-generation iPad.
Lexington, Ky. — The Nashville-based private-equity firm that bought Thiel Audio plans to improve marketing initiatives, shorten the delivery time of new products to market, and explore new product categories, said new CEO Thiel CEO Bill Thomas.
Thiel president/CEO Kathy Gornik is leaving Thiel, which she co-founded in 1976, according to a company spokesperson.
New York — Meridian is launching upgraded versions of three Reference-series audio electronics components and upgraded versions of two active DSP speakers.
Meridian also plans to offer hardware and software upgrades to owners of current models, providing various upgrade levels all the way up to achieving the same specs as the new models, a spokesperson said.
New York – Boston Acoustics wants to rebuild its share of the component-speaker market to complement its strong growth in active soundbars.
In an update with the media this morning VP/GM Mitch Nollman outlined the brand’s marketing plans and product rollout.
Stamford, Conn. – JBL unveiled some of the industry’s first docking speaker systems with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, seventh-generation iPod Nano, iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad.
The docks will be available for pre-order on JBL.com starting today, and the $99 OnBeat Micro will be available be at major retailers such as Apple prior to Black Friday. The $199 OnBeat Venue LT to follow shortly after.