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Nashua, N.H. — Jabra introduced a scaled-down version of its Solemate portable Bluetooth speaker, known as the Solemate Mini.
It also updated the original Solemate speaker to include nearfield communications (NFC) pairing and an accompanied app.
The Solemate Mini, which will retail for a suggested $99.99, will be offered in the fourth quarter in yellow, black, red or blue. It features the same rubberized, durable design as its larger sibling and carries an eight-hour battery life. The Mini measures 4.9 inches by 2.1 by 2.4 inches.
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Berlin — Nyne is exhibiting at the IFA show here to launch its first three portable Bluetooth speakers with nearfield communications (NFC) pairing and Bluetooth 4.0 with auto-connect.
The Nyne Bass, Nyne TT and Nyne Cruiser portable Bluetooth speakers feature 3.5mm auxiliary input, built-in microphone with hands-free calling, built-in USB charging of a mobile device, eight to 10 hours of playtime on their rechargeable batteries, and availability in black, silver, red and white.
They ship in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles — Audyssey is going to Berlin’s IFA convention to promote its plans to improve the sound quality of active soundbars and to incorporate its Audio Zoom technology in smartphones and tablets.
Audyssey’s Audio Zoom technology would reduce ambient noise levels and increase the volume and intelligibility of the main subjects in home videos captured by mobile devices, said founder/chief technology officer Chris Kyriakakis. As the mobile device’s camera zooms, the audio would zoom in tandem, he said.
Indianapolis — The first TV-speaker base from Klipsch’s Energy brand launches today through Amazon at a suggested $399.
The 2.1-channel, three-way Energy Power Base will be ship in one to two months from Amazon, Amazon’s website shows. The system will be available from other Energy retailers in October, the company said.
Pickering, Ontario — Monitor Audio plans to ship its first active soundbar, the $1,649-suggested networked ASB-2 with built-in Wi-Fi, in mid- to late-September at the earliest.
Networked features include AirPlay, AirPlay Direct, DLNA and universal plug-and-play to stream music from networked computers and mobile devices.
The ASB-2, among a trio of networked home-audio products planned by Monitor, joins the passive three-channel Radius One soundbar launched in 2011.
San Francisco – Parasound plans September shipments of a new stereo preamplifier that adds multiple features over its predecessor.
The $950 Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-channel preamp replaces the 10-year-old P 3 and adds DAC with coaxial, optical, and USB inputs. It also adds subwoofer outputs, home theater bypass, moving-coil capabilities to the phono stage, and a motorized volume control. The subwoofer output features analog bass management.
The P 5 will be available in black and silver.
Minden, Nev. – Artison shipped an upgraded version of its flat Masterpiece LCR DM speaker, which attaches to the sides of flat-panel TVs, and is preparing to re-enter the in-wall and in-room subwoofer markets.
The in-wall and in-room subwoofers will be unveiled at the CEDIA Expo.
The Masterpiece LCRDM-Mk2 retails for $3,000/pair and joins the upgraded Mk2 versions of the $2,000/pair Portrait LCRDM and $1,400/pair Sketch LCRDM. The latter two shipped earlier this year.
Port Chester, N.Y. — Madison Fielding, which markets outdoor planter-style speakers, expanded its selection with the launch of the Sedona series.
The series consists of a single $599-suggested planter speaker in five colors, all with 6.5-inch full-range Madison Fielding driver. It is shipping in black, Mocha, Weathered Stone, Willow and red.
The new series is more modern-looking and more affordable than the company’s other planter speakers, said president Art Powers.
Indianapolis — Speaker and headphone maker Klipsch signed up Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as a brand ambassador as part of a multi-year agreement that includes the development of Luck’s own headphone series.
The partnership is part of the company’s sports marketing initiative that includes other brand ambassadors from the world of sports. They are Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Josef Newgarden of IndyCar, and Graham Rahal of IndyCar.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. -- Onkyo is launching its first active soundbar and first TV-speaker base.
They join a 2.1-speaker home-theater system in the Envision Cinema series of products, which are designed to deliver home-theater audio with simple set-up.
The LS-B50 soundbar with wireless subwoofer, and LS-T10 speaker base with integrated subwoofer, are scheduled to ship in September at suggested retails of $699 and $499, respectively.