By Lisa Johnston
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Irvine, Calif. – Mobile-device accessory maker Incipio Technologies purchased Braven, the privately held maker of battery-operated Bluetooth speakers.
Incipio said it will make Braven’s products available to its 40,000 retail locations worldwide, although Braven products will continue to be available through Braven’s sales channels. The brand will launch new products in the coming months, Incipio added.
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San Diego – Sony is soaring right to the top with the launch of a $1,299-everyday soundbar whose price handily exceeds the $399 price that previously topped out the company’s soundbar lineup.
The 7.1-channel HT-ST7 soundbar, which does not carry the top-end ES series designation, is available today at Sony Stores and electronics retailers nationwide, including Best Buy.
Irvine, Calif. – Vizio is adding three more soundbars to its 2013 soundbar selection with the launch of new models priced at a suggested $79 to $119, all with built-in Bluetooth.
The three models will join two models shipped earlier this year with Bluetooth at a suggested $249 and $329. All are wall-mountable.
New York — SOL Republic unveiled the first fruits of its partnership with Motorola: the Deck portable Bluetooth speaker.
The speaker, which can be paired with up to five devices, features a Heist mode that allows users to “steal” control of the device. Scott Hix, president and co-founder of SOL Republic, said the device features 360-degree sound but declined to provide specific tech specs. It is powered by the company’s R2 Sound Engines.
Portland, Ore. – AudioSource has kicked off a promotion for its portable Sound Pop Bluetooth speaker on Facebook.
From now through September AudioSouce will give away a free Sound Pop every Friday to a randomly chosen Facebook fan who “likes” the Sound Pop Facebook page. The first winner will be chosen at random this Friday, Aug. 2.
Boston – Tivoli Audio is expanding its selection of Bluetooth-equipped radios with the launch of the $299-suggested Albergo.
In May 2012, the company introduced a Bluetooth-equipped version of its PAL portable AM/FM radio with rechargeable battery and its Model One AM/FM tabletop radio.
Melville, N.Y. - ADI has expanded its custom AV product offering to include speaker solutions from Klipsch.
Klipsch custom install products are now in stock at ADI branches across the United States. Dealers are invited to visit their local ADI branch to learn more about the Klipsch line of products.
North Reading, Mass. — Bowers & Wilkins is replacing the flagship speaker in its CM series, bringing technologies used in its reference 800 series to the CM series for the first time.
The CM10 replaces the CM9 and will be available August at a suggested $4,000/pair in a painted black-gloss finish or in two real wood veneers, rosenut or wenge.
With the new technologies and other improvements, the CM10 plays louder than its predecessor, delivers more extended bass and delivers better imaging with lower distortion, the company said.
Girard, Ohio — SVS, the direct-to-consumer speaker supplier, liberalized its 45-day in-home trial policy by offering free return shipping on all speakers.
SVS tested the policy with the Ultra Series speakers launched late last year, a spokesperson said.
New York – Pyle Audio this week unveiled its Sound Flow, a portable, rechargeable wireless marine-grade Bluetooth speaker that is shock-resistant and waterproof.
The Sound Flow features a sealed, rubber casing with a metal hook for hanging. Its lithium-ion battery delivers seven hours of audio playback on a full charge. It ships with a USB charging cable.