San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Indianapolis – Onkyo is coming to the Expo with its first 2.1-speaker TV-sound enhancement system, the company’s first iPod/iPhone-docking music system with built-in stereo Bluetooth, and two new mini systems, one of which is the company’s first with embedded stereo Bluetooth.
One of the mini systems is the company’s first networked mini system.
All ship in the fourth quarter along with a new stereo integrate amplifier. Prices haven’t been revealed.
Indianapolis – Dana Innovations is expanding its selection of 70-volt Sonance Landscape series (SLS) that do double duty as in-door commercial speakers, as well as adding a new 8-ohm outdoor audio system reaching a more accessible price point.
Both systems are targeted to ship by the end of the year.
The company is also upgrading its iPort-brand LaunchPort inductive-charging and magnetic-mounting systems for iPads with the launch of a new AP.3 Sleeve that contours to fit The new iPad as well as the iPad 2.
Oakdale, Minn. – TDK Life on Record plans October shipments of its first four Bluetooth speakers to complement its premium lineup of iPod/iPhone-docking boomboxes and tabletop audio systems.
The four models, shipping in October at a suggested $249 to $399, include portable AC/DC models, and all are capable of streaming the Bluetooth SBC codec and the higher quality AAC codec over a wireless Bluetooth pipe. Apple’s Mac OS computers and mobile iOS devices support AAC over Bluetooth.
Tempe, Ariz. — Lightning Audio said it will begin shipping in the fourth quarter the recently introduced LA-TWO subwoofer series.
Four models are offered: 10-inch and 12-inch, with each size in 2- and 4-ohm configurations. Features include stitched tinsel leads to reduce mass, stress and strain over a greater area; a 2-inch voice coil venting to help eliminate thermal issues and increase power handling; high-density poly-foam surround; and anodized-aluminum voice coil former with spun-laced Nomex collar.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba is re-entering the home-audio business after many years with the launch of the first in a planned lineup of active soundbars.
The $329-suggested SBX4250 Sound Bar Speaker System is available at ToshibaDirect.com and at select online and in-store retailers.
All six systems feature 4K and 3D video passthrough via HDMI 1.4a. All six also feature HDMI audio return channel.
The launch brings the number of AirPlay-enabled home-theater packages to four, at prices starting at a suggested $649. These four can also be controlled from Yamaha’s iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps.
Under the Energy brand, select products in Energy’s Power Bar series will be open to general merchandise chains, product manager Gavin Reeg told TWICE.
The select products include two recently unveiled Power-series powered subwoofers at a suggested $199 and $299. The selection of products for general merchandise chains will be expanded to include a $249-suggested Energy-brand Power Bar 1 active soundbar.
The $249 Power Bar 1 features two 3-inch by 5-inch woofers operating down to 80Hz and two 3-inch full-range drovers.
New York – Klipsch Group unveiled its first Klipsch-brand active soundbar and an upgraded Klipsch-brand Quintet home theater speaker package.
The company claimed the soundbar is the industry’s first active soundbar with horn-loaded tweeters.
The products follow recent launches of the Klipsch-brand $599-suggested HD Theater 600, which is a 5.1 home-theater speaker package, and the first two powered subwoofers in the Energy brand’s affordable Energy Power series of speakers. The subs are priced at a suggested $199 and $299.