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Phoenixville, Pa. — Direct-to-consumer audio company Wren Audio has begun offering a tabletop Wi-Fi speaker equipped with DTS’s Play-Fi technology to stream music from connected Android phones and PCs.
The Wren V5PF is available for $399 at Wrensound.com with real bamboo or rosewood finish.
With Play-Fi technology, consumers can create a multizone, multi-room wireless audio system with a mix of up to eight wireless speakers that play simultaneously in a house.
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Los Angeles — Soundfreaq is launching its first two docking speakers with eight-pin Lightning connector to charge and play back music from Apple’s latest generation of mobile iOS devices.
Both models, however, also play music from a wide range of mobile devices via embedded Bluetooth and an Apple-certified USB port, which enables a cable connection to older Apple devices’ 30-pin connector.
Rahway, N.J. — Docking isn’t dead.
At least that’s what iHome must believe in announcing the release of a trio of Apple-certified docking speakers with eight-pin Lightning connectors and USB ports.
San Diego — Soundcast Systems, the supplier of high-end wireless speakers, is entering a new audio market with the launch of its first Bluetooth speaker, an outdoor model priced at a suggested $449.
The company is “receiving broad response” from custom installers, CE dealers and retailers of outdoor-living products, a spokesperson said. Shipments start the first week of July but will be on allocation until August, the spokesperson added.
Petaluma, Calif. — Sunfire is calling its Three P's spring promotion its most aggressive promotion to date.
Through July 26, dealers that purchase a 10-inch SDS subwoofer get it at the same price as the line’s 8-inch subwoofer, and when dealers order a 12-inch SDS subwoofer, they will get it at the same price as the 10-inch model. Every SDS subwoofer will also be bundled with a Panamax line conditioner and Sunfire's subwoofer wireless kit at no extra cost.
Port Washington, N.Y. — iLuv Creative Technology has begun shipping its MobiAria portable speaker.
The MobiAria, first shown during International CES in January, features both Bluetooth and nearfield communications (NFC) technology.
Other details include a slim design, two full-range speakers, the company’s jAura sound technology, voice-prompted pairing, backlit touch-sensitive buttons, and a USB port for charging mobile devices.
Suggested retail is $199.
Portland, Ore. — Build-to-order supplier Triad Speakers expanded its passive soundbar lineup with the addition of a three-channel on-wall model to its MiniSat series.
The MiniSat Series already included a three-channel passive in-room soundbar and a three-channel in-wall soundbar.
The OnWall MiniSat 3.0, currently shipping, is less than 3 inches deep and available in widths up to 82 inches. Pricing for different finishes start at a suggested $1,100 and $1,500, respectively.
Champlain, N.Y. — High-end component-audio supplier Cambridge Audio continues its diversification into tabletop digital-media speakers with the launch of its first Bluetooth-only speaker, a $149 portable AC/DC model.
Boston — Tivoli Audio teamed up with leather-goods maker Coach to create limited-edition leather- and lizard-wrapped versions of the Tivoli PAL BT Bluetooth-equipped portable AM/FM radio.
The leather version of the Coach PAL BT will retail for $348 and be available in four colors: Vintage Royal, Bonfire, Clover and Fawn. The radio features the same leather used in Coach Men’s signature Bleecker Collection. The lizard-wrapped version retails for $1,000 and comes in Surf color.
New York — Bose came to noisy Grand Central Terminal, here, to expand its noise-canceling headphone lineup with its first in-ear noise-canceling model, said to be the first in the industry with a selectable Aware mode that lets users hear car horns or conversations while listening to music.