By Lisa Johnston
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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.
The CM series is positioned between the reference 800 series and 600 series.
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.
Technologies trickling down from the 800 series include a tweeter on the top of the speaker cabinet, providing better imaging and dispersion and “creating a more natural, spacious sound,” the company said.
New Apps For Multizone Audio
NEW YORK — Multizone audio is getting more app control.
CasaTunes launched a BlackBerry Z10 app that controls CasaTunes multizone music servers from anywhere in the house. It joins the company’s Android and iOS apps. For its part, NuVo Technologies launched the beta version of an Android app, joining an iOS app, to control its Music Port and Music Port Elite source components in NuVo multizone-audio systems.
Intercom System Adds Music Options
CARLSBAD, CALIF. – Nortek subsidiary Linear unveiled a product that adds whole-house MP3 and CD playback to previously installed DMC1 and DMC3-4 intercom systems.
The in-wall DMCMP3 integrates with new or previously installed DMC systems to use intercom speakers, door speakers and room stations to fill up to 15 rooms with audio. The DMCMP3 features built-in CD player and connects to MP3 players and musicladen smartphones via a 3.5mm aux in.
The DMCMP3 can also charge portable devices via its power-only USB-A port. It also features AM/FM tuner, which was previously the only music option for the intercom systems.
Sonance Steps Up Speaker Series
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. — Sonance revamped its Visual Performance series of low-profile micro-trim in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to deliver a major enhancement in audio performance, the company said.
The series, designed to be visually unobtrusive, delivers better off-axis response, consistent frequency response at all listening levels, lower distortion at higher volumes, and deeper bass at higher SPLs, the company said.
Prices range from $350/pair to $2,500/ pair for round in-ceiling and rectangular inwall two- and three-way speakers.
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