OAKDALE, MINN. — TDK Life On Record has begun rolling
out its expanded selection of premium audio products,
including iPod-docking boomboxes, an iPod-docking tabletop
audio system, turntables and a new headphone pair.
The products were unveiled late last year.
Select models are already available in the U.S. and Canada
at Amazon.com, Best Buy, BestBuy.com, Future Shop
and FutureShop.com. The turntables will be available in
April. Additional retailers that will begin offering selected
products in April include J&R, La Curacao, Sears.com and
Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Last year, the Imation-owned brand launched its first audio
products -- two headphones -- in the U.S.
All of the products are positioned as delivering premium
hi-fi-quality sound with premium finishes.
The products include a three-speaker “boombox audio
system” at $499 and a smaller two-speaker boombox audio
system at $399. Both are AC/DC models with AM/FM tuner
and connectivity to multiple audio sources. The models’
USB Host port streams music from the digital PCM outputs
of a connected iPod/iPhone and streams MP3- and WMAencoded
music stored on USB drives and hard drives.
The iPod-docking tabletop system is the $299 AC/DC
Sound Cube Audio System, which is shaped like a cube
and features coaxial speakers firing from opposite sides. It’s
designed for placement in the center of a room.
The two turntables feature embedded phono preamp, and
one features USB output and included PC software to rip
vinyl to MP3. They retail for $299 and $399, respectively.