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TDK Rolls Out Premium Audio Line

4/18/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
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.
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