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Boston Expands Wireless Sub Selection

10/16/2009 10:50:13 AM Eastern

Peabody, Mass. - Boston Acoustics expanded its
selection of wireless subwoofers with three models in its Classic series at street
prices of $399 to $599.

The company launched its first
two wireless subs
in 2007, one in the Horizon series of in-room speakers
and one bundled with a powered two-channel sound bar designed as a TV add-on. The
Horizon model is no longer available.

The new models are promoted as wireless-ready because they
incorporate 2.4GHz wireless receiver that connects wirelessly to an optional
$79 (street price) transmitter, which plugs into A/V receivers,
preamp/processors and other audio components. The subs that surfaced in 2007
were designed as wireless-only subs.

By sending low-bass frequencies up to 50 feet without speaker
cable to the new subs, the 2.4GHz transmitter gives consumers more flexible
subwoofer placement options, the company said. With wireless, explained senior
sales and marketing VP Joe
Stinziano, "you can hide the subwoofer anywhere in the room and still
experience incredible bass." For additional placement flexibility, the subs
feature front-firing, front-ported design, making them
suitable for placement in custom cabinets, a spokesman added.

Although wireless-ready, the subs "are first and foremost standalone powered subwoofers in the classic
tradition of Boston subs," the spokesman continued. "They offer high power, low
distortion, and extended low-frequency playback in a small-footprint package."

The new
subs are the 8-inch 200-watt (350-watt peak) CPS 8Wi at $399 street price, the
10-inch 300-watt (650-watt peak) CPS 10Wi at $499, and the 12-inch 400-watt (850-watt peak) CPS 12Wi at $599. All are available
in black walnut or cherry vinyl finish. The CPS 10Wi model is available, and
the other two are due later this month.

Each
comes with speaker- and line-level inputs, LFE input, volume control and phase switch. The
8-inch model offers 31-150Hz frequency response, and the two step-ups offer 28-150Hz and 25-150Hz, respectively.

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