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Marley Adds AirPlay, Bluetooth Speakers

1/30/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS — The House of Marley added to its selection
of docking speakers with the International CES
launch of its first two portable Bluetooth-only AC/DC
speakers, both using what the company called Earthfriendly
materials.

The company also modified one of three previously announced
iPod/iPhone/iPad-docking speakers to delete
the embedded dock and add Apple’s AirPlay technology
and stereo Bluetooth in its place.

Among the Bluetooth speakers, Marley showed prototypes
of the $249-suggested Block Party and $199-suggested
Nomad. Third-quarter availability is targeted.

The $199 Nomad features two active 2.5-inch drivers
and two passive 2.5-inch drivers. It also features aux
input, a natural fabric covering, recycled-plastic enclosure
with bamboo side panels, interchangeable carrying
bags and carry strap.

The $249 Block Party steps up power to 20 watts and
has two 3.5-inch woofers and two 1-inch tweeters. It’s
also made of recycled plastic and features bamboo baffle.

The company hopes to incorporate rechargeable batteries
in both models, a spokesman said. Both lack a
USB charging port.

Marley also showed a trio of high-performance tabletop
iPod/iPhone/iPad docking speakers shipping in the first
quarter following the display of early prototypes at the 2011
CES. All are two-way single-chassis stereo systems.

In the $599-suggested One Foundation, the company
replaced the planned Apple dock with Apple’s wireless
AirPlay technology and with stereo Bluetooth. That
model also features two aux inputs to directly connect
portable devices.

One Foundation, now targeted to ship in the fourth
quarter, also features 5.25-inch woofers in a ported enclosure,
1-inch aluminum-dome tweeters, DSP, wood
finish with aluminum front base, and IR remote.

The $299 Get Up Stand Up, shipping in January, features
4.5-inch woofers, 1-inch tweeters and aux in. The
$349 AC/DC Bag Of Rhythm, also shipping in January,
features 4.5-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters but with a
coaxial driver configuration. It comes in a harvest-green
storage bag made of canvas and runs on six D-cell batteries
or an optional rechargeable battery pack.