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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha plans shipments of a new 3D Blu-ray player that will expand its selection of SACD-equipped models to two.
The BD-S677, shipping in April at a suggested $329, will also be the company’s first Blu-ray player with wireless Miracast to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It’s also the company’s first to connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-stored videos, music, pictures and documents.
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London – Onkyo has teamed up with Imagination Technologies to collaborate on wireless multiroom-audio systems for the home, but no launch timetable has been announced.
“At this time we do not have any details regarding how these technologies could be implemented,” an Onkyo USA spokesperson said. “Onkyo does not currently have any wireless multiroom audio products in the market.”
Los Angeles – Audyssey is going to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week with a new smartphone and tablet technology that adds depth and width to the soundstage when audio is played through headphones.
The technology, called Audyssey 60°, is a software-based solution that can be implemented in any mobile device, mobile app, or computer without adding hardware costs, the company said.
New York – Dolby Laboratories is developing an audio technology that adds height information to specially mixed surround-sound soundtracks played back on mobile devices and delivered through any pair of headphones.
The unnamed technology, not yet available to Dolby customers, would use movie and game soundtracks mixed via object-based mixing technology. Dolby has developed a version of that technology, called Dolby Atmos, for movie theaters.
Petaluma, Calif. – Core Brands hired more new executives.
The newcomers are Yann Connan, hired as director of product management for the audio group; Brett Faulk, who joins the company as executive director of strategic products; and Randall Logan, who becomes director of channel marketing.
Faulk and Logan are filling newly created positions.
Oakdale, Minn. – Imation sold off its XtremeMac consumer electronics brand on Jan. 31 following the October sale of the Memorex brand as part of an effort to divest itself from lower margin non-core business.
Imation also said in its fourth-quarter financial report that its TDK Life on Record audio and accessories business, however, “enjoyed strong year-over- year revenue increases, and we have many new consumer-storage products on our roadmap for 2014,” Imation said.
Shizuoka, Japan – Yamaha boosted third-quarter and nine-month sales and operating income thanks to currency fluctuations.
In the third quarter ending December, consolidated sales rose by 13.9 billion yen ($136.1 million), all of it attributable to currency fluctuations, company reports show. Third-quarter consolidated operating income rose by 5.5 billion yen ($53.9 million), 4.5 billion yen of which was the result of currency fluctuations.
Irving, Texas – JVC Kenwood struck an agreement to buy EF Johnson Technologies as part of a strategic initiative to increase its focus on professional communications, particularly in the U.S. public-safety market, EF Johnson announced.
In the U.S., Kenwood USA’s communications sector offers two-way mobile and portable radios for public safety, government, business and industry. It also offers amateur radios.
Petaluma, Calif. – Elan Home Systems has upgraded its g! multiroom-audio/home-control system with the addition of new features and new drivers to control more A/V components, lighting systems and surveillance cameras via IP.
Stamford, Conn. – Harman expects to book an additional $100 million in incremental revenue in its fiscal second half because of planned sales of portable speakers through an unnamed mobile telecom partner outside the U.S., the company said during an investor’s conference call.
Harman already sells select audio products through Sprint’s U.S. stores.