D&M Holdings Sells Off 2nd Pro Brand, Eyes Sale Of OEM Car Audio

D&M Holdings Sells Off 2nd Pro Brand, Eyes Sale Of OEM Car Audio

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 21 2014 - 11:42am

D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill
D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill


Mahwah, N.J. – D&M Holdings sold off its Calrec pro audio business as part of its effort to “put more of our resources and organizational focus on building our core consumer business,” said D&M Holdings CEO Jim Caudill.

The company, which does business as D+M Group, sold its Allen & Heath pro-audio business last June. Both Allen & Heath and Calrec were sold to London-based Electra Private Equity.

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Samsung Reveals Audio Pricing, Ship Dates For ’14

Samsung Reveals Audio Pricing, Ship Dates For ’14

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 20 2014 - 1:41pm

Jim Kiczek, Samsung’s director of digital audio and video, with the company’s Sh
Jim Kiczek, Samsung’s director of digital audio and video, with the company’s Shape wireless multiroom-audio speakers.


New York — Samsung revealed prices and availability dates of a new home-audio lineup that expands the company’s selection of Wi-Fi-based wireless multiroom-audio products.

The audio products were unveiled at International CES.

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AwoX Makes Leap To U.S. With Wireless A/V Products

AwoX Makes Leap To U.S. With Wireless A/V Products

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 19 2014 - 4:36pm

AwoX’s $99 StriimLink Wi-Fi/DLNA music streamer connects to home hi-fi systems t
AwoX’s $99 StriimLink Wi-Fi/DLNA music streamer connects to home hi-fi systems to create a wireless multizone-audio system controlled from a mobile device.


Palo Alto, Calif. — Privately held AwoX, a French software company specializing in DLNA middleware, launched its first wireless consumer products a year ago in Europe and has begun rolling them out in the U.S.

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Sonos Upgrades App For Wireless Multiroom-Audio System

Sonos Upgrades App For Wireless Multiroom-Audio System

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 18 2014 - 11:54am

Sonos’ new app features universal search across streaming services.
Sonos’ new app features universal search across streaming services.


Santa Barbara, Calif. — Sonos is updating its control app for tablets and smartphones by updating the user interface and launching a new universal search function.

The Android and iOS apps will be available in the spring, though a beta version of the Android app is available today. Updated desktop controllers for Apple computers and PCs will be available “later this year,” the company added.

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B&O Names New President

B&O Names New President

By TWICE Staff On Mar 13 2014 - 4:24pm

Kathy Thornton-Bias
Kathy Thornton-Bias


Deerfield, Ill. — Bang & Olufsen named Kathy Thornton-Bias as president, replacing Zean Nielsen.

The appointment is effective March 17. Nielsen is leaving to join Tesla Motors.

Thortnon-Bias was most recently president of retail for the Museum of Modern Art, and she has also held positions with Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Aupeo Adds Talk Services To App Mix

Aupeo Adds Talk Services To App Mix

By Greg Tarr On Mar 10 2014 - 3:40pm




Austin, Texas — Aupeo, Panasonic’s radio streaming service, used the SXSW Festival to announce it is teaming up with top news, traffic and weather networks to expand its listening experience for users.

At the same time, the service revealed that its recommendation algorithms now adapt to individual Love and Ban information and provide recommendations for talk content as well as music.

Aupeo said CBS Radio News, TheBlaze Radio News, TheBlaze Radio Network, AccuWeather, GEO Traffic and Umano have been added as talk content partners.

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Yamaha Adds SACD To Second Blu-ray Player

Yamaha Adds SACD To Second Blu-ray Player

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 28 2014 - 4:00pm

Yamaha’s $329-suggested BD-S677 3D Blu-ray player with SACD playback
Yamaha’s $329-suggested BD-S677 3D Blu-ray player with SACD playback, Miracast, and access to Dropbox


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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Onkyo Developing Wireless Multiroom Audio

Onkyo Developing Wireless Multiroom Audio

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 28 2014 - 12:54pm

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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.”

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Audyssey Targets Headphone Tech To Mobile Devices

Audyssey Targets Headphone Tech To Mobile Devices

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 18 2014 - 12:25pm




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.

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Dolby To Add Height Information To Mobile Soundtracks

Dolby To Add Height Information To Mobile Soundtracks

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 13 2014 - 4:35pm




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.

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