By Lisa Johnston
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Newmarket, N.H. – Russound has begun shipping the first products in its XStream wireless-audio selection.
The company also plans an additional product by the end of the first quarter, and will support the launch with an integrated marketing initiative targeting distributors, installers, and consumers, the company announced.
The campaign will “emphasize the importance of exceptional performance and audiophile-quality sound for custom wireless audio products,” said CEO Charlie Porritt.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
David Rodarte, who led NuVo Technologies for 10 years prior to its purchase by Legrand, has formed ChangingVelocity, a consulting company to assist North American and European businesses with strategic planning, acquisition sourcing, and global business development.
Portland, Ore. – Triad Speakers expanded its passive soundbar selection to 12 with the shipment of its thinnest soundbar to date.
The 12 include three-channel soundbars and one-channel on-wall “soundbars” used for left, center and right applications.
The three-channel two-way Nano OnWall LCR 3.0, starting at a suggested $1,200 for a 44-inch version, is 1.6 inches deep and 3.25 inches high. The made-to-order speaker is available in custom widths and paint finishes.
Triad brackets are available to mount the speaker to the wall or direct to a TV.
San Francisco – Dolby Laboratories’ revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 fell 2.3 percent to $231.1 million but nonetheless exceeded projections, the company announced.
“We're pleased to report that 2014 is off to a strong start with first quarter revenues higher than originally projected and a great reception to the introduction of Dolby Vision at the Consumer Electronics Show,” said president/CEO Kevin Yeaman. “We are excited about our pipeline of new offerings and are confident they will contribute to long term growth."
Mountlake Terrace, Wash.– AudioControl won’t stray from its commitment to the home and car custom-installation channels or to U.S. manufacturing under new owner Alex Camara, but the company will look at expanding its audio focus to the light commercial and light professional markets.
Camara, hired as CEO for the home and car audio supplier in June 2011, recently purchased ownership of the company from Tom Walker, who has owned the company since January 1985. The company was founded in 1977.
Las Vegas – Harman unveiled new JBL and Harman Kardon home-audio products at International CES, including networked speakers, networked Blu-ray HTiBs and networked stereo receivers.
LAS VEGAS The nascent high-resolution audio industry is faced with significant technological obstacles and a seemingly uninformed public, but a group of audio execs representing boutique and mainstream firms discussed these challenges and opportunities during a panel moderated by TWICE senior editor Joseph Palenchar.
Las Vegas – Harman came to International CES to “resuscitate” the Infinity audio brand through the brand’s first major product launch since 2008 and through a five-year partnership with rock band Linkin Park, Harman global brand marketing VP Sean Kapoor told TWICE.
The company also plans to step up Infinity’s marketing efforts with a new social-media campaign now underway and with digital and print media starting in March and April, he said.
Las Vegas - Harman Kardon launched its first tabletop speaker that uses Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, and Wi-Fi to stream music from any mobile device.
The Aura Wireless Omnidirectional Home Audio System, retailing for a suggested $399, can also be used with a Harman Kardon Remote app for iOS and Android mobile devices to stream music stored anywhere on a home network to an Aura speaker anywhere in the house, the company said.
Las Vegas – Startup ClearView Audio is targeting A/V specialists and high-end design, home furnishings, and department stores for a tabletop 2.1 Bluetooth speaker that uses a thin, curved transparent acrylic sheet to generate music with a wide sweet spot.
The company is also targeting high-end home furnishings catalogs, wireless carrier stores, and wireless specialty stores, said Allan Evelyn, business development VP.