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Oxnard, Calif. — Boss Audio expanded its selection of mech-less marine head units with its first two models equipped with stereo Bluetooth.
They are the $196-suggested MR1350UAB and $150 MR1308UAB.
Both single-DIN models ship this month with AM/FM tuner, MP3/WMA playback from USB sticks and CDs, 4x50-watt output, remote, and ability to retain radio presets in case they are disconnected from power. The MR1350UAB adds full iPod and iPhone control through USB.
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.
Petaluma, Calif. — Elan Home Systems launched the latest software updates for its Elan g! Entertainment and Control System.
The 6.2 software update for the multi-room-audio and home-automation system adds a new on-TV display, control from Apple’s OSX computers, and weather-based event triggers, among other things.
Carlsbad, Calif. — Security supplier Linear is expanding into lighting controls with the launch of wireless Z-Wave-based lighting systems for residential and commercial applications.
The systems, available to security dealers and custom installers, are the Nortek subsidiary’s first lighting-control products, a spokesperson said.
The residential products will ship by the end of April and will include 500- and 1,000-watt wall dimmers, wall switches, wall outlets, lamp modules, appliance modules, three-way switches/dimmers and fixture modules.
Los Angeles — AVAD and Niles Audio awarded a 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1SS to electronics integrator Curtis Shelton of Galaxy Security & Sound as part of a Niles promotion.
All active AVAD customers were eligible to participate in the contest, which ran from Oct. 1 through Dec. 28, 2012. Dealers were entered into the contest each time they purchased Niles Audio's series of custom-installation audio systems, components and accessories.
New York — Panasonic filled in the remaining details of its 2013 home audio lineup by announcing prices on a trio of wireless NE-series tabletop speakers, unveiling a new high-power “mini” system with DJ-size speakers, and pricing a Bluetooth speaker with tablet stand.
The company also said it is adding a fifth soundbar to its 2013 lineup to test a feature/price ratio, and it outlined a strategy of offering select HTiBs and tabletop audio products on an exclusive basis to select retailers because those categories are struggling in the U.S.
Columbia, Md. — Honda and Dodge have become the latest car brands to offer HD Radio, bringing the digital radio technology to 33 vehicle brands in 170 car models, HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital announced.
A total of 80 car models offer HD Radio as standard equipment. More than 3.4 million HD Radio-equipped cars were sold in 2012, and 20 percent of all new cars sold in 2012 included HD Radio, iBiquity added.
Orlando Fla. — 3vNet CEO Mike Anderson formed a new custom-electronics company, Automated Control Technology Partners (ACTP), to manage new building-automation brands and 3vNet.
Richmond, British Columbia — Sound Developments has entered the U.S. market as a custom-installation distributor.
In a statement, the distributor said it is positioning itself as “North America’s premier specialty A/V distributor,” providing “a combination of passion, focus, personal attention, quick delivery and profitable brands.”
Vista, Calif. — DEI Holdings announced it has formed a new division for its Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and Boom brands, known as Sound United.
It also announced a number of management changes to accompany the shift.
DEI said in a statement that the brands “will remain separate and distinct from one another to fill their unique roles in the market.”
Directed, DEI's remote-start brand, will remain a stand-alone division and will not be affected. A DEI spokesman told TWICE the move brings all three audio brands under one umbrella.
Mahwah, N.J. — Marantz is bringing the opening price of networked A/V receivers (AVRs) down to a suggested $499 with the launch of two slim-line AVRs.
The two models are the 5x70-watt NR1504 at a suggested $499 and the 7x70-watt NR1604 at a suggested $649.
Networking and AirPlay previously started at a suggested $649 in Marantz AVRs.