By Lisa Johnston
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Los Angeles — Audyssey reports music-streaming apps will sound better through headphones connected to iOS and Android devices if the apps incorporate its new technology called AmpIT.
The new technology is a software developers kit (SDK), that enables music-streaming apps to optimize sound output for specific headphone models connected to a smartphone or tablet. The SDK also runs an audio-perception algorithm that maintains perceived bass response that would normally be lost at lower listening levels through headphones.
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.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer will offer an audio/video receiver this year with built-in HDBaseT technology, which ships an HDMI signal up to 328 feet over thin, inexpensive CAT cable to an HD display, the company told TWICE.
Pioneer is the first component-audio supplier to confirm plans for such an AVR.
New York — Next year will be the breakout year for Onkyo USA, which will take a “major step forward in product and marketing to consumers,” Gibson Brands chairman/CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told TWICE.
The breakout year for TEAC America’s consumer audio business will be further down the road because Gibson became majority owner of parent TEAC Corp. in Japan only last month, he said. In the meantime, however, TEAC will become more profitable and increase its growth rate, he promised.
San Francisco – Pure Audio, the Internet-radio and docking-speaker company, shipped the first products in its Jongo wireless multi-room audio line and plans an additional product in the third quarter.
Nashville, Tenn. — Gibson Guitar Corp. changed its name to Gibson Brands to reflect its presence in the musical instrument, pro audio and consumer audio markets.
With the recent acquisition of TEAC, the Stanton Group, KRK and Cerwin-Vega, coupled with a major investment in Onkyo, “Gibson now encompasses the entire music and sound chain from the first chord played by a songwriter on a Gibson guitar until the music reaches the consumer through Onkyo’s premium high-fidelity systems,” said Gibson Brands chairman/CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.
Petaluma, Calif. — Core Brands is consolidating the rep forces of its multiple brands so that all brands will be managed by a single rep company in some territories and by two reps in other territories.
The new structure goes into effect in July.
Orlando, Fla. — Start-up home-automation and multi-room-audio brand TiO plans to ship its first products in August following its debut at the June 12-14 InfoComm 2013 show.
The brand’s parent, Automated Control Technology Partners (ACTP), is headed by industry veteran Mike Anderson, formerly with at 3vNet and Russound.
New York - Suppliers of custom-installed home-automation systems are adding control of the Philips Hue wireless lighting-control system to their home-control systems.
Ironically, Hue’s ZigBee-equipped LED light bulbs are targeted to do-it-yourselfers.
The latest home-control system to add Hue control is from Savant, which added native support for Hue ZigBee-controlled light bulbs without requiring the use of third-party drivers or add-on accessories, the company said.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple expanded its selection of fifth-generation iPod Touch MP3/video players with the launch of a $229 16GB model.
The new iPod Touch complement its $299 32GB and $399 64BG models, which were introduced last September.
Apple also discontinued its two fourth-generation Touches. Those two models, sporting 16GB and 32GB storage, remained in the line after last September’s fifth-generation launch but were re-priced down to $199 and $249, respectively.