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San Diego – BassNation Audio, a startup audio supplier led by audio-industry veteran Steffen Meeks, has begun hiring sales reps to market its first product, the BlackBox.
The $299 BlackBox is a pro-style single-cabinet stereo speaker system that connects to audio sources, including car stereo systems, via headphone jack or RCA connection. It runs on AC but comes with 12-volt power adapter for use with a car stereo system.
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. - The consolidation of Pioneer’s home A/V business unit in Japan with two other business units will turn the unit into a leaner wholly-owned subsidiary.
Russ Johnston, executive VP of home entertainment and corporate communications at Pioneer Electronics USA, said the move will speed up product planning, time to market, and a return to home A/V profitability.
Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz has begun shipping its second network player/DAC, the $3,499-suggested Reference-series NA-11S1.
It joins the current $799-suggested NA7004.
Shizuoka, Japan — Yamaha said its nine-month audio sales in North America and in emerging economies grew in the nine months ending Dec. 31, 2012.
The performance contributed to a 1.2 percent gain in global consolidated sales to 273.9 billion yen.
Overall operating profit, however, fell 5.1 percent to 10.4 billion yen, although net income rose 63.6 percent to 4.5 billion yen.
Audio sales worldwide posted a “slight drop” because of declining sales in Japan and Europe, said the company, which didn’t disclose additional audio-sales details.
New York – SiriusXM’s revenues, net income, and number of net new subscribers gained in 2012 because of rising new-car sales, more activations of satellite radios in used cars, and lower churn, executives said.
Revenues and net income were also up in the fourth quarter, but the number of net new subscribers slipped slightly.
The founders of Catalyst AV believe that their group is different from other U.S. distribution networks that preceded theirs. But before they could convince dealers and manufacturers that this was true, they had to convince themselves.
Calabasas, Calif. — Select North American-market Panasonic TVs for the first time will come equipped with DTS 2.0+Digital Out.
This technology that enables a TV to decode and play back DTS-encoded audio content and transmit a multi-channel stream to connected audio systems such as A/V receivers and soundbars.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Home-automation supplier Control4 has expanded the range of audio sources that can be selected from and streamed through a Control4 multi-room audio system.
Also here at Integrated Systems Europe, the company launched its first lighting-control system targeted specifically for new construction and major remodeling jobs, having previously offered a system designed mainly for retrofit applications.
New York – The Chester Group will stage the second annual New York Audio Show on April 12 -14 at the Palace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
More than 75 companies will demonstrate high-performance home audio gear, including Sony, Martin Logan, KEF America, PMC, Krell, Quad, Burmester, VPI, SoundStageDirect, Audeze, Woo Audio and Audio Note.
Irvine, Calif. — iRiver has upgraded its audiophile-targeted MP3 player to support Apple’s AAC, ALAC and AIFF music codecs via a firmware update.
AIFF (.AFF) is Apple’s uncompressed PCM standard, and ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) is Apple’s losslessly compressed format (.MP4a).