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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.
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.
Las Vegas — Sony plans to expand playback of high-resolution audio files to Blu-ray HTiBs and an active tabletop speaker for the first time, and it will add high-resolution decoding to more A/V receivers, the company said here at International CES.
Sony also plans soon to ship its first portable high-resolution headphone DAC soon, and it brought a portable high-resolution pro-audio recorder into consumer channels.
CES 2014 Las Vegas — Panasonic subsidiary Aupeo will team with DTS to launch a multichannel music-streaming service later this year using the DTS-HD surround codec.
Aupeo will target automakers as well as mobile devices incorporating DTS Headphone:X technology, which delivers surround sound through any pair of headphones.
CES 2014 Las Vegas — Acoustic Research expanded its fashion-themed AR For Her CE line to include a backup battery with a panic alarm.
The Zipstick backup battery, which will ship in the spring for a $34.99 suggested retail, has a 2,20 mAh lithium-ion battery, LED flashlight and panic alarm. It will be offered in polka dots and white. A version without a panic alarm will be in $29.99 in black, Cobalt, Animal Print, Cayenne Polka Dot, white and red.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – New home and car audio products here at International CES are getting behind the industry move to promote high-resolution audio formats.
New car products include aftermarket head units from Pioneer and Clarion. New home audio products include a wireless DAC “bridge” from high-end audio newcomer Auralic, a DAC from Wadia, and Cambridge Audio’s Azur 851D DAC/preamplifier.
Las Vegas – Speaker supplier Thiel Audio is going to International CES with a new industrial design said to offer a sleeker look than past designs while delivering superior on- and off-axis response uniformity, lower distortion, and improved power handling.
The new design will appear at CES in the shape of the TM3 two-way bass-reflex bookshelf speaker, expected to ship in late spring at a targeted suggested retail of $2,999/pair in standard finishes, excluding optional floor stands. The industrial design will also appear in future Thiel speakers.
Las Vegas — Sharp is coming to International CES with its first Bluetooth speaker, first nearfield communications (NFC)-equipped Bluetooth soundbar, its first Bluetooth-equipped microsystem and first Bluetooth-equipped executive component system.
Sharp is also displaying its first Blu-ray/SACD player with WiSA-compliant wireless technology to stream soundtracks to WiSA-certified active speakers.
All products ship in the first half. Prices weren’t announced.
Las Vegas – Krell Industries is bringing high-power Class A amplifiers back into its line after an absence of more than seven years but adding patent-pending technology to improve Class A efficiency and reduce Class A amplifier size to suit changing consumer lifestyles.
The amps are also positioned as making the most of high-resolution audio formats because Class A technology eliminates the crossover distortion generated by Class A/B amps.
As a result, the amps deliver the low-level details, subtleties and spatiality of high-resolution music, the company said.
Las Vegas — Funai Electric subsidiary P&F is bringing its first two Philips-brand under-TV speaker bases to International CES along with a wireless home-theater system and an expanded selection of soundbars and Bluetooth speakers.
The company is also adding AptX and AAC streaming over Bluetooth for the first time, offerings its first two active bookshelf speaker pairs with embedded Bluetooth, and launching multiple Apple-docking speakers, including its first with dual 30-pin and eight-pin Apple connectors.
Here’s what’s coming: