By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — Pure Audio is coming to International CES to expand its selection of Jongo wireless multi-room audio speakers and launch its third tabletop Internet radio with Jongo compatibility.
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Seattle – Car audio supplier AudioControl will go to International CES with its next-generation six-channel car DSP processor, the $399-suggested DQDX.
The DQDZ will be the company’s second car signal processor with signal delay to align a person’s soundstage position between the left and right speakers and to time-align the speakers with subwoofers. The first such processor was the $399-suggested DQ-61, launched last year to upgrade factory sound systems.
Vancouver, Wash. – High-end audio newcomer Auralic will go to International CES with a wireless DAC “bridge” that enables high-end DACs to stream high-resolution music files wirelessly over a home’s Wi-Fi 802.11ac network from a PC or NAS drive .
The Aries bridge, available in May at suggested retails starting at $999, is promoted as the first product that streams DSD, double-rate DSD, and Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) music files wirelessly in native format from networked sources.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung will go to International CES to expand its selection of home-audio products equipped with the company’s Shape wireless multi-room audio technology.
The new products include a second Shape speaker, one soundbar, two Blu-ray HTiBs and one Blu-ray player, all equipped with Wi-Fi.
In the fall, the company plans to ship a Shape adapter that connects legacy sound systems to a wireless Shape network.
New York – Sony Corp. of America (SCA), which purchased Gracenote in June 2008 for about $260 million, is selling off the music and video metadata provider to Tribune Co. for $170 million.
Gracenote, founded in 1995, operates as a wholly owned, independent subsidiary of SCA. Sony expects the sale to close before March 31, subject to regulatory approvals.
Sony is selling off Gracenote “as part of our on-going initiative to transform our business portfolio,” a spokesperson said.
Seoul - LG will expand into wireless multi-room audio, focus its soundbar selection on premium models, and expand its selection of under-TV Sound Plates when it goes to International CES, the company said in pre-announcing select introductions.
Also in its 2014 audio lineup, the company will launch two new soundbars, and launch three new Blu-ray players.
Boston – Tivoli Audio will go the International CES with an expanded assortment of Bluetooth-equipped clock radios and tabletop music systems.
At the show, the company will display a Bluetooth-equipped version of its existing compact Model Three clock radio at a suggested $349 and the recently introduced $599-suggested Music System Two BT.
New York - Pritzker Group Private Capital has acquired Milestone AV Technologies, the umbrella brand that designs, markets, and distributes mounting equipment and display solutions for the commercial and residential audio-visual market under the Chief, Da-Lite, and Sanus brands.
Milestone was purchased for an undisclosed price from The Duchossois Group, which will retain a “significant interest” in the business and continue to have representatives serve on the board of directors, according to the company’s statement.
San Francisco - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment have become the latest Hollywood studios to adopt Dolby Digital Plus as their surround-sound format for movies and TV programs encoded in the UltraViolet Common File Format (CFF).
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is diversifying into premium alarm-clock radios, planning shipments this month of a $199-suggested model that incorporates Bluetooth, nearfield communications for one-tap pairing, USB charging output, and control from iOS and Android apps.