By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Harman and future Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera teamed to help the restoration and renovation of the Iglesia Refugio de Esperanza (“Refuge of Hope”) Church located in New Rochelle, N.Y., during an event at the company’s store in Manhattan on Saturday.
Rivera and his family have made a commitment to restore the church, which holds traditional religious services, and will also offer youth programs and provide food and clothing to the local community.
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.
Indianapolis — Klipsch Group launched a serial-number verification portal on its website to combat counterfeiting headphones.
The company has incorporated a serialized holographic label with targeted security features on all of its headphone boxes. Users can enter the hologram’s serial number found on the box to determine if their Klipsch headphones are genuine products, the company said.
Irvine, Calif. – Astell & Kern expanded its selection of high-resolution portable music players to four with the launch of the $1,499-suggested AK120 Titan and $799 AK100 Mark 2.
They join the $1,299 AK120 and $699 AK100.
All four models support 24-bit/192kHz digital audio files, DSD, and Apple lossless formats in addition to multiple lossy music formats.
Mahwah, N.J. – Blake DeSimone, who has been the chief financial officer for D+M Group’s America’s business, was appointed last month to the position of acting president of the company’s Americas sales and marketing organization, the company said.
DeSimone is filling the position vacated by Brian Poggi, who left in October as part of a restructuring that eliminated several positions at the company.
Calabasas, Calif. – The PlayStation 4 is the first product available with DTS’s new DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 decoder, enabling the game console to decode 7.1-channel soundtracks streamed in the DTS-HD format.
The Sony game console became available today.
The new DTS decoder not only supports streamed and downloaded video incorporating DTS-HD-encoded soundtracks, but the decoders also decode any DTS audio format on optical discs, including DTS-HD Master Audio, the company said.
Seattle — Pro-audio supplier Music Group has created a consumer division led by Dan Roe to expand distribution into CE channels.
The company’s brands include Behringer, Turbosound, Midas, Klark Teknik and Bugera.
Long Beach, Calif. - JVC Mobile Entertainment announced organizational changes on the eve of dealer and distributor meetings where the company will unveil new products and new business policies.
The organizational changes include the promotion of Ron Trout from western regional sales manager to national sales manager. Trout will oversee all distribution and specialist accounts.
Shizuoka, Japan – Yamaha Corp. boosted first-half global sales, operating income and net income.
Yamaha said global sales increased by 11.8 percent to 197.7 billion yen ($2.01 billion, operating income by 100.7 percent to 13.7 billion yen ($139.2 million), and net income by 273.4 percent to 12.5 billion yen ($12.7 million) for the fiscal first half ended Sept. 30.
Stamford, Conn. – Harman International started off its 2014 fiscal year with double-digit sales gains in all three of its operating divisions, but consolidated net income fell 15 percent from the year-ago period to $46 million.
Consolidated sales rose 17 percent (including currency changes) to $1.17 billion, with operating income falling 12 percent to $69 million in the quarter, which ended Sept. 30.
London — High-end audio supplier Cambridge Audio continues to diversify into new audio segments with the launch of its first dedicated USB headphone DAC.
The $189 matchbox-size DacMagic XS, which bypasses a computer’s built-in sound card, incorporates 192kHz/24-bit DAC and 150mW headphone amplifier, said to deliver 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards. A 3.5mm headphone output on one side connects to a headphone jack, and the other side features a MicroUSB port for connection to a laptop’s USB port.