San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas – DTS is putting in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multi-channel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.
The company is also talking up its first third-party Play-Fi licensing deals for its Play-Fi wireless multiroom-audio technology with Asus and with startup Wren Audio, a direct-to-consumer company headed by former Harman executive Mike Giffin. Play-Fi turns Wi-Fi-equipped Android smartphones into wireless multiroom music sources.
Las Vegas – The Altec Lansing brand returned to the consumer audio market here at International CES after worldwide rights to the brand name were purchased in late 2012 by Infinity Lifestyle Brands.
More than a dozen Altec Lansing products are on display by Sakar International, which is Infinity’s first North American licensee. Sakar markets consumer electronics and accessories under multiple licensed brands.
LAS VEGAS — Sony is waterproofing its latest all-in-one Sports MP3 player, broadening the device’s addressable market beyond health-and-fitness enthusiasts to include swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts.
The 4GB MP3 player, shipping in March at a tentative everyday $99, integrates controls and memory into the left and right in-ear ear buds, which are connected by a flexible wire-like headband that wraps around the back of the head and goes over top the ears.
Las Vegas – Panasonic stepped up networking capabilities in new tabletop audio systems, added Apple’s 8-pin docking-pin connectors to two models, and launched three new soundbars sized for larger TV displays than last year’s soundbar line.
Information wasn’t available on whether Panasonic planned to launch new Blu-ray-equipped home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems.
LAS VEGAS – A variety of Samsung audio products intended for first-half shipment include the company’s first soundbar with tube amplifier, first HTiBs with post-processing technology to deliver a virtual 10.1-channel soundfield, and first HTiB with 4K2K passthrough and upscaling.
The company is also launching its first portable Bluetooth speaker.
In HTiBs, two models announced here incorporate DTS-Neo Fusion post processing to deliver a virtual 10.1-channel soundfield from 5.1- and 7.1-channel audio sources played back through a 5.1- or 7.1-speaker system.
LAS VEGAS — Philips is expanding its selection of soundbars here at CES, where it is also launching a wireless multi-room-audio system that uses smartphones and PCs as music sources.
Two of the new soundbars are the company’s first with detachable speakers that can be used as battery-powered wireless surround speakers.
Other new audio products, designed and built by Philips but marketed in the U.S. by P&F USA, include a new premium Bluetooth speaker, an iPod/iPhone-docking nostalgia radio, and a transportable iPod-docking music system with DJ functions.
Las Vegas – Sharp’s audio group came to CES with four new active soundbars, its first portable audio system in years, and its first Apple-docking microsystem with Apple’s new 8-pin Lightning connector.
A quartet of new soundbars tops out with the $599-suggested HTSB-60 and opens with the $149-suggested HTSB-20.
Englewood, Colo.—Liberty Media said it received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take control of satellite-radio broadcaster SiriusXM.
Liberty said it expects to complete the transfer of de jure control within 60 days.
Baltimore – Polk Audio will go to International CES with live musical performances by five independent acts at South Hall 1 booth 21130.
The artists will perform during show hours from Jan. 8-10, 2013, in a soundproof booth so they can be heard over the noise of the show floor. Also to help listeners focus on the music, Polk will create a specially designed seating area in which attendees will listen to the acts through the company’s UltraFocus active noise-canceling on-ear and in-ear headphones.
Chicago – Maxxsonics plans February shipments of Class D reference-level Mykros car amplifiers under the MB Quart brand, all featuring a small footprint.
The amps also feature a Q-Stasis preamplifier stage, said to reject noise and assure that “clean signal passes to the amplifier,” the company said. They also feature a dual-surface heatsink design to deliver improved heat dissipation.
The lineup consists of a four-channel model, a five-channel model, and a mono amp.