Dolby Reports Lower Q4 Sales, Net Income

Dolby Reports Lower Q4 Sales, Net Income

By Steve Smith On Oct 29 2013 - 4:41pm




San Francisco — Dolby Laboratories reported lower revenues and net income for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended Sept. 27.

Dolby posted total revenue of $216.7 million, compared with $225.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Fourth-quarter GAAP net income was $45.8 million, compared with $51.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, fourth-quarter net income was $58.8 million, compared with $63.8 million for the prior-year period.

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Onkyo Enters iOS App Business With High-Res Audio Player

Onkyo Enters iOS App Business With High-Res Audio Player

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 24 2013 - 1:33pm

Onkyo’s HF Player app for iOS devices delivers up to 20,000 bands of EQ adjustme
Onkyo’s HF Player app for iOS devices delivers up to 20,000 bands of EQ adjustment and decoding of high-resolution audio formats.


Upper Saddle River, N.J. — Onkyo has developed a music-player app that brings high-resolution audio decoding to iOS devices.

The free version of the app, called HF Player, provides an interface that includes album art display, playback controls, and an organizational structure said to be familiar to iOS users.

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Yamaha Taps Fisch As National Sales Manager

Yamaha Taps Fisch As National Sales Manager

By TWICE Staff On Oct 24 2013 - 10:47am

Mark Fisch
Mark Fisch


Buena Park, Calif. — Yamaha promoted Mark Fisch to the position of national sales manager for its A/V division.

He will oversee A/V sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and will report to division general manager Bob Goedken.

Fisch started at Yamaha in March 2005 as a regional sales manager in the A/V division and was named sales manager of the year by the company in 2012. He received President’s Club honors in 2011.

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Wren Sound Readies Retail Distribution

Wren Sound Readies Retail Distribution

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 22 2013 - 12:37pm

Wren Sound offers a trio of $399 wireless speakers, cosmetically identical but e
Wren Sound offers a trio of $399 wireless speakers, cosmetically identical but each with a different wireless technology.


 Phoenixville, Pa. – Direct-to-consumer audio company Wren Sound Systems plans to go retail with its trio of wireless tabletop speakers for the home.

Additional products are also in the works.

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Benchmark To Offer First Amp With THX High-Efficiency Technology

Benchmark To Offer First Amp With THX High-Efficiency Technology

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 18 2013 - 3:30pm

Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo amp uses THX technology is said to combine the sound qua
Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo amp uses THX technology is said to combine the sound quality of Class A/B analog amplifiers with the efficiency of Class D “digital” amps.


San Francisco – The first product incorporating THX’s all-analog, high-efficiency amplifier technology is coming to market from Benchmark Media Systems.

THX, which demoed the technology at CES 2012, contends its patented technology delivers sound quality that equals that of the best Class A/B analog amplifiers while equaling or exceeding the efficiency of most Class D “digital” switching amps in normal use when playing music or movie soundtracks.

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Lenbrook Launches Bluesound Brand To Expand Base

Lenbrook Launches Bluesound Brand To Expand Base

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 17 2013 - 3:01pm

Bluesound chief brand officer John Banks (left) and Lenbrook America president/C
Bluesound chief brand officer John Banks (left) and Lenbrook America president/CEO Dean Miller with some of Bluesound’s wireless-music products, all controlled from an Android or iOS app.


New York – Bluesound, the new Lenbrook Industries brand, has rolled out its first wireless multi-room audio products, which are positioned as a step up from Sonos wireless-audio systems in performance and price.

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Primax To Acquire Majority Stake In Tymphany

Primax To Acquire Majority Stake In Tymphany

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 16 2013 - 3:49pm




Sausalito, Calif. – Taiwan-based Primax Electronics will take a majority stake in Hong Kong-based Tymphany, the ODM and OEM supplier of speakers to home, car, and pro audio brands.

 The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year following regulatory approvals. Terms weren’t disclosed.

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AudioXperts Closes

AudioXperts Closes

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 15 2013 - 9:13am




Boston — Luxury-audio start-up AudioXperts closed operations last Friday, but some of its products could nonetheless make their way into the market, said founder and industry veteran Eli Harary.

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D&H Begins Carrying OSD Audio Line

D&H Begins Carrying OSD Audio Line

TWICE Staff On Oct 14 2013 - 3:12pm

One of OSD Audio’s architectural speakers
One of OSD Audio’s architectural speakers


Brea, Calif. - OSD Audio reports it has signed a partnership with D&H Distributing to carry its line which includes sales and technical support.

D&H now offers the complete line of OSD Audio’s outdoor and architectural speakers, amplifiers, and accessories.

This includes OSD Audio’s new Bluetooth rock speakers [pictured left], which are the first of their kind in the custom installation market, as well as the company’s new Soundplatform home audio system.

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Sony Expands High-Res Audio Line

Sony Expands High-Res Audio Line

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 14 2013 - 11:01am

Sony’s $599-everyday PHA-2 portable headphones amplifier decodes almost all musi
Sony’s $599-everyday PHA-2 portable headphones amplifier decodes almost all music-file formats, connects to PC and Mac computers via USB 2.0, connects to Apple’s iOS devices via dedicated digital input, and connects via analog input to other mobile devices.


Denver — Sony expanded its high-resolution audio lineup with a portable DAC/headphone amplifier and an ES-series stereo integrated amplifier.

The products, unveiled over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival, include the $599-everyday PHA-2 portable headphones amplifier, which works with laptops, smartphones and tablets. It will be available in March at Sony Stores and other electronics retailers. The second product is the $1,999 TA-A1ES stereo amplifier, available in November at select Sony Stores and authorized ES dealers nationwide.

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