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Denver — Bang & Olufsen will offer the industry’s first WiSA-certified wireless audio products in October, with additional B&O products to come by the end of the year, the company announced.
The B&O products will be the first of a wave of WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Sound)-certified products to hit the market in 2014, with other brands introducing anywhere from five to 10 WiSA-certified products at the 2014 International CES, said Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association.
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Denver — Multi-room-audio brand AudioAccess, a division of Amplifier Technologies, has begun shipping its PX-800, a 16-source, 16-zone audio router, the company announced at the CEDIA Expo.
The new $2,195-suggested model adds multiple integration capabilities for control by third-party control systems, including Crestron control systems.
Denver -- Savant Systems introduced three plug-in modules to add Wi-Fi capabilities to its SmartEnergy power management and energy monitoring line.
The three new products include a Wi-Fi-enabled wall plug, power strip and a current sensor.
Savant's Wi-Fi SmartPlug delivers power measurement for individual appliances, while the power strip provides six outlets; four managed receptacles for power measurement and two unmanaged receptacles. Both offer surge protection as well as remote on/off control capability using Savant's TrueControl apps.
Denver –Wireless multi-room-audio company Sonos came to the CEDIA Expo to announce that its Playbar active soundbar will get a software upgrade so it can be integrated with third-party surround speakers to create a 5.1 surround-sound system.
Denver — Home-automation newcomer Tio came to the CEDIA Expo to announce October and November shipment dates for most of the major components of its wireless multizone audio and wireless home-control system.
Denver — GoldenEar Technology is expanding its passive soundbar and center-channel speaker selection with the launch of a wider three-channel soundbar and two larger center-channel speakers.
The soundbar is the $1,499 SuperCinema 3D Array XL, which ships in the spring to join the $999 3D Array. The center channels are the $599 SuperCenter X and the $799 SuperCenter XL. They ship in October.
Denver — Home system suppliers are coming to the CEDIA Expo with more products that link their systems to other home systems, enabling control of multiple home systems from the same in-wall keypad or touchscreen.
And judging from other product introductions here, in-wall touchscreens have not gone out of style despite the rise of tablets.
Leviton, Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) and Vantage are among the companies unveiling new in-wall touchscreens that control multiple home systems.
Sydney, Australia –Multi-room audio systems based on A-BUS technology are getting Bluetooth.
In a typical A-BUS system, analog or digital audio, control signals and power are sent from centralized audio sources over a single CAT-5 cable to in-wall amplified keypads, which in turn connect to passive in-ceiling or in-wall speakers. In some cases, audio is sent directly from a central source to amplified custom-installed speakers.
Denver — NuVo Technologies, which will be exhibiting at CEDIA Expo this week at booth 231, reported that distributor ADI will now offer NuVo whole-home audio systems, including both wired and IP-based products, to its U.S. customers.
ADI, headquartered in Melville, N.Y., has more than 95 locations in North America and has been a distributor of Legrand network infrastructure products for 16 years. Officials said the distribution agreement was effective immediately and that NuVo products would be available to ADI customers this month.