San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Seattle – AudioControl has updated its Architect lineup of multizone amplifiers with more power, greater energy efficiency, and Ethernet control option for remote monitoring and network control.
The series also gets a 16-channel amplifier that does not offer optional EQ controls, said CEO Alex Camara.
Last month, the company launched a multizone 16x100-watt matrix-switching amplifier and a compact amplifier/DAC, which can be used in Sonos wireless multi-room audio systems.
New York – Dolby Laboratories will roll out its Dolby Atmos surround technology to 80 to 100 digital cinemas worldwide by the end of the year.
However, the company doesn’t yet have a timetable for migrating the technology to the home, said Stuart Bowling, Dolby’s senior worldwide technical marketing manager for cinemas.
Bowling made his comments from inside Dolby’s Atmos-equipped private screening room in Manhattan, where he demonstrated the technology for reporters.
Harrison, N.J. – Panasonic broke ground here this week on a 48,500-square-foot Panasonic North America Technology Center.
Mayor Raymond McDonough recently joined Advance Realty president and CEO Peter Cocoziello and Panasonic North America controller and finance VP Mike Riccio to kick off the project.
The center is being developed by Advance Realty, a Northeast U.S. owner and developer of Class A office, multifamily, mixed-use and flex-space properties.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – Recent U.S. distribution wins by Voxx International include the placement of Jamo M360 series speakers in all Best Buy Magnolia Home Theater Stores, giving Jamo its first national exposure, Voxx president/CEO Patrick Lavelle said during an investors’ conference call today.
New York - SiriusXM raised its year-end subscriber forecast for a second time this year, boosting projections to 1.8 million net new subscribers from a previously forecast 1.6 million.
Early this year, the company had forecast only 1.3 million net new subscribers.
The projected gain would be the best in the company’s history. In 2011, the company gained 1.7 million net new subscribers, which was up from 2010’s 1.42 million.
Norwood, Mass. – Atlantic Technology shipped an active soundbar that incorporates H-PAS technology to deliver bass down to 47Hz without a separate subwoofer.
The 43-inch-wide PowerBar 235 retails for a suggested $899.
Petaluma, Calif. - In late August 2012, Nortek further consolidated it residential technology brands and changed the brand combination's name from The AVC Group to Core Brands. This group consolidated 10 residential brands from Nortek’s technology solutions segment: Aton, BlueBolt, Elan, Furman, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, and Xantech.
Petaluma, Calif. – Elan Home Systems added control of Fusion Research’s Ovation audio streamers to its Elan g! home-control system.
The addition lets the home-control system access a greater variety of cloud-based music sources, including Slacker, MOG, TuneIn, LIVE365, last.fm, Pandora, SiriusXM, CBC-40, CBS Radio, BBC, SKY.fm, and AccuRadio. The Fusion Research streamers also access music stored on networked PCs.
The development will help dealers sell more Elan g! systems because the systems will now access more music services, the company said.
North Reading, Mass. – Rocker Gary Clark Jr. will appear at the sixth private listening event held by audio company Bowers & Wilkins to bring noted musicians and select fans together to listen to the artist’s music on Bowers & Wilkins products.
The Sound Session series, launched last year, played host in 2011 to Coldplay, Barenaked Ladies' front man and solo performer Steven Page, urban pop artist Tinie Tempah, actor and musician Jeff Bridges, and Lou Reed and Metallica in a joint appearance. In May 2012, Norah Jones was the featured artist.
Binghamton, N.Y. – McIntosh Laboratory is a better fit with the luxury audio brands marketed by new owner Fine Sounds than it was under former parent D+M Group, whose other audio brands share little with McIntosh in customer demographics, dealer base, and distribution, McIntosh president Charlie Randall told TWICE.