By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Internet music service Spotify announced an upgrade that will enable consumers to switch instantly from streaming Spotify on a smartphone to streaming Spotify through a home audio product.
A single user would not be able to stream Spotify to multiple home audio products at one time, though multiple Spotify account holders would each be able to simultaneously stream to a separate device at one time, a spokesman said.
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.
Salina, Kan. – Audiophile recording company Acoustic Sounds launched a high-resolution music-download service.
Audiophile founder/CEO Chad Kassem described the service as the first to offer mainstream albums from major music companies in the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format.
The DSD format is used on SACD discs and delivers 64 times more resolution than compact discs.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha will go to next month’s IFA event in Berlin with multiple new products, five of which are destined for the U.S. market, Yamaha confirmed.
The products will include the YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector sound bar and YAS-152 sound bar with Surround Xtreme Technology. Another product is the RX-S600 Slim Line A/V receiver with DLNA, AirPlay, and at least one Internet music service.
New York – Dolby Laboratories expects the selection of smartphones and tablets with its Dolby Digital Plus suite of sound-enhancement technologies to grow later this year.
The suite’s key technologies include Dolby Digital Plus surround decoding, surround virtualization of stereo and multichannel content through headphones and embedded stereo speakers, dialog enhancement to ensure dialog is loud and clear, and volume-leveler technology to deliver consistent volume levels when different content or media players are selected.
Phoenix, Ariz. – MTX Audio changed the name of its Connected Commerce program for brick-and-mortar retailers to Cloud Commerce and altered the program to pay dealers faster and reduce the cost of in-store demo units.
Under the original program, unveiled at International CES, brick-and-mortar dealers stock no inventory but instead place orders through a dealer portal on MTX.com. MTX then ships the order direct to the consumer or to the store. MTX also sells direct to consumers on its website at the same price.
New York — The AVnu Alliance, a manufacturer group that promotes the IEEE’s AVB (AudioVideo Bridging) network standard, is turning its sights on the residential audio market after having developed audio-interoperability specifications for the pro audio market.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – The Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) 3.0 interface standard announced today by the MHL Consortium doubles the bandwidth of the previous spec to transmit 4K (Ultra HD) video resolution and a wider color gamut to TVs.
New York - Pure Audio is expanding its distribution, product selection and readying its first consumer ad campaign.
These moves include: expanding its fledgling selection of Jongo wireless multiroom-audio speakers, expanding Jongo distribution to include Walmart and Best Buy brick-and-mortar stores, and readying its first major consumer-advertising campaign, U.S. sales director Noam Meppen told TWICE.
The U.K.-based company, which shipped its first U.S. products only 2 ½ years ago, is also adding new features to its current products through a firmware upgrade.
Pickering, Ontario – Monitor Audio upgraded its Radius series of compact speakers, which consists of eight models that include a three-channel passive soundbar, LCR, center-channel speaker, and two active subwoofers.
The U.K. company’s series, imported by Kevro International, now sports all-metal alloy midbass and tweeter drivers for the first time and features slimmer center channel speaker, slimmer LCR, and slimmer three-channel passive soundbar. The two active subwoofers were reengineered to deliver higher output and deeper bass response, the company added.
Petaluma, Calif. — Elan Home Systems expanded the database of IR codes and drivers for its Elan’s g! entertainment and control system to speed up integration with home-entertainment products and other-brand home systems.