By Lisa Johnston
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Santa Monica, Calif. — Beats Electronics named An De Vooght as chief financial officer and executive VP, replacing Scott Henry.
Henry remains with the company but his new title was not provided.
De Vooght, who previously held chief financial officer and VP of internal audit positions at Red Bull, will “oversee all financial operations of the business, while providing strategic oversight and guidance alongside the rest of the senior management team,” the company said in a statement.
She will report to Luke Wood, Beats Electronics president.
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Port Washington, N.Y. — The premium U.S. headphone market jumped 21 percent in sales in 2013, The NPD Group said, spurred in part by a rise in fitness-related features.
Premium headphones, which are models that cost $100 or more, surpassed $1 billion for the year. The stereo headphones market, meanwhile, grew 11 percent to $2.3 billion in 2013.
Los Angeles – Audyssey is going to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week with a new smartphone and tablet technology that adds depth and width to the soundstage when audio is played through headphones.
The technology, called Audyssey 60°, is a software-based solution that can be implemented in any mobile device, mobile app, or computer without adding hardware costs, the company said.
New York – Walgreens, the No. 1 pharmacy chain, has expanded its test of Monster listening stations with the opening of a new “flagship” format store here last month.
The listening station, one of only a handful in the country, features Monster’s line of NCredible N-Tune headphones, developed with actor Nick Cannon.
New York — Monster is participating in a variety of promotional events this week that are timed with the upcoming Super Bowl.
Yesterday it held product demonstrations and giveaways at the NFL Owners Party at the Roseland Ballroom, here.
On Friday, Jan. 31, its headphones will be featured on the models at the Super Bowl Fashion Show.
Carlsbad, Calif. — Gaming accessory manufacturer Razer announced its first line of headphones geared toward everyday consumers.
Four models will make up the Adaro line, all of which will ship in February. The Adaro earphones feature an aluminum body with diamond-cut edges, 10mm neodymium drivers, flat cable and three sizes of ear tips. They will be available in February for a $79.99 suggested retail.
The Adaro stereo analog headphones ($99.99) have 40mm drivers, a lightweight construction, leatherette ear cushions and a braided cable.
Brisbane, Calif. — Monster has teamed with several retailers for a series of promotions on a variety of its headphones.
The company said it is working with retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Apple Stores, P.C. Richard & Son, BrandSmart and Fry’s, among others.
The Cyberweek Promotion, which will run Dec. 3-7, includes the NCredible NTune Candy on‐ear headphones by Monster for $119, down from their regular price of $149, and the NTune on-ear headphones for $79 vs. their regular $129.
Old Lyme, Conn. — Despite all the attention being paid to the current console wars, Sennheiser addressed the PC gamers with the unveiling of two new gaming headsets: the G4me Zero and G4me One.
It also announced a partnership with Io-Interactive that has the game developer using Sennheiser’s equipment when developing and recording game sound. This will result in gamers experiencing sound the way the developers intended, the companies said.
Orlando, Fla. — Soul Electronics announced it has signed mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Brendan Schaub as its newest brand ambassador.
Soul said the partnership showcases its “commitment to inspiring peak performance with athletic-driven, high-quality audio equipment.”
Los Angeles — Beats Electronics added a wireless version of its recently updated Studio headphones, updated its Pill wireless speaker, and introduced an enlarged version of the Pill, known as the Pill XL.
It also debuted several accessories for the Pill, a first for the company.