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IRVINE, CALIF. – Vizio has begun offering its widest active soundbar to date, the 54-inch-wide $299-suggested S5430W.
The new model matches the width of Vizio TVs that measure 60 inches diagonally, but it’s also designed for use with any TV measuring 55 inches diagonally and larger.
A 42-inch-wide soundbar, which remains in the line, used to be the company’s widest soundbar.
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.
NEW YORK — A wave of Bluetooth speakers entered the market in recent weeks, but component audio suppliers aren’t about to let retailers forget about the relevance of audio components.
A series of components introduced by multiple companies takes on familiar shapes, but most are being updated for new audio or video sources, including the Internet, computers and Ultra HD.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Third-quarter factory- level soundbar sales rose 71.5 percent in units and 159 percent in dollars compared with the year-ago period, indicating a sharp rise in average selling prices and accelerating growth vs. the year-ago period, Quixel Research determined.
In contrast, third-quarter 2012 sales were up 47 percent in units and 47.5 percent in dollars compared with the year-ago period
For full-year 2012, unit sales were up 69 percent to 3.14 million, and dollar volume was up 82 percent to $658.2 million.
NEW YORK — Wherever Elvis is now, he must be singing “Bluetooth Christmas” with a large backup band of CE suppliers.
Strong gains in Bluetooth-speaker sales have prompted new entrants into the market and prompted suppliers to segment the market to target specific niches.
LONDON – High-end audio supplier Cambridge Audio continued to diversify into new audio segments with the launch of its first dedicated USB headphone DAC.
The $189 matchbox-size DacMagic XS, which bypasses a computer’s built-in sound card, incorporates 192kHz/24- bit DAC and 150mW headphone amplifier, said to deliver 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards. A 3.5mm headphone output on one side connects to a headphone jack, and the other side features a MicroUSB port for connection to a laptop’s USB port.
PHOENIXVILLE, PA. – Direct-to-consumer audio company Wren Sound Systems will go retail with its trio of wireless tabletop speakers for the home.
Additional products are also in the works.
NEW YORK – Bang & Olufsen revealed prices and details of the audio industry’s first three wireless speakers certified by the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association.
Additional companies are expected to launch their first WiSA-certified products at January’s International CES. WiSA technology is promoted as delivering interference- free, wired-quality wireless audio in the 5.2- 5.8GHz U-NII band to stereo and home-theater speakers within a room up to 29.5 feet by 29.5 feet.
NEW YORK – The Bluetooth-speaker market is growing so rapidly that some suppliers are confident they can successfully tap the high end of the market for portable AC/DC models.
Other suppliers are so confident of the widespread appeal of Bluetooth speakers that they’re targeting the market for AC-only home models, whose sales are growing rapidly though they still account for a small share of overall sales, NPD Group statistics show.
NEW YORK – The component-audio market isn’t as big as it once was, but you couldn’t tell by the recent influx of new products ranging from CD/SACD players, integrated amps, DACs, headphone DACs, and other devices catering to the high-performance crowd.
Many of the new products turned up at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver and CEDIA Expo. They include an expanded Sony high-resolution series, new components from McIntosh, and a headphone amplifier/music decoder/USB DAC from Auralic.
NEW YORK — The holiday selling season promises to be the most competitive ever in wireless multi-room audio systems with the entry of CE heavy-hitters Bose and Samsung into the market, a lower opening-price point for Sonos, and new merchandising displays from Sonos.
Lenbrook Industries, supplier of the NAD and PSB home-audio brands, is also adding to the wireless mix with the launch of its Bluesound brand.