By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – New home and car audio products at International CES got behind the industry effort to promote high-resolution audio formats.
New car products include aftermarket head units from Pioneer and Clarion, while new home audio products include a wireless DAC “bridge” from high-end audio newcomer Auralic, a DAC from Wadia, and Cambridge Audio’s Azur 851D DAC/preamplifier.
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LAS VEGAS – Harman unveiled new JBL and Harman Kardon home audio products at International CES, including a networked speaker, networked Blu-ray HTiBs and networked stereo receivers.
Under the JBL brand, the company added JBL’s first networked soundbar, refreshed the top-end speakers in JBL’s mainstream speaker series, and launched the brand’s first two wireless tabletop speakers that incorporate AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth. They’re priced at a suggested $999 and $699. (See TWICE, Jan. 7.)
LAS VEGAS – Nyne plans first-quarter availability of its second-generation portable Bluetooth speakers. Three of the four are the company’s first with nearfield communications (NFC) technology and Bluetooth 4.0 with auto connect, and they will come in at lower prices and sport other feature changes as well.
Those models are the $149-everyday, Nyne Bass, $129 Nyne TT and $79 Nyne Cruiser portable Bluetooth speakers.
LAS VEGAS — Spectra Merchandising is expanding its selection of Jensen-brand dock-less Bluetooth speakers and its selection of speakers and clock radios equipped with Apple’s Lightning connector.
The company is also expanding its selection of turntable-equipped music systems.
Three new Lightning-equipped tabletop devices include the $89-suggested JiLS- 300i Wave, a compact dual alarm clock radio with iPod/iPhone dock, 1-amp USB charging port, backlit LCD display with dimmer control, FM stereo with digital tuning and three waking options.
LAS VEGAS — Voxx Accessories is launching multiple audio products under the 808, Acoustic Research, Champ E-Prep Gear and RCA brands.
Almost all are portable Bluetooth speakers.
808: Under the 808 brand, the company is expanding its Bluetooth speaker selection, joining 808 headphones. The first Bluetooth speaker appeared last year. The new speakers are the $69-suggested Hex SL, $79 Hex TL and $129 Hex XL, each with hexagon-pattern grilles and each available in black, white or red. The SL is also available in blue.
LAS VEGAS – Start-up Damson Audio is coming to International CES to diversify from Bluetooth-equipped speakers into networked Wi-Fi speakers that also incorporate Bluetooth.
The four new products could be the industry’s first Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speakers with automatic room equalization. Some of the new products are AC/DC speakers, and others are AC-only.
The company started shipping products in the U.S. in 2013 following a U.K. launch in April 2012.
LAS VEGAS — LG will expand into wireless multiroom audio, focus its soundbar selection on premium models, and expand its selection of under-TV Sound Plates.
Also in its 2014 audio lineup, the company will scale back is 3D Blu-ray HTiB selection, launch two new soundbars and two portable Bluetooth speakers, and carry over its three docking tabletop speakers.
Separately, the company is also launching its first fitness band.
LAS VEGAS — Funai Electric subsidiary P&F is bringing the first two Philips-brand under-TV speaker bases to International CES along with a wireless home-theater system and an expanded selection of soundbars and Bluetooth speakers.
The company is also adding AptX and AAC streaming over Bluetooth for the first time, offerings its first two active bookshelf speaker pairs with embedded Bluetooth, and launching multiple Appledocking speakers, including its first with dual 30-pin and eight-pin Apple connectors.
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LAS VEGAS — Harman’s JBL brand is tripling up on its commitment to multi-room wireless audio with the launch of its first two wireless tabletop speakers incorporating AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth.
The Wi-Fi-equipped speakers also take the brand up-market in the category to a suggested $999 for the JBL Authentics L16 and $599 for the JBL Authentics L8.
LAS VEGAS – Phorus, the DTS subsidiary, is announcing the wireless PR5 receiver with DTS Play-Fi technology at a suggested $149. It is expected to be available in the second quarter to replace the company’s PR1 receiver, also $149.
The PR5 and its predecessor are designed to add to existing sound systems to make them part of a Play-Fi multi-room, multizone wirelessaudio system.