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DENVER — Sonance parent Dana Innovations celebrated its 30th anniversary with the CEDIA Expo launch of small speakers in Sonance’s Architectural series of custom-installed speakers and the brand’s first two passive on-wall soundbars, which are three-channel three-way models.
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.
DENVER — KEF officially added its name to the short list of audio companies offering THX-certified architectural speakers.
The lineup consists of two THX Ultra2 in-wall LCRs due in January, an Ultra2 round in-ceiling speaker due in December, and an in-wall subwoofer due in January. Two subs used together will qualify for Select2 status, and four will deliver Ultra2 performance.
DENVER — The custom-installation channel is on the mend judging by CEDIA Expo attendance, exhibitor feedback, installer sentiment, and the number of multi-room-A/V, home-control and component-audio introductions at the show.
DENVER — Bang & Olufsen will offer the industry’s first WiSA-certified wireless home-audio products in October, with additional certified products from the company arriving by the end of the year, the company announced at the CEDIA Expo.
The B&O products will be the first of a wave of WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Sound)-certified products to hit the market in 2014, with other brands introducing anywhere from five to 10 WiSA-certified products at the 2014 International CES, said WiSA Association president Jim Venable.
BERLIN – Nine audio products unveiled here by Harman at IFA include Harman Kardon’s highest priced soundbar to date at an everyday $999 and Harman Kardon’s first tabletop speaker with Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA and Wi-Fi.
The $999 soundbar, called Sabre, is promoted as the world’s thinnest soundbar, with a 1.26-inch depth.
NEW YORK – Sales momentum in the systems-integration channel continued to build in 2013, lifting the spirits of many electronic systems contractors (ESCs) headed to Denver for the Sept. 25-28 CEDIA Expo.
The show is expected to attract more than 415 exhibitors, more than 90 of which are new exhibitors, up from a 2012 new-exhibitor count of 90.
NEW YORK — Pure Audio, the Internet-radio and docking-speaker company, is expanding its fledgling selection of Jongo wireless multi-room-audio speakers, expanding Jongo distribution to include Walmart and Best Buy brick-and-mortar stores, and readying its first major consumer ad campaign, U.S. sales director Noam Meppen said.
NEW YORK — New home-audio components hitting the market this month include a range of traditional products, such as in-room speakers and a stereo integrated amps, as well as the untraditional, including a portable USB DAC said to be the first to process digital DSD files.
The new products also include a first-of-its kind phono preamp/digital converter that converts a turntable’s analog output to PCM or DSD files.
Here’s what coming from multiple audio suppliers:
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Integra joined Pioneer in adding HDBaseT technology to home audio components, with Integra adding the technology to an A/V receiver and an A/V preamp processor.
The Integra DHC-60.5 A/V preamp processor and DTR-60.5 A/V receiver will be available in August at a suggested $2,000 and $2,300, respectively.
Pioneer recently unveiled a $3,000 A/V receiver with the technology.
Sony Takes Soundbar Leap
SAN DIEGO – Sony is soaring right to the top with the launch of a $1,299-everyday soundbar whose price handily exceeds the $399 price that previously topped out the company’s soundbar lineup.
The 7.1-channel HT-ST7 soundbar, which does not carry the top-end ES series designation, is available at Sony Stores and electronics retailers nationwide, including Best Buy.