By Lisa Johnston
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As the number of dedicated AV shops dwindles and mainstream misconceptions about audiophiles and hifi swarm, many high performance audio manufacturers and retailers face a disquieting future.
However, when we look at indicators like the multi-billion dollar headphone industry, the resurgence in vinyl and the overall growing popularity of music and home theater, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of audio. So what needs to happen for hifi to become the next chapter in the sound revolution?
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.
Multi-room Wi-Fi speakers use an assortment of technologies and implementations to let you stream music from mobile devices and computers to multiple rooms at a time.
After playing with a trio of products, I personally prefer systems that do it all: stream music from mobile devices and use the mobile device as a remote controller to select PC-stored music. I have more music on my PC than I do on my phone, and this solution is the most convenient for me as a consumer.
New York – Bluesound, the new Lenbrook Industries brand, has rolled out its first wireless multi-room audio products, which are positioned as a step up from Sonos wireless-audio systems in performance and price.
Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Next year’s Spring Break Nationals Mobile Electronics Expo will return to its traditional late-March time frame during the peak of Spring Break activities.
In addtion, the 28th annual event will separate loud displays from sound-quality-focused displays at the request of exhibitors, said SBN founder Paul Papadeas.
The consumer and trade show will run March 22 and 23 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. The 2013 event was held earlier in March and fell between the Daytona 500 Race and Bike Week.
Written off as dead by some people only a few years ago, component audio has been resurrected, the latest CEA forecasts show. Combined sales of receivers, speakers and other audio separates rose 17.3 percent in 2012 to $1.58 billion at the factory level following an 11.7 percent gain in 2011 and a 36.3 percent gain in 2010. That followed an 18.4 percent drop in 2009 and a 14 percent drop in 2008.
Component audio sales are forecast to rise 4.8 percent in 2013 and 2.1 percent in 2014.
New York – Beijing-based Auralic, which entered the U.S. market earlier this year with hand-built computer- and headphone-oriented audio components, will establish a U.S. sales office and warehouse facility in the coming months to expand its dealer base, co-founder Xuanqian Wang announced.
The founders of Catalyst AV believe that their group is different from other U.S. distribution networks that preceded theirs. But before they could convince dealers and manufacturers that this was true, they had to convince themselves.
San Francisco – Olive Media, marketer of multiroom hard-drive music server/players, is developing its first all-in-one model to incorporate touchscreen display, hard drive, network technology, and amplifier in a single chassis.
The Olive ONE component, targeted to high-performance users, takes the shape of an aluminum-and-glass disc that lies flat on a table.
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Car stereo accessories supplier iSimple is expanding its distribution to Sears Automotive and Kmart stores.
The retail chains will offer products from the brand’s StrongHold line of tablet- and smartphone-mounting kits and several other products.
StrongHold products began appearing this month in 800 Sears Automotive stores, and about 1,200 Kmart stores will feature the products in a new display area called “The Gift Bar,” said Bogden Nedeclu, senior VP/GM of iSimple parent Aamp of America.
West Hartford, Conn. – Home automation supplier Legrand acquired multiroom-audio company NuVo as part of its continuing plan to acquire companies whose products complements its own, the company announced.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Legrand concentrates on the low-voltage entertainment, security, lighting, communication, and automation solutions for residential markets. Its other residential brands include OnQ, Vantage, and Biticino.