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Las Vegas – Vizio expanded its soundbar selection to eight SKUs from six, launched its first under-TV speaker, and unveiled a pair of streaming tabletop A/V streamers that download apps from Google Play and stream audio and video from the Cloud.
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Natick, Mass. - Genelec has rolled out a series of four active speakers and two active subwoofers, all with curved, rounded designs.
The four active G series speakers are the $395-each G1, $695-each G2, $995 G3, and $1,595 G4. All are two-way bi-amplified models that can be bookshelf or stand mounted. The two matching subwoofers in the F series are the $795 6.5-inch F1 and $1,795 8-inch F2. All are available in white, and the G1 is also available in black.
Most of the products are additions to the line, not replacements, said U.S. marketing director Will Eggleston.
London — High-end audio supplier Cambridge Audio continues 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.
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.
Los Angeles – Denmark-based MK Sound changed its name to M&K Sound and will relaunch the Miller & Kreisel name on home speakers with a February shipment of a new high-end series.
San Francisco – The first product incorporating THX’s all-analog, high-efficiency amplifier technology is coming to market from Benchmark Media Systems.
THX, which demoed the technology at CES 2012, contends its patented technology delivers sound quality that equals that of the best Class A/B analog amplifiers while equaling or exceeding the efficiency of most Class D “digital” switching amps in normal use when playing music or movie soundtracks.
Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha is expanding its portable Bluetooth speaker lineup with the $199-suggested NX-P100.
The NX-P100 is a splash-proof model that features nearfield communications (NFC) pairing and streams the AAC and AptX codecs.
It joins the $179 PDX-B11, which lacks NFC and AptX streaming.
New York – Braven and Jabra have expanded their portable Bluetooth speaker selections in a market that has grown at triple-digit percentage rates in units and dollars so far this year.
NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found retail-level unit sales of Bluetooth-only speakers, excluding Bluetooth-equipped speakers with docking pins, rose 379 percent for the year through August on a dollar gain of 213 percent.
New York — Sonos promised to inject more competition into the wireless multi-room-audio business during the holiday season with the launch today of its lowest price and most compact wireless speaker to date.
The $199-everyday Play:1 is available today through Target, Best Buy, J&R Music World, Amazon and 3,500 independent retailers, small chains, and systems integrators, said CEO and co-founder John MacFarlane.
Framingham, Mass. — Bose is stepping up its profile in wireless multi-room audio, promising to bring broader awareness to the up-and-coming product category and additional competition for existing suppliers.
Bose launched three single-chassis SoundTouch Wi-Fi-equipped active speakers, which stream music stored on Macs and PCs, Cloud-based music from Pandora and vTuner, and music stored on Apple smartphones and tablets. Handheld Android devices might also become SoundTouch sources with a software update under consideration.