San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Chatsworth, Calif. —Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) has begun shipping its latest additions to the Ti Series of Micro’s and A’Diva’s satellite speakers.
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE (Special Edition), which are enclosed in 4- and 5-inch diameter all-metal spheres respectively, perform like much larger audiophile speakers, the company said. One of the benefits of the new speakers’ technology is the ability to present a vivid, 3-D soundstage regardless of listening position.
Munich, Germany — Audio suppliers such as iRiver, Sonus Faber, and Wilson Benesch turned up at the High End 2013 show here to unveil new products destined for the United States.
iRiver launched the second high-end portable music player under its Astell&Kern brand, Sonus Faber launched a trio of high-end Olympica in-room speakers, and Wilson Benesch unveiled its new flagship speaker, the Cardinal at $100,315/pair.
Elmont, N.Y. – Morel will add to its Octave series of home speakers with the April shipment of the three-way Octave 6 floor-standing speaker and two-way Octave 6 bookshelf speaker at a suggested $6,500 and $3,500/pair, respectively.
The speakers will join the Octave Signature, which comes with three-way configuration when upgraded with a subwoofer.
Peterborough, Ontario — High-end audio supplier Bryston is diversifying from electronics to speakers in a big way with plans to offer eight models.
The lineup includes two floor standing speakers, a stand-mount speaker, an active subwoofer, two center-channel speakers, an in-wall speaker and an on-wall speaker.
Three models are already shipping and will be followed by additional models in May and in the third quarter.
Chicago — At least one more company has launched a wireless speaker that plugs into a home’s AC outlet like a night light.
Start-up Bēm Wireless launched the $99 outlet speaker, a mono Bluetooth speaker available now on the company’s website and in March at Amazon and Target.com.
Wakefield, Mass. – Wharfedale has a new exclusive U.S. importer, Sound Solutions.
Sound Solutions is a new company founded by Walter Schofield, the audio-industry veteran who was one of two principals in Sound Imports, the company that previously imported Wharfedale. The new company, which Schofield founded with a new partner, is better capitalized and will be better able to able to provide dealers with inventory on a more timely basis, and grow the brand, Schofield said.
Las Vegas – Sony is reentering the market for dedicated Bluetooth speakers after an absence of several years with four AC/DC models shipping in March and priced from an everyday $79 to $299. The top two at $199 and $299 stream the AAC and apt-X codecs over Bluetooth.
Atlanta – Philips unveiled some of the industry’s first tabletop docking speakers with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.
A quartet of docking speakers shipping this month from the company will dock with the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and seventh-generation iPod Nano to play back their music and charge them. The speakers are not designed for use with the Pad Mini or fourth-generation iPad.
New York — Meridian is launching upgraded versions of three Reference-series audio electronics components and upgraded versions of two active DSP speakers.
Meridian also plans to offer hardware and software upgrades to owners of current models, providing various upgrade levels all the way up to achieving the same specs as the new models, a spokesperson said.
New York – Boston Acoustics wants to rebuild its share of the component-speaker market to complement its strong growth in active soundbars.
In an update with the media this morning VP/GM Mitch Nollman outlined the brand’s marketing plans and product rollout.