By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.