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Accessories Briefs

Audyssee Integrates Spotify
Into Music Player App
Audyssey announced its Audyssey Music Player now integrates with the Spotify musicstreaming service.

The Audyssey Music Player app optimizes audio content uniquely for each pair of headphones or a portable Bluetooth speaker, model by model. The app uses custom-designed tuning profiles that aim to deliver studio-reference sound quality matched to the listener’s specific accessory.

“We have developed audio and human-perception technologies that allow all listeners to experience music as it was created in the studio, from your current speaker or headphone,” said Chris Kyriakakis, Audyssey’s founder and chief technology officer. “Our integration with Spotify lets our users listen to millions of songs as they were intended to be heard, all from one app and over hundreds of headphones and Bluetooth speakers.” Audyssey’s Cloud-based collection of headphone and Bluetooth speaker profiles includes more than 325 models from more than 85 different manufacturers, with new models added on a regular basis.

iOS users can download Audyssey Music Player free of charge at the App Store. The app offers a 30-minute free trial period for each profile. Users can then purchase headphone profiles for $1.99 each and Bluetooth speaker profiles for $2.99 apiece to enable audiophile-quality, 32-bit audio processing and unique sound customization capabilities.

Twin-Star Ships Bell’O
Bluetooth Speaker Shelf
Twin-Star Home is now shipping the Bell’O Digital Bluetooth speaker shelf it previewed at International CES in January.

The Dark Espresso wooden shelf — available in 40-inch ($249), 50-inch ($279) and 60-inch ($299) lengths, all with 12-inch depths — is designed to discretely hide a built-in speaker system with a Class-D amplifier. Features include a Voice Boost function that emphasizes dialog, and a Bass Boost function that adds depth to low-volume listening.

Users can control the speaker with their TV remote, said Twin-Star, and installation is done via the included mounting hardware.

Twin-Star acquired Bell’O last fall.

Jabra Parent Names
Svendsen-Tune CEO
Rene Svendsen-Tune has been named CEO of GN Netcom, parent company to CE accessory maker Jabra.

Svendsen-Tune, who will also become a member of GN Store Nord’s executive management team and in turn step down from its board of directors, replaces Niels Svenningsen, who cited family reasons as the reason for his resignation.

The appointment becomes effective April 1.

Svendsen-Tune was previously president and member of the executive board at Nokia Networks with responsibility for Europe and Latin America. He has served as a GN Netcom board member since 2007.