Los Angeles – Audyssey Laboratories
is expanding its portfolio of tabletop audio products with its first pair of
active speakers, which contain a variety of the company’s post-processing audio
The company is expanding its
consumer-product portfolio to help raise consumer awareness of its
technologies, which are incorporated in other-brand A/V receivers and TVs.
The active speaker pair is the
$199-suggested Lower East Side Edition Media Speakers, a two-way 2.0 system
with optical digital input and 3.55mm analog line input to connect to PCs,
Apple TV devices, game consoles and the like. It also features headphone
output, volume knob and automatic standby mode.
The speakers incorporate a variety
of Audyssey post-processing technologies, including Bass XT for bass extension
and DynamicEQ, which raises bass output as speaker volume declines to maintain a
balance of bass output to upper frequency output.
Each speaker in the pair features a
3.5-inch woofer and 0.75-inch silk-dome tweeter. Each speaker cabinet is 9.3
inches by 5 inches by 6 inches.
The speakers are named after the New
York City district now known for its music scene.
Later this year, the company plans
to launch its second iPod/iPhone-docking tabletop speaker system, which will
join the $399 South of Market Edition available since late last year. That model
doubles as a Bluetooth hands-free speaker phone for iPhones and other
cellphones. It also streams stereo music from Bluetooth-connected mobile
The South of Market Edition also
comes with USB to sync a docked iPod with a connected computer’s iTunes
software. Via USB and an embedded microphone, it also doubles as VoIP
speakerphone. And via its 3.5 mm line input, it doubles as a computer speaker.
The only other consumer products
that the company markets under its own name are two home audio components. One
is the Sound EQ room-correction system, available in $2,499 and $4,999
versions. The $7,990 SubEQ is a room-correction component for use with