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 technologies.
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 devices.
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 subwoofers.