Mahway, N.J. - Furniture maker Bassett will embed a Boston Acoustics soundbar in a series of Nvelop credenzas for flat-panel TVs, Boston Acoustics announced.
Four credenzas, scheduled to be available through Bassett distribution channels sometime later this year, will incorporate the Boston Acoustics TVee Model 25 soundbar to improve the sound quality of TV programs and TV-connected video sources. It also delivers virtual 5.1-channel surround sound.
Model 25's wireless subwoofer will be included with the credenzas, which will also include a wire management system and acoustical grille cloth.
The credenzas are positioned as delivering "big sound" with "no clutter" to give consumers a no-hassle way to improve the low-quality audio performance of ever-thinner flat-panel TVs, Boston Acoustics said. With that simplicity in mind, the soundbar learns the remote commands of a consumer's existing TV or cable remote, enabling the remote to control soundbar functions.
The soundbar combines 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoder with proprietary Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) surround processing to deliver virtual center and surround speakers. DOVS also digitally derives 5.1 channels from 2.0-channel sources. Model 25 connects to TV set's optical digital outputs and features auxiliary RCA stereo and 3.5mm inputs.
Pricing was unavailable. More details will be revealed next week.
Bassett Furniture is a manufacturer of mid-priced home furnishings.