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CES 2011: Onkyo Adopting Rocketboost Wireless-Audio Distribution

Las Vegas –


will adopt Avnera-developed
Rocketboost wireless-audio technology this year in A/V receivers to deliver
music wirelessly to a second audio zone.

All Onkyo
receivers introduced in 2011 will connect via the company’s proprietary U-port
to an optional Rocketboost transceiver module to transmit audio to a remote
Rocketboost receiver module, which will either be built into or plugged into
planned Onkyo Zone 2 audio systems.

Onkyo’s first Zone
2 system will be a compact one-piece unit with networking capability, built-in
speakers, iPod/iPhone dock and optional Rocketboost card. The system will be
the first of a growing line of Rocketboost-enabled Onkyo products, the company

Product details
and prices will be announced when the products ship in the spring.

delivers uncompressed 24-bit, 96-kHz digital audio, is easy to set up and use,
and is fully compatible with Rocketboost products

from other manufacturers, said marketing manager Paul Wasek.

The compatible
products include products sold by Best Buy under the retailer’s Rocketfish
private-label brand.

Both Best Buy and
Onkyo USA’s Japan parent are investors in the company that developed the wireless

Best Buy has
applied the Rocketboost name to the technology when used in its wireless-audio
products under the private-label Rocketfish brand.

The chain has also

major CE suppliers to embed Avnera

technology in their branded products and
market the technology under the Rocketboost name.

A Rocketboost logo
appearing on products from multiple brands would signify the ability of the
products to interoperate.