Oakdale, Minn. - TDK Life On Record has begun rolling out its expanded selection of premium audio products, including iPod-docking boomboxes, an iPod-docking tabletop audio system, turntables and a new headphone pair.
The products were unveiled late last year.
Select models are already available in the U.S. and Canada at Amazon.com, Best Buy, BestBuy.com, Future Shop and FutureShop.com. The turntables will be available in April. Additional retailers that will begin offering selected products in April include J&R, La Curacao, Sears.com and Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Last year, the Imation-owned brand launched its first audio products -- two headphones -- in the U.S.
All of the brand's products are positioned as delivering premium hi-fi-quality sound with premium finishes.
The products include a three-speaker "boombox audio system" at $499 and a smaller two-speaker boombox audio system at $399. Both are AC/DC models with AM/FM tuner and connectivity to multiple audio sources. The models' USB Host port streams music from the digital PCM outputs of a cable-connected iPod/iPhone, which rests face-up on an inset on top and recharges while connected. The USB port also plays MP3- and WMA-encoded music streamed from USB drives and hard drives, allowing for song selection by artist, title, album or genre. Other audio inputs include stereo RCA inputs, a 3.5mm input, and a quarter-inch input to connect music instruments for playing along with recorded music.
Each boombox features aluminum handle, gloss-black finish, 2.6-inch four-color display that displays metadata, bar-type EQ display, capacitive backlit touch controls, and rotary knobs with real-aluminum finish.
The three-speaker boombox, the TP-6803, is 15.5 inches by 5.3 inches by 23.6 inches and incorporates 2x10-watt plus 1x15-watt Class D biamplification, two 6-inch coaxial speakers, and an active subwoofer for the third speaker. The two-speaker boombox, the $399- TP6802, offers the same features, finish and coaxial speakers but lacks the active subwoofer, incorporates lower power amps at 2x10 watts, and features leather carrying strap as an addition to the integrated aluminum handle. Both use D-cell batteries.
The iPod-docking tabletop system, the $299 AC/DC Sound Cube Audio System, is shaped like a cube and features coaxial speakers firing from opposite sides, with 5.25-inch passive radiators on the two other opposite sides. It's designed for placement in the center of a room, enabling sound to reflect off opposite walls to deliver a wide soundstage, the company said. It's equipped with carrying handle, FM tuner, 2x10-watt Class D amplifier, and the same inputs as the boomboxes.
The two turntables are belt-drive models, both with embedded phono preamp and one with USB output and included PC software to rip vinyl to MP3. They retail for $299 and $399, respectively. Both feature gloss-black acrylic finish, bar-type equalizer display in the acrylic finish, aluminum frame, vibration-isolating feet, and included cartridge.
The new headphone pair is the on-ear $249 ST800.