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TDK Rolling Out Premium Audio Lineup

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

Select models are already available
in the U.S. and Canada at, Best Buy,, Future Shop and
The turntables will be available in April. Additional retailers that will begin
offering selected products in April include J&R, La Curacao, and
Nebraska Furniture Mart.

Last year, the Imation-owned brand
launched its first audio products — two headphones — in the U.S.

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 2×10-watt
plus 1×15-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 2×10 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,
2×10-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