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 otherbrand 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 changes bass output and tonal balance as volume changes to maintain balanced sound.
The speaker is also the company’s first with Audyssey Smart Speaker technology, which uses adaptive signal processing algorithms to optimize speaker response.
Each speaker in the pair features a 3.5-inch woofer and 0.75-inch silkdome 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 another new consumer audio product to join the media speakers and the $399 South of Market Edition tabletop iPod-docking speaker system, which has been 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 roomcorrection component for use with subwoofers.