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B&O Plan Expands Bluetooth

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. – Bang & Olufsen is expanding the Bluetooth speaker selection in its B&O Play line, adding a $599 model to complement a $399 model launched late in 2014.

The new model, like the current model, is an AC/DC model with 24-hour playback time from a single charge.

The BeoLit 15 will be available starting in March through Bang & Olufsen stores, the B&O Play online store BeoPlay.com), and select third-party retailers.

The BeoLit 15 features 2x35-watt output compared with the current model’s 2x30 watts, 360-degree sound, wraparound anodized-aluminum grille, fullgrain leather carrying strap, a body made from durable polymer, and non-slip rubber tray on top to place a smartphone.

The speaker also features Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX, ability to remember eight Bluetooth devices, and ability to connect with two devise simultaneously to create a DJlike experience, the company said.

NAD Re-Enters Custom-Install

PICKERING, ONTARIO – NAD Electronics cited the turnaround in the custominstall market in launching two new multichannel amplifiers intended primarily for multiroom-audio installs.

The products are the first multiroom-audio products from the brand in 10 years, and they will be complemented later this year with high-resolution network-streaming source components featuring BluOS, said Greg Stidsen, NAD’s director of technology and product planning. “We’re reentering the [custom] category.”

The two new amps are the $1,299-suggested eight-channel CI 980 with Class D switching-amp technology and the $799 four-channel CI 940 Class AB amp. Both are shipping.

ATI Expanding Auro To More Brands

MONTEBELLO, CALIF. – Amplifier Technologies Inc. (ATI) plans to integrate Auro-3D surround decoding into preamp/processors marketed under the Theta Digital, ATI and B&K brands, ATI and Auro announced.

Theta previously announced plans for Auro on two preamp processors, which also include Dolby Atmos surround decoding. Both are also upgradable to add DTS:X surround.

B&K preamp/processors will also get the surround trio, said ATI sales and marketing VP Jeff Hipps. The company currently isn’t shipping B&K components and didn’t say when new models would hit the market. A ship date for ATI-brand product also wasn’t released.

ATI acquired B&K Components in late 2010 and resumed shipments for awhile starting in July 2011.

The Theta products with Auro and Atmos include the 11-channel Casablanca IVa, shipping in the second quarter at a suggested $17,995 with support for Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 and Auro 3D configured as 5.1 channels plus 5.1 height channels. Theta’s $21,995 Casablanca V doubles the number of channels to 24 and adds an HDMI 2.0 4K capable video card. It ships in the fourth quarter.

D’Agostino Networks Amp

CAVE CREEK, ARIZ. – D’Agostino launched a networked integrated stereo amplifier with high-resolution decoding at $48,000. It is scheduled to ship in March.

The MLife networked integrated amp combines “the convenience and userfriendliness” of mainstream products with sound quality of audiophile-grade products, said founder and chief engineer Dan D’Agostino. The device features 5-inch color LCD display, Apple AirPlay, UPnP, playback of music on USB sticks and USB drives, aptX Bluetooth 4.0, vTuner Internet radio, Tidal CD-quality streaming, USB audio input and 24-bit/192kHz DACs. Additional streaming services are planned.

It delivers 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 400 watts into 4 ohms, and 800 watts into 2 ohms

Ultimate Ears Plans Multi-Share

NEWARK, CALIF. – Logitech brand Ultimate Ears plans a free summertime software update to its Bluetooth speakers, enabling consumers to stream music to more than 10 speakers at once.

The multi-share speaker technology, said to be a world’s first, will be available for the brand’s UE Boom and UE Megaboom speakers.

To upgrade their speakers, consumers download a free iOS or Android app designed for the specific speaker. Once the app is opened, users go to the settings meu to upgrade the speaker’s software.


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