Libratone Readies Next-Gen Networked Soundbar

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Framingham, Mass. — Libratone, the maker of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-equipped speakers, plans Dec. 1 shipments of its second-generation networked-music soundbar, the $899-MAP Diva.

Like its $1,299 Lounge predecessor, the new model features Wi-Fi, AirPlay, DLNA and optical input but adds Bluetooth, AptX streaming over Bluetooth, NFC, Spotify Connect and  HTC Connect. It also adds IR learning so it can be controlled from a TV or set-top-box remote. The Diva is slightly smaller than its predecessor at 6.2 inches by 39 inches by 4 inches.

This year, Copenhagen, Denmark-based  Libratone has added Bluetooth to its Wi-Fi-networked speakers.

The 225-watt bar features two 1-inch ribbon tweeters, two 3-inch midrange drivers and a dedicated front-firing 5-inch subwoofer. Frequency response is 40Hz to 20kHz, and maximum output is 102dB at 1 meter. Like the company’s wireless speakers, the Diva has optional replaceable wool covers in multiple colors and a Scandinavian design with curved forms. To raise and widen the sound stage, the company incorporated clamshell-like sound reflectors in the bar.

The company was founded in 2009.

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