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TDK Rolls Out Premium Audio Line


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

, Best Buy,

, Future Shop

. The turntables will be available in
April. Additional retailers that will begin offering selected
products in April include J&R, La Curacao,

Nebraska Furniture Mart.

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

All of the 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 connected iPod/iPhone and streams MP3- and WMAencoded
music stored on USB drives and hard drives.

The iPod-docking tabletop system is the $299 AC/DC
Sound Cube Audio System, which is shaped like a cube
and features coaxial speakers firing from opposite sides. It’s
designed for placement in the center of a room.

The two turntables feature embedded phono preamp, and
one features USB output and included PC software to rip
vinyl to MP3. They retail for $299 and $399, respectively.