Kicker Plans Headphone, Amphitheater Summer IntrosMay 8, 2014 By Nancy Klosek
The Amphitheater iK5BTL ($299.95) Bluetooth audio system is the company's first to feature the Apple-device-compatible Lightning connector, said Steve Outhier, director of product planning. It also offers USB audio playback and comes with a remote. It succeeds a previous iteration that had Apple’s 30-pin connector. Also shipping this summer is the iK5BT2 ($249.95), a Bluetooth-only version.
Both models integrate with and are controllable with the company’s free KickStart app. Both feature digital signal processing and Stillwater Designs’ iconic square reflex subwoofer – a design the company patented for its 12-volt product lines and is using in a rear-facing configuration on the systems in a six-inch size. Also featured are five-inch mid-bass speakers and 3/4-inch silk dome tweeters.
They will join the recently shipped Amphitheater iK3BT Bluetooth wireless speaker system in the market ($179.95), a smaller-footprint version of the same curved design but built without the square reflex subwoofer. The K3 system features NFC technology that pairs devices to it with a single tap of the device on the unit, as well as aptX audio coding for improved wireless sound.
New to the company’s headphones line is the Tabor Bluetooth on-ear headphone (July availability; $179.95), which also features the aptX codec. Its rechargeable battery is rated at 10 hours and can be charged via any USB micro source, and it also features extra-large 54mm drivers. The ’phones come with a detachable tangle-resistant flat cable, for when wireless listening isn’t practical.
“All of these products are part of our mantra to recreate the live music experience,” Kevin Campbell, director of marketing, said.