Voxx Brands Churn Out Convenience for the HomeJanuary 11, 2013 By Jack Cotter
A full year has passed since Audiovox rebranded as VOXX International Corporation to better reflect its many global brands. Appropriately VOXX spent the first half of its 2013 CES press conference discussing the new home audio products from subsidiaries VOXX Accessories Corp., Acoustic Research and RCA.
Building around the mobile phone as the center of audio content. VOXX Accessories announced a line of home audio docks that use Soundflow wireless technology to improve smartphone-to-device audio playback by not requiring wires or pairing. Each product has a built-in Soundmat that uses magnetic coupling to seamlessly play audio on a smartphone through the dock's speakers. VOXX Accessories will introduce three products with Soundflow wireless audio in 2013 that will be shipping in April, the RC250 Wireless Dock Clock Radio for $29.99, the RC220 Light Clock Radio with motion sensitive light for $24.99, and the Acoustic Research AR250 for $34.99.
"The nightstand, for example, is an area of the home that has multiple functions and limited space. Still, consumers increasingly ask their nightstands to accommodate a smartphone as well," said David Geise, president of VOXX Accessories Corp. Our Soundflow wireless audio tabletop and clock radio pieces add smartphone music and charging to traditional nightstand functionality in a single item, starting at less than $30. We've designed Soundflow to add simplicity, not clutter."
Wireless Home Audio
Acoustic Research introduced an affordable home audio system. Stream Wireless Home Audio System. Stream uses the tools that consumers already have, wi-fi, iTunes, and AirPlay, and can be controlled by an iOS device or iTunes on a PC. A one-room system will cost $199, a two-room system $399, and a three-room system will cost $599.
"The marketers and developers at Acoustic Research asked a pool of consumers a simple question: if you could have a sound system in your entire home for less than $800, would you be interested? The response was an overwhelming yes. So, we made it happen," said Geise.
VOXX Accessories followed up with a new line of high-performance, yet affordable headphones. The 808 studio-quality over-ear headphones are foldable, feature 40mm drivers, and two detachable cables, one with, and one without an in-line mic. The 808s will be available in February, in glossy black, glossy white, and matte black, for $99. New models, the on-ear 808 Drift, and the in-ear 808 switch, will be available in April.
RCA Wall Plates
RCA brought out three new practical USB charging products for the home. The 4-Port USB Wall Plate Charger has four high-speed USB ports on it for charging multiple devices. A patent-pending switch on one outlet can adapt to different charging circuitries, like Apple's lightning charger. The 4-Port Wall Plate is available in white and almond for $29.99.
RCA also introduced a wall plate with two USB prots and a regular AC outlet as well as a LED nightlight. The RCA Wall Plate USB Charger with Nightlight will be available in white and almond in March for $24.99.
Another nightlight solution is the decorative leaf design on the USB Home Charger and LED Nightlight. The one-port nightlight comes in multiple earth-tone color variations and is available in March for $16.99.
VOXX showed off a few more home products including a remote control clean shield due in March for $9.99, and a two-device universal streaming player remote due in April for $129.99.
Finally, VOXX announced a partnership with Roku to begin developing a digital antenna with streaming capability. The Roku Ready digital antenna will be introduced in the fourth quarter of 2013 under the RCA and TERK brands.