Playing to the mp3 Crowd
Apple’s absence at CES had absolutely no effect on the release of a huge amount of iPod and iPhone compatible products. Aimed at the MP3 crowd, the gear hit all price levels, from inexpensive combo docking stations/clock radios to serious components such as Peachtree Audio’s new Nova amplifier. There was also a lot released in the traditional categories.
Altec Lansing has begun shipping the inMotion MAX iMT702 stereo system. Compatible with iPhones, it automatically pauses music when an incoming call is detected. The company also displayed the Expressionist Ultra 200-watt triamplified system, slated for a mid-April launch at $199.
At the Meridian and Sooloos outpost, Sooloos COO Peter Wellikoff showed off the first fruits of the marriage of these two companies: prototypes of the Control:10 and Control:20 17-inch and 15-inch touchscreen interfaces ($4,500 and $3,500, respectively). The 20 comes out in March and the 10 is slated for this month. New from Meridian is the HD621 HDMI audio processor ($2,995; available in the first quarter), featuring enhanced signal buffering to drive longer cable runs. It is compatible with all Meridian processors.