Playing to the mp3 Crowd
Sister brand Boston Acoustics rolled out three new Classic Series models (a bookshelf, a floor-standing model and a subwoofer) ranging from $129.99 to $499. Also new is the company’s first iPhone-friendly product: the iDS3 powered sound-bar speaker system with wireless subwoofer ($499; March availability).
McIntosh used CES to formally introduce a product it showed at CEDIA EXPO: the MXA60, its first tabletop integrated audio system, designed in honor of the brand’s 60th anniversary. And Marantz also showed off the 19 products it introduced in Denver, and announced it would ship a new iPod dock this month; the model has added Bluetooth transmitting and receiving capability. The company recently updated its SACD player by adding a USB input for iPod connectivity.
Pioneer brought out its Elite Series of in-wall speakers, which it introduced at the CEDIA EXPO. The series includes filter-down features found in the company’s home professional speakers. The speakers also use concentric driver technology and a hybrid enclosure approach.