OSD Audio, a 10-year-old company that started out selling third-party speakers and which, three years ago, introduced its own private-label brand, recently broadened its distribution model beyond direct-to-consumer sales to market through resellers and to the integrator and dealer communities. It is showcasing several new products at next month’s CEDIA Expo, including two Bluetooth outdoor speaker models with a line-of-sight signal reception range rated at up to 150 feet and a 70-foot obstructed view range.
They are the two-way BTR-800 Bluetooth Series Rock speakers ($349.95/pair) and the BTP-650 Patio Series speakers ($289.95/pair), The 800 system, available in canyon brown, granite grey and slate gray in a master-slave configuration, features an 8-inch polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround and 1-inch soft-dome tweeter; AC power is provided by a cord attached to the master speaker. The 650 system is available in black and white color options, and comes with mounting hardware.
Also debuting at Expo is the Sound Platform SP2-1 ($599.95), which appears to be a soundbar from the front but is actually a 16-inch-deep tabletop surround audio system that is also suitable as a base for a flat-panel TV. The bi-amp design features individual 20-watt amplifiers for each of the two down-firing 5.25-inch woofers, each set of four 2.5-inch midrange drivers and two 1-inch silk dome tweeters. Sound Platform accepts inputs from a variety of sources, from optical, coax and stereo analog inputs to Bluetooth 4.0 with the aptX codec.