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The Retail Opportunity in Multi-Room Audio

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Smart and networked multi-room audio systems represent "huge opportunities" for home theatre vendors, Persistence Market Research reports-- driving a global home theatre audio market worth $10 billion in 2017.

Wireless audioSuch growth should be sustainable, as the analyst forecasts the market will register a 5% CAGR through 2025, with sales reaching "nearly" $15bn by the end of the forecast period. One growth driver, particularly in N. America, is systems with wireless capabilities such as wifi and Bluetooth, as customers want to integrate audio systems with their mobile and wearable devices.

Another growth driver is low-range home theatre audio systems, as based on price range. Premium systems will register the fastest growth, while sales revenues from mid-range systems will remain "comparatively higher" compared to premium systems. As for sales channels, unorganised retail stores are the "most lucrative," expanding at the highest CAGR through 2025 and accounting for revenues worth $6bn by end 2025.

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Mackie Redesigns MR Series Studio Monitors

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Mackie announces a complete refresh of the MR Series, the affordable powered studio monitor line designed for home studios, content creators and multimedia.

MR SeriesThe line consists of the 5-inch MR524, 6.5-inch MR624 and the 8-inch MR824, plus the 10-inch MRS10 companion powered subwoofer. All are equipped with Acoustic Space Control and HF filters, and can be easily optimised for specific environments to ensure a flat response. There are three different acoustic space settings, allowing adjustment in case the monitors are placed close to walls or in corners.

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Porsche Design Builds Speaker in 911 Exhaust Port

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Porsche Design presents a wireless speaker ideal for aficionados of all things Porsche-- the 911 Speaker, a Bluetooth-enabled device built within the exhaust port of the Porsche 911 GT3.

911 SpeakerThe Porsche 911 GT3 features a distinctive pair of exhaust ports wrapped in a rounded, trapezoidal housing. As one might expect, the 911 Speaker features the same aesthetic, only the exhaust ports push the audio of the user's choice, instead of the roar of an H-6 engine.

It offers 60W output and 24 hours of battery life, together with aptX Bluetooth support and construction in "Porsche-grade" aluminium. Customers can also pair two 911 Speakers to create a stereo setup, or use them in Party mode with the speakers playing the same music in separate rooms.

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Riva Audio Ships WAND Wireless Speakers

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Riva Audio announces the release of WAND (Wireless Audio Network Design), a wireless speaker series the company says allows customers to play audio inside or outside the house wirelessly, from either a network or online source.

Riva WANDFirst announced back at CEDIA 2016, WAND speakers come in either compact Arena or full-range Festival flavours. All feature the company's Trillium technology, using DSP to take an incoming stereo signal and output it in 3 channels to an array of drivers on the front and side, creating a wide stereo image from a single box. The speakers can handle high-resolution audio, and can stream content from Spotify Connect, built-in Chromecast and Google Home.

Inside the Arena are 3 full-range custom ADX drivers with 3 passive radiators to produce up to 101dB. Meanwhile the Festival speaker incorporates an interior MDF cabinet to reduce vibrations and colorations. Inside are 6 custom ADX woofers and tweeters paired with 4 passive radiators for up to 106dB of output without dynamic range compression. Bass plays down to 38Hz.

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Vanco Buys Beale Street Audio

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Branded AV product and accessory manufacturer and distributor Vanco International acquires Beale Street Audio and its line of Sonic Vortex-powered architectural speakers.

Beale Street audio“Beale Street Audio was a vibrant brand that brought a lot of energy to the architectural audio market by introducing real innovation into a category that needed something fresh," the buyer says. "At Vanco, we are committed to providing products that will greatly serve our distributors and dealers and the acquisition of Beale Street Audio allows us to do just that."

Created by Jim Murray, Sonic Vortex technology uses a unique design to wrap long air ports in the internal cavity of the speaker enclosure. The result is deep bass reproduction, wide soundfield dispersion and clarity, as well as a black-box design with a consistency other architectural speakers cannot replicate.

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Dynaudio Intros Studio Series Speakers

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Dynaudio launches a custom installation in-wall and in-ceiling speaker line-- the Studio Series, featuring two round in-ceiling (the S4-C65 and C4-C80) and two rectangular in-wall (the S4-W65 and S4-W80) models.

DynaudioBoth in-ceiling and in-wall models can either be pre-installed or retrofitted into existing cavities for remodels. Low-profile slim bezels and paintable grilles allow for easy matching to room decor, and attach magnetically for 100% product coverage. A round grille comes as standard with the in-ceiling models, but customers can also order a square option.

A patent-pending two-piece tool-less mounting system makes for simpler installation. The pre-installation frame mounts quickly and firmly into the speaker cut-out via auto-locking clamps, and the speaker unit housing the baffle, drivers and crossover mounts securely within the frame via locking drop-stop latch system.

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Origin Acoustics Ships 2nd Gen Director, LCR Speakers

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Origin Acoustics announces the next generation of the popular Director and LCR speaker collections, with Director 3-way models featuring a smaller form factor.

Origin AcousticsThe speakers have a depth reduced to 5cm, allowing them to fit in more ceiling spaces. Output sensitivity is also improved by an average of 3dB, reducing power requirements in large multi-room systems. New Ultra-Pivot mids and tweeters reside in a smoother and more secure mechanism, with a precise directional focus of critical mid and high frequencies.

All models continue to feature the X-Wave Surround in the woofers, allowing them to absorb frequencies between 700-1400Hz running up and down the woofer cone. This reduces unwanted distortion and improves driver stability, and the reduced width of the surround increases usable cone area.

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