Industry Watch: April 2014

N.E.A.R. Returns to the Outdoor Speaker Market

New England Audio Resource (N.E.A.R., which was originally called New England Audio Research) was founded in 1988 by Bill Kieltyka. Interestingly, the company purchased a lot of the transducer tooling from Rudy Bozak, and its line was always based, as with Bozak, on aluminum cone woofers and tweeters. (For a period of time, I designed the networks for the entire N.E.A.R. line of two-channel and home-theater speakers).

The company also originally held the patent for a magnetic fluid technology that replaced the ubiquitous cloth spider to supply compliance to woofers. (Sony is now using this technique in some of its current speaker line ups, following the patent’s expiration.)

Bogen Communications acquired N.E.A.R. in 1997. Bogen kept the name going for a couple of years, but it ultimately closed the company and kept Kieltyka as an employee.

Although the N.E.A.R. name has been absent from the market for more than 14 years, Bogen is bringing it back with a new line of outdoor loudspeaker products.

N.E.A.R.’s first residential lineup in years includes the LB4, the LB5, the LB6, and the LB8, which are all full-range bracket-mount speakers. They will be available in white and black. The lineup also includes the IG 5, the IG 6, and the IG 8, which are full-range speakers designed to be placed on the ground or partially buried. An eighth speaker, the IGS 12 band-pass subwoofer, is also designed to be partially buried. The speakers can be driven by the NEAR 6XL amplifier, which delivers 2 × 600-W output into either 70-V or 8-Ω loads.

In the 8-Ω versions, the bracket-mount LB4, LB5, LB6, and LB8 cost $279, $499, $579, and $679 each, respectively. The 70-V versions for large homes and yards cost $319, $539, $619, and $719 each, respectively. The in- and on-ground IG5, IG6, and IG8 speakers can be used in 8-Ω and 70-V installs and cost $619, $779, and $859, respectively. The partial-buried IGS12 band-pass subwoofer ($1,599) drives either 8-Ω or multi-tap 70-V install. The beehive-shaped IG and IGS models will be available in a terra cotta color.

The speakers and subwoofer can be driven by the 2 × 600-W 6XL amplifier ($1,599) with selectable high- and low-pass crossovers and a low-frequency contour to extend bass performance below 40 Hz. A summing circuit enables stereo material to be combined into both channels.

All four LB speakers feature a patent-pending lever bracket for a tool-free final installation, the company said. The four two-way models use metal-cone spiderless woofers and 1” aluminum inverted-dome tweeters. The coaxial driver arrangement of the LB6 and LB8 and the close proximity of the woofer and tweeter in the LB4 and LB5 provide consistent dispersion for horizontal and vertical placement, according to the company.

The on- and in-ground IG speakers also feature metal cone spiderless drivers, which N.E.A.R. said can operate under water. But the company also adopted a domed woofer design in these models to shed water that may otherwise collect in a cone. The design also improves audio linearity, the company said.

A water-shedding grille prevents moisture from entering “under all but the most extreme conditions,” the company added. The frame of the coaxial-driver assembly also directs away any water that may find its way in, N.E.A.R. added.

The IGS12 subwoofer features a 12” metal cone spiderless driver whose output fires through three horizontal slots about a third of the way from the enclosure’s top. The slots should be located just above ground level when the enclosure is buried. The openings are covered by a stainless grille and hydrophobic fabric.

 


RadioShack Plans Several Store Closings

According to various industry sources and the Wall Street Journal, RadioShack may be about to close about 11% of its stores. The chain is in the midst of a nearly year-long turnaround effort that includes updates of the company’s stores, product assortment, and brand image.

The iconic retailer lost $112 million in the third quarter, its seventh consecutive loss, as it jettisoned unproductive products, and secured $835 million in new financing in December. RadioShack operates about 4,300 stores in the US and 270 in Mexico. Another 1,000 franchised locations are run by independent dealers in the US and franchise operators abroad.

 


B&W Launches New Opening-Price Series

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) recently unveiled a new opening-price series of in-room loudspeakers that incorporate technology from the company’s higher end lines to improve performance. The 600 series, which began shipping in March, includes the floor-standing 683 ($1,650/ pair), the smaller floor-standing 684 ($1,150/ pair), and the 685 ($700/pair), which can be placed on a stand or a bookshelf. The series also includes the 686 bookshelf ($550/pair), which is the most compact speaker in the series. The HTM61 center channel costs $750 each and the HTM62 center channel costs $450 each. All six models will join a trio of 600-series subwoofers, which will be available in black ash finish.

New technology used in the series includes double-dome tweeters derived from the company’s CM10 speaker. The tweeter features two separate aluminum domes, the second with its center portion cut out. The second dome is glued to the first dome’s rear face to deliver lightness and rigidity.

A new tweeter-decoupling design developed for the 600 series uses a gel ring to physically separate the double-dome tweeters from the cabinet. This prevents resonances from transferring between the baffle and tweeter. The design boosts clarity and delivers “outstanding imaging and dispersion,” according to B&W. The company also added the anti-resonance plugs for mid/bass drivers, used in B&W’s PM-1 speaker, which, again according to B&W delivers smoother response and lower distortion when driven hard.

Another new technology developed specifically for the new 600 series is a dual-layer aluminum bass driver, which features an aluminum bass cone reinforced with a second layer of aluminum around its periphery to deliver more effective damping and a higher break-up frequency to reduce distortion. The dual-layer aluminum design appears in the top floor-standing model.

 


The Bluetooth Speaker Craze Continues

The Bluetooth speaker craze shows no end in sight, which means that more people are listening to music on their smartphones. Here are some of the latest product releases in this category.

MB Quart—Car audio brand MB Quart (acquired by Maxxsonics in 2005) is getting into the portable audio market with the launch of four battery-powered Bluetooth speakers that cost $59 to $199. All products in this new line will be available in April in multiple colors. They feature battery lives ranging from 5 to 12 h. All will come with USB-charging capabilities, hands-free speakerphone capabilities, voice confirmation, and Bluetooth AVRCP to control basic music playback functions on Bluetooth-connected mobile devices.

The QUBOne ($59) features a single driver, a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and two bottoms, to enable the unit to be placed on its side and keep the controls accessible. The rest have dual drivers but are mono.

The QUBTwo ($99) adds Bluetooth’s secure simple pairing profile, noise-canceling microphone, shock-resistant rubber housing, 8-h battery, and an input jack. The QUBThree ($149) includes a 10-h battery and tethering loop.

The QUBFour ($199) includes a 12-h battery and efficient neodymium magnets that, coupled with an amplifier that operates at a higher voltage, delivers louder sound with deeper bass. The QUBFour also contains dual-source Bluetooth technology to enable two mobile devices to be paired simultaneously to one speaker, making it easier to switch between two mobile devices for music playback. The speaker also includes a 110-V adapter. Apple mobile devices display the speaker’s battery status.

Bose—Bose released the SoundLink III, its latest portable Bluetooth speaker. The third-generation SoundLink Bluetooth speaker features longer battery life, higher output, and a new industrial design.

The $299 model extends playback time of its rechargeable lithium-ion battery by 30%, now lasting up to 14 h. The new model lacks its predecessor’s integrated bi-fold nylon cover, which doubled as a stand that angled the speaker. The new model stands upright on a flat surface. An optional $34 accessory cover is available in gray, blue, green, orange, and pink. The Bluetooth LED signal lights are also new and said to make pairing and switching Bluetooth devices easier. The SoundLink III stores the six most recently used Bluetooth devices in its memory making it unnecessary to pair a previously paired device.

The speaker also features a new DSP algorithm and improved electronics to play louder through four neodymium-magnet drivers and dual-opposing passive radiators, according to Bose. The industrial design has a fingerprint-resistant wraparound metal grille, rounded edges, and a silicone button panel on top to protect it against dirt and dust. The SoundLink III retains an auxiliary input, a microUSB for software updates, and an AC wall charger.

This speaker joins a smaller SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker ($199). The first SoundLink was introduced in 2011 and updated in 2012.

bēm wireless—Bluetooth-speaker supplier bēm wireless is launching the Wireless Speaker Band, which is a Bluetooth speaker that’s worn on the wrist and doubles as a hands-free speakerphone. The Speaker Band ($49) incorporates a speaker, a microphone, a spoken audio caller ID, an answer button, and compatibility with most voice-recognition apps. For music playback, it features play, pause, skip, and reverse buttons. Its rechargeable battery delivers up to 6 h of talk time. The device is promoted as a safer alternative to searching through a purse or pocket for a phone, especially if the phone owner is driving. The speaker band is available in six colors: black, white, blue, red, gray, and green. bēm, founded in 2012, manufactures portable Bluetooth speakers, including a boombox-style speaker with an integrated carrying handle.

Pyle Audio—Pyle Audio recently released a shower-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone. The Gator Sound waterproof speaker and speakerphone is a lightweight, waterproof unit with a hook for hanging on a shower head, a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, and a push-button control to connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device. It features a rechargeable lithium battery, a USB charging cable, enhanced bass production, and available in blue, white, or black ($49.99).

 


Majority of Soundbar Sales Below $500

GfK Group, the German market research giant, performed a year-long study of soundbar retail print ads and found advertised prices varied greatly throughout 2013. GfK was founded in 1934 by Professor Wilhelm Vershofen as a Nuremberg, Germany-based scientific institute, “Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung.” It was the birth of institutional market research in Germany.

With its recent study, the research firm noted that 89% of the soundbars advertised were priced around $500; however, as the year progressed, the focus shifted to lower-priced soundbars. In the early part of 2013, 50% of the advertising focused on sub-$300 models. This trend increased with the sub-$300 products comprising 70% of all soundbar advertising, according to GfK.

 


NRF Reports Expect Rise in Retail Sales

Retail sales are projected to rise 4.1% this year, which is somewhat improved over 3.7% gains in 2013. According to a report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), continued economic growth and an expanding labor market and housing sector will help stoke consumer confidence and expenditures.

NRF’s published data forecasts a real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 2.6% to 3%, the fastest in three years, and a decrease in the unemployment rate to near 6.5% or lower by December.

In 2014, retailers will be investing in faster fulfillment, mobile payment, in-store mobile marketing, and “name your own price” shopping tools. The sales projection includes most traditional retail categories (e.g., discounters, department stores, grocery stores, specialty stores, auto parts and accessories stores, and non-store categories). The sales projection excludes sales at automotive dealers, gas stations, and restaurants.

From Broadcast to Home Recording to Digital Networks—Where the New audioXpress is Going

AXCover_122013Dec_120pxFor readers seeing this “second” issue of audioXpress since we introduced our new format and layout last month, I feel I should explain the concept a little more. Our target deadline for this relaunch was decided some time ago and I couldn’t think of a better place to introduce our “new” magazine than the AES convention in New York City!

I can summarize our concept in a few words: more (of what our readers expect), electronics (our roots), and audio innovation (our focus).

We are proud of our heritage as Audio Amateur, Audio Electronics, Glass Audio, and Speaker Builder magazines. Those titles were born in a time when amateur radio was still developing hand-in-hand with electronics and radio technology. And that is precisely why audioXpress is a part of the electronics publication portfolio of Elektor International Media (EIM).

But you may be wondering about audioXpress’s evolution and what to expect in the future.

It’s important to clarify that we will not continue to be a “home electronics” or consumer application-focused publication. We believe we should share the most interesting audio stories in the industry, independent of their application areas—consumer or professional, music or broadcast oriented. Hence, the innovation focus.

The most important consumer technologies often start with those developed for professionals. So, we will follow audio electronics innovations, together with the all-important disciplines of electroacoustics (and, needless to say, software, digital audio, networking protocols, and audio synthesis).

We believe that a publication such as audioXpress cannot focus only on the “home approach,” which still appeals to many enthusiasts and hobbyists. Some of us clearly remember the 1960s, when live concerts used “consumer” amps and speakers, before there were guitar amps and large speakers. At Woodstock, there were McIntosh amps (now a purely home audio brand) and the PAs were early versions of the JBL speakers (today both a pro and a consumer brand). Five years later, all the big “pro audio” brands in live sound, such as Electro-Voice and JBL, dominated that market (in the US at least). During this time, things were different in the recording studios. There, technology was first “borrowed” from radio and TV broadcasting. This is long before we had “home studios” using computers. And where exactly did that come from?

In the era of the Internet, blogs, and social networks, many magazines have disappeared. But we know a magazine can flourish. In addition to its content and its readers, a magazine must also have a purpose. It must provide a sense of community. More importantly, it needs to offer readers content they can’t find elsewhere. It does not matter if our readers are professionals, students, or enthusiasts. Our common interest unites us, whatever the platform: print, online, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail newsletters, or mobile apps.

We want to build a better audioXpress with more content, representing the common interests of the audio community while also reflecting the industry.

João Martins
Editor-in-Chief

Expanding horizons. Expanding a common passion.

AXCover_112013Nov_120xWelcome to a new audioXpress.

Having followed the audio market and visited the world’s major trade shows for the last 20 years or more, I gained a broad perspective about how exciting and innovative the audio industry is. In particular, I recall the enlightening perspective you can receive from any Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention. The convention provides a place where industry veterans can share their experiences in engineering and communications. We chose to unveil the redesign of audioXpress at the 135th AES Convention.

In the early 1990s, I was fortunate enough to be responsible for a licensed electronics magazine. I quickly learned that the audience of such practical and project-oriented publications was a combination of students, enthusiasts, and industry professionals. They all share a passion for that field, are involved in many different areas, and use their spare time to pursue electronics-related hobbies—the most popular of which is audio electronics.

Since then, I have started several publications addressing the informational needs of professionals in the broadcasting, professional audio, and installation/systems integration markets. I also learned how the evolution of technology from analog to digital and the convergence with IT platforms and IP infrastructure was changing the market landscape at an exponential pace.

During this time, Edward T. Dell, Jr. (1923–2013) was devoting his life to people with a passion for audio electronics and creating magazines including Audio Amateur (rebranded as Audio Electronics in 1996), Glass Audio, Speaker Builder, and later, in 2000, audioXpress. In 2011, Ed Dell sold his company to Elektor International Media (EIM) and retired.

Much in the same spirit of the original Audio Amateur—and with the support of a worldwide organization deeply involved in the electronics industry—we believe that audioXpress will blossom into a fascinating publication that follows the latest audio innovation trends, independent of the application field, and shares a common audience of engineers, consultants, and enthusiasts in the electronics and audio fields, most of whom are involved in R&D.

Although it was deeply rooted in the US, audioXpress—together with its sister publications Voice Coil and the Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook—reached professionals around the world (e.g., Europe, China, India, and Brazil). It has gained more of a global presence since its acquisition by EIM, which also publishes some of the best technical books in the electronics industry.

I am really excited to bring the “new” audioXpress to a wider global audience, knowing that we can build on the tradition of the original publication and its diversified audience. We are working to create a magazine you will enjoy and anticipate reading every month.

João Martins
Editor-in-Chief

AKG K812 Reference Headphones Revealed During PLASA 2013

AKG_K812WebFive years in the making, the new AKG K812 reference headphones were introduced at a special event during the PLASA 2013 in London. The K812’s completely new open-back design is optimized for pristine and natural sound with an oversized 53-mm driver for the highest dynamic range in an AKG headphone. Its copper-covered aluminum voice coil extends sounds beyond the limits of human hearing, hitting a full spectrum of frequencies. Each K812 is built for comfort with a fast, adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads to ensure comfort in any application for extended periods of time.

“The AKG K812s are not only our newest reference headphones, but they are the very pinnacle of technological innovation to which we’ve aspired in our 65 years of innovation,” stated Kent Iverson, Director of Marketing and Product Development, AKG. “K812 is the result of an intensive five-year research and development program to achieve, as near as possible, the perfect headphone. The level of technology and engineering invested in K812 exceeds the industry standard, resulting in truly the best sounding headphones AKG has ever released.”

AKG’s long-standing tenure in the headphones industry has delivered numerous world-renowned professional pieces, from the original K120 in 1949 and iconic K1000 head speaker system for advanced, binaural reproduction for the hi-fi purist and studio pros, to the revolutionary flat-wire technology K701s for studio professionals. For more information, visit www.akg.com/K812.

Q&A: Meir Mordachai – Morel Founder Finds Inspiration in Innovation

Meir and Oren Mordechai

Meir and Oren Mordechai

Meir Mordechai attributes the company’s success to its revolutionary designs

SHANNON BECKER: What sparked your initial interest in audio?

MEIR MORDECHAI: Music has always been a big part of my life. The love of music and my curiosity as a child to know how musical instruments play and produce different sounds led me to explore the audio field and experiment with electronics and speakers.

I’m still as passionate today about music as I was then. I regularly attend concerts and live performances to make sure that my ears are “tuned” to what musical instruments sound like, unedited, in their natural state, if you will.

SHANNON: Describe your first personal loudspeaker project. Why did you build it? Is it still in use?

MEIR: I was relatively young when I began my research and building projects. It was at the age of 11 when I tried to improve a speaker by changing its cone for another that I put together from wood veneer.

In my generation, information or electronic products were not readily available as they are today. The lack of access to valuable resources was possibly a key reason that motivated me and many others to build and innovate.

SHANNON: Your company, Morel (www.morelhifi.com), headquartered in Israel, has introduced major technological and design innovations that redefined the state-of-the-art loudspeaker technology. Can you discuss some of them?

MEIR: The desire to innovate has always driven me forward. I realized a long time ago that replicating a product would not necessarily generate business and definitely wouldn’t differentiate me from the competition. The principles of investing significant resources in new product development and in innovating and designing new ways to build speakers has been the core value behind Morel to this day and contributes greatly to our success.

There are several key technologies that were developed over the years that became the platform for our products. Our large external voice coils (EVCs) are one of the signature elements in our speakers. It turned traditional speaker design inside out. The idea was to place the magnetic drive system within the voice coil, eliminating stray magnetic flux by effectively directing all the magnetic energy to the voice coil. The result is an ultra efficient and powerful design that is highly compact with efficient heat dissipation and reduced cone breakup for lower distortion.

Because our magnet systems are placed within the large-diameter voice coils, we always had to invent new ways to achieve more magnetic energy from small magnets. Developing the double and hybrid magnet systems has enabled us to continue to enjoy the great acoustic benefits of the large-diameter voice coils.

There are many more technologies that were developed and employed in our products over the years. We continue to refine these technologies with newly developed materials that become available to us. At the same time, we keep improving the production process to increase consistency and efficacy. We never cease to research and find new ways to improve the sound reproduction; it’s a never-ending journey.

SHANNON: Tell us about Morel’s very first product. How did it come about and is it still being sold today?

MEIR: The first Morel-branded product I made was a 9” mid-bass driver, which employed a 3” coil with a paper composite cone and a single ferrite magnet motor system. Later on the development of the double-magnet system replaced the single-magnet system, immensely improving the product performance. The earlier version of the 9” driver became the foundation for several products that employ some of the original attributes of the design to this day.

SHANNON: Morel has been in business for 38 years. To what do you attribute your success?

MEIR: It can be attributed to many decisions made over the course of 38 years, but most importantly the core values I mentioned earlier, that I adopted early on, and the people who make up this company, are at the heart of our success.

I have always insisted on total design and manufacturing control. It enabled us to have the flexibility in speaker design and the ability to react quickly when needed. Time and time again it has proven to be the best decision I have ever made.

Our focus on innovation and exploring new ways to design speakers has always driven us to new levels. This approach has put us at the forefront with the best speaker manufacturers and also differentiated us from the competition.

A lot of the credit for that has to go to the many people at Morel. Without everyone here we would not have achieved such a high degree of success today. I could not have done all of this by myself. I have been blessed to meet and work with some of the most amazing, hard-working individuals throughout my life. Our production workers, designers, engineers, salespeople, managers, and our global business partners abroad are passionately working to promote our company.

Photo-2-MorelSHANNON: As Morel’s founder and principal designer for many years, what has been your best experience?

MEIR: The joy of designing a product, manufacturing it, and following its acceptance in the marketplace is something very special to me. The thrill and excitement of seeing other people enjoy our creation and design is a feeling that revitalizes me with the energy and drive to work on the next project.

SHANNON: Your son, Oren Mordechai, is now responsible for Morel’s unique design. How did that come about? Did you encourage his interest in audio?

MEIR: Oren grew up practically in the factory, because that is where I spent most of my time. From a very early age, he loved to be on the production floor and try everything. I would not say I encouraged his interest—he just loves it as much as I do. I am lucky to say that today he is doing excellent work developing new products, venturing into new materials and innovative designs that have received industry recognition and many prestigious awards worldwide. There is no bigger satisfaction for a father than to see his son following one’s lead and continuing the tradition.

SHANNON: Are you working on or planning any new audio innovations?

MEIR: We are always working on various projects. There is never a dull moment in our Research and Development department. Since Morel caters to the home audio, car audio, and raw drivers market segments, it seems we always have new products to release.

Our most recent innovation for the DIY/OEM segment is the Ti series, which employs titanium as a bobbin (former) for our oversized coils. The new Titanium series presents very special sound characteristics and parameters that enable speaker designers to achieve better resolution and dynamics in smaller enclosures. We are also developing new magnetic systems and chassis structures that will be implemented in future products to be released later this year.

SHANNON: Your dream has been to create the perfect loudspeaker. What achievements have you made along the way and how close are you to fulfill your dream?

MEIR: The dream of creating the perfect loudspeaker can only be a dream. Over the years I have learned that in the loudspeaker field, which is partly “science” and partly “art” there is no such thing as “perfect.” My ambition is to create a speaker that appeals to the largest audience possible, while reproducing music in its most natural and authentic form, free of any distortion.

Only those who have experienced speaker building can understand the obstacles and compromises that have to be made in order to achieve this objective. Even with 38 years of know-how and a fully capable manufacturing facility, we still struggle to overcome the physical boundaries and acoustic challenges to achieve the sound we want.

SHANNON: What do you see as some of the greatest audio innovations of your time?

MEIR: There were many, but the one that transformed the industry is the transition from analog to digital. I never liked the format of a music record, as it is bulky and highly vulnerable to being damaged. At the same time, this format produces high-quality sound. As a child, I always thought this format had to change. The shift to CDs to complement, you might say, the vinyl record suits me. But it seemed to me a radical change at the time.

Whether you like it or not, nobody can refute the fact that the digital age has made music more accessible to people. Because of the new digital formats, the interface that people use today can be very common, ranging from a high-end CD player, digital streamers, or smartphones, and so forth. That’s remarkable.

SHANNON: Do you have any advice for audioXpress readers who want to build their own sound systems?

MEIR: You do not need to have a speaker company or an engineering degree to design and build good speakers. I began as a hobbyist like many in your audience probably. Reading, researching, and experimenting with different components and ideas were the only ways I was able to learn what it takes to build a good speaker. In today’s digital culture the amount of information available is almost infinite; use it to your advantage.

Keep your designs as simple as possible. Some will make you believe that a complicated crossover is a must for a good speaker to perform well. I have always spent most of the time developing quality drive units. Using quality components will minimize the need for corrective measures when you build your crossovers and cabinet.

As with anything, have fun doing it. Put your soul and heart into it. I was lucky enough to be able to transform my passion for music and building speakers into a successful business. It may happen to you. aX

CES 2013 Update

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will be held from January 8–11, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV. (Now in its 45th year, the show debuted in June 1967 in New York, NY, with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees.) The 2013 International CES, now considered the world’s most important consumer technology event, will feature product debuts from more than 3,000 exhibitors, covering more than 30 product areas, including the latest in content, wireless, digital imaging, mobile electronics, home theater, and audio, with a continued focus on electric vehicles and in-vehicle technology.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which sponsors the CES, recently announced it was awarded “The Most Innovative Organization” by Trade Show Executive magazine. The magazine also granted the International CES recognition as “The Most Innovative Green Initiatives by Show Management” for strides in “greening” at the 2012 International CES. Trade Show Executive’s 10th Annual Reader’s Choice Innovation Awards salute those who are making waves, from show managers to exhibitors, attendees, and the entire exposition industry. CES has earned top honors as the largest annual trade show since the Gold 100 Awards began four years ago.
Building on its green initiatives, the 2013 International CES will again feature the Sustainable Planet TechZone to showcase world-changing technologies that benefit the environment, utilize new sustainable energy forms, use smart grid technology, renew resources, and contribute to the global development. This exhibit area will feature products and services that make it possible for everyone to stay connected, informed, and live sustainable lifestyles. The GoElectricDrive TechZone will also highlight the latest technology behind electric vehicles for consumers seeking to live more sustainably through alternative transportation.

There will also be more than 200 conference sessions and more than 500 presenters anticipated to help educate attendees on the latest consumer electronic trends. This year’s CES is expected to be similar in size to last year’s show with about 150,000 people expected to attend. CES had 3,100 exhibitors in 2012, 2,700 in 2011, 2,500 in 2010, and 2,700 in 2009. With regard to attendees, CES had 156,153 in 2012, 141,000 in 2011, 120,000 in 2010, approximately 110,000 in 2009, and 141,150 in 2008.

The 2013 CES will be centralized at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and the Las Vegas Hilton. The Venetian will still provide display space for high-performance audio.
Keynote speakers at this year’s show will include Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO; Kazuhiro Tsuga, Panasonic’s president; Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s chairman and CEO; Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Qualcomm’s chairman and CEO; and Dr. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics Device Solutions.

A partial list of loudspeaker manufacturers and other relevant exhibitors includes: Acoustic Innovation, Adam Audio USA, Alpine Electronics, Amp of America, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Aspersion, Arcam/Canton, Audio Engine, Bang & Loosen America, Bob Carver, Cadence Acoustics, California Audio Technologies, CDT Audio Stonewall, Crewing Vega Mobile, Clarion, Danville Signal Technology, Dayton Audio, dB Drag Racing Association, Devour Fidelity, Dyadic, Earthquake Sound, Edifier Enterprises Canada, Eggleston Works, Focus Audio, Genesis Advanced Technologies, Gibson Guitar, Golden Ear Technology, Harman, Harman Luxury Audio Group, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA), Ion Audio, Jam, JBL Synthesis, Kenwood USA, Kicker, Kirsch Group, Krill, LA Audio Electronics, Lawrence Audio, LG, Line 6, Logitech, Loud Soft, Magic, Marten, Martin Logan, Massive Audio, Matrix Audio, MBL America, McIntosh Labs, Melon Industrial, Meridian American, Memphis Car Audio, Meridian America, Mite, Monster, Mordant-Short, Monitor Audio, Morel, Motes Audio, Maim Audio, Nola Speakers, Only USA, Opera Loudspeakers, Orca Electronics/Focal America, Paradigm Electronics, Parasound, Peachtree Audio, Peerless Fabrikkerne (India), Pioneer Electronics/TAD, PMC, Polk Audio, PowerBass USA, Prism Sound, PSB Speakers, Pure Acoustics, Pyle Audio, Raidho Acoustics, RBH Sound, Rel Acoustics, Revel, Rives Audio, Russound, Samson Technologies, Samsung, Shanghai Silver Flute, Sonos, Sony, Soundmatters, Tannoy, Thiel Audio, THX, Tivoli Audio, Totem Acoustics, Usher Audio, Vandersteen Audio, Velodyne Acoustics, Vienna Acoustics, Voxx International, Waterfall Audio, WBT USA, Westlake Audio, Wharfedale, Wilson Audio, Wisdom Audio, YG Acoustics, and Zimri Speakers. Visit www.cesweb.com for more information.

Voice Coil Septemeber 2012

The September 2012 issue of Voice Coil is now available. The topics covered include CEDIA Expo 2012, a look at Kingstate Electronics, acoustic patent information, industry updates, a test of Faital Pro’s DF371 bullet-type tweeter, and a test of a Beyma 12″ 12P80/Fe driver.

Faital Pro FD371 (Source: V. Dicakson, Voice Coil September 2012)

Beyma 12″ 12P80/Fe driver (Source: V. Dickason, Voice Coil September 2012)

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