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Klipsch Forte Speakers Return With 3rd Version

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Klipsch announces the Forte III loudspeaker-- a member of the Klipsch Heritage series featuring "updated cosmetics and the latest advancements in acoustic engineering."

Forte IIIThe 3-way speaker combines a 12-winch woofer and a horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, together with a 15-inch rear-mounted passive radiator. Also included are state of the art titanium compression drivers. The midrange horn incorporates a modified Tractrix design with patented Mumps technology, improving coverage and control of the key mid-frequency band.

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Tivoli Celebrates Summer With Transparent PAL BT

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Tivoli presents a more summer-y version of the PAL BT Bluetooth speaker-- the PAL BT GLO, a transparent version complete with an internal LED, making it ideal for nighttime parties.

PAL BT GLOThe LED is complete with adjustable brightness level, allowing it to serve as a campfire, candle or full moon substitute. Otherwise the speaker is identical to the non-transparent version, being able to play both AM/FM radio stations and music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Power comes from a rechargeable battery Tivoli says lasts for up to 10 hours.

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Stealth Presents Invisible Speaker

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Stealth Acoustics announces the CEDIA 2017 debut of the LRx83-- a "totally invisble" 8-inch three-way architectural speaker able to produce deep and natural bass response down to 40Hz.

Stealth AcousticsIn addition, the LRx83 promises smooth midrange and solid upper frequency for a balanced and high quality invisible speaker. It carries a 30mm midrange device, 25mm tweeter and 8-inch high-power cone woofer, and is able to handle peak power of over 300W. Constant voltage options are also available.

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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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