Audio Hardware Thrives

Audio hardware sales broke records in 2016, rising to $10.2 billion, a whopping 33 percent increase, says Futuresource Consulting.Burgeoning categories include wireless headphones, which got a boost from Apple’s banishment of the analog headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Amazon’s Echo and Dot were also big sellers, enabling the retail giant to rise in the [...]

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Smart Speakers Spark Increased

Voice-powered smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and—later this year the Apple HomePod—may not be the pinnacle of sound quality as S&V’s Leslie Shapiro lamented in a recent blog, but they are spurring more music and radio listening at home. Seven out of 10 smart-speaker owners say they are listening to more audio [...]

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McIntosh Introduces Biggest Amp Yet

Having a Mc-attack? McIntosh Laboratory, the iconic audio brand with the "McIntosh Blue" watt meters that's still hand-building its components in Binghamton, NY, has what will satisfy you. The new MA9000 is the biggest and most powerful stereo integrated amplifier the 68 year-old firm has ever engineered, and it's a doozy. Rated for 300 watts [...]

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