Perched atop the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario, Toronto's prestigious Hunt Club was the venue for a product briefing held by Lenbrook Canada on August 21. The company announced a couple of new PSB speakers, a large Geneva speaker dock and Bluetooth-enabled Tivoli radios; and showed off its new PSB M4U headphones.
"Two categories are experiencing explosive growth," President Pat McKeever told attending dealers. "Headphones and sound docks continue to set new records." Retailers should configure their stores accordingly, McKeever advised. "How much space are you dedicating to these categories?" he asked. "Is it prime space, because it needs to be. You can bring your knowledge to these categories, and differentiate yourselves from big-box."
While the product itself wasn't on display, Lenbrook announced a console-sized Geneva docking system with AirPlay, line input and HDMI output, plus a pull-out drawer to components. The Geneva XXL will arrive in October for $3,000; and will come in high-gloss red, black and white finishes. Also new is a Bluetooth adapter that will henceforth be included with all Geneva models from the M up. It will be available for current owners for $42.10.
New from Tivoli are Bluetooth-equipped versions of the PAL and Model One table radios, plus retro-styled noise-cancelling headphones.
In October, PSB will introduce an on-wall speaker in its Imagine series. Finished in high-gloss black, it will retail for $600. A soundbar that houses left, right and centre speakers in a single cabinet will retail for $1,200. Customers can mix-and-match the speakers, which are just under three inches deep and come with wall and shelf brackets. Also coming from PSB is a powered computer speaker at $300 per pair.
Lenbrook uses the event to show off NAD home-theatre and two-channel gear, including the T787 and T777 AV receivers, and the C390DD digital integrated amplifier.
The company also demonstrated the tiny Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC/preamp, which just started shipping at $250.
in Photo: The Audioquest Dragonfly provides audiophile-quality digital-to-analog conversion of streaming audio from a PC or Mac. It also functions as a headphone amp or preamp, with fixed or variable output.