12V Bluetooth Amps to Sweep CES

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Retailers can expect to see many new Bluetooth amplifiers launched by car audio suppliers at the CES Show next month.

The amplifiers can stream audio from a smartphone or tablet and so provide an alternative to a radio. The Bluetooth solution is particularly useful in boats and power sports vehicles where a radio may not be practical. It is also a solution in classic cars, where the driver may not want to change out a stock radio.

New Bluetooth amplifiers have already been announced by Massive Audio, Soundstream, and today Diamond Audio; and more are expected at CES for delivery in 2015.

The amplifiers may include built-in Bluetooth receivers or they may work with an optional Bluetooth modules offered by car audio suppliers.

Massive Audio’s mini Bluetooth amps are expected to ship in Q1 at about $400 each.

Diamond Audio will show full range Class D amplifiers that have a port to work with an optional Diamond Bluetooth receiver for a wireless audio streaming.

Soundstream will show at CES, a Bluetooth version of its Stealth amplifier for use in motorcycles and UTVs where a radio may not be available.

Watch for lots more to come in January!

Source: CEoutlook

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