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.
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!