STOW, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At CES 2016 Audio-Technica is bringing a higher level of listening to attendees with a host of new products including its first-ever wireless turntable with Bluetooth technology. Also new are Hi-Res Audio compliant headphones, headphones with Bluetooth® technology, gaming headsets, QuietPoint® noise-cancelling and Solid Bass® headphones and more. The new products are on exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 20656, South Hall Lower Level (January 6 – 9, 2016).
"At CES 2016 we're expanding into a number of exciting new product categories, all aimed at giving people the best-possible personal listening enjoyment everywhere they go, from any mobile device or music source," said Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica Marketing Manager. "Our CES 2016 booth features a light, airy design that reflects our commitment to bringing people a transcendent listening experience and elevating our lives through music."
Audio-Technica's new AT-LP60-BT Wireless Turntable enables listening to records using Bluetooth wireless technology. The fully automatic AT-LP60-BT (SRP: US$179.95) provides vinyl playback through compatible Bluetooth wireless speaker systems, headphones, A/V receivers or other wireless playback devices. It's available in January 2016 in black (AT-LP60BK-BT), white (AT-LP60WH-BT) and navy (AT-LP60NV-BT).
Audio-Technica has added to its lineup of SonicPro® Hi-Res Audio compliant headphones with the introduction of its ATH-MSR7NC with active noise-cancellation, ATH-SR5BT wireless on-ear headphones with Bluetooth technology and ATH-SR5 on-ear headphones. All are designed to deliver the highest level of accuracy and musical realism from high-resolution audio and other top-quality source material.
The ATH-MSR7NC (SRP: US$299.95, available April 2016) features proprietary (patent-pending) noise-cancelling and venting technologies that work together to maintain Hi-Res Audio reproduction in both passive and active-noise-cancelling modes. These smartphone-compatible headphones with in-line mic and controls feature Audio-Technica's 45 mm True Motion drivers and two acoustic resistors that provide extended accurate bass and improved high frequencies.
The ATH-SR5BT wireless Hi-Res Audio headphones with Bluetooth technology employ aptX® sound-improvement technology, specifically created to yield the best-possible audio performance over a Bluetooth transmission. The smartphone-compatible ATH-SR5BT (SRP: US$199.95, available April 2016) with built in mic, music and volume controls remembers the last eight wireless devices for ready pairing with the listener's favorite audio sources. The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 offers all the features and high-resolution audio performance of the ATH-SR5BT except without wireless Bluetooth connectivity, at a suggested retail price of US$149.95 (available April 2016) in a choice of black (ATH-SR5BK), white (ATH-SR5WH) and navy/brown (ATH-SR5NBW).
Audio-Technica has further expanded its QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones lineup with its recently introduced ATH-ANC40BT in-ear model with Bluetooth wireless and aptX technology (SRP: US$179.95 available now), and new high-value ATH-ANC50iS over-ear headphones (SRP: US$99.95, available April 2016). Both smartphone-compatible headphones combine outstanding noise-cancelling performance with high-fidelity sound, user-friendly in-line mic and controls and a long-wearing, comfortable fit.
At CES 2016 Audio-Technica is introducing its best gaming headsets ever with the debut of its closed-back ATH-AG1X and open-back ATH-ADG1X. The new headsets build upon the winning formula of the previous models with newly designed 53 mm large-diameter drivers, an improved 3D Wing Support System for even greater comfort and more. Both utilize core elements of the company's audiophile models to deliver an immersive sonic experience with exceptional dynamics and a realistic soundstage that draws listeners completely into the gaming environment. Both include a built-in microphone along with additional features that make them compatible with popular gaming platforms and computers. (SRP: US$299.95 for either model, available March 2016.)
Audio-Technica is expanding its Solid Bass headphones lineup with two new over-ear headphones, the ATH-WS99BT wireless headphones with Bluetooth technology and ATH-WS1100iS with Hi-Res Audio, and four in-ear models, the ATH-CKS55XBT with wireless Bluetooth operation, the Hi-Res compliant ATH-CKS1100iS, and the ATH-CKS990iS and ATH-CKS550iS. All are designed to reproduce bass-driven music the way it was meant to be heard, with features and enhancements designed to deliver powerful, impactful bass. All Solid Bass models are smartphone-compatible with a mic and controls. SRP: ATH-WS99BT, US$249.95; ATH-WS1100iS, US$229.95; ATH-CKS55XBT, US$79.95; ATH-CKS1100iS, US$199.95; ATH-CKS990iS, US$99.95; ATH-CKS550iS, US$39.95; all will be available in February 2016.
At CES 2016 Audio-Technica is introducing five High-Fidelity headphones that incorporate a host of significant upgrades to deliver extraordinary audio performance. The new ATH-A2000Z, ATH-A1000Z, ATH-A990Z closed-back headphones and ATH-ESW990H portable wooden on-ear headphones are Hi-Res Audio compliant and all offer an immersive listening experience with clear, natural vocal and instrumental reproduction, a smooth tonal balance, precise imaging and superlative dynamic range. In addition, A-T's new closed-back over-ear ATH-A550Z provides high-fidelity sound at an extremely attractive price point. SRP: ATH-A2000Z, US$649.95; ATH-A1000Z, US$399.95; ATH-A990Z, US$219.95; ATH-A550Z, US$119.95; ATH-ESW990H, US$349.95. All models will be available in March 2016.
Rounding out Audio-Technica's CES 2016 booth is the recently introduced SonicFuel ATH-S700BT wireless over-ear headphones with Bluetooth technology (SRP: US$129.95, available now).
In Brief: The Move to Hi-Res Audio
While many listeners may believe that high-resolution audio came along with the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1982, constraints on the disc's storage space always prevented CD audio (standardized at 44.1 kHz/16-bit) from fully and completely reproducing the original recorded sound. The advent and subsequent popularity of MP3s only made this problem more pronounced – the necessary compression of these files causes audio information to be lost, thus greatly reducing the audio quality. But with lossless audio file formats, faster Internet speeds, and storage space increasingly easy to come by (and in ever-smaller packages), the push is on to create audio equipment capable of capturing and reproducing true Hi-Res Audio, generally considered to be 96kHz/24-bit or better. The Hi-Res Audio logo certifies that a product meets the Hi-Res Audio standards. Per these standards, headphones must have transducer frequency performance of at least 40 kHz. As a producer of these types of audiophile headphones since 1972, Audio-Technica is well-positioned to provide audio solutions that meet the demands of Hi-Res Audio media formats, allowing for the full reproduction of their extended sonic characteristics.
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Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.
A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today's top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.
— For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson or Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752.
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Audio-Technica is exhibiting at the Las Vegas Convention Center,
South Hall Ground Level, Booth #20656 during CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.