updated 11:30 pm EST, Fri January 6, 2012
Products for home, portable and live events, more
Consumer electronics manufacturer Behringer has introduced its 2012 lineup of products, many of which are aimed at iOS devices under the umbrella moniker of Eurosound. Offerings in the 50-product lineup include a sound-bar-and-subwoofer set, a wireless iPod sound system, a portable Bluetooth speaker, a PA system with an iPod dock built-in and more. The company has brought its notorious iNuke and its new lineup to the CES show.
Among the specific products being introduced next week is the iScream, an all-in-one microphone and recording solution for iOS. A retro-styled but high-quality USB mic, the stand also features a 30-pin iOS dock connector on a retractable cord and works with Garageband or other apps and also includes guitar and instrument cables. Also available is the Ax Bridge, a multi-track audio recorder and monitor.
Behringer's Backyard Blaster is a PA system speaker with an integrated iPhone/iPod/iPod Touch 30-pin dock that can be used for live events or an outdoor speaker, also offers traditional plugs microphones, DJ sets and other equipment. It offers 22 watts of power, is pole mountable, includes a mic and recessed wheels for portability and can run for up to 12 hours on its own built-in rechargeable battery.
The MiniBlu is a small portable Bluetooth speaker to facilitate conference calls or music playing while on the go. It supports playing songs from an SD card but is aimed at smartphones, with both a Bluetooth and USB 2 mini port connection and operates on two AA batteries. The company also offers a larger but still portable Bluetooth speaker called the Stiletto Blu that sports a USB port for charging its rechargeable batteries and works with nearly any Bluetooth-capable audio source.
Also on offer is a new BoomPow brand of room speakers, available in one-, two- or four-speaker configurations and all with integrated iOS docks. There are also two "soundbar" style wireless room speaker setsup, including the Eclipse XT which is an integrated speakerbar with subwoofer. It's wall-mountable and sports 160 watts of powers and surround-sound support aimed at small home theaters. The regular Eclipse can also be used for HDTVs but is intended as a room speaker, with an integrated iPod dock, digital clock and LCD display.
Prices and general availability have not yet been announced. The company is offering a PDF catalog of the new products on its website. While at CES, Behringer will also be demonstrating its one-off, $30,000 iNuke Boom, an iPod dock speaker approximately the size of a small automobile, with 10,000 watts of power and approximately eight feet wide and four feet high. The iNuke Boom is a demonstration unit and is not actually for sale.