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Day 1 - IFA International

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LIVING ROOM LIFESTYLE STREAMING SOUND SYSTEMS PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT ADVERTORIAL Philips Fidelio SoundTowers High-fidelity sound for all music sources, without the clutter Philips launches the Fidelio SoundTowers, a premium sound system for consumers who want high-fidelity playback of audio across a variety of platforms. Designed to deliver roomfilling, natural sound without taking up the space of a traditional system and without all the wires, the sleek Sound Towers offer connectivity, DualDock and CD playback. CREATED FOR MUSIC LOVERS “The Fidelio SoundTowers are two-way floor-standing speakers designed to integrate all functionalities and electronics without a central unit,” says Benoit Burette, sound innovation engineer at Philips Lifestyle Entertainment. “This new addition to the Fidelio family offers a premium listening experience regardless of the content, allowing consumers to enjoy their favorite music, movies or even video games.” The sleek Fidelio Sound Towers feature an acoustic design that delivers music at its purest. Two KEY USPs 2-way, floor standing Lightning dock Full connectivity mid-woofers acting as a doublet are used to limit unwanted floor reflection and improve accuracy in the crossover region, and the cabinet walls are made in a trapezoid shape instead of the traditional rectangle to avoid the build-up of standing waves inside the speaker box. The tweeters are built with a soft dome and a large magnet to reduce sonic distortion and increase separation between individual instruments. In the mid-range, the 4-inch woofers offer higher frequency cone breakup, reducing distortion in the crossover range while providing clearer, more precise sound. Bass ports are precisely aligned to make the mid-woofers produce lower frequencies, extending bass response and delivering deep and punchy yet accurate bass. ALL THE MUSIC AND MORE Each tower features a sleek and contemporary design than will compliment any decor. Wireless Bluetooth (APT-X and AAC) technology allows for high-quality streaming from a wide array of devices. There is a discreet innovative dual dock on top of the main tower, giving consumers the flexibility to play music from either a Lightning or 30-pin iPhone or iPod. For added convenience the docks also serve to charge your devices. There is also CD slot, USB port and FM Tuner for radio playback. Optical, coaxial and analog inputs give consumers added flexibility to connect to a range of other equipment such as TVs, game consoles and Bluray players. The Fidelio Sound Towers are designed to blend seamlessly into any home environment as a stand-alone piece, certain to complement any décor. The Fidelio Sound Towers (DTM9030) will be available in October with a recommended retail price of 799 Euros. For further information on the latest Philips innovations from IFA 2013 visit » HALL 22A - 12 “We applied state-of-the-art techniques for speaker design, including high quality components, passive crossover and tweeters mounted onto a curved outer baffle. ” 50

BUYERS' GUIDE STREAMING SOUND SYSTEMS I FA international Official Daily News Source f or International Visitors at IFA STATE OF PLAY While the days of CD players fall further and further behind us, and we know the future will see us obtaining all our music via the Internet, the ways of doing so are now evolving, and streaming audio becoming the norm - especially in the home where bandwidth is less of an issue. But just what makes a good streaming audio device? The experts from EISA* helped with the compilation of this page which explains the key points to look for. MARKET STREAMING AUDIO MARKET IN GERMANY IS GROWING BY + 54% IN UNITS DURING 1. HY 2013 Audio Home Systems Tuner / Amplifier / Receiver Loudspeakers Docking Speakers Portable Radio Devices All audio streaming device Germany 1 HY 2013 + 54 % KEY SELLING POINTS TECHNOLOGY Full Wireless Options - Bluetooth, DNLA, Airplay… The relatively dated technology of Bluetooth recently had a renaissance as the weapon of choice for ad-hoc audio streaming in the home and onthe-go. Apple's AirPlay technology meantime continues to be one of the forces driving the streaming audio market. Hi-Res Music Look for uncompressed or lossless file formats and recording resolutions of up to 384 kHz / 24 bit that far surpass CD quality and are available as commercial downloads. The newest trend here is the native streaming of DSD-files, thus opening a new market for the catalogue of original Super-Audio-CD (SACD) recordings. NFC For simple pairing. FEATURES App Control In all streaming audio systems that use a standard network infrastructure in the home (Airplay, DLNA etc.), the ability to control all aspects of the music playback via an app on Android and/ or iOS devices is a key factor. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) A2DP allows easy, fast and high-quality music streaming over Bluetooth. Most smartphones support it and it is one of the reasons for the renaissance of Bluetooth. Gapless Playback When streaming music over a network, music lovers will look for streaming sound systems that support gapless playback. INNOVATING @ IFA DESIGN Small and mobile There are streaming sound systems that can fit on the palm of your hand, are battery powered and can provide hours of music on-the-go. A certain ruggedness as well as easy portability are the key factors in the design here. One-Box Systems Docking stations will be replaced by compact streaming audio systems. They might still have a dock connector but the wireless function will be the focus. These systems need to suit a wide variety of interior styles and will always be designed to provide a maximum of sound with a minimum of footprint. Reducing Clutter There is a recognisable trend to replace existing Hi-Fi systems with streaming-enabled hi-fi systems. Those consumers want to have the latest in functionality and to reduce the clutter in their home but they do not want to compromise on sound quality. Philips Fidelio SoundTowers THE FUTURE Streaming music services like iTunes Radio, Spotify and others. are currently revolutionising the music industry in much the same way as the original iTunes did it some years ago – only faster. This will accelerate the mass-market adoption of streaming sound systems. Most consumers will probably use a streaming service on their smartphones and stream the music wirelessly into their sound system, but integrated solutions will also play a significant role. Our thanks to EISA for their help in compiling this buyers' guide, and Harman, Nyne, Pioneer, Yamaha for their contribution PARROT ZIKMU SOLO Parrot Zikmu Solo is an advanced wireless stereo tower speaker with 100W RMS total output power. Stream your music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet, share your playlist via wi-fi and easily navigate your connected devices thanks to the free dedicated application. Zikmu Solo also integrates Ethernet connector and dual line-in optical/analogue for a complete connectivity » HALL 1.2 / STAND 208 Parrot Zikmu Solo HIGH-FIDELITY PLAYBACK ACROSS A VARIETY OF PLATFORMS Philips Fidelio Sound Towers blend seamlessly into any home environment as a stand-alone piece, certain to compliment any décor. As Fidelio SoundTowers are two-way floorstanding speakers designed to integrate all functionalities and electronics without a central unit, they don’t take up the space of a traditional system. And Fidelio SoundTowers offers wireless connectivity, DualDock and CD playback. » HALL 22 / STAND 101 » HALL 13 / STAND 107 » HALL 1.2 / STAND 120 » HALL 22 / STAND 101 » HALL 3.2 / STAND 205 » HALL 3.2 / STAND 205 IFA International • Friday 6 th September 2013 51

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