February 2020

New music streamer and loudspeaker range from Monitor Audio

Monitor Audio’s new slimline IMS-4 custom install music streamer, which will appear at ISE 2020 this month, features BluOS technology and a BluOS Controller app for complete fl exibility, including streaming from music services, easy access to music libraries and voice control through smart devices. Accessed through its app, or one of the many supported control systems, multiple IMS-4 music streamers can be integrated with other BluOS devices to provide up to 64 zones of music, with each zone able to play together in perfect sync or deliver different streams to separate zones. In addition, BluOS allows streaming of lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz to every room in a home network.

Since its launch in 2000, the multi award-winning

Bronze Series has set the standard as a class leader and today has thousands of satisfi ed owners across the globe.

The sixth generation builds upon a rich heritage,

Elsewhere, Monitor Audio has also announced the sixth generation of its award-winning Bronze Series. The new loudspeakers, which will be showcased at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show, feature a complete upgrade in both performance and build quality to create Monitor Audio’s best Bronze Series yet. The new cabinet design features a modern profi le

and a separate contrasted baffl e complemented by a choice of contemporary fi nishes. The new drivers with Damped Concentric Mode (DCM) technology have been intricately engineered to optimise the audio experience. They also pair with the tweeter’s carefully designed Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide to integrate seamlessly into the architecture of the baffl e.

stretching back to 2000, and features a choice of eight models, including a Dolby Atmos enabled speaker, all of which have been designed to please any music or movie lover.

Monitor Audio’s Technical Director, Michael Hedges,

said: “I am truly proud of what we have managed to achieve with the sixth generation of our Bronze Series. The performance and build quality are beyond what one would normally expect at this price point and I am certain that our customers will love them.”

A happy Christmas at Dixons Carphone

Sales at Dixons Carphone increased over the Christmas trading period as consumers loaded up on big-screen televisions and smart speakers; however, its mobile business suffered. In the 10 weeks to 4 January, like-

for-like revenue in the UK and Ireland electricals business grew by two per

cent, with particularly strong results in TVs, Smart Tech and Small Domestic Appliances. Online growth was up seven per cent, too, while the retail giant’s initiatives in multichannel saw UK&I online- in-store sales reach 140 per cent. Sales in the UK mobile business, however, fell by nine per cent like-for-like.

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“The supersizing TV trend kept on giving as we sold 75 per cent more 65-inch-plus TVs,” commented Alex Baldock, Dixons Carphone Group Chief Executive. “We broke records on wearables like Fitbit and Apple Airpods, while gamers couldn’t get enough of the Nintendo Switch. Our new Gaming Battlegrounds showed

the exciting potential of more enticing, immersive store experiences and drove strong sales and share gains.” Mr Baldock also reported that Dyson Health & Beauty sales were up over 20 per cent, Shark Vacuum sales almost doubled and an impressive 8,000 smart speakers were sold each day. “We’ve had a good Peak in a weak UK market and we’re on track to deliver what we promised for this year.”


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