CEDIA BOOTH 1716
August 25, 2016, Gardiner, ME – – Today NEAR, a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. (“NEAR”), a high performance outdoor speaker manufacturer, announced that it would debut two entry level outdoor speakers in booth 1716 at CEDIA Expo 2016.
The VM1 (4.5" 2-way) and VM2 5.25" 2-way) outdoor full-range loudspeakers are NEAR’s first offerings below $500 per pair MSRP. The new models retain many of NEAR’s signature features and benefits such as NEAR’s Magnetic Liquid Suspension (MLS™) “spiderless” metal alloy woofers and tweeters for superior sound quality and durability. The VM Series surface mount bracket is the same as the brand’s NEARSCAPES satellite speakers – a flexible-positioning 2-part design that minimizes installer “ladder time.” Premium features such as a water and debris-proof wire connector; UV inhibitor-infused ABS enclosures, and corrosion resistant aluminum grilles make the VMs durable, reliable and worthy of their seven-year warranty. The VM1 ($299/pr. MSRP) and VM2 ($399/pr. MSRP) are expected to ship to retailers in Q1 2017.
“Our dealers have been asking us to extend our brand and premium feature/benefits to lower price points.” said NEAR division general manager Bill Kieltyka. It was quite a challenge to retain NEAR’s signature sound quality and ruggedness at significantly lower prices; but we did it. While the new VMs are as much as 50-percent lower in price than our higher-end models, I’d say they deliver 80% of the performance, along with our legendary durability of course.”
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Founded in 1988 and acquired by Bogen Communications, Inc. in 1997, NEAR continues under the creative and business leadership of founder and division general manager Bill Kieltyka. Bill’s passion for advancing high-quality music reproduction and its reputation as the leader in the creation of speakers for use under the most extreme conditions are foundational to the NEAR mission. NEAR creates and markets audiophile grade speakers for year round use, under extreme conditions, at all latitudes of our planet. NEAR is headquartered at 8 ABJ Drive, Gardiner, ME 04345 and is a division of Bogen Communications, Inc. with corporate offices at 1200 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430. For more information please visit NEAR online.
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