Low power amplifier chips from audio technology pioneer HiWave have been incorporated in a new wireless speaker system for Hercules, the Guillemot Corporation brand.The Cambridge technology will go into the WAE WSM01 – Hercules’ 25W portable wireless speaker system for the consumer hi-fi sector.
The WAE WSM01 uses HiWave's HiAS2002 amplifier chip to deliver over 20 hours of music playback at typical usage levels; approximately 30 albums.
HiWave claims its amplifier IC is 10x more efficient under typical usage levels compared with Class D amplifiers, the next most efficient topology.
The newly-launched Hercules WAE WSM01 is the first in Hercules' WAE (Wireless Audio Experience) family of wireless consumer HiFi speakers. It has a wireless range of 20m and was designed to connect to a central media server, PC or laptop from anywhere in the home using a high quality proprietary wireless standard (2.4GHz). Users connect Windows, Mac OS or Linux PC to the speaker via a plug and play 2.0 USB dongle.
The battery powered speakers utilise the amplifier IC's on-board equalisation system and digital signal processor to deliver a rich bass (50Hz to 20KHz) and a high quality, non-clipping audio to consumers.
The speakers are shipping now and are available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
James Lewis, HiWave’s CEO, said: “Hercules is a well-known brand and audio specialist in computer DJ’ing and speaker systems and the company has a strong track record of producing popular, striking designs; we are thrilled that our low power amplifier technology is a key part of this exciting new product.”
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