The first consumer electronics products from Gibson Audio will be a new line of digital jukeboxes designed specifically for the home, which will be sold under the Wurlitzer jukebox name and uses amplifier and loudspeaker technologies by Klipsch Audio Technologies.
Featuring a sleek, contemporary design and cutting-edge functionality, the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox allows the user to store up to 1,000 CDs in digital format and then control the music from a simplified wireless touchscreen remote. It also connects to the Wurlitzer Music Service, which offers 100 channels of digital radio and a download store where hundreds of thousands of major-label songs are available. Users can build personalized playlists, create mix CDs, export songs to a portable MP3 player or distribute music wirelessly to other Wurlitzer receivers.
The Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox will be available in two versions: The flagship Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox comes with Klipsch floorstanding loudspeakers and a subwoofer built into the base of the jukebox unit. The smaller Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox, “TT,” is a tabletop version that comes with a built-in two-way Klipsch speaker system. Both versions will be demonstrated at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 8-11, 2004).
Kris Carter, president of Gibson Audio, said his product-development team completed a comprehensive evaluation of loudspeaker brands and technologies before choosing Klipsch as the audio partner for Gibson’s entry into the consumer electronics business. “We wanted to make a statement with the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox by combining cutting-edge functionality with true audiophile sound. Klipsch’s horn-loaded speakers provide such incredible volume and detail, that statement will be heard loud and clear.”
“When Gibson first approached Klipsch with the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox, we believed they had a superior, easy-to-use design that could do very well in the marketplace,” said Paul Jacobs, president of Klipsch. “The fact that they made a commitment to using more expensive, high-performance Klipsch audio components illustrates the importance Gibson Audio places on quality and customer satisfaction.”