Chromecast functionality, allowing your phone to quickly cast media to a speaker directly or through an Internet connection, has slowly been adopted in the speaker industry. Jensen has just announced their new smart speaker, named the JSB-1000. This device, which is expected to retail for around $170, should appear in many stores.
In addition to just supporting Chromecasts, it will also work directly with Spotify Connect and have an audio jack for direct connections.
The great thing about Chromecast-enabled speakers is the multiroom audio feature. Instead of requiring vendor lock-in, they all share software in order to fill your house with music wirelessly.
Jensen Electronics has been around for a long time, since Peter Jensen invented the loudspeaker in 1915. Throughout the years the company has expanded to many other electronics areas, but speakers remain an area of focus.
The press release is below.
Jensen Stereo Smart Speaker with Chromecast built-in Now Available
Chicago, IL – Spectra, an industry pioneer in consumer electronics, launched its first Wi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker. The JSB-1000 is Jensen’s first stereo smart speaker with Chromecast built-in for a hi-res audio experience that takes streaming your favorite music to a whole new level. With Chromecast built-in, your phone becomes your remote. Simply tap the cast button on any of the 100+ compatible apps you already know and love to begin streaming music, podcasts or playlists from your phone, tablet or laptop to the two (2) high fidelity speakers in the JSB-1000. Multi-Room sync is also available and lets you customize your home audio listening experience. Connect multiple compatible smart speakers like the JSB-1000, and play the same music or listen to different music in each room.
Also featured on the JSB-1000 is Spotify Connect. Spotify users can now control the music playing using the Spotify app installed on their phone, tablet or computer. Music streams directly to the JSB-1000 from the cloud, so no more relying on unstable connections from your device. Listening is seamless, so you can take calls, play games, even switch your phone off – all without interrupting the music.
The JSB-1000 delivers a full 2 x 15 Watts (RMS) of output power, includes an Auxiliary Line-in jack and operates using the included 120V AC adaptor.
“The Jensen JSB-1000 combines impressive sound quality with Chromecast built-in and gives consumers the opportunity to stream an unlimited amount of audio content from their wireless devices effortlessly.“ says Jim Economos, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Spectra Merchandising International. The JSB-1000 is expected to be made available by most major retailers with a suggested retail of $169.99. SPECTRA has many years of experience sourcing products to meet specific customer needs and often times custom-designs products, cosmetics and packaging as directed by our partners in the marketplace. Spectra is diversified through retail, incentive and direct mail accounts and is also well-versed in drop shipping. Asian operations are headquartered in Hong Kong, where we are known as IMA-Hong Kong, LTD., and our overseas offices also include branches in Taiwan, Korea and Mainland China.
Spectra’s products can be found nationally at leading retail stores or on the web at www.spectraintl.com, on Facebook (facebook.com/spectraintl), YouTube (youtube.com/spectramerchandising), or follow @spectraintl on Twitter.