Linkplay and Merus Audio Present High Efficiency Amplifier WiFi Platform

Merus Audio is proud to announce a joint reference design with Silicon Valley, Calif.-based Linkplay Technology, Inc. (www.linkplay.com) for a turnkey solution for various battery powered wireless speakers, soundbars, and audio receivers.

“Linkplay’s A31 or A28 combined with Merus Audio’s patented eximo® multi-level switching amplifiers is a great fit for any battery powered WiFi speaker,” explained Martin Bruun Helms, Merus Audio Director, Global Sales. “Linkplay connectivity features combined with Merus Audio’s efficient audio reproduction will enable longer playback time for any battery powered speaker. Presenting this turnkey solution will make it easy for any brand to get fast to market with a battery powered WiFi speaker.”

Linkplay makes it possible for speakers to be wireless and hands-free with consumers simply by asking Alexa to play their favorite music, turn on the lights in the living room, provide news, traffic and weather reports, set alarms, order food, and more. Linkplay’s turnkey WiFi audio solution provides access to millions of songs through services such as Amazon Music, Audible, Spotify, TIDAL, and Napster and operates with AirPlay, DLNA, Spotify Connect, and QQPlay protocols, making it seamless for companies to bring music to their devices. Specializing in interruption-free music streaming from any iOS or Android device to speakers over a WiFi network, Linkplay’s solution eliminates the need to connect a phone to the speakers, allowing users to stream music without interference from calls or texts.

“Merus Audio’s cutting-edge efficiency power amplification enabled by their eximo® multi-level technology is the perfect supplement for Linkplay in the audio reproduction chain,” explained Mark Zadeh, Linkplay Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Our award-winning turnkey audio WiFi solution when coupled with Merus Audio’s eximo® technology, acclaimed for its extreme efficiency, allows for HiFi wireless audio performance and astonishing playback time for any battery powered system.”

Helms concluded, “Merus Audio has received several requests for an easy plug-and-play streaming solution for battery powered speakers. By combining Linkplay’s connectivity with Merus Audio’s efficient amplifiers we are now offering compatibility with a proven industry leader.”

Merus Audios eximo® technology has very low “near idle” power losses which enables much longer battery lifetime – this is especially a great benefit for audio signals with lower crest factors such as speech or talk reproduction. Combined with a Linkplay connectivity solutions the two companies now push the boundary of compactness, audio quality, and battery playback time, of any portable speaker.

eximo® is a Merus Audio trademark.

About Linkplay Technology

Linkplay Technology, headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA, was founded by a global team of hardware and software engineers, business executives, and wireless audio experts. Linkplay’s patent-pending technology is a turn-key WiFi audio platform with global streaming music content integration, app and cloud development for speaker brands and ODMs. Technology partners include original design manufacturers (ODMs), component suppliers and key technology investors. For more information about Linkplay, visit www.linkplay.com or email info@linkplay.com.

 

SOUNDBOKS Launches New Speaker with Merus Audio eximo® Amplifier Technology

Copenhagen, Denmark-based SOUNDBOKS (www.soundboks.com) recently released a follow-up version of their popular party speaker, known among music festival participants and other party goers as “The loudest battery-powered speaker.” High performance, long battery life, and rugged good looks are what make the new SOUNDBOKS 2 stand out from the crowd. Among other improvements, the updated version features two Merus Audio MA12070P amplifier ICs and is now available.

“After a very successful initial product launch, our intended primary design target for the SOUNDBOKS 2 was to make the new product even louder, while delivering better audio performance and extending its battery life,” explained Ruben Bjerregaard, SOUNDBOKS lead engineer. “This sounded like an impossible quest, but the all-digital amplifier and patented eximo® switching amplifier technology from Merus Audio has helped us to realize this. The SOUNDBOKS 2 is now rated at 122dB SPL. It is optimized both for indoor and outdoor use, and battery life is now extended to 40 hours.”

Weighing in at just 33lbs. (15kg), SOUNDBOKS 2 is driven by two 10-inch (Ø 254mm) professional woofers and a single 1-inch (Ø 25mm) state-of-the-art neodymium silk dome tweeter. The result is a universal speaker with frequencies all the way down to 40Hz and the crystal clear highs of 20kHz.

“The combination of our advanced multilevel switching topology and embedded dynamic power management really pushes the boundaries of efficiency,” said Martin Helms, Merus Audio Director, Global Sales. “We are extremely pleased that the guys from SOUNDBOKS were able to put this to good use with their new product. At the same time, the durability requirements from SOUNDBOKS put our technology to the test. If your product can survive a week at the Roskilde Festival playing full blast under all weather conditions it can pretty much withstand anything. We feel that being selected by SOUNDBOKS is both an important endorsement and a valuable quality stamp for us.”

Denmark-based Merus Audio is a market leader in creating audio amplifier solutions that maximize output power, audio performance and design freedom for applications in consumer and professional portable, home and automotive audio/video markets. eximo® is based on a unique and patented multilevel audio amplification technique that provides a higher resolution output with high efficiency and exceptional audio quality.

“eximo® is the world’s most advanced switching amplifier technology, enabling the smallest possible amplifier solutions for slim and compact audio products for home and commercial applications,” continued Helms. “The combination of a multilevel switching topology and a dynamic power management scheme pushes the boundaries of efficiency and the compactness of audio amplifier solutions. The low power losses of eximo® also ensures the longest battery lifetime for portable products, also making it the perfect amplifier technology for modern home and outdoor commercial audio products. In the world of portable audio, eximo® multilevel technology enables more powerful sound combined with the lowest power consumption and the smallest footprint for battery-powered audio devices.”