Yamaha intros a quartet of bookshelf audio systems with iOS remote control, panoply of colors

We're well acquainted with both connected bookshelf audio systems and colorful speakers -- seeing both in one place, though, is still a rarity. Yamaha reckons the two aren't mutually exclusive. Its MCR-B142 and MCR-042 both put out 30W of sound taken from a 30-pin Apple device dock, USB, aux-in or old-fashioned CDs, but they also come in 10 different colors; anyone who's wanted a purple stereo to match their crushed velvet decor will be right at home. Both the B142 and a more subdued, desktop-sized TSX-B232 will also receive audio through Bluetooth, and a free iOS app lets us steer the two systems without leaving the couch. These ship later this month along with the B232's wireless-free sibling, the TSX-132. Just be ready to pay a premium -- the roster starts at $400 for the MCR-042, and scales up to $550 for the TSX-B232.

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Yamaha Introduces Stylish, Compact Audio Systems with Wide Source Compatibility, Bluetooth®, Mobile App Support

-TSX-132 and TSX-B232 desktop, MCR-042 and MCR-B142 micro component systems add superior natural sound and convenience to music lovers' lifestyles-

BUENA PARK, Calif. - Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, announced today that their latest desktop and micro component audio systems, the TSX-132, TSX-B232, MCR-042 and MCR-B142 begin shipping this month. Offering playback from many sources, including iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® portable audio devices, USB, CD and AM/FM radio, these models deliver exceptional audio quality for their compact size and offer colorful, style-savvy industrial designs.

These models integrate Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer that improves the audio quality of compressed music files and IntelliAlarm, which gently wakes up users gradually with their favorite music.

The TSX-B232 and MCR-B142 models feature Bluetooth, enabling users to wirelessly stream music to these systems from smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. A free app for iPhone, iPod touch® and iPad devices gives users the power to remotely operate these desktop systems and set their IntelliAlarm functions, including alarm times (which can vary for each day of the week) and volume levels.

"Our TSX and MCR systems combine the great natural sound reproduction for which Yamaha is known, with the latest lifestyle integration features today's consumers expect," said Tom Sumner, senior vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America. "These systems provide a quick and easy way to deliver music from just about any source to any room in the house with style-be it the living room, bedroom or kitchen."

Premium Desktop Audio for Any Living Environment

Available in black and white finishes, the TSX models are all-in-one systems with attractive rounded chassis and flat, real wood top panels that blend seamlessly within most living environments.

The MCR models feature detachable speakers that employ large magnets for audio reproduction with rich bass tones and clear mid- and high-end ranges. The large volume speaker cabinets deliver deep, robust bass response. They are available in ten colors, including black, white, red, pink, light brown, dark gray, yellow, purple, orange and green.

All four TSX and MCR models have large clock displays for easy visibility and offer great sound from compact units with slot-in style CD players, AM/FM tuners and iPod/iPhone docks that provide direct digital connections. Additional devices can be connected via USB and an AUX-in port. Apple devices connected by dock or USB are automatically charged while the system is on. The models are offered at the following price points:

MCR-B142 (MSRP: $449.95)

MCR-042 (MSRP: $399.95)

TSX-B232 (MSRP: $549.95)

TSX-132 (MSRP: $449.95)