NuForce launches $300 Bluetooth 4.0 bookshelf speakers, promises to please audiophiles

NuForce has just launched the NuForce S3-BT, a line of high-quality bookshelf speakers that tout Bluetooth 4.0 as one of its main selling points. Most Bluetooth speakers tend to pale in comparison to their analog counterparts, but NuForce is confident its apt-x and AAC codecs will provide CD-quality audio even to the most discerning audiophile. If you're unconvinced, NuForce has also included a set of analog inputs plus the company's own Air DAC wireless system for slightly higher quality audio streaming. The powered speakers have a 3.5-inch bass driver and a 1-inch tweeter each, and the woofer touts a proprietary anti-resonance cone. If you care about looks, the speakers are wrapped in either soft white or black leatherette. They aren't cheap — a pair will cost you $300 — but for attractive high-fidelity speakers that won't contribute to your home's existing nest of wires, it may well be worth it.

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NuForce Launches an Elegant Active Loudspeaker with
CD-Quality Bluetooth Connectivity

Get CD-quality audio from your mobile devices with NuForce S3-BT speakers, featuring the latest aptX and AAC Bluetooth compression codes

Milpitas, Calif. – October 16, 2012– NuForce, Inc., a leader in professional and consumer audio solutions, announces its S3-BT wireless Bluetooth loudspeakers. The NuForce S3-BT is a meticulously designed active loudspeaker that features the latest aptX® and ACC technology for clear, full-bodied, distortion-free audio streamed over Bluetooth.

Jason Lim, NuForce CEO: "With Bluetooth-enabled devices becoming the most common way to carry and listen to audio files, we at NuForce decided to create a speaker that would satisfy even our most discerning customers. By implementing the latest technology and focusing on custom design, we've successfully created speakers that deliver the most advanced audio performance from a Bluetooth bookshelf speaker today."

The S3-BT speakers are based on an essential, time-honored principle: good sound depends on intelligent design and superior materials. For example, the S3-BT's woofer employs a proprietary anti-resonance cone and powerful magnet assembly. Similarly, the tweeter consists of a custom-designed soft dome design for negligible distortion and smooth, natural sound. And, for the eye, the speakers' outer shells are wrapped in soft white or black leatherette.

The S3-BT's aptX Codec feature offers exceptional Bluetooth performance. However, for those who demand yet better sound along with convenience, we've included a set of analog inputs for connecting directly to a TV or other entertainment device. NuForce's own Air DAC wireless system* can also be connected to the S3-BT speakers for even higher quality wireless audio streaming.

Product Specs:

Superior sound from mobile devices. Utilizes the latest AAC (iPod, iPad, iPhone) and aptX Bluetooth compression Codecs (Select Apple products* and Android devices) for CD-quality wireless audio
Secondary analog inputs for integration with TV or other home audio devices
Analog inputs can also be used for upgrading to NuForce Air DAC wireless system offering outstanding performance and negligible latency
Elegant design wrapped in soft black or white leatherette
Compact bookshelf size that fits any room or decor
Wireless freedom - music playback from any Bluetooth device
Proprietary anti-resonance woofer and custom-designed soft-dome tweeter
Efficient Class-D amplification for crystalline sound and low power consumption
1" soft dome tweeter x 2
3.5" composite paper cone woofer x 2
Maximum power output: 18 Watt x 2 RMS
Harmonic distortion: < 0.5% 1 W 1 kHz
Frequency response: 50 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal/Noise ratio: > 75 dB
Separation: > 45 dB
Speaker output on right channel unit: Five-way binding posts
Speaker input on left channel unit: Five-way binding posts
Analog Input: RCA jacks
USB Charger Port: 5v, 1A output (strictly for charging mobile devices only, no audio/data transmitting)
Bluetooth wireless connection: Bluetooth core version 4.0 with aptX , SBC, AAC codecs; A2DP and AVRCP profiles
Dimensions: 7" H x 4.57" W x 7.48" D

Weight: 5.51 lb. each

Included Accessories: (2) S3-BT Bookshelf Speakers, 3.5mm Stereo to RCA Cable, Interconnect Speaker Cable, AC Power Adapter

The NuForce S3-BT is available for $299 starting from October 31 from, several online stores and NuForce dealers.