CES 2012: IAG plans new speakers, electronics and subs

IAG – owner of Quad, Wharfedale, Mission, Castle, Audiolab and several other brands – isn't officially exhibiting here at CES 2012.

But we tracked the company down in a suite at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas, where we were able to see several prototype models it's working on and which will be coming to the UK later this year.

Exact technical details remain under wraps for now, but we did manage to snap some shots of several key new products which are currently in development:

Mission SX series

Due to launch in late May, the SX series will sit above the MX models and will be sold as a bookshelf speaker (shown right), alongside four floorstanders.

Quad 25L Classic

A new floorstander with five drive units, available from March, and likely to sell for around £1800. It will come in two standard wood veneer finishes and two piano gloss ones.

Wharfedale 80th anniversary speaker

As the name suggests, Wharfedale celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and IAG is planning a retro-style speaker tuned to a more 'British sound' to celebrate. It should be available from May for just under £500.

Quad Platinum electronics

Coming from Quad is the Platinum system of electronics (below), consisting of the DMP CD/media player and matching stereo amp or a pair of monoblocs. The complete system is expected to go on sale in the UK for around £5000 in April/May. It's shown here being used with an Audiolab M-DAC.

Quad Active speakers

Based on the 9L series, the Quad Active (below left) will launch in July or August for around £600-£700 a pair. There's ampliification built in to the left speaker, which then also drives the right. There are touch sensitive slde controls for volume on the front, optical, coaxial, analogue and USB inputs round the back, and a subwoofer out.

There's also a revamped version of Quad's famous electrostatic speaker in the pipeline, as well as a new Wharfedale Powercube subwoofer with dual 10in drivers, and a new sub for the Castle range.

We'll bring you more details on all these new models as soon as we get them, and look forward to testing them in our listening rooms.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.