ION Audio, a leader in lifestyle consumer electronics, today announced the introduction of a new family of wireless speakers that incorporates Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice service to their already-impressive roster of audio performance and convenience features.
ION’s Tailgater category is well-known for its exciting, vibrant sound, wireless streaming capability, rugged go-anywhere construction and all-weather waterproof capability. These speakers make any backyard barbeque, pre-game tailgating party or camping trip into a truly memorable occasion thanks to their powerful speakers, Bluetooth streaming, built-in radios and Aux inputs for connecting non- Bluetooth devices.
But now, with Amazon Alexa, the ION Tailgaters deliver far more than just great music. Before you go out, Alexa can help you get directions, check local movie times, get the news, and more, using just your voice.
The first ION models in this series will be the Tailgater with Amazon Alexa, Tailgater Offroad with Amazon Alexa and Tailgater Express with Amazon Alexa. They differ from each other mainly in size, amplifier power and rechargeable battery capacity, but they share all the essential ION Tailgater attributes that have made this series so popular.
“ION Tailgater speakers have quite a following because of their outstanding sound, Bluetooth streaming connectivity and rugged construction,” said Matt Webster, Director of Engineering at ION Audio. He added, “Now, with the addition of Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice service, these speakers will leap to the next level of enjoyment and user-friendliness. In no time at all, people will find them indispensable.”
Estimated U.S. retail prices for the new speakers is as follows:
Tailgater Express with Amazon Alexa, $149.00
Tailgater with Amazon Alexa, $199
Tailgater Offroad with Amazon Alexa, $249
Estimated Availability for all three is Q3, 2017