, the direct-to-consumer marketers of home speakers, launched its
first wireless-speaker system, intended for surround-sound and multi-room use.
The Zona wireless surround system
at $499 consists of a wireless transmitter and two powered bookshelf speakers
with tuned ports and built-in wireless receivers that operate up to 150 feet
from the transmitter.
Aperion designed the speakers to "work
aesthetically and sonically with most home-theater systems," the company said.
The transmitter connects to the surround pre-outs of an AVR or DVD player to
deliver uncompressed 16-bit/48kHz CD-quality audio to the speakers. Zona can
also be used to transmit music from a PC via a USB 2.0 connection or from most
other audio sources to other rooms. Multiple speakers can connect to a single
transmitter for multi-room applications.
The two speakers link
automatically when plugged into a wall outlet over one of three selectable
channels. The system uses 2.4GHz wireless technology with 18ms latency.
The speakers are biamplified
two-way models with solid-MDF cabinet, bass port and external power supplies.
Cabinet dimensions are 9.9 inches by 6 inches by 6.3 inches. The speakers'
drivers consist of a 1-inch soft-dome silk tweeter and 4.5-inch woven
fiberglass woofer with a combined operating range of 55Hz to 20 kHz. The
speakers' amps are 2x20-watt Class D models with DSP.
"When speaking with our customers we found
that many leave surround or rear speakers unconnected because they couldn't
find a simple or neat way to run the wires," said Aperion's Jason Hicks. "Most
other wireless solutions on the market suffer from poor fidelity, complex setup
and an unreliable connection."
Portland, Ore. - Aperion Audio, the direct-to-consumer marketers of home speakers, launched its first wireless-speaker system, intended for surround-sound and multi-room use.