New York - Speaker maker
Artison has become the second company to unveil a wireless multizone audio
system that uses combination LED-light/speakers that screw into existing
recessed-light fixtures in the ceiling.
Village, Nev., company teamed up with lighting maker Osram Sylvania and fabless
semiconductor company Eleven
to develop the do-it-yourself product,
previewed here at the Consumer Electronics Association's annual Line Shows.
Eleven developed the 2.4GHz wireless technology that distributes music to the
January's International CES, Klipsch
a two-source, two-zone multi-room-audio
system that supports up to eight speakers for four rooms of synchronized stereo
founder Cary Christie said his system, marketed under the Musiclites brands,
will expand the multi-room-audio market to renters who wouldn't be allowed by
landlords to install custom speakers in walls or ceilings. The company,
however, plans to offer a Musiclites system for custom installers. The system could
be controlled from home-control systems that use the ZigBee wireless standard,
enabling installers to add multi-rooom audio to rooms where an installed system
system will ship in September or October following more input from dealers and
reps, Christie said. Pricing hasn't been announced.
also plans in-ceiling LED lights without speakers to match the light emitted by
light/speakers in the same room. A table lamp is also planned.
in-ceiling light speaker operates as a left or right speaker, and each
incorporates a 70mm driver, 25-watt Class D amp, and LED light that delivers
the equivalent of a 65-watt incandescent bulb.
different wireless transmitters, each connected to a different source, could simultaneously
transmit audio to a different zone, and each transmitter could serve up to
about 24 to 32 lights, Christie said. Music for one zone, whether comprising
one room or multiple rooms, could be supplied by an A/V receiver connected via
its analog outputs to a Musiclites dongle. Music in a single room could be
supplied by an iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone connected to a 30-pin wireless dongle,
whose output would override streams from the central A/V receiver.
dongle for PCs, as well as a dongle that connects to the 3.5mm analog headphone
output of an MP3 player or smartphone, could also be used to deliver music to
light speakers in a local room.
credit-card IR remote aimed at a speaker would control source selection, volume
and light dimming in a local zone. The local-zone functions could also be
controlled via RF wireless from a dongle-equipped PC or iPhone/iPad.
If a PC or
iPad/iPhone is the music source, consumers would use their PC or iPhone/iPad user
interface to select songs for playback through speakers. Likewise, consumers
would select songs from A/V receiver-connected sources at the source itself.
speakers are small enough to screw into 4-inch in-ceiling cans as well as into
5- and 6-inch cans, Christie said. Trim rings are provided to hide any gaps.
The 4- and 6-inch cans account for the majority of the installed base of
in-ceiling lights, Christie noted.
For use in
6-inch cans, the speaker-light doesn't require consumers to remove the Edison
connection from the can's L-bracket before screwing in the light speaker.
Installation in 5-inch cans is also simple, he said. Because the Edison
connector is loose in 5-inch cans, Artison provides a spring-loaded adapter
that holds the light speaker in place.
system is designed for use in 5- and 6-inch in-ceiling cans.
New York - Speaker maker Artison has become the second company to unveil a wireless multizone audio system that uses combination LED-light/speakers that screw into existing recessed-light fixtures in the ceiling.