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Klipsch Light Speaker Screws Into Existing In-Ceiling Lights

1/07/2010 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Consumers will be able to install their own two-source, two-zone multi-room-audio systems by screwing a combination wireless-speaker/LED light into existing recessed-light fixtures in the ceiling, Klipsch promises.

The system supports up to eight speakers for four rooms of synchronized stereo playback.

The system, called LightSpeaker, was developed by Kadence Designs and will be co-branded.

The centerpiece is a light/speaker that screws into a standard-size Edison-type lightbulb socket in almost all round 5-inch R30 and 6-inch R40 recessed ceiling cans, the companies said. The single-piece housing incorporates 2.4GHz wireless receiver, 20-watt digital amp, 2.5-inch driver, active EQ circuitry, and LED light that delivers the light output of a 65-watt incandescent bulb.

Music is delivered wirelessly up to 50 feet from a tabletop transmitter that connects to one or two audio sources. The base's controls consist of zone and source selection, volume, mute, light turn-on, and light dimming. The functions are duplicated on a handheld RF remote.

Neither the remote nor the base controls the functions of connected sources.

In January, Klipsch will offer the speakers on its Web site in a $599 package of two speakers, a transmitter, remote and other accessories. Additional LightSpeakers will cost $249 each. Additional distribution is planned.

In some cases, the consumer must remove an existing light fixture's trim ring, reflector and socket plates.

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