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Opalum Expands Active-Speaker Series

1/10/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern
LAS VEGAS – Opalum, the Swedish manufacturer of slim Scandinavian-design speakers, is launching the FLOW.4810, a set of active on-wall speakers with 48 1-inch drivers in point-source array in each 1.5-inchesdeep speaker.

Each speaker, available in black or white, incorporates embedded 120-watt Class D amplifier that triamplifies each speaker and delivers bass down to 43Hz. They will retail for $3,999/pair and ship in the second quarter.

To connect sources to the speakers, a Control Hub is available with audio source inputs to send audio in digital PCM form as well as 24 volts over standard two-conductor speaker cable to the active speakers. Both speakers connect to the same pair of speaker terminals on the hub, letting users connect the speakers in parallel or daisy chain them. The speakers are marked “left” and “right,” and the electronics in the speakers know which signal to pick up (left or right), making it impossible to connect the speakers out of phase, the company said.

The standard hub comes with an RF remote at a suggested $199, and a Wi- Fi-equipped hub with an RF remote is a suggested $399. The Wi-Fi Hub features DLNA to stream music from a networked PC, smartphone or tablet. To stream from an Apple smartphone, iPod Touch or iPad, users could add a DLNA app to the device to stream via Wi-Fi. Alternately, users could connect the standard Hub to an Apple AirPort Express to stream wirelessly from an Apple mobile device.
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