Las Vegas - Consumers will be able to install their own
two-source, two-zone multiroom-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 with both companies' names.
The centerpiece is a light/speaker that screws into a
standard-size Edison-type light-bulb 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. Switches on each fixture select the speaker for left- or
right-channel playback and zone one or two operation.
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. Light dimming is controlled separately from audio volume. The
functions are duplicated on a handheld RF remote.
Neither the remote nor the base controls the functions of
connected sources, which connect via RCA and minijack inputs.
At the end of January, Klipsch will offer the speakers on its web
site in a $599 package consisting of two speakers, a transmitter, remote and
other accessories. Additional LightSpeakers will cost $249 each. Broader
distribution is planned in March.
In some cases, consumers will have to remove the existing light
fixture's trim ring, reflector, and other socket plates or clips until the Edison socket is hanging from its wires. Consumers then
screw the light fixture into the socket and use an included trim ring and tabs
to hold the fixture in the light can.
The light speakers will install in many pendant lights, and with
an accessory bracket, it will install in most lamps.
Klipsch is exhibiting at the Hard Rock Hotel.
<strong>CES 2010</strong> Las Vegas - Consumers will be able to install their own two-source, two-zone multiroom-audio systems by screwing a combination wireless-speaker/LED light into existing recessed-light fixtures in the ceiling, Klipsch promises.