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Elan Debuts Apt. Line, Adds IP Control SKUs

9/23/2010 09:00:00 AM Eastern
ATLANTA — Elan is coming to the CEDIA Expo on its 20th anniversary with speakers for apartment and retrofit installs.

Elan is also bringing along additional components for its g! IPbased home-management series.

The Elios-series speakers consist of a half-depth in-ceiling speaker and a low-profile on-wall speaker. Both are the brand’s first speakers designed specifically for apartments, retrofit installs and limitedspace installations.

In fact, a spokesperson added, both speakers “are the first low-profile speakers with components specifically designed, engineered and optimized for MDUs from anyone as far as we know.”

The Elios ES71C 7-inch in-ceiling speaker features an all-new mount and baffle with a working depth of only 2.56 inches to fit in a quarter of the space available in normal U.S. installs. It comes with a 7-inch woofer delivering up to 50 watts of bass output, compared with 2.5- and 3-inch drivers used by competitors in the space, Elan said.

The Elios ES412 on-wall speaker features two 4.5- inch drivers, a wedge-shaped ABS cabinet that mounts directly to drywall, and brackets for a standard J-box and a Euro-style circular box. The speakers are shaped to fit directly against a wall, in the corners of a wall, and at the point where a ceiling and wall meet.

To the recently launched g! series of IP-based homecontrol devices, Elan is showing multiple new components that recently shipped or will soon ship. The handheld Wi-Fi/IR HR2 remote ships in October. Around Expo time, the TS7 7-inch in-wall touchscreen and two controllers — the HC12 and HC6 — are scheduled to ship along with a beta of the company’s iPad app. The rest of the series, including additional touchscreens, will ship by the end of the year.

In the g! series, IP-based control signals are sent from an in-wall touchpad, an in-wall touchscreen, a new Wi-Fi/IR remote, networked PCs, iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads to two home controllers. The controllers are the $3,000 HC12 and $1,950 HC6. Both incorporate two-way drivers to control security, climate, lighting, entertainment, irrigation and pool/spa systems.

The HC12 and HC6 controllers feature 720p component output to display a GUI on a flat-panel TV via component video cables. The TV interface is customized for large displays but has the same look and feel as the interface appearing on the g! touchscreen, PCs and Apple devices.

To send commands to the controllers, Elan plans post- CEDIA shipments of its first-ever handheld remote, the $760 HR2 Wi-Fi/IR handheld remote with charging dock.
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