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Low-Profile Custom Speakers Shy From The Spotlight

9/23/2010 09:00:00 AM Eastern

ATLANTA – The custom industry hasn’t
reverse-engineered a Romulan cloaking
device just yet, but it doesn’t take alien
technology to make custom-installed
speakers fade into the background.

To make their products friendly to interior
designers, architects and homeowners
who eschew wall and ceiling clutter,
suppliers are launching more in-wall or
in-ceiling speakers with bezel-less or
narrow-bezel designs, low-profile grilles,
and small footprints.

Other suppliers are taking the concept
outdoors with in-ground subwoofers.

Given the depressed state of newhome
construction, other suppliers are
trying to expand the total addressable
market with speakers targeted to multiple
dwelling units and retrofit installation.

Here at the CEDIA Expo:

• Niles is updating its DS and ICS series
of in-ceiling speakers with low-profile
grilles and narrow bezels.;

• Phase Technology is launching four
3-inch speakers for close quarters;

• Polk is showing its Vanishing series
of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers;

• Revel is unveiling bezel-less speakers.

• SpeakerCraft is launching flangeless
in-wall and ceiling speakers and its first
underground subwoofer;

• Sonance is expected to unveil new
Low-Profile Custom Speakers Shy From The Spotlight landscape speakers as part of its
strategic partnership with Ambi-
Sonics, whose speakers consist
of underground subwoofers and
above-ground satellite speakers
that look light outdoor accent
lights that hang from trees and get
staked into the ground; and

• Elan is launching its first
speakers targeted at MDUs and
retrofit installs.