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MusicLites Intros Wireless In-Ceiling Speaker Line

9/23/2010 09:00:00 AM Eastern
ATLANTA — A 2.4GHz wireless multizone audio system developed by MusicLites uses combination LED-light/speakers that screw into existing recessed-light fixtures in the ceiling.


The system can also be used in a single zone to enhance TV sound.

The light speakers, as well as planned matching LED lights without speakers, are small enough to screw into 4-inch in-ceiling cans as well as into 5- and 6-inch cans.

Trim rings are provided to hide any gaps. The 4- and 6-inch cans account for the majority of the installed base of in-ceiling lights, the company noted. All lights will be dimmable from a home’s existing dimmers and via a remote.

With enhancements introduced since the system was disclosed midyear, MusicLights systems will use multiple transmitters to create up to a four-zone multi-room audio system with an unlimited number of speaker lights driven per transmitter. A light speaker for table lamps is also in the works.

MusicLites founder Cary Christie said his system, marketed under the MusicLights brand, will expand the multiroom audio market to renters and to retrofit applications.

The company plans to demo off-toll models at the show, where it will take orders for expected deliveries sometime in November. Prices were to be disclosed at CEDIA Expo this week.

Each in-ceiling light speaker operates as a left or right speaker, and each incorporates a 2.75-inch full-range driver in a sealed enclosure with effective response from 50Hz to 20kHz making a subwoofer unnecessary, Christie said. The driver is driven by a 20-watt Class D amp with digital EQ and bass enhancement.

To supply music to the speakers, consumers could connect up to four AC-powered wireless transmitters into separate audio sources, whose music would be transmitted up to 30 meters. Each transmitter would stream only one source at a time.

In addition, music in a single room could be supplied by an iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone connected to a 30-pin wireless dongle, which incorporates embedded rechargeable battery and whose output would extend 10 meters.

A USB dongle for laptops, as well as a dongle that connects to the 3.5mm analog headphone output of an MP3 player or smartphone, could also be used to deliver music to light speakers in a local room.

A credit-card IR remote aimed at a speaker would control source selection, volume and light dimming in a local zone. The local-zone functions could also be controlled via RF wireless from a dongle-equipped PC or iPhone/iPad.

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