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Niles Expands Narrow-Bezel Speaker Selection

9/08/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
INDIANAPOLIS – Niles is coming to the CEDIA Expo with a new entry-level in-ceiling speaker line that has been upgraded to include narrow bezels, magnetmount grilles and low profiles.

The design already appears in the company’s stepup in-ceiling Directed Soundfield speakers, which feature independently pivoting woofers and tweeters.

Thirteen two-way speakers in the CM line feature pivoting tweeters and suggested retails ranging from $99 to $299 each. Each CM speaker can be used with a round, paintable rust-resistant grille, but square grilles are available as an option for $45/pair. Each model fits the same 7- and 8-inch cutouts used for Directed SoundField speakers, letting installers specify a hole size but still have the option later to install speakers at a wide range of price points from $200/pair to $2,000, said Niles president Mike Detmer.

The series is split into groups based on application. Two MP (multipurpose) speakers are designed for general purposes and can be used for background sound or price sensitive multiroom audio and home theater installations, Detmer explained. Three PR Performance speakers feature “a blend between value and performance that delivers great sound in a variety of applications but doesn’t break the bank,” he continued.

Two HD (high-definition) models deliver “superior sound quality for primary listening locations as well as high-performance home theaters,” he said. One BG (background) music speaker is designed for secondary listening zones in need of a cost-effective solution, and one SD (shallow depth) speaker is designed for installation in walls with limited depths as in MDUs. An FX (surround effects) speaker is designed for surround- channel use, and two SI (stereo input) models deliver stereo from a single speaker in small bathrooms or hallways that can’t accommodate two speakers

The lineup looks like this:

• The two MP speakers are the 7-inch CM7MP and 8-inch CM8MP at suggested retails of $149 and $174 each.

• The three PR Performance speakers are the 3.5- inch CM4PR, 7-inch CM7PR and 8-inch CM8PR at a suggested $249, $199 and $224 each, respectively.

• The two HD High Definition speakers are the 7-inch CM7HD and 8-inch CM8HD at $249 and $274 each, respectively.

• One BG Background Music speaker is the 7-inch CM7BG at $99. • One SD Shallow Depth speaker is the 7-inch CM7SD at $249.

• One FX Surround Effects speaker is the CM7FX for surround applications at $349/pair.

• Two SI Stereo Input models are the 7-inch CM7SI and 8-inch CM8SI at $149 and $299 each, respectively.

• The CM4PR is a 3.5-inch two-way micro speaker for what Detmer called “virtually unlimited applications where space and design are a factor.” Pricing wasn’t available. The speaker features a throw-woofer to deliver better bottom end than the competition and a rear-wave enclosure to capture sound leakage into adjacent rooms and provide predictable performance, he said.

All come with spring-loaded mounting clamps and feature premium components used in the Directed Soundfield series. The components include copper caps, high-level crossovers and Kapton voice coil formers.

In other developments at the show, Niles will celebrate the sale of its 15,000th IntelliControl ICS System, the whole-house audio and HD-video distribution system launched in 2006.

It distributes iPod-stored audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Rhapsody, HD Radio and music from a DMS4 Digital Music Server, as well as TV, CD and DVD sources, all of which can be controlled from in-wall touchscreens and touchpads, handheld remotes and portable touchscreens.
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