– Three Dana Innovations companies – Sonance, TRUFIG, and iPort – are rolling
out new products here at the CEDIA Expo.
Sonance products include the latest generation of Invisible Series in-wall
speakers, a new in-wall subwoofer, and the brand’s second underground outdoor
For its part, TRUFIG is expanding its
selection of kits that let installers flush-mount light switches, touch panels,
keypads, electrical outlets, and the like into walls so they don’t protrude
from the wall. The finished installs also lack visually obtrusive flanges and
deliver a uniform industrial design from one installed product to another in
the same room and house. The expansion includes the company’s first iPad
wall-mount kit, first kits for HVAC grilles, and kits compatible with a wider
selection of touchpanels.
For its part, iPort is launching an iPad 2
inductive charging system for table-top and in-wall placement.
In the Sonance lineup, Dana is launching five new Invisible series speakers,
which feature drivers covered by a flat radiating surface that in turn butts up
against drywall to become part of the wall itself and painted to disappear from
view. With the new models, Sonance redesigned the entire lineup to improve
performance and deliver high-quality sound even when installers cover the
panels with wallpaper, plaster or any material that
is an eighth of an inch or less, said marketing director Simon Wehr.
The redesign improves treble and midrange
accuracy and imaging, and bass response goes deeper, Wehr said.
The new Invisible speakers, due to ship in
January, come with extruded-aluminum frame, depth adjustment shims, shallow
mounting depth and optional back box. They include the IS2 two-way speaker, IS4
three-way, IS4 SST single stereo speaker, IS4C 70-volt speaker, and the ISW woofer.
Pricing hasn’t been set.
In more traditional in-wall subwoofers,
Sonance is adding a third model, this one designed to simplify retrofit
installations. The Cinema Series In-Wall SUB 10-250 RETRO features integrated
cabinet that fits directly into a drywall cutout or recess in a concrete or
brick wall. Because the subwoofer is only 3 7/8-inches-deep, it can be mounted
directly into a 15×15-inch cutout in a standard 2×4 stud bay. It can also be
mounted in a ceiling and features magnetically attached grilles.
The RETRO sub is packaged with companion with
outboard Class D amplifier at a suggested $2,500. Each amp can drive two subs.
One amp with one subwoofer delivers subwoofer response down to 34Hz with 105dB
of output at one meter. An amp driving two subs delivers 110dB of output at one
In its Landscape speaker series, Sonance has
begun shipping the $3,400-suggested LS12SUB in-ground 12-inch subwoofer, which
joins a 10-inch in-ground subwoofer as well as two two-way landscape satellite
speakers. The satellites are shaped like aimable outdoor lights that can be
mounted in the ground or hung on trees.
LS12SUB features 12-inch driver and 100 watts of power handling at 70 volts.
The subwoofer enclosure ports up out of the ground into a round 13.9-inch brown
canopy that blends into the landscape. The enclosure can also be installed
Under the TRUFIG name, the company is expanding its selection of flush-mount
installation kits to include iPads and a greater variety of other-brand
touchscreens. The company is also adding HVAC kits and HVAC grilles to its
selection. All are shipping.
HVAC grilles, which are available in four different sizes and four different
patterns, can be installed on-plane with a wall or ceiling and offers a smaller
footprint than traditional wall-mounted grilles, the company said. They’re
With TRUFIG’s new touch panel kits, the
company is now offering medium, large and extra-large models that are “more
universal” than before to accommodate touch panels of almost any size from
multiple manufacturers, the company said. Before, the company offered kits
designed only for Crestron touchpanels, and they remain in the lineup.
iPads, TRUFIG is launching a Control Mount for iPad, enabling in-wall mounting
of an iPad for use as a Wi-Fi-enabled home-control interface and as a
home-information center. Via WiFi with the iPad’s new iOS 5, users can also
sync their iPad with their PC’s iTunes application right from the wall, Wehr
For its part, iPor is launching what it calls the world’s first inductive charging and mounting system for iPad 2. The
LaunchPort system comes in tabletop and wall-mount versions, each letting users
rotate the iPad 360 degrees.
The system, due in the
fourth quarter, consists of the $149-suggested PowerShuttle sleeve, which is
held in place magnetically to the $199 tabletop BaseStation and $199
wall-mounted WallStation. As with the Trufig kit for iPad, the iPad can be used
as a Wi-Fi-enabled home-control interface or as a home information center.
The PowerShuttle sleeve
includes a pass-through mini USB connector to enable charging when a
BaseStation or WallStation is not available. The sleeve also features an
acoustic wave guide that passively amplifies and directs sound towards the
front of iPad.
The BaseStation is made
from extruded aluminum with black composite finish, and the WallStation comes
with white finish.