Dana Rolling Out Multiple Products At CEDIA Expo


Indianapolis - Three Dana Innovations companies - Sonance, TRUFIG, and iPort - are rolling out new products here at the CEDIA Expo.

The Sonance products include the latest generation of Invisible Series in-wall speakers, a new in-wall subwoofer, and the brand's second underground outdoor subwoofer.

 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 15x15-inch cutout in a standard 2x4 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 meter.

 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.

The 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 above ground.


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.

The 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 available.

 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.

For 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 noted.


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.


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