Three Dana Innovations companies — Sonance, Trufig and iPort — rolled out new products here at the CEDIA Expo.
Sonance has 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.
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 inground 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.
Trufig has a wider 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 onplane with a wall or ceiling and offers a smaller footprint than traditional wall-mounted grilles, the company said.
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 homeinformation center. Via Wi-Fi 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.
iPort unveiled what it calls the world’s first inductive charging and mounting system for the 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.