Elan Adds To g! Series

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Elan is adding to its g! series multiroom- audio/home-control lineup with the launch of a new multizone amplifier/controller and first touchscreen designed for both tabletop and under-cabinet mounting.

Elan is also announcing during International CES this week that the g! system, which uses IP to send command signals, has been upgraded to support the KNX home- and building-control standard widely used in Europe and Asia to control lighting, climate controls.

The g! series starts at less than $2,000 for a single-room, four-sub-system installation and can be expanded to control home systems while distributing audio throughout the house. The system uses a standardized interface appearing on TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads.

The new controller/amp in the series is the $3,600 S1616A, which combines the company’s existing D16 16-channel amp and the S128P multi-zone audio controller into one product to reduce the cost of system installation. It ships in January as the brand’s first digital multi-room integrated audio controller.

The device is available in single- or dual-chassis configurations with amplifier output of 16xto watts into 8 ohms with all channels driver and 16x75 watts into 4 ohms with all channels driven.

It supports eight stereo, or 16 mono inputs and outputs, or any combination of stereo and mono inputs and outputs. Dealers can stack up to 15 of them to provide up to 120 stereo or 240 mono outputs. It integrates with the g! series C2 communications controller to control other home systems.

The S1616A also features high-pass and low-pass crossovers, RCA inputs, speaker-level and banana plug outputs, and separate level, bass and treble adjustments for each output channel.

The new hard-wired tabletop/under-cabinet color- LCD touchscreen is the 10-inch VL10 Valet at $2,500. It joins multiple in-wall touchscreens, a 10-inch touchscreen that can be tabletop-mounted, TV and PC user interfaces, a handheld remote, and tablet and iPhone interfaces.

The 16:9 touchscreen features touch-and-swipe interface, back-lit hard buttons for commonly used functions, a built-in speaker and microphone for messaging, IP connectivity for communication, non-volatile flash memory, and a screen saver mode that can display photos.

The touchscreen, which features always-on user interface, is particularly suited for use in kitchens and bedside tables because it can double as a TV set. That is thanks to its analog video input, the company said. It can also be used in such applications as bars and boardrooms.

As for the addition of KNX technology to the g! series, Elan noted that KNX is used to control lighting, security, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, monitoring, water control, energy management, smart metering as well as household appliances and A/V systems. The technology was created and is owned by the KNX Association, which said it has more than 250 member companies worldwide are marketing 7000 KNX-certified product s.

Association director Heinz Lux said Elan’s adoption “will help us to expand KNX throughout the world, including the United States.” Elan, a brand within the AVC Group, is exhibiting during CES this week at Las Vegas Hilton’s East Tower in suite 2876.


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