Triad's New Speakers To Go Into Hiding At CEDIA

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is going to the CEDIA Expo to show new custom-install speakers that it wants to hide as much as possible.

The speakers include the company's first in-ceiling speakers designed without bezels to look as unobtrusive as possible. To minimize the appearance of custom-installed subwoofer grilles, the company will show its new FlexSub subwoofers, which consist of an amplifier and sub enclosure that can be mounted in a crawl space, attic or cabinet to fire through a short flexible tube into a small grille in the wall, ceiling or floor.

The company's first frame-less, or bezel-less, in-ceiling speakers for multiroom-audio applications consist of four SealedRound series speakers with sealed back box and four OpenRound series open-back speakers. Each model comes with available round or square grille that attaches via magnets. Each series also includes a dual-tweeter (DT) model that can be used a dipole or bipole surround speaker or as a single-speaker-stereo model.

The sealed versions' back box and mounting casting are metal, so they meet the UL 2043 plenum rating standard for fireproof. The SealedRound models also come with three security tabs for secure fastening to false ceilings.

The SealedRound models range in suggested retail from $250 to $450 each, and the OpenRound models range in from $150 to $350 each. In-house custom paint matching is available from Triad for all models at no up-charge. All ship in the fourth quarter.

To add low bass in an unobtrusive way, the company is launching two FlexSub subwoofers, the Mini FlexSub and a Silver FlexSub, to "completely hide" subwoofer enclosures in ceilings, closets, basements and cabinets, the company said. An amplifier and sub enclosure can be mounted in a crawl space, attic or cabinet, but sound is delivered through a short flexible tube that fires into a room. Pricing wasn't announced.

Other products on display include the recently shipped OnWall MicroSat 3.0 three-channel LCR for use with flat-screen TVs 32- to 65-inches-wide. The $600-suggested MicroSat 3.0 integrates three separately enclosed two-way speakers in one 32-inch by x 4-inch by 2.25-inch cabinet that attaches to a TV or mounts on the wall. Because the speaker is built-to-order in Triad's factory in Portland, Ore., the company will build in custom sizes at no upcharge to match the width of flat-screen TVs in ¼-inch increments up to 65-inches-wide. The standard finish consists of a matte black cabinet and grille cloth. At no additional cost, the cabinet can be custom paint matched to a sample color provided by a dealer.

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