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Triad’s New Speakers To Go Into Hiding At CEDIA


Triad Speakers

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

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

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.

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.

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