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IP Compatibility In More Speakers

Architectural speakers compatible with NetStreams IP-based multiroom-A/V systems have been available only from Polk, but Triad and Sonance plan to follow.

In 2006, Polk shipped its first two IP-addressable speakers with on-board amplification, electronic crossovers, DSP, and room-error correction at prices of $2,400 and $2,900 per pair. At the recent CEDIA Expo, Polk launched a pair of lower cost IP-ready speakers, the round $175-each SC80 IPR and rectangular $215-each SC85 IPR.

For its part, Triad said it would make all of its passive architectural speakers available with the StreamNet Connected logo. And Sonance will begin developing a line of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for use in IP audio distribution systems for availability sometime in 2008.