All Loudspeakers, Subwoofers & Soundbars
2014 Product of the Year EntrantCrestron Aspire® In-Wall Subwoofer
The smallest, most powerful subwoofer in its class, the tiny Sunfire® Atmos™ delivers performance superior to many 10” to 12” woofers. The design incorporates dual custom designed 6.5” woofers in a sealed extruded aluminum enclosure that measures just over 8” tall.
2014 Product of the Year EntrantMartinLogan BalancedForce
Robust connection and control systems allow simultaneous connection of both 2-channel stereo music and multi-channel home theater and allows each source to have individual crossover and level settings, giving listeners a perfect performance in every application. LFE input via RCA or XLR effectively uses no low-pass filter, leaving crossover control to the processor. Left and right RCA, XLR, and speaker level inputs integrate discrete user-adjustable or speaker specific custom-installed audiophile grade low-pass filters allowing different level and crossover points when playing back two channel music. A unique tone sweep feature assists users in locating areas in listening rooms where troublesome rattles or resonances may occur. A single press of a button allows listeners to initiate a tone sweep from 120−20Hz. If a rattle or resonance occurs in the room a second press of the button holds the current frequency allowing the listener to investigate and identify the source. An ‘On/Auto (Trigger)/Off’ switch controls the subwoofer’s energy saving feature. The ‘On’ setting prevents the sub from entering energy saving mode. When set to ‘Auto (Trigger)’, the sub will turn on when a music signal is detected and off after several minutes without a signal. If a 12-volt trigger is connected, the triggering device will turn the subwoofer on and off.
2014 Product of the Year EntrantMonitor Audio Controlled Performance (CP) Trimless Series
Complete with integrated fully-sealed back boxes, Monitor Audio’s latest “Controlled Performance” range offers installers the most direct route to discreet high performance audio in almost any acoustic environment. Ten new models across four performance levels provide a wide choice of in-wall and in-ceiling options. In every case a precision-optimised system of drivers and enclosure perfected by our latest technologies, simplifies the installation of discreet high performance sound. Unlike open-backed designs whose success is subject to the properties of the wall cavity behind, the new CPs will deliver the full potential of Monitor Audio’s award-winning speaker engineering. This means that in typical stud-wall and ceiling structures, installers and their clients are guaranteed excellent audio quality and versatility, as well as a superior level of sound isolation between rooms and floors. Not only can audio be controlled for optimum results, new trimless bezels and super-discreet, paintable magnetic grilles allow the CP range to blend almost invisibly with walls and ceilings for a near seamless integration with décor. Once easily and securely installed via Monitor Audio’s patented tri-grip mounting, high performance is assured with Monitor Audio’s Controlled Performance (CP) In-ceiling / In-wall speakers.
Crestron Crestron AIR® Landscape Speakers
2014 Product of the Year WinnerNiles Cynema Soundfield
The Niles Cynema Soundfield is a Dolby-certified soundbar that does something no other soundbar can do — it goes in the wall! With TVs getting thinner and thinner and increasingly being wall-mounted, Niles engineers used the only space available for an on-wall TV, and developed an ingenious rail system that allows the soundbar to be simply mounted into the wall without cutting any wall studs. With 48-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models, there is a Cynema Soundfield to fit any TV. And because it uses a magnetic, paintable grill it can be made virtually invisible and match the décor of any room. The Cynema Soundfield continues Niles’ legacy of invisible audio. The company is renowned for its in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, as well as its small-form subwoofers that bring top-quality home theater sound to any size media room.
Phase Technology dARTS 660-T
Our digital Audio Reference Theater System (dARTS) now offers higher peak output and power handling. The 660 T speakers are powered by the 250W/channel DP4000 amplifier and tuned with Audyssey® MultEQPro® room correction software. Drivers include our signature 1-1/8” soft dome tweeters and 3-layer, 6.5” glass fiber/Nomex honeycomb woofers.
Velodyne Acoustics Digital Drive PLUS series
The Digital Drive PLUS, universally recognized as the reference standard in bass reproduction, represents three decades of groundbreaking technology. It features Velodyne’s exclusive Digital High Gain Servo that monitors and controls driver motion 16,000 times/second. It automatically adjusts volume, crossover, slope, phase, and room equalization to integrate with any system.
2014 Product of the Year EntrantXTZ Sound Earphone Sport
The XTZ Earphone Sport is a revolutionary in ear monitor that uses advanced DSP in the form of an iPhone App to provide a flawless sound! Obviously, as you could expect from XTZ, we went for something completely new. The idea behind this product was not only to create a good earphone, maybe with an excellent price/quality ratio, but to build something revolutionary, something that expresses our passion for music and technology. It is only natural for XTZ to release such a product as the company has always been forward thinking and innovative. The XTZ player by Dirac Research for the EarPhone Sport is a state of the art DSP optimizer and player app for iOS providing a truly balanced and flawless sound, which can only be described as stunning and breathtaking. Dirac Research is one of the top developers of advanced audio digital signal processing (DSP) technology and their technology is used by several luxury brands like BMW, Bentley, Rolls Royce etc. This means that for the first time ever listeners who use the XTZ Earphone Sport can enjoy an accurate and flawless sound reproduction when listening to music in their iTunes library. http://www.xtzsound.com/en/products/earphone/earphone-sports
2014 Product of the Year EntrantLeon Speakers Horizon OTO
Leon’s Horizon Series soundbar revolutionized the audiovisual experience by offering an elegant, dynamic solution, handcrafted to match any TV. Now, there’s a new Horizon. Introducing the Horizon OTO soundbar: powered, thin, digital and custom-crafted to perfectly match any display. At the heart of the all-new soundbar is a high-fidelity 2x50W onboard amplifier. The OTO Amp provides clean, distortion-free power and has both optical inputs (for Dolby Digital or PCM) and analog inputs to easily integrate with other components. Its rear IR jack and front panel IR receiver can tie into any control system, while the front touch panel and remote provide auxiliary control. At less than 2-inches deep, the HzOTO is purposefully designed for slim TVs. The sleek soundbar pairs — aluminum cone woofers with cloth-dome tweeters to offer uncompromising, focused sound reproduction. The rear-ported design allows the speaker to develop impressive bass down to 70Hz, while an internal wireless transmitter will pair with Leon’s new wireless subwoofer receiver to easily add any Leon sub to the system. The cabinet is meticulously constructed from solid MDF and custom-tailored to match exactly match any TV. It can be mounted on the wall or to any display with Leon’s proprietary mounting brackets.
Induction Dynamics ID1
Our updated tower speaker smoothens bass peaks and valleys caused by room reflections. Its driver complement includes a unique 3” soft dome midrange, a 1.125” inverted titanium dome tweeter, a 6.5” Kevlar cone woofer and dual 10” subwoofers. All Induction Dynamics speakers are hand-crafted and hand-tuned in the USA.
Velodyne Acoustics Impact series
Who says you have to spend a lot of money to make an Impact? Not Velodyne. The Impact series combines Velodyne’s legendary technology with practical affordability. The heart of the Impact series is Velodyne’s Maximum Dynamic Power (MDP) Amplifier, engineered to generate greater reserve power for those demanding passages.