Sonos announced PLAYBASE, the latest addition to its wireless home sound system and the newest speaker in their home theater lineup. Inspired by the simple insight that up to 70% of all TVs stand on furniture and are not mounted to the wall, PLAYBASE is a thin, yet powerful speaker that sits discreetly under the TV. Priced at $699 US and available in both black and white, PLAYBASE will be available globally starting on April 4, 2017. At just 58 mm in height and packing 10 drivers, PLAYBASE offers everything you'd expect from a Sonos speaker - great sound when the TV is on and music all the time when it's off. It was designed to disappear into the home. Appearing as if it was cut from a single piece of granite, it challenges conventional expectations of sound from a thin speaker. The construction comes together with no visible seams resulting in incredibly clean lines, an ultra-flat top surface, and more than 43,000 holes that make up an acoustically transparent grill. Full Press Release:
CEO Lew Pincus to speak about transforming the future of security with robotics technology.
PLAYBASE slides the best of Sonos underneath your TV, delivering powerful home theater sound when the TV is on, and music all the time when it's off.
Setup requires only a few taps on a keypad or iPhone®, and no programming. Easily expandable from a single space to a centrally managed building-wide lighting control solution.
Greater productivity, concentration, creativity, faster healing, and cost savings cited as key benefits; Crestron solution ensures all pieces, protocols, wiring, and software work together to meet objectives
Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Today, Cobalt Robotics (a startup based in Palo Alto, Calif.) is announcing an autonomous mobile robot designed for indoor security applications that can "work alongside human guards to provide better security than people can do alone." The key realization here is that security guards spend the vast majority of their time doing almost nothing, and even in a worst case scenario (like someone trying to break in, or a fire or other serious problem), their primary responsibility is making the right phone call as quickly as possible as opposed to dealing with the situation directly. Full article:
Matching the acclaimed SCM7 and SCM11 Loudspeakers, for all-round 5.1 Channel Accuracy
Meridian America (MAI) Announces Upcoming U.S. Events, Strengthening Its Dedication to Networking and Education in the U.S. Custom Installation Market
Meridian Audio's exclusive U.S. distributor shares new products and the significance of high resolution audio in the home at a number of events this spring
Device used to protect branch circuits against transients in all three modes
The Viking K-2000-DVA is a programmable auto dialer and digital announcer. Easily record and store alert tones and voice announcements for on-demand play back and emergency notification.
Sound United LLC, parent company to Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and Polk BOOM, today announced it has completed the acquisition of the D+M Group, owner of the Denon, HEOS by Denon, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics brands. The D+M Group is the largest supplier of audio/video receivers worldwide and a leader in wireless multi-room audio. Sound United is the largest supplier of loudspeakers in North America and a leading supplier of sound bars and wireless music systems. The combined company will be known as Sound United, which will own and operate some of the most prestigious brands in the consumer audio space, providing synergy opportunities for the existing core businesses, while also unlocking the potential to expand the product portfolio and market reach. The sale was finalized on February 28, 2017 and the terms of the sale were not disclosed. Full Press Release:
Fibaro Adds Russound Integration to Deliver Easy Control of Multi-Room Audio and Streaming Within the Smart Home
FIBARO, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, announces integration with Russound, whole house audio market innovator.
This feature makes preparing project submittals and quotes easier for designers and technicians, and makes working with larger systems more effective.
Integration Allows Alexa-Enabled Devices to Lock and Check the Status of a User's Front Door
Kwikset smart locks on the Samsung SmartThings and Wink platforms can now be controlled using voice commands on Amazon Alexa devices
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