Niles Audio ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers Named CEA Mark of Excellence Finalist

Unique design and advanced technologies in new ceiling mount loudspeakers blend seamlessly into any décor and deliver outstanding, predictable audio performance

Niles Audio, The First Name In Custom Installation®, announced that its new ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers have been selected by the 2011 CEA TechHome Mark of Excellence Awards as a finalist for “Speaker of the Year”.  Niles’ ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers provide an uncompromising combination of designer -oriented aesthetics, high quality sound performance and ease of installation. The loudspeaker lineup was developed with the interior decorator in mind, offering a small footprint and low -profile, magnetically -attached grilles that give the unobtrusive appearance that today’s customers desire.

Presented annually, the Mark of Excellence Awards program recognizes the best in home electronics products, services and installed technology. Winners of the 2011 Mark of Excellence Awards will be officially announced at a special reception on Friday, March 18 at EHX 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

“The new ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers redefine designer aesthetics and superior sound,” said Mike Detmer, president of Niles Audio. “This advanced loudspeaker lineup addresses the unique needs of custom installers and the specific demands of their customers by offering uncompromised aesthetics, predictable audiophile -grade performance and simplified installation.”

All Niles’ ICS Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers feature a unique, integrated custom -tuned Rear Wave Control (RWC) enclosure that ensures consistent, predictable audio performance while significantly reducing unwanted sound from bleeding into adjacent rooms. Each loudspeaker features a unique shape that easily fits through a cut out hole to greatly simplify installation, making it the perfect retrofit solution for any project.

The thin -bezel, ultra -low profile grilles -available in round or square -are magnetically attached, reducing installation time and providing a clean, crisp finish. The grilles are also rust -resistant, eliminating service calls for loudspeakers installed in moisture -prone areas. Niles’ patent -pending spring -loaded mounting clamps accommodate for a variety of mounting service materials; giving installers additional flexibility.

All ICS Ceiling Mount series feature Niles’ patented and award -winning Directed Soundfield pivoting woofer and tweeter technologies, which enable the woofer and tweeter to be pivoted independently up to 15 degrees in any direction. Directed Soundfield technology allows professional custom installers to place the loudspeakers where they look the best in the ceiling and direct the loudspeaker sound into the optimum listening area.

The loudspeakers can also be specified along with the matching RWC surround effects loudspeaker from Niles to create a high -performance home theater system. Additionally, the loudspeakers have been voiced specifically to bring the best out of compressed music from sources like iPods, Pandora and Rhapsody while boasting the capability to handle more dynamic sources like Blu -ray discs.

All models are designed with a custom -tuned rear enclosure, and premium components, including copper caps, high -level crossovers, and Kapton voice coil formers to ensure exceptional sonic performance. For superior sound quality, the ICS Loudspeaker “Elite Performance” models feature Niles’ proprietary IMPACT (Improved Aluminum Ceramic Technology) driver material for the woofer and tweeter. The “SI” models include both a dual offset tweeter array as well as a dual voice -coil woofer to deliver stereo imaging from a single loudspeaker, making them ideal for applications that are unable to support more than one loudspeaker.

About Niles Audio

California -based Niles Audio is a 33 -year -old company recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users which enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting

About The AVC Group, LLC

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre -eminent manufacturers and marketers of state -of -the -art consumer and commercial audio, video, and control system solutions.  The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: NILES® Audio (, ELAN® Home Systems (, Xantech® (, ATON® (, and Sunfire® (  The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s (www.nortek Home Technology Group.

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