August 27, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
If you’re familiar with NetStreams, you know how its networked media systems are based on Internet Protocol (IP) standards, to send audio and video throughout your home. With multiroom A/V systems often pumping out music through convenient in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, it seems natural that manufacturer Atlantic Technology is preparing some of its architectural models as compatible IP-ready speakers.
Atlantic Technology will show off three modified in-wall speakers—the IWTS-4 LCR, the IWTS-7 LCR and the IWTS-14 LCR—at next week’s CEDIA Expo 2008. The speakers will have the ability to be connected in the traditional way, or in the NetStreams way—so when an A/B connector switch is thrown into the “NetStreams” position, the speaker connects through the NetStreams Euro-style barrier connector.
That way, the speakers are bi-amplified by NetStreams’ 2-channel or 4-channel SpeakerLinX amps that uses the digital EQ built into the NetStreams architecture, which the company says delivers greater dynamic range and sound pressure level from the speaker.
These StreamNet-ready speakers—StreamNet is the whole-house IP architecture—will receive a synchronized digital signal from the source to the voicecoil. No word on pricing, but Atlantic Technology expects to ship the first of the modified speakers to dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.
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