September 05, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
SpeakerCraft is cutting the cord on whole-house audio. The company is currently out at the 2012 CEDIA Expo, showing off the new SYNERGi Wireless Whole House Music System.
The company says that the product was designed from the ground up, as a no-new-wires retrofit solution. That basically means that you can have your whole-house music, without all of the hassle, mess and expense of a hardwired, multiroom installation.
Even better, you can have it a lot quicker—because the product is so easy to install.
“Because whole-house audio has usually been associated with complicated and messy installations, it was off limits for many customers who now can experience what so many homeowners have enjoyed for the last twenty years,” said Keith Marshall from SpeakerCraft.
The SYNERGi system features a transmitter and receiver—or as many of each as you’d like. A single transmitter can accept inputs from four sources and support as many eight receivers. It has three stereo analog line level 3.5 audio inputs, with a fourth input able to switch between 3.5mm analog and digital optical PCM audio sources. That one transmitter can manage up to four sources simultaneously, creating a four-source-by-eight-zone multiroom system.
Each receiver includes a 35-watt x 2-channel digital amp, with Texas Instruments’ Equibit technology. Other receiver features include Bluetooth support and a 3.5mm for mono sum output. Also, each receiver is designed to be placed on a shelf or tabletop, as well as wall-mounted.
SpeakerCraft expects the SYNERGi to start shipping in the first quarter of 2013. The SYNERGi trasmitter and amplified receiver package, with included remotes, will have an MSRP of $680. Additional amplified receivers will also be available for $430.
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