Channel Vision Intros Mix-and-Match Wireless Audio
Aria wireless audio line includes speakers with removable back panels for adding amplification and/or wireless capabilities
Whether you want wired or wireless audio, powered or passive speakers, Channel Vision has a solution for you.
It starts with the company’s Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker, available in three sizes and “any color as long as it’s black,” says Channel Vision CEO Darrel Hauk.
On their own, the speakers are passive, but they have a removable rear panel that can be replaced with one of Channel Vision’s new two-channel amps: the A0350 and the wireless WA-350 version – both rated at 50 watts per channel
Or, if you’re not crazy about Channel Vision’s own speakers, those same amps can be used standalone for mounting in a wall. On the face, the units have an IR receiver for control and front-panel jacks for a local source.
On the back, there are outputs for a subwoofer or stereo sound, as well as a Cat 5 port for connecting to an external keypad
For best results, the amps are powered via a 24 VDC external power supply, but a rear connection enables the units to be powered through 16-gauge wire instead.
Even if wireless audio is not the optimal solution for a home theater or multiroom audio system, it’s always a nice option to have. Hauk says that dealers are “embracing the technology when running wires is a problem. Subs and rear speakers can be the hardest things to wire.”
Channel Vision gives dealers a good contingency plan with its mix-and-match amp/speaker solutions. If you find out that fishing wires isn’t going to work after all, you can solve any retrofit speaker issue with just a handful of SKUs in your van.
Aria Wireless Audio Line
Transmitters (<$125 retail)
WA-320 Source to destination (1 to 1)
WA-321 Source to unlimited destinations (1 to many)
WA-360 Receiver (for WA-320)
WA-361 Receiver (for WA-321)
Receivers with in-wall 100 watt Amplifier or 50 watt stereo (<$275)
WA-350 receiver (for WA-320)
WA-351 receiver (for WA-321)
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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