The San Diego CEDIA show delivered plenty of interesting launches including a new offering from Control4, in partnership with its recent acquisition, speaker brand Triad.
When Control4 purchased Triad it promised to keep the name and trade off the manufacturer’s reputation for quality. Triad has already released a new garden speaker line and this new launch keeps that promise.
The Triad-branded line includes the Triad AMS-24 and AMS-8 Audio Matrix Switches, Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier and Triad One Streaming Amplifier. Control4 has also added two music services with native integration into Control4 EA Controllers including iHeartRadio and Spotify.
Control4 reckons that 65% of its customers enjoy multi-room audio, affirming entertainment as a fundamental feature of a Control4 Smart Home.
“Our new Triad multi-room audio products are designed to deliver high-resolution audio in every corner of the home, from the source to the listener’s ears,” says Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Beautiful sound, elegant design and high-performance are the core tenets inspiring the development of the new Triad multi-room audio lineup. Coupled with Triad’s comprehensive range of build-to-order premium speakers for home theatres, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, and outdoor environments, the Triad product family is a very strong go-to high-fidelity audio solution for our worldwide dealers and end-customers.”
Triad AMS-24 and AMS-8 Audio Matrix Switches
Recognising that dealers need audio solutions for large and small projects that deliver multi-room optimisation and clean sound, these two high-resolution audio matrix switches enable homeowners to enjoy music from 8 to 96 separate zones. Equipped with digital coaxial, optical, and analogue inputs to connect a broad range of source devices, the new audio matrix switches deliver a -105 dB signal-to-noise ratio to maintain sound quality. Each audio output can be adjusted with independent gain, bass, treble, 10-band parametric equaliser, balance, loudness and mono-summing controls for customisation in each room or zone. The design conserves rack space using only 1RU and 2RU for the AMS-8 and AMS-24, respectively.
The Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier
The maker says the Triad Audio Matrix Switches can be paired with the Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier (AMP-8) to deliver flexible and scalable audio amplification for installations of any size. The Triad AMP-8 delivers eight zones of high-resolution amplification with a -109 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.003 percent total harmonic distortion. The AMP-8 is designed to centralise audio amplification, hiding away clutter while delivering high-resolution sound for the home. Control4 says that compact design is built around proven, powerful and reliable ICEpower technology delivering 100W per channel from eight zones and only 1RU of rack space. When extra power is needed, AMP-8 is bridgeable to 200W per channel.
Triad One Streaming Amplifier
Triad One is a single-zone, high-resolution, wired and wireless streaming amplifier. Designed to be slim and powerful, installers simply need to plug in power and connect to a wired or wireless network, connect it to the Control4 system, and the Triad One can play music, from local files or streaming music services, without the need to pull speaker wire back to a central location. Triad One boasts 100W of power per channel with a -107 dB signal-to-noise level and support for high-resolution audio playback up to 192kHz/24bit. Also included is a built-in 10-band parametric equalizer.
Equipped with digital and analogue audio inputs, the Triad One distributes and synchronizes local audio sources, such as television audio, turntable or media players, over the IP network throughout a larger audio system. Triad One is also a useful solution to power speakers and soundbars and includes IR outputs to control TVs and other local devices. A line-level subwoofer output rounds out the Triad One for deep bass when connected to a powered subwoofer. Triad One is available in white and black and can be installed horizontally or vertically on either a bookshelf, mounted behind a TV, or in the rack.
Expanded Integrations with Popular Music Services
Included in the content mix on the new platform are iHeartRadio and Spotify, which join other native streaming services that include Deezer, Napster, Pandora, TIDAL and TuneIn on the Control4 system.. Control4 users that have accounts with any of these services can natively stream music within their Control4 systems running Control4 OS 2.10.
Control4’s new Triad audio solutions are shipping worldwide and are priced as follows: Triad AMS-24 (£1819.20 – $2,400 U.S. MSRP) and Triad AMS-8 (£909.60 – $1,200 U.S. MSRP) Audio Matrix Switches; Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier (£1288.60 – $1,700 U.S. MSRP); Triad One Streaming Amplifier (£530.60 – $700 U.S. MSRP). All products feature a two-year warranty.