Improving both the integrator and end-user intelligent home experience, Nortek Security & Control has introduced a new line of ELAN IP Amplifiers. According to ELAN Product Manager Jeff Shaw, the new amplifiers enhance the whole home audio experience by delivering audio over existing networks.

“Distributed multi-zone audio traditionally requires long speaker cables that run back to the equipment rack,” Jeff explains. “The new ELAN Audio over IP solution simplifies and decentralises audio installations by eliminating these long speaker cable runs and expanding multi-room audio possibilities.”

With primary TV sources moving to set-top streaming boxes (Apple TV, Roku), the need to incorporate that audio in the whole house audio system is growing. The ELAN Audio over IP line – including multi-channel amplifiers and local source pre-amps – leverages Dante digital audio networking to give installers the ability to make use of these local sources in multiple rooms. The audio is then delivered between devices over the network, replacing expensive analogue cabling with low-cost category cable.

Jeff adds, “Projects with audio zones that are physically separated – a pool house, for example – can be part of the whole house audio system by connecting over the network,” Shaw added. “Secondary amps can be placed in remote locations closer to the speakers, eliminating long speaker cable runs. “ELAN Audio over IP is making installations easier and faster, thus reducing costs. This is another one of our intelligent solutions designed to meet the needs of integrators and their customers.”

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