New line gives dealers the option to install an outdoor subwoofer either in-ground or above-ground, expanding placement options.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Providing dealers with versatile audio solutions that meet real world installation challenges, Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) today announced that it is now demoing the new SpeakerCraft® Terrazza™ Series Landscape Speaker System at ISE 2019 in Nortek Security & Control Stand 1-N50.
Consisting of four SpeakerCraft Landscape Satellite Speakers and either a traditional in-ground Subwoofer or a brand new above-ground Hardscape Subwoofer, the multi-speaker solution allows dealers to create a 360-degree outdoor sound experience.
“As our dealers have reiterated, not every outdoor space can handle an in-ground subwoofer installation. Outdoor areas with high water tables, rocky soil, highly compacted clay, and hardscape surfaces such as concrete make traditional burial subwoofer installation undesirable, if not impossible,” explained NSC Director of Audio Alex Zaliauskas. “We have designed a system that combines an exceptional outdoor audio experience with installation flexibility. Dealers can now choose to use either a traditional Burial Subwoofer, or the all-new Hardscape Subwoofer, depending on their installation needs.”
Optimal for installations in which in-ground installation isn’t possible, the all-new SpeakerCraft® 8” Hardscape Subwoofer features an ultra-waterproof rotational molded Polyethylene enclosure and a high excursion 8” DVC woofer with rubber surround. Equipped with a 1m burial-rated speaker wire, silicone-filled wire nuts, a rust-resistant aluminum grille, and a key-way mounting to secure to the hardscape surface fastening points (with optional tent stakes), the subwoofer is both sturdy and secure.
For installations that allow for in-ground installation, the traditional 8” SpeakerCraft Burial Subwoofer also leverages an ultra-waterproof rotational molded Polyethylene enclosure and a high excursion 8” DVC woofer with rubber surround for performance and durability. The low-noise Canopy/Reflector with UV resistant paint helps it easily blend into the outdoor surrounding. It also includes a high Excursion 8” DVC woofer with rubber surround, and allows for 2nd order crossover on both channels.
Either the Hardscape Subwoofer or Burial Subwoofer comes paired with four Landscape Satellite Speakers to create a Terrazza Series Landscape System.
The SpeakerCraft Landscape Satellite Speakers cater to every type of outdoor installation, featuring a 4” Polypropylene cone woofer with a ¾” Titanium Dome Tweeter, and high strength “weed-whacker” resistant ABS with fiberglass reinforced construction. Each speaker stake also features a wire exit hole with included wire and silicone-filled wire nuts.
Additionally, the Landscape Satellite Speakers’ ‘Pivot and Rotate + Quick Connect Stake’ allows for easier outdoor speaker installation than ever before. “All satellite speakers in the system feature a tool-less ‘quick connect’ installation method that allows the stake to be knocked into the ground to the desired depth, then attached to the speaker without the need of rotation or threading — which can bind the wires and cause failures,” Zaliauskas explained.
A simple built-in thumbscrew is used to rotate and tilt the speaker and tighten the speaker after the stake is in the ground. “We even include a handy ‘ground and pound’ hammer cover to prevent damage during installation,” Zaliauskas continued. “Many competitive installation methods call for using the entire weight of your body to shove a combined stake and speaker assembly into the ground, resulting in frequent failures.”
Unlike high performance landscape systems that require expensive high-power amplifiers, the new SpeakerCraft® Terrazza Landscape Series System is designed to be used with lower powered distributed audio amplifiers or extended audio zones (like Zone 2) from conventional AVRs. The system can be expanded to up to an 8.2 system, and integrators have the option to purchase 2.0 speaker expansion kits for the system.
The SpeakerCraft Terrazza portfolio consists of:
According to Zaliauskas, the system gives dealers more options for outdoor installation, and more opportunities for customers to enjoy high quality outdoor audio. “We listened to our dealers and designed a solution that brings exceptional audio quality outdoors with ultimate flexibility,” he concluded. “They can choose whether to install a Burial subwoofer, or opt for the Hardscape Subwoofer, based on the application at hand.”
The new Terrazza™ line will ship in March 2019. To hear the new Terrazza™ system, visit Nortek Security & Control at Stand 1-N50.
SpeakerCraft, now part of Nortek Security & Control LLC, combines premier audio with designer aesthetics to fill the home with music and audio enjoyment inside and out. Internationally recognized for innovation in architectural loudspeakers, SpeakerCraft is distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada and countries worldwide.
About Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 4 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, ELAN®, Linear®, GoControl®, Mighty Mule®, IntelliVision®, and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for security dealers, technology integrators, national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit www.nortekcontrol.com.
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