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Behringer OMNI Music System with AirPlay
IP-Based Wireless Home Audio System to Bridge Gap Between New and Old Components
Behringer just announced its OMNI System, which utilizes Apple’s AirPlay technology to create an audiophile-grade home music experience that is both easy to set up and affordable. Designed as a total home audio system, OMNI supports streaming audio from iOS devices and iTunes directly to the SP3i/SP5i active loudspeakers using your existing Wi-Fi network. It also supports the use of legacy speakers through the addition of the OMNI LINK or AMP to drive existing active or passive speakers, safeguarding your investment in existing technology.
Aesthetically pleasing, OMNI loudspeakers are designed to meld with their environment, so as not to detract from even the most sophisticated decor, and are available in either a black or white hand-buffed lacquer piano-style finish or uniquely-appointed, stitched synthetic leather. Both the SP3i and SP5i offer a fully immersive listening experience suitable for all musical genres and tastes, while the optional OMNI SUB can be added for explosive bass response sure to satisfy even the most demanding listener.
“The days of expensive, hard-wired audio systems are officially over,” says Costa Lakoumentas, SVP of Marketing. “Thanks to wireless technology and BEHRINGER innovation, consumers can now link new and old systems to create their own personal broadcast empire without spending a fortune.” Lakoumentas continues, “The OMNI system allows music to be streamed to individual or multiple speakers at the same time, creating a seamless sound-field that will fill nearly any home. The ability to connect existing speakers into the OMNI ecosystem allows owners to retain prized audio equipment.”
OMNI System components include:
- OMNI Amp: 2 x 40-Watt amplifier for use with existing passive speakers
- OMNI Link: an industry-first stereo receiver for any active amplified system
- OMNI SP3i: active 3-way speaker system with 4” integral subwoofer—crisp, clean sound at high volume (top photo)
- OMNI SP5i: active 3-way speaker system with 6” integral subwoofer—deep, rich sound at high volume (bottom photo)
- OMNI Surface: active 3-way, flat-panel, wall-mount loudspeakers
Price and Availability
The OMNI System is expected to be available before the end of Q2, 2013, at the following prices:
- SP5i – $349
- SP3i – $249
- SUB – $349
- SURFACE – $249
- LINK – $129
- AMP – $199