Custom integrators have been incredibly busy during the pandemic; especially those who figured out how to stay on top of projects and keep their customers safe working inside their homes. The home theater and multi-room audio segments are growing rather substantially and with consumers moving away from movie theaters and focusing on that experience inside their homes, the future for companies like Crestron is pretty clear.
Crestron is no longer the monolithic company that it once was; it has new management and partners and it’s become much more dynamic in the face of stiff competition from other brands within the segments that it once dominated.
Crestron Electronics, a global leader in home automation, has announced the launch of two new residential audio products, the Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer, developed in partnership with Origin Acoustics, and the DM NAX 4-Zone Streaming Pre-Amplifier for high-performance Audio-over-IP (AoIP).
The Crestron Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer and the Crestron DM NAX Streaming Pre-Amplifier will both play major roles in filling out Crestron’s increasingly comprehensive suite of residential audio solutions.
Crestron Ultimate Subwoofers made by Origin Acoustics
The Crestron Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer represents the latest addition to Crestron’s lineup of home audio solutions, joining the existing lineup of over a dozen architectural and landscape speakers from Crestron.
When paired with Crestron speakers from the Ultimate or Reference lines, the new Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer helps create an immersive sound experience for demanding multiroom audio settings or home theater applications.
Like the other offerings in this line, the Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer is made with the highest-quality components as well as paintable grilles for a customizable aesthetic. Installation of each subwoofer is streamlined through an easy-to-use in-wall dogleg mounting system optimized to reduce interference with other elements present in the wall space.
The Ultimate Subwoofer pairs natively with DM NAX AoIP technology and Crestron Home™ ecosystem, making it easy for homeowners to send full, rich sound throughout their home.
Crestron DM NAX Audio-over-IP Distribution Solution
The newest addition to the DM NAX line is Crestron’s first pre-amplifier, diversifying the range of choices for homeowners and integrators looking for residential AoIP distribution platforms.
Slimmer in form (1RU) but similar in function to the DM NAX Amplifier, the DM NAX 4-Zone Streaming Pre-Amplifier natively integrates with Crestron Home, is interoperable with AES67, and Dante® audio networking.
It uses hardwired connections, and requires no custom network architecture or hardware, meaning it can be seamlessly connected to existing amplifiers in retrofit jobs or new builds. This sweeping interoperability and elegantly simple design allow integrators to use DM NAX to specify an entire house’s worth of audio systems with a single device.
With the flexibility, scalability, and interoperability of DM NAX AoIP, integrators can deliver complete control of the audio environment to users, allowing them to toggle between TV audio, streaming music, podcasts, alarms, doorbells, and even paging and intercom usage to any speaker in the house.
“Both the Ultimate In-Wall Subwoofer and the expansion of our DM NAX solutions help us further our goal of providing integrators the most comprehensive suite of home audio solutions possible,” stated Crestron’s Michael Short, Director of Residential Marketing. “These products natively integrate with each other and with the broader Crestron Home platform giving integrators the ability to hit the ground running, whether they are starting a new project or scaling the smart ecosystem for an existing client.”
The Ultimate Subwoofer is shipping March 23, while the DM NAX 4-Zone Streaming Pre-Amplifier is available for pre-order.