January 9, 2007 Speakers should be heard and not seen according to a growing percentage of home technology buffs. Indeed, this new omnidirectional, wireless speaker hidden within a torchiere floor lamp fits the bill perfectly, and comes ready for duty as a surround speaker with a home theatre or high-quality audio system. The Soundolier Duo solves the two most common surround speaker installation challenges – wiring (as it is wireless) and aesthetics – no longer do speakers need to compete with the decor.
"Because the Duo utilizes wireless audio, it can be placed anywhere in the home," said Johnathan Ivey, Director of Wireless Technologies for Soundolier. "According to a recent CEA survey, wireless speakers are second only to 'television' as the component home theater lovers are most likely to add to their home theater. A pair of Soundolier Duo speaker lamps seamlessly blends into the decor and provides the level of sound quality one expects."
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The Soundolier Duo features a timeless contemporary design that complements most home decorating styles. The sleek black base and stem (alternate colors will soon be available) opens to a visually-balanced housing at the top of the lamp containing both a 5-1/4", full range speaker and dimmer-controlled lighting fixture. Using a patent-pending, pole piece mounted dispersion design, the Soundolier Duo evenly disperses sound in a 360 degree arc, virtually eliminating localization.
Thanks to its advanced 2.4GHz digital technology, the Soundolier Duo's wireless reception does not suffer from the interference problems found with 900MHz and early 2.4GHz systems. Its wireless transmitter provides 200-foot line-of-sight transmission, making it suitable for waiting rooms, offices, salons or other places where soft lighting and omnidirectional sound are desired. What's more, signal communication can be switched among four difference channels to avoid interference with WiFi computer networks, cordless phones, or wireless appliances.
The Soundolier Duo has multiple convenience features to provide flexibility and added value. Use the 3.5mm line output jack at the base of the lamp to connect a subwoofer or a second transmitter to extend the reception range; an additional 3.5mm stereo line input jack, also on the base, allows for quick connection to local sources such as MP3 players, satellite radio receivers, or game systems. Each Duo can be individually set to 'left' or 'right' when used as 2-channel pairs, or 'mix' to obtain stereo sound for locations where just one speaker is preferred.View gallery - 3 images