Crestron's Multiroom Audio System Hits the Market
Crestron announced recently that its new Sonnex 24X8 Multiroom Audio System is now shipping.
Crestron-Sonnex 24X8 Multiroom Audio System
Crestron announced recently that its new Sonnex 24X8 Multiroom Audio System is now shipping. Sonnex transmits 48 channels of uncompressed 24-bit HD audio long distances across a single shielded Cat-5-type cable to up to 74 zones, according to the company. The system features an all-in-one, high-efficiency hardware design and exclusive single-wire digital bus technology, which Crestron says substantially reduces the hardware and cabling requirements of traditional systems while delivering maximum power and sound quality.
"The benefits of Sonnex to our custom installers are huge," said Crestron director of marketing, Vincent Bruno, in a statement. "Never having to deal with speaker wire homeruns back to the central closet reduces installation times significantly and allows installers to move on to the next job while their competitors are still pulling cable,"
With installations of more than eight zones, integrators simply add a SWAMPE-8 zone expander locally, rather than in the central rack, according to Crestron. The only connection required back to the main rack is a single shielded Cat-5-type cable. Pulling bundles of speaker wire through walls and ceilings is virtually eliminated. Installers can add up to eight eight-zone expanders for a total of 74 zones with 24 sources. All the speaker wire is local, meaning no more time-consuming speaker wire home runs back to the central rack.
Because the high-efficiency design generates much less heat than traditional amplifiers, Sonnex requires less rack space by eliminating the empty breathing space between components, company officials said. Therefore, according to Crestron, the challenges of overheating components and the hassles of cooling the rack by installing and programming fans are solved.
Sonnex high-efficiency, cool-running design produces low power consumption while pumping out 240W per channel @ 4 Ohms to up to 74 speaker zones. For optimal sound quality in each zone, acoustics can be customized and adjusted from room to room and for outdoor zones. Installer-friendly software enables quick EQ of a Sonnex system and fine-tuning of custom speaker and room profiles to create the best sound based on each room's natural acoustic qualities.