Control4 says the development of this new extensive Triad-branded line of high-resolution audio products is a move to transform the listening experience in the smart home. The new line includes the Triad AMS-24 and AMS-8 Audio Matrix Switches, Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier, and Triad One Streaming Amplifier. Control4 has also added two music services with native integration into Control4 EA Controllers including iHeartRadio and Spotify.
The two streaming services join the Control4 roster of native streaming services that already include Deezer, Napster, Pandora, TIDAL, and TuneIn. With Control4, users can stream music throughout their home using any Control4 EA Series controller without any additional media players; and with the new Triad audio line, homeowners can also source their own high-resolution music library. Control4 users that have accounts with any of these services can natively stream music within their Control4 systems running Control4 OS 2.10.
"Over 65 percent of Control4 homeowners enjoy multi-room audio, affirming entertainment as a fundamental feature of a Control4 Smart Home," the announcement states. To enhance the audio experience for its customers, in January 2016, Control4 introduced its EA Series controllers featuring high-resolution audio. Furthering that commitment, in February 2017, the company acquired Triad Speakers, a manufacturer of advanced speaker technology.
“Our new Triad multi-room audio products are designed to deliver high-resolution audio in every corner of the home, from the source to the listener’s ears,” says Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Beautiful sound, elegant design, and high-performance are the core tenets inspiring the development of the new Triad multi-room audio lineup. Coupled with Triad’s comprehensive range of build-to-order premium speakers for home theaters, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, and outdoor environments, the Triad product family is a very strong go-to high-fidelity audio solution for our worldwide dealers and end-customers.”
Triad AMS-24 and AMS-8 Audio Matrix Switches
Recognizing that dealers need audio solutions for large and small projects that deliver multi-room optimization and clean sound, Control4 rolled out two new high-resolution audio matrix switches that enable homeowners to enjoy music from 8 to 96 separate zones anywhere in the home. The Triad Audio Matrix Switches distribute audio sources throughout the home so that homeowners can listen to any source in any room, in high-resolution.
Equipped with digital coaxial, optical, and analog inputs to connect a broad range of source devices, the new audio matrix switches deliver -105 dB signal-to-noise ratio , and each audio output can be adjusted with independent gain, bass, treble, 10-band parametric equalizer, balance, loudness, and mono-summing controls for precise audio customization in each room or audio zone. The ultra-compact design conserves precious rack space utilizing only 1RU and 2RU for the AMS-8 and AMS-24, respectively.
The Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier
The new Triad Audio Matrix Switches can be paired with the new Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier (AMP-8) to deliver flexible and scalable audio amplification for installations of any size. The Triad AMP-8 delivers eight zones of high-resolution amplification with -109 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.003 percent total harmonic distortion. The AMP-8 is designed to centralize audio amplification, hiding away clutter and electronics while delivering high-resolution sound for the entire home. The compact design is built around proven, powerful and reliable ICEpower technology delivering 100 watts per channel from eight zones and only 1RU of rack space. When extra power is needed, AMP-8 is bridgeable to 200 watts per channel.
Triad One Streaming Amplifier
The new Triad One is a single-zone, high-resolution, wired and wireless streaming amplifier. Slim and powerful the unit just needs power and to be connected to a wired or wireless network. Connected to the Control4 system, the Triad One can play music, from local files or streaming music services, without the need to pull speaker wire back to a central location. Triad One boasts 100 watts of power per channel with -107 dB signal-to-noise level and support for high-resolution audio playback up to 192kHz/24bit. Also included is a built-in 10-band parametric equalizer delivering room optimization.
Equipped with digital and analog audio inputs, the Triad One also distributes and synchronizes local audio sources, such as television audio, turntable or media players, over the IP network throughout a larger audio system. A line-level subwoofer output rounds out the Triad One for deep bass when connected to a powered subwoofer.
"Triad One is a great solution to power speakers and soundbars in a bedroom, kitchen or other location and includes IR outputs to control TVs and other local devices," Control4 says. Triad One is available in white and black and can be installed horizontally or vertically on either a bookshelf, mounted behind a TV, or in the rack.
Control4’s new Triad audio solutions are shipping today worldwide and are priced as follows: Triad AMS-24 ($2,400 U.S. MSRP) and Triad AMS-8 ($1,200 U.S. MSRP) Audio Matrix Switches; Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier ($1,700 U.S. MSRP); Triad One Streaming Amplifier ($700 U.S. MSRP).