Multi-room audio is big business for the custom installation channel and one of the reasons the category continues to grow is due to the popularity of streaming. Streaming has made music more accessible and portable, with a variety of services to choose from giving users the ability to easily access their favorite music on demand from the palm of their hand. Multi-room audio has become a popular option because customers want high quality sound and the ability to stream music and other digital content throughout the house, but they don’t necessarily want the speakers and equipment to be visible.
Orbis Solutions, a leading provider of AV and IT services, recently completed a large multi-room audio project for a retired couple in Chicago. The customers had purchased a new home in 2013 and during the design process they had the ceilings prewired for multi-room audio. However, at the time they did not get around to completing the speaker installation. Earlier this year they decided it was time to get their whole-home audio system up and running but with no previous experience installing in-ceiling speakers, let alone the knowledge of which speakers they should buy, the homeowners decided it was best to involve a professional. They called on Orbis Solutions for system advice and installation services.
Having been recently introduced to Vanco International’s speaker brand, Beale Street Audio, and hearing the level of performance that Beale’s patented Sonic Vortex technology provided, the technicians at Orbis Solutions specified Beale’s in-ceiling speakers for the entire indoor system. “We are big fans of Beale Street Audio because of their unique engineering and design,” said Justin Tamm, lead installer for Orbis Solutions. “Unlike most in-ceiling speakers, Beale Street speaker ports are divided into multiple sections called ‘fins’ that compress and move air at a high rate of speed without port noise, allowing for a 6 to 9 dB boost in the mid to lower bass, and a flatter frequency response across the audio spectrum. In other words, the speakers sound far bigger and better than other speakers of the same size.”
Orbis Solutions technicians also chose Beale Street speakers for this particular installation because of the broad selection of in-ceiling speakers and sizes available. “One of the benefits of our Beale Street Audio line, is that there is a speaker solution ideal for any installation type, allowing for consistent sound from room to room,” said Mark Corbin, President of Vanco International. In this case, the Orbis technicians were able to select a speaker model (ICW4-BM) to perfectly match the 4-inch cut-outs of the can lighting in the kitchen. To deliver broad sound and deep bass throughout the rest of the home with the same acoustic signature, Orbis technicians installed 6.5-inch IC6-MB in-ceiling speakers, and 8-inch, IC8-MB in-ceiling speakers, all of which utilize Beale’s Sonic Vortex Ported Transmission Line.
Orbis installed a total of 30 speakers throughout the interior of the house in the kitchen, living room, master bedroom, master bathroom, and guest bedroom – all of which were Beale Street Audio. With the option to retrofit different speaker sizes that utilize the same integrated enclosure, the team was easily able to pick the right speakers for each space and provide uniform sound from room-toroom, regardless of room size or configuration, from small rooms like the bathroom to large rooms like the open concept kitching and living room.