Charlotte, NC – June 16, 2009 – This summer, SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of nearly 550 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel, will begin rolling-out a comprehensive new line of its Episode™ In-Ceiling, In-Wall and In-Room loudspeakers. The first wave of products, available for sale beginning this month, is comprised of five 6.5-inch In-Ceiling models consisting of single and dual voice coil, angled and surround sound varieties. Beginning July, two 8-inch In-Ceiling models will become available. The In-Wall models are expected later this summer with the In-Room’s targeted for the fall season. The new line replaces the brand’s original line of loudspeakers.
“Episode loudspeakers are our number one product development priority – and this new line is a powerful one,” says SnapAV Vice President of Sales Bill Harrell , “We started from scratch, utilizing the talents of our world-class design and engineering team and listening closely to feedback from our expert Dealer Development Council. Emphasis was placed on having a line balanced enough to fit 90% of the installation situations that dealers face everyday, without having so many offerings that selection could be confusing.”
According to Harrell, each of the new speakers utilizes premium components that far exceed competitors’ configurations at similar dealer costs. These components include second order crossovers, Nomex spiders and high-temperature long-life drivers. All Episode speakers are backed by a lifetime warranty.
”The new Episode ES500-POINT-6 angled In-Ceiling speaker is a perfect example of our design team’s prowess,” furthers Harrell. “An in-ceiling speaker appropriate for front-channel home theater use continues to be an important solution for the custom market. However, there has always been a significant flaw with these designs, as a driver recessed in a hard plastic cavity can create undesired sound reflections. To combat this, we lined the interior of the ES500-POINT-6 with an acoustic dampening material that eliminates these reflections and significantly improves imaging.”
“Dealers are telling us that the new models go ‘toe-to-toe’ with comparably priced products from the bigger name speaker brands that have dominated the category thus far. We are confident that Episode will quickly gain additional market share, becoming a well-recognized brand and leading contender in the custom A/V channel by 2010.”
Boasting an attractive new industrial design, all InCeiling models incorporate easy-mount rust-proof grilles and plastic paint guards.
For installation convenience many of the new models incorporate pivoting tweeters. The new tweeter bridge is also sturdy enough to be used as a handle during the installation process. All In-Ceiling models include quick snug dogs, gold-plated push button wire terminations, and cutout templates.
Established in 2005 by Jay Faison, the owner of Zobo.tv, a custom integration company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of nearly 550 high-quality products for the custom A/V channel, covering a wide breadth of categories.
Current SnapAV product brands include Episode™ (Speakers & Electronics); Dragonfly™ (Film Screens); Strong™ (Mounts & Racks); Binary™ (Cables, Compression Connectors, Baluns & Bulk Wire); Old Camden™ (CineCabinets) and Wirepath™ (Structured Wiring). www.snapav.com