Dealerscope 2018 IMPACT Awards: Audio Products
Dealerscope's annual IMPACT Awards program is designed to recognize products in the consumer electronics industry that are innovative, help drive sales on the show floor, and drive consumers into stores.
What’s different about the IMPACT Awards is that Dealerscope puts the power in the hands of our audience. Sure, we pick a couple of “editor’s choice” awards that stand out to us. But we really want everyone in the industry—manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and even consumers—to have a say throughout the entire process, from nominating these products to, ultimately, voting on and picking our winners.
And one unique way of looking at the winners each year is to break them up into their various product categories. This gives us a unique opportunity to understand how consumers—and the industry in general—feels about products in each of the specific segments of the consumer technology industry. It’s with that in mind that we present the audio products from the Dealerscope 2018 IMPACT Awards program.
Control4 Triad One Streaming Amplifier
Entertainment is a fundamental feature of the smart home, with over 65 percent of Control4 homeowners seeking out multi-room audio. Control4 has equipped dealers with a new, simple way of providing multi-room audio with the Triad One Streaming Amplifier. It’s a single-zone, high-resolution streaming amplifier designed to deliver studio-quality audio to any room in the home, from virtually any source in the home. The Triad One is available in black or white, and is incredibly easy to add to any installation, where it can be set up horizontally or vertically on a bookshelf, counter, mounted behind a TV or hidden in an AV rack.
Klipsch R-28PF powered floorstanding speaker
Klipsch Reference R-28PF powered floorstanding speakers deliver powerful, detailed sound while eliminating the need for expensive, complicated external electronics and speaker wire. The speakers can be set up easily in minutes to any audio source utilizing a wide range of digital, analog and wireless inputs. The powered speakers come turntable, computer, and TV-ready, featuring a 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and RIAA-equalized phono pre-amplifier. They also include Bluetooth wireless technology to play music directly from any device. A subwoofer output perfectly blends the speakers with any powered subwoofer.
Soundcast VG7 Bluetooth Speaker/Amplifier
Finally, a speaker that can do it all. Feature the VG7 front and center to take in its immersive sound and full-range acoustics. Wherever you place it, prepare to be transported to an audio paradise. The VG7 may look humble in size, its sound, however, is anything but small. Four enclosed speakers deliver sound you have to hear to experience.
Starke Sound A7 Mark II amplifier
Starke Sound sets a new standard with the A7 Mark II amplifier, capable of delivering up to 240W per channel into 8 Ohms (doubles power into 4 Ohms). Every channel is truly independent with its own thermal management system, power supply, and fully balanced topology. The A7 has an extremely high-biased design that maintains Class A operation for nearly any musical or audio signal. The amp will slide into class AB, but only at extremely high level outputs, typically well below 1% of the time with most content. The A7’s proprietary thermally controlled fans only turn on when high power is in demand ensuring the amplifier is able to perform within the temperature threshold required to produce powerful and high quality audio output.
Starke Sound IW-H3 Be
Starke Sound’s IW-H5 Elite loudspeaker, with its powerful combination of performance and craftsmanship, is best suited for on-wall positioning. However, the cabinet depth design allows a comfortable fit into any home-theater wall assembly while maintaining a similar internal volume to floor standing models. With its stunning gem-inspired design approach with clean lines and tapered edges, the IW-H5 easily blends with any decor and is available in custom color options. For added security, the IW-H5 offers a ten-year warranty.