Control4 Launches Triad Garden Array, First Product Since Acquisition
After purchasing Triad speakers just two months ago, Control4 is ready to release their first line of products - a family of outdoor speakers and subwoofer. The weather-proof speakers are intended to hide among the landscape and are designed to look like the typical lighting setup, with an option to bury the subwoofer.
"Traditional outdoor speakers are often mounted on the eaves of the house to direct music into the yard, patio, deck or pool," said Paul Williams, VP of Product Management for Control4. "To fill the space with music you have to turn it up, making the music too loud for those near the speakers (and even for the neighbors). The Triad Garden Array speakers are designed to be spread throughout the yard and enjoyed without needing to crank them up."
The GA4 SAT speakers include a 4.5-inch Ultra-Broad Dispersion Driver, a proprietary technology that "is dependent on wide band cone placement and materials." While Control4 didn't exactly spell out how the technology works - but did hint that it will show up in future Triad products - they note that it can produce a 150-degree dispersion pattern that maintains music at a wider angle, minimizing areas lost from most outdoor speakers currently on the market. The GA4 SAT is compatible with 8ohm, 70-volt or 100-volt systems, sports a trimmable 18-inch mounting post, and a 3/4-inch conduit for simple "installation and maintenance."
The GA10 Subwoofer is, at first glance, nothing particularly special outside of the quality expected from Triad and the weather-proof housing. However, the secret sauce lies in Control4 offering homeowners the option to bury the subwoofer out of sight. Music is pushed through an L-shaped pipe, into a mushroom port that is just as tasteful as the GA4 speaker's design. Of course, the Subwoofer can be placed on decks or other flat surfaces to feel the full benefits of the bass. The 10-inch driver is powered by Triad's dedicated RackAmp 300.
"The Garden Array was thoughtfully designed to complement discerning architectural landscapes without compromising sound quality," says Williams. "Meeting the growing appetite for audio entertainment among homeowners, the Garden Array expands the Triad family from home theater, family room and multi room solutions to outdoor spaces with an innovative product family that brings the high-performance heritage of Triad throughout the property."
Of course, if Control4 releases the news that means the products are now available. The GA4 SAT start at $300 each but comes packaged in sets of 8 from dealers. The GA10 Sub starts at $1,000, with the underground kit priced at $300 and the Sub Foot kit at $40.