Burkhardt is Back in the Biz with Origin Acoustics
He's back: Legendary loudspeaker manufacturer Jeremy Burkhardt is hoping to recreate the success he had with SpeakerCraft with his new company, Origin Acoustics.
At CEDIA EXPO, Origin Acoustics is showcasing their new in-wall speaker line, the Director Collection as a key element of their worldwide launch. Designed from the ground up by famed speaker engineer and SpeakerCraft founder, Ken Humphreys, the Director Collection represents an innovative leap forward in technology and performance.
“We had two years of hardcore thinking to reinvent the in-ceiling category, from performance to installation ease, we accomplished a breakthrough," Burkhardt, the company's CEO, said in an interview.
"Origin products are disruptive and new with smaller size footprints on the ceiling, high performance sound quality throughout the room and a better visual aesthetic. Our patents will cover most every aspect of architectural loudspeakers and I hope to share them to support industry advancement."
The Director Collection addresses the two greatest challenges inherent to an in-ceiling speaker. The first being limitations in bass response and the second being limited dispersion. Starting with a blank canvas Humphreys and his team focused on these two points and according to Burkhardt, delivered elegant solutions to both.
The Director Collection also features Origin’s new ZipClip tool-less mounting system. Once the mounting hole is cut a mounting ring is inserted and clips that ride on a rail similar to a zip tie, are hand squeezed into place. The speaker assembly is then inserted into the mounting ring and locked into place with a simple clockwise twist. The system simplifies the mounting process and increases installation efficiency, which will help trim dealers’ labor costs.
The system also features an ultra-fine perforated grille with virtually no bezel that is magnetically attached to the baffle. The grille material dramatically reduces shadowing, an effect in typical grilles which often makes the grille more visible when installed regardless of whether the grille is painted to match the ceiling or not.