Hardware Spotlight -- SpeakerCraft
SpeakerCraft SoundSource In-Wall Stereo System
By Ron Goldberg
While distributed audio is the hot ticket in custom residential installations, the whole-house concept is not without its caveats. Sure, you can set up your customer's main downstairs system to pipe their favorite CDs to an upstairs bedroom, but what do they do when they want to listen to another disc? Typically speaking, customers have three choices. They can install a CD jukebox and have a system controller at the local zones. Or, they can have an audio server containing rips of the entire CD collection, also controlled from the local zone. Or, they can simply walk downstairs and change the disc.
SpeakerCraft's SoundSource adds a fourth option, both for the consumer and the installer. In essence, it's a self-contained audio system meant for in-wall installation. The system is comprised of a flush-mounted, remote-controllable CD player and AM/FM tuner that offers the benefit of complete local control. The system can also control two other stereo source components, either locally or through an IR control system.
The SoundSource measures approximately 8.5 by 10.5 inches when installed. The depth of the system is 3.375 inches, including the internal casing, which is hidden in the wall. The unit is supplied with a mounting bracket that fixes the lightweight (4 pounds) system securely.
The power supply for the SoundSource's amplification is contained in a separate metal casing, which can be located locally or at a remote zone. The amplifier connects to the rest of the system by way of six-conductor cabling for power, ground and IR control, tied via Molex connectors. SpeakerCraft offers optional pre-bundled SoundSource cables for the product, but standard 14- and 16-gauge wire can be used as well.
On the base unit, there are spring-clip connectors for a pair of stereo speakers, and RCA-type connectors for two auxiliary stereo source components, as well as a remote out jack, a 75-ohm FM antenna connection, a 15-volt DC point for trigger control and an AM antenna connection.