Hardware Spotlight -- SpeakerCraft
The SoundSource isn't meant to replace a distributed audio system so much as complement one. In every home, there are locations like kitchens, bathrooms and kids' rooms where local music control just makes more sense than remote control of a larger system. Throwing on your latest disc or getting a quick weather report while shaving should be more immediate than dialing up the main system from a keypad and running a macro (or not running one!). In its way, the SoundSource is to distributed audio what the 27-inch, direct-view bedroom TV is to a main home theater system — a smaller-scale supplement for smaller-scale local applications.
At $600, the SoundSource is also affordable enough to stand as a viable alternative for customers who don't necessarily want or need a whole-house audio installation, but would like the ability to play music in several rooms. It's an elegant-looking product that sounds as good as its presentation would suggest, and can give both you and your customers flexibility in bringing music around the house.
AT A GLANCE:
SpeakerCraft SoundSource In-Wall Stereo System
E-Z Flush Mount installation