Savant Drops Lots of HomeKit News
Perhaps it’s a great sign for the upcoming Apple WWDC event that a company like Savant is rolling out all kinds of HomeKit and AirPlay 2 news. Whatever the reasoning, the smart home manufacturer (Savant, that is) dropped four different press releases this week, all of which tied back to Apple’s smart home and wireless streaming ecosystem.
Two of the announcements in particular stood out to us as, by far, the most exciting bits of news that Savant had to offer: a new smart soundbar, and a smart audio amplifier, both of which are HomeKit-ready and then some.
With the Savant Smart Soundbar, the company said it has integrated its Smart Home Software into the product, giving the user access to Siri Voice command functionality and HomeKit compatibility to the Savant connected home experience. That means, on top of a strong audio experience, the user will have the ability to control the product through Siri on an iPhone, iPad, the HomePod, and through the native voice button that’s now available on Savant’s Pro Remote. Combined with the already impressive list of third-party products integrated into the Savant smart home experience, consumers will have effortless control of their HomeKit compatible devices such as door locks, thermostats, light bulbs, and more, using their voice. No pricing was available at the time of publication for the soundbar.
Switching over to the Smart Audio Amplifier, Savant announced that the SmartAmp features an onboard DSP engine that has been optimized for all of the company’s loudspeakers, while offering 24 bit 96k high-res playback with low-latency 125 Watts per channel right out of the box.
“Using multiple Savant SmartAmps and Micro Aperture architectural speakers enable users to enjoy a premium distributed audio experience,” the company said in the statement. “They can easily group rooms, create entertainment scenes, playlists and favorites through the standalone Savant Music app. The Savant Smart Amp can be connected to any speakers, including Savant’s full line of high-performance architectural loudspeakers and sound bars as part of a single room music system or for the entire home.”
The SmartAmp will be available this summer with in MSRP of $699.