Vanco International’s ‘Spot for Dot’ Voice-Activated In-Wall Amplifier Now Shipping
With CEDIA Expo 2018 just around the corner, Vanco's Spot for Dot, a patent-pending high-quality digital in-wall amplifier, is now shipping and available for purchase from qualified distributors. Announced in June 2018 and demonstrated for the first time to the residential CE community at CEDIA Expo 2018, Spot for Dot provides installers with an inexpensive and convenient amplifier that powers smart home speakers and connects to existing distributed audio systems. Engineered to hold an Amazon Echo Dot, and when paired with speakers, Spot for Dot can add voice control of smart devices, scenes, and other functionality to many zones of audio within the home, without the need to run wires back to a central location.
With voice control becoming a necessity in the increasingly connected home, residential dealers and distributors are looking for new solutions for incorporating this emerging technology into installs, without compromising the design integrity and overall system capabilities.
Designed with Jim Murray of Jimmy |Thu LLC, Spot for Dot is installed behind a wall plate that is no bigger than a double gang outlet, to appeal to the customer’s desire for décor-friendly technology solutions. When connected to an Amazon Echo Dot, Spot for Dot adds a concealed voice control option to any space. The clever vertical in-wall design improves the pick-up and responsiveness of the microphone in an Amazon Echo Dot, rather than being placed horizontally and freestanding on a table or shelf, a setup that often comes with acoustic challenges.
Unlike traditional distributed audio systems that are restricted to a set number of zones, Spot for Dot provides the flexibility to add one zone at a time without limitations, all at a significantly lower cost because of its ability to be connected to existing electrical wiring in the home or commercial space. Installers can simply retrofit Spot for Dot into an existing distributed audio system without the inconvenience of running wires back to a central location, saving time and money.
The Spot for Dot amplifier is compatible with most speakers, improving sound quality significantly over traditional smart speakers. A perfect solution to pair with most free-standing or in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, such as those from Beale Street Audio, Spot for Dot offers high-quality stereo sound for two speakers or the option to bridge up to four speakers.
“We were thrilled with the positive feedback we received from the AV community after our introduction of Spot for Dot in June,” said Mark Corbin, President of Vanco International. “Our distributors and dealers continue to ask for more options to support the increasing number of voice control installations they’re working on, so we feel that Spot for Dot helps meet this market need in a really unique way. We are confident Spot for Dot will be a success in both the residential and commercial markets and we are extremely excited to demonstrate its capabilities in the Vanco booth at CEDIA Expo 2018.”
Spot for Dot will be on display at CEDIA Expo 2018 in Vanco International’s Booth #2017. Interested distributors and dealers can contact Vanco directly for pricing.