I recently talked to Craig Spinner, VP of Business Development, about the latest Savant news, the company’s new architectural speakers and the crowded speaker market. Part 1.
Maureen Jenson: What’s the latest Savant news?
Craig Spinner: Our most recent release featured lighting and energy control Companion Modules that offer exciting functionality unavailable from any other solution. These 2-channel modules have been engineered to deliver centralized control (centralized being the key word there!!) and energy management of lighting as well as other electrical loads such as household appliances throughout the home.
Savant’s Companion Modules were designed for easy installation into standard electrical panels, eliminating the need to add excessively large, more costly specialty panels. The compact size of each module ensures design application flexibility and ease of installation. Because modules can be used for many individual electrical load applications throughout the home and are fully compatible with the Savant control ecosystem, technology integrators have a tremendous opportunity to deliver better smart home functionality, critical energy usage data across all electrical load types as well as the foundation for a net-zero compliant home design.
So the Companion Modules were a big announcement for Savant. The PoE architectural loudspeakers release was also quite meaningful as Savant brings a source-to-speaker IP-based entertainment concept to integrators that is completely unique in the CEDIA channel.
MJ: Tell me more about these new architectural speakers.
CS: Savant has been developing IP audio products with AVB networking capability in order to give integrators the finest entertainment solutions ideally suited for every project. The Micro Aperture speakers are part of that technology family, featuring an amazing Power over Ethernet (PoE) amplifier, the first ever powered architectural loudspeaker designed for the CEDIA channel.
Now integrators can use Ethernet cable runs to power and control an entire entertainment system, bringing ease of installation, efficiency, sound quality and value to whole-house music systems. Savant Micro Aperture speakers are available in three formats: powered PoE, companion PoE satellite and Passive (4-ohm) speaker for interface with traditional audio systems.
MJ: I am sure they sound good, but why get into such a crowded market?
CS: Savant acquired loudspeaker brand Artison with sights set on IP entertainment, and with the ability to develop high-performance speakers, Savant is able to integrate IP and AVB technology into advanced entertainment solutions for the custom installation channel.
As an example, Savant will soon be launching our first ever sound bar with an embedded control processor and a single stream of Savant Music all included so that integrators can deliver smart home functionality and premium entertainment using the sound bar as the hub. The PoE speakers serve to decentralize the amplifier rack and make whole-house entertainment more accessible to a larger group of consumers. Savant is using innovation to create important opportunities for integrators.
Next week I go further into detail with Craig on what the dealers are saying, the Savant dealer support system and the company’s CEDIA EXPO plans and beyond.