THIEL Teams with BICOM to Introduce THIELnet™
A Plug-and-Play Pure Digital Multi-Zone Audio System
Jan. 2008, (Lexington, KY) — U.S. loudspeaker company THIEL Audio (www.thielaudio.com), has announced a cooperative effort with BICOM, a technology firm with over twenty years in the telecom industry, to create a new product called THIELnet™—a high performance multiple zone digital audio system featuring IP based loudspeakers. THIELnet will be on display at CES 2008 in the THIEL booth located in the Sands/Venetian, room Bassano 2601.
The THIELnet™ Concept: THIELnet™ has been designed to provide the user with audiophile quality plug-and-play multiple zone digital entertainment, delivering high quality surround sound and/or stereo playback to virtually any location in the home while greatly simplifying the “whole-house” installation process. The THIELnet™ system is a complete home entertainment solution that includes a digital audio distribution processor, and full range powered IP based loudspeakers and subwoofer. Amazingly easy connectivity to each speaker can be achieved using nothing more than a standard Ethernet cable or even wireless technology. THIELnet™ will be available to consumers in either 5-channel (surround sound) or traditional 2-channel (stereo) packages that require only a source component (CD player, DVD player, MP3 player, etc.) to be fully functional.
The THIELnet™ system is comprised of the following components:
The THIELnet dB1 – IP addressable audio distribution processor (capable of running up to 64 loudspeakers) with a decoding DSP to handle Dolby® Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II/IIxTM, and DTSTM audio inputs. The dB1 can be controlled by a remote control, web browser, or through its front panel. The audio output of the dB1 is digital packet based transmission to any of the following components
The THIELnet SCS4D – IP based digitally powered high-performance full-range bookshelf loudspeaker with digital crossover networks
The THIELnet SS1D – IP based digitally powered high-performance subwoofer
The THIELnet Streamer – PC software application providing the user with one-click capability to stream audio from their networked PC directly to the THIELnet™ system
How THIELnet works:
Each THIELnet™ component is assigned its own unique IP address by the dB1 distribution processor, the heart of the THIELnet™ system. The dB1 outputs audio signals digitally instead of using standard speaker terminals. The dB1 distribution processor is a Dolby® Digital compliant unit that has both analog and digital audio inputs, and a network switch output that resides on the user’s home network. The consumer can plug each of their THIELnet™ powered speakers either directly into the dB1 distribution processor or anywhere they wish on the home network to set up their audio system. The THIELnet™ digital speakers and speaker modules are each powered by an audiophile grade amplifier to further preserve and simplify connectivity. The THIELnet™ dB1 distribution processor has an IR input on the front to support the supplied IR remote control. There is also an RS-232 port, +12V DC for trigger in and out, and IR in and out to allow for custom configurations. The flexibility of control on the dB1 distribution processor is intended to easily serve the most basic needs of the end user as well as the A/V systems installer who is using THIELnet™ to simplify a complex multi-zone audio installation. The dB1 distribution processor also incorporates a built-in network switch allowing direct connectivity to broadband Internet service, enabling easy firmware updates that could add future functionality (such as internet radio, etc.) as well as new DSP decoding algorithms should they become available from companies such as Dolby or DTS. The THIELnet™ Streamer is a Microsoft® WindowsTM XP and Vista compatible software application designed to channel streaming audio from the user’s computer (be it a laptop or desktop) to the dB1 distribution processor. The application allows the user to enjoy audio content from their networked PC on their high-performance THIELnet™ system—all without having to run any cables. The THIELnet™ Streamer will automatically locate and send all of the audio data to the dB1 distribution processor.