Theory Audio Design Launches at CEDIA Expo 2019

September 4 2019, 00:45
Theory Audio Design is a new loudspeaker and electronics manufacturer from Lake Forest, California, dedicated to combine acoustic performance and aesthetics in new audio products for the modern home. Founded by Paul Hales, 30-year loudspeaker engineer, AV industry veteran, and owner of highly-regarded audio manufacturer Pro Audio Technology (PRO), Theory products marry PRO’s acoustic performance and professional features with sophisticated contemporary design at a much lower cost.

The company will demonstrate its first seven products, including new loudspeakers and a loudspeaker controller, at CEDIA Expo in Sound Room 7 (SR-7). Speaker models in the Theory line-up consist of three soundbars (sb65, sb75, and sb85) designed to perfectly match with 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch flat panel TVs, an all-purpose on-wall loudspeaker model (sb-25) with dual 5.5-inch carbon fiber woofers, as well as two subwoofers (sub12 and sub15) with 12-inch and 15-inch drivers.

At the core of all Theory systems lies a 9-channel Amplified Loudspeaker Controller (ALC-1809) that is akin to an integrator’s AV Swiss army knife. With 1,800W per system and 32-bit/96kHz digital signal processing, the ALC-1809 uniquely combines the functionality of five products in one; A multi-channel DSP processor, high power multichannel home theater and distributed audio amplifier, multichannel mixing amplifier, multichannel bass manager, and high-resolution loudspeaker processor, all of which fits into a single, stylish, 1U unit.

“Theory brings professional audio performance to residential theaters, media rooms, and distributed audio systems, by marrying high-power loudspeakers with high amplifier power, all in compact, visually attractive packages suited to high-end residential and commercial environments,” explains Hales. “The result is a complete lineup of products that define a new product category: high power but attractive solutions for every residential and commercial audio application. Full surround systems up to 7.2 or 5.2.2 can be put together with a 9-channel Amplified Loudspeaker Controller for under $10,000 US, which is truly remarkable at this level of performance."

A selection of Theory products will be on display in the Theory Audio Design booth (SR-7). CEDIA 2019 attendees are also encouraged to experience the 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos system demo consisting of a Theory sb75 75-inch soundbar, four sb25 multipurpose surround speakers, and two sub15 15-inch subwoofers, all driven by Theory’s ALC-1809 Loudspeaker Controller.

Theory products will be available in October 2019 but are available now for pre-order.
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