Polk Audio - from home theater speakers to flush in wall / Ceiling speakers Polk has a speaker for every need

If It Makes Sound, We Make It Sound Better

Are you a solitary listener, or a social listener? Do you bliss out, alone, listening to music or watching a movie in immersive surround sound? Or, do you invite the neighbors and all their kids to rock out in your family room or on your deck; to fill your "stadium" theater seating, complete with cup-holders?

Yeah, we know.

We do the same thing.

Whether you're solitary or social, it's more than just entertainment - it's a way of life. For us, it broadcasts (and reinforces) who we are. It allows us to step away from the responsibilities and obligations. It opens our hearts and our minds, and takes us far away, even if we're just sitting in our living room. Sometimes, it's the most important part of our day.

So, yeah; we know.

We love music and movies, and we love sharing them, too. And we produce some of the world's best-reviewed entertainment equipment! We're like Santa's elves, beauty queens on parade floats, or kids in a candy store. We want to grab handfuls and toss them out to the crowd.

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Niles Audio - loudspeakers for every application

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Loudspeakers for Every Application

Niles’ extensive loudspeaker line is guided by the simple concept of "Form Follows Function." Responding to suggestions, perceived problems and opportunities from dealers, installers, and end-users, Niles engineers design each speaker to deliver outstanding value and performance in a particular application.

Niles entered the loudspeaker marketplace in 1988 with its first in–wall loudspeakers, followed in 1990 by ceiling–mount models. In 1994 came the OS10, the first in Niles’ award–winning line of indoor/outdoor speakers. It became an instant hit and defined the category.

In 1997, Niles introduced the AT Advanced Technology series, consisting of loudspeakers designed to satisfy even the most discriminating audiophile. To create them, Niles applied the most modern theories of acoustics to aerospace materials and technology

Also during 1997, Niles introduced the HD CTR/LRS High Definition series, featuring Directed Sound Field Geometry®. These high–power, in–wall loudspeakers accurately recreate high–fidelity home theater sound, making in–wall surround sound an effective reality. The acoustical properties of these speakers and the interactions between the speaker’s components actually "steer® the sound directly towards the listener.

Atlantic Technology - designing complete high performance speaker systems

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Our Design Philosophy

We’re different! Unlike most speaker companies that package together five random speakers and a subwoofer and call it a matched Home Theater System, we design, engineer, and build integrated multi-channel speaker systems.

Four Things a Home Theater System Must Provide

We know that a matched Home Theater speaker system must deliver Four Things in order to be successful.

Intelligible dialog and clear on-screen effects. “Huh? What’d he say?” is never acceptable.
Realistic directional pans across the front stage
Convincing, enveloping surround effects, without being able to “localize” (locate the origin of the sound by ear) the surround speakers
Powerful, dramatic bass effects with wide dynamic range (the ability of a sound system to go from very soft to very loud, without sounding strained or distorted)
First, you need to understand what role each speaker plays in the system.

The left and right speakers’ primary responsibility is music and off-screen sound effects. Whether it’s a Home Theater system or an old-fashioned 2-channel stereo music system (Remember those? How quaint.), the left-right speakers need to be accurate, neutral-sounding, and be able to play loudly without strain. They also need to have good side-to-side sound coverage of the listening area (have “good dispersion”).

The center channel speaker actually handles as much as 80% of the movie’s soundtrack as it conveys virtually all the dialog and on-screen effects in the movie. From a speaker designer’s standpoint, the important part is getting this speaker to sound just like the left-right speakers.

That’s hard. Why, you ask?

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