Anaheim, California (March 10, 2010) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that it has been granted a United States Patent for its Flat Field® Technology. Flat Field is an Extron exclusive loudspeaker technology that helps sound system designers address an important challenge: ensuring uniform delivery of audio content to all participants in a classroom. While this can be achieved by spacing a sufficient number of ceiling speakers throughout the room, designers often have to limit the quantity of speakers due to budget concerns. The result is inadequate coverage where the level is too high in some areas and too low in others. Flat Field Technology solves this problem with a proprietary speaker design that produces even sound pressure levels over a sound field much wider than a conventional ceiling speaker. With this uniform sound distribution, two Flat Field speakers can deliver the same audio coverage that would have required four or more typical ceiling speakers. This technology is available in the Extron FF 120 ceiling tile speaker which is exclusive to the PoleVault® and WallVault® classroom AV systems and the VoiceLift® microphone systems.

“The challenge is to deliver seamless audio coverage throughout a classroom without installing a large number of speakers,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Extron’s patented Flat Field Technology provides uniform coverage for improved sound quality, so that the instructor’s voice and audio content from multimedia sources can easily be heard by all students. Additionally, we’ve incorporated our Flat Field technology into an easy-to-install, drop-in speaker enclosure that saves time and money.”

The Extron FF 120 is a full-range ceiling tile speaker featuring Extron patented Flat Field Technology that delivers consistent sound levels across the listening area, reducing the number of speakers required to deliver uniform sound field coverage. It also offers an extraordinarily wide dispersion area of 170 degrees, providing a very wide room coverage pattern, which is especially important for rooms with low ceilings. The FF 120 features an Extron exclusive, 1′ x 2′ (30.5 cm x 61 cm) by 3.25″ (8.3 cm) aluminized composite enclosure and is UL 2043 plenum rated. It is sized to drop easily into standard suspended ceilings, providing quicker installations and reduced labor costs. With a low profile enclosure, this speaker is an excellent choice for ceiling installations with tight above-the-ceiling space issues.

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