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Kohler And Polk Audio Develop The SoundTile Speaker Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Audio manufacturer Polk Audio announced that the Kohler Co. has released an in-shower loudspeaker developed in conjunction with Polk Audio for in-shower use called the SoundTile. With the new KOHLER SoundTile, introduced at the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show, you can be sure not to miss a beat of your favorite song because quality audio streams directly into your showering space. Incorporating audio into the showering routine is a natural progression of the experience and made easy with the KOHLER SoundTile. The high-fidelity SoundTile shower speakers are designed to match the shape, profile and finish of the iconic WaterTile bodysprays and showerheads. Kohler engineered these speakers in close cooperation with Polk Audio, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high-performance audio products. “The know-how and experience of the Polk team in marine-grade speakers was instrumental in developing the SoundTile,” says Keith Kometer, director of product marketing for Kohler Global Faucets. “Bringing together seasoned plumbing and audio professionals resulted in the creation of a best-in-class shower speaker that sets a new standard in the industry.”

The SoundTile speakers are marine certified, coaxial speakers in a 4-by-4 inch escutcheon. The stainless steel front grill substantially abates water from entering the speaker area while not impeding sound quality, and a hole on the lower side of the escutcheon allows water to drain into the showering area. The SoundTile speakers are available in pairs in a variety of quality KOHLER finishes to match the design sophistication and aesthetics of the KOHLER WaterTile body sprays. The footprint of the SoundTile is identical to the WaterTile bodyspray’s.

To make the sound come to life, the SoundTile speakers can be controlled by Kohler’s new DTV II or any stand-alone home audio system. The new KOHLER DTV II is a complete digital hydrotherapy system consisting of a digital valve and interface as well as a media module that allows operation of audio, light and steam. The DTV II controls music, ambient lighting, chromatherapy and steam to provide the bather with a complete sensory experience in the shower, all operated by a sleek, intuitive digital interface.

The KOHLER SoundTile speakers will be distributed through authorized Kohler distributors, dealers and retailers. They are available in May 2007 starting at an Manufacturer suggested retail price of $295.00 per pair, depending on finish.

Source: Press Release

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