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ZON Digital Multiroom Audio System Columbia TN

You may not have Captain Kirk’s swashbuckling style, but you can have his stereo: the ZON digital multiroom audio system. The following article provides more information about the product.

Clemons Home Technology
(615) 587-1103
Hwy 431
Columbia, TN
Services
Home Theater, Plasma/LCD Install, Surround Sound, Home Automation, Multi-room Audio, Phones, Video Distribution, more

Electronic Express
(615) 846-1208
5108 Old Hickory Blvd
Hermitage, TN
 
Don Fillers Contracting, Inc.
(865) 523-4470
1003 N. Broadway Don Fillers Contracting, Inc.
Knoxville, TN
 
College Hi Fi Stereo
(423) 892-3260
6795 Lee Highway
Chattanooga, TN
 
Audio Dimensions
(405) 843-3355
7990 Trinity Rd, Suite 124
Memphis, TN
 
Phoenix Communications Corporation
(901) 624-0940
1657 Shelby Oaks Drive NorthSte. #101
Memphis, TN
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
AMX, Control4, Lutron, Runco, Sony, Panasonic, Snell, Jamo, Speakercraft, Kaleidescape, JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Rane, Audio Control, Parasound, Stewart, Extron, Autopatch, Panamax, Middle Atlantic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Matt Winchell, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Audio Video Plus
(931) 528-2054
871 East 10th Street
Cookeville, TN
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Totem, Vidikron, Yamaha, Niles, Elan, Stewart, Chief, SpeakerCraft, Mitsubishi,Infocus, Lutron, Fatman, JVC Pro, Samsung
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Tige Casey, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Safe n'' Sound Creative Technologies / Safe n'' Sound Security
(865) 933-0358
6303 Zachary Road
Corryton, TN
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Derek Arnwine, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Zachary Cochran, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Harrell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Geoff Tillett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Allwired Technologies
(423) 954-9888
7772 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN
 
Electronic Express
(615) 851-0346
2101-A North Gallatin Rd
Madison, TN
 

ZON Digital Multiroom Audio System

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June 1, 2005 By Brent Butterworth

A glowing ring of blue light summons me in the dark. I touch my finger to its center, and a luminescent display above the ring comes to life. I now see in the soft cobalt radiance that an ultramodern, curvaceous silver panel holds the ring and the display. A yellow light races around the ring and back as strange, futuristic music begins to emanate from hidden speakers. Have I stumbled into Captain Kirk’s quarters on the Starship Enterprise? Hardly—it’s just my kitchen, and the music I hear is the everynight electronica of Los Angeles’ KCRW-FM.

Each audio source (CD, radio, etc.) requires a ZIM-4 module (above), although your installer can plug an audio source directly into the ZR-98 router (below, shown with the remote that accompanies each ZAC-60). (Click image to enlarge)
Struck by a sudden passion for the past, I push the button in the center of the blue ring again, spin the dial surrounding it until “CD Changer” appears in the display, then punch the button once more. The music switches immediately to guitarist Wes Montgomery’s album California Dreaming. I hold down the dial for a couple of seconds, punch the button again, and controls for the CD changer appear on the display. I skip forward to “Sunny,” my favorite track, and I am in heaven. I can also change to a different radio station or switch over to music from my Apple iPod, but for the moment, Wes suits me just fine.

All this entertainment pours forth at the touch of a dial and a button on a 4.8-by-5-inch wall-mounted panel. I am listening to what is surely the most modern multiroom sound system available today, the ZON digital audio system. Instead of the button-laden, intimidating keypads found on so many older multiroom systems, I face a sleek, simple silver plate that attracts the touch of even my most technophobic guests. And when they touch it—practically no matter how they touch it—sound fills the room. This kind of instant gratification even Captain Kirk would envy.The panel—which appropriately goes by the Star Trekish moniker ZAC-60—may be the only part of the ZON system you ever see. No bulky external amplifiers are required; the ZAC-60 has two 30-watt digital amplifiers built right in. All of your source components (such as a radio tuner, a CD changer, and an MP3 player) hide away in a closet along with the ZON system’s central router. Befitting ZON’s futuristic vibe, all signals travel from the router to the ZAC-60 in digital form, so the audio does not degrade as it follows the wires through your walls and ceilings.

And running those wires takes hours instead of days, because each ZAC-60 is tethered to the router through only a single, slim CAT-5 network cable. Speaker cables run from the ZAC-60 to whatever speakers you choose to use. Incidentally, the ZAC-60 is also available in white or black for those whose tastes in decor are mor...

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