news - October 2020
Invisible Speakers in an NYC Penthouse
Communitec uses Amina invisible speakers to create the acoustic ambiance their client desired.
LOCATED IN THE ICONIC JENGA BUILDING in Manhattan’s trendy TriBeCa neighborhood, this acoustically challenged penthouse apartment required a clean and uncluttered aesthetic that could only be achieved by invisible speakers.
The apartment, which was originally a concrete box, created some challenges, but these were easily overcome with the expert knowledge and experience of Communitec, a systems integrator with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.
So how do you create beautiful sound in an acoustically challenging space, with concrete walls and differing cavity wall sizes?
Working with globally renowned interior designer Hill House Interiors, Communitec designed and installed a system with Amina invisible speakers in order to create the acoustic ambiance their private client desired.
Key to the project was preparation. Cables were painstakingly installed throughout to ensure the team had everything they needed to create the perfect environment. Due to the concrete ceilings, ceiling speakers were not an option, and because of the different thicknesses of cavity walls, Communitec had to be smart about how to mount the speaker to ensure the desired effect. In some rooms the speakers were also designed to go behind very heavy wallpaper, so the team had to train decorators when bonding the paper to the speakers to ensure good transmission of sound.
Opting for Amina not only pleased the client aesthetically but it also solved many of the problems Communitec would have experienced with traditional cone speakers. A mixture of Edge5’s for the bedrooms, and Edge7’s for the entertaining spaces gave the wide dispersion perfect for the space to be filled with clear sound.
The Communitec team employed Savant’s Control System, including their integrated amplifiers, to deliver music throughout the apartment as well as motorized shades on each window with a discreet security system for when the client isn’t in town. With everything controlled from one system, Amina products fit seamlessly into the scheme.
Communitec said, “The clients absolutely love the finished result, the sound is great, and is especially effective when they entertain. You can still hear the music clearly when the room is filled with voices, without having to boost the volume or having to shout over it. The fact that they can have audiophile quality sound from something you can’t see continues to blow their minds.”