TDG’s world-first in-ceil­ing ‘Sky­bar’

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We’d rather hoped the ‘Sky­bar’ might be a place for sip­ping cock­tails while look­ing down on Dar­ling Har­bour, but TDG Au­dio’s Sky­bar is al­most as ex­cit­ing in be­ing a new idea claimed as a world-first — an in-ceil­ing (or in-wall) sound­bar, with as­so­ci­ated satel­lite speak­ers.

A full five or seven-chan­nel sur­round sys­tem can be de­liv­ered by just three dis­crete boxes — one Sky­bar LCR and two Sky­bar Satel­lites. The $1599 Sky­bar LCR uses two 76mm heavy-duty driv­ers for each chan­nel, so six in all, along with an ad­di­tional 25mm ti­ta­nium-dome piv­ot­ing tweeter to sup­port di­a­logue from the cen­tre chan­nel. A 15-de­gree an­gled baf­fle di­rects sound to­wards the au­di­ence when mounted in-ceil­ing, or left/right to­wards the au­di­ence when mounted in-wall. The Sky­bar Satel­lite fea­tures two front-fir­ing 76mm full-range driv­ers and one ti­ta­nium-dome piv­ot­ing tweeter to act as a side or sur­round chan­nel, while a third 76mm re­flect­ing speaker in an an­gled chan­nel can de­liver sound to­wards a wall or ceil­ing for more dif­fuse rear or height chan­nels.

It’s a pas­sive sys­tem, so the am­pli­fiers and con­nec­tions can be kept eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in a rack else­where in the home, while the Sky­bar’s flex­i­ble con­nec­tions al­low con­fig­u­ra­tion of the LCR as ei­ther a com­plete left/right/ cen­tre multi-chan­nel set-up — or the en­tire unit as one chan­nel, with ad­di­tional units used if de­liv­er­ing sound to larger lis­ten­ing ar­eas.

TDG has re­cently be­gun dis­tri­bu­tion in Aus­tralia throgh Canohm:

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