The Silver Monitor series from Triad includes a bookshelf satellite speaker that's available in more than 20 standard real-wood veneers as well as "unlimited" custom finishes and two matching in-wall speakers whose grilles and frames can be custom-painted to match any wall color. All three models have the same 1-inch tweeters and dual 5-inch woofers and a rated frequency response of 70 Hz to 20 kHz +0, -3 dB. The InRoom Silver Monitor measures 73/8 x 16 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches. The InWall Silver/6 has a 6-inch mounting depth and measures 8 3/8 x 19 inches, while the InWall Silver/4 measures 10 3/4 x 19 inches with a 4-inch mounting depth. Prices: InRoom, $4,000 a pair; both InWalls, $4,400 a pair. www.triadspeakers.com, 503-256-2600
Is it just us, or are power-amplifier classes starting to sound like the planet types in Star Trek? It may be just a cosmic coincidence, but the five-channel Accusonic MDB1000 is specified to operate in Class G, meaning that it uses a low-voltage power supply most of the time but switches to a separate high-voltage supply when needed to handle musical transients. It's rated to deliver a hefty 200 watts each to five channels into 8 ohms and has individual gain controls for each channel. Total harmonic distortion is rated as 0.08%. Separate Accusonic amps are easily daisy-chained, and the MDB1000's buffered speaker outputs are provided through gold-plated multiway binding posts. Measuring 16 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 16 inches, the amp weighs 35 pounds. Price: $2,999. www.accusonicaudio.com, 215-699-9261
From B&K's CT Series, the CT-610 multizone receiver can deliver stereo sound to as many as six listening zones with a rated 55 watts each for 12 channels. The receiver can be controlled by keypads (such as from Xantech and Vantage) in each area while providing power to them, eliminating the need for external power supplies. The receiver can relay infrared signals to up to nine source components. Two AM/FM tuners let you listen to different stations in different rooms. Dimensions are 19 x 7 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches, and weight is 51 pounds. Price: $3,498. www.bkcomp.com, 800-543-5252
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