Niles

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  • Niles Audio Corporation
  • 12331 S.W. 130 Street, Miami, FL 33186, USA
  • Official website
  • webmaster@nilesaudio.com
  • (305) 238 4373
  • (305) 238 0185

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Niles manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Dynamic Speakers
 
Solid State Amplifiers
 

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Niles web site (August 27, 2009):

BLENDING HIGH FIDELITY AND ARCHITECTURE

Niles Audio is a company focused on providing high-quality products that integrate and distribute home entertainment for the residential and light commercial markets. Throughout its 30 year history, Niles has played a major role in transforming whole-house audio/video and home theater from a hobbyist pastime into a thriving, highly professional industry. Niles has grown by continuously refining its existing products, inventing new ones, and always delivering extraordinary value.

A COMPANY FOUNDED ON SOLUTIONS

For over 31 years, Niles has been a solutions-based company. Ivan Niles Zuckerman, the company's founder, began by making switching systems designed to help audio retailers demonstrate speakers and amplifiers. These switchers were highly effective at simplifying the retail selling process. No longer did the retail salesperson have to manually disconnect and reconnect wires every time a customer wanted to audition a different component.

Today, Niles Audio is focused on providing high-quality products that integrate and distribute home entertainment for the residential and light commercial markets. Niles is proud to have played a major role in the transformation of whole-house audio/video and home theater from a hobbyist pastime into a thriving, highly professional industry.

MULTIZONE–CREATING A NEW INDUSTRY

Niles' first consumer products, a four-pair speaker selector box and a patching matrix for up to five components, were relatively simple devices. But in retrospect, they were the precursors to today's sophisticated multizone audio/video systems. Throughout its history, Niles has always been at the forefront of innovation with products such as the Component Commander, one of the industry's first multi-source, multizone whole-house music systems, introduced in 1989.

In 1995 Niles introduced the IntelliPad wall-mounted infrared keypad systems that provided one-button control of complex music systems. The IntelliPad acquainted a new generation of installers to the concept of power synchronization, enabling the system to know the power-on/off status of the connected components. This made sure that a power-on command would not be issued when the component was already on. Power synchronization was a monumental step in the development of automated systems.

The A4.6Ci MultiZone Audio Preamplifier and ZR-4630 MultiZone Receiver gave designers and installers greater flexibility to create customized whole-house distributed audio systems. Introduced in 2001, they were combined with keypads, infrared sensors, and hand-held remotes to deliver complete zone-by-zone and system-wide control of home entertainment. Significantly, the programming and storage of all IR codes took place within the preamplifier or receiver. Compared with other multizone systems, this feature dramatically reduced installation time.

Today's ZR Series MultiZone Systems build upon the success of these groundbreaking products and set the industry standard for compatibility, user friendliness and performance.

The ZR-4 MultiZone Receiver Kit solution for the growing light commercial, multiple dwelling unit (MDU), and starter home markets. The ZR-4 is an all-in-one entertainment system that comes complete with everything, including a built-in AM/FM tuner, weather-resistant keypads, and a wireless learning IR remote control.

The ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver single chassis solution with even more desirable features such as plug-and-play iPod® integration, metadata display, a built-in AM/FM tuner, One-Touch-To Entertainment™ automation, and optional video distribution.

The VS-6 High Definition Video Switcher–designed to complement the ZR-6, the VS-6 enables the professional installer to seamlessly integrate high definition video into the whole-house entertainment system.

LOUDSPEAKERS FOR EVERY APPLICATION

Niles' extensive loudspeaker line is guided by the simple concept of "Form Follows Function." Responding to suggestions, perceived problems and opportunities from dealers, installers, and end-users, Niles engineers design each speaker to deliver outstanding value and performance in a particular application.

Niles entered the loudspeaker marketplace in 1988 with its first in-wall loudspeakers, followed in 1990 by ceiling-mount models. In 1994 came the OS10, the first in Niles' award-winning line of indoor/outdoor speakers. It became an instant hit and defined the category.

In 1997, Niles introduced the AT Advanced Technology series, consisting of loudspeakers designed to satisfy even the most discriminating audiophile. To create them, Niles applied the most modern theories of acoustics to aerospace materials and technology

Also during 1997, Niles introduced the HD CTR/LRS High Definition series, featuring Directed Sound Field Geometry®. These high-power, in-wall loudspeakers accurately recreate high-fidelity home theater sound, making in-wall surround sound an effective reality. The acoustical properties of these speakers and the interactions between the speaker's components actually "steer" the sound directly towards the listener.

Another major advance came in 1999 with the introduction of Niles' first SI Stereo Input loudspeakers. Featuring a dual voice-coil woofer and dual tweeters in a stereo-imaging faceplate, SI loudspeakers deliver stereo sound from a single speaker. An SI loudspeaker is the ideal choice in a confined space with room for just one speaker. In multiples, these speakers provide quality sound and balanced coverage throughout hallways, large rooms, patios, and other interior and outdoor spaces.

In 2001, Niles expanded the concept of focused sound distribution through Directed Sound Field Geometry® with the new ceiling-mount DS Directed Soundfield™ loudspeakers. Without compromising the quality of the listening experience, they resolve architectural issues such as cathedral or vaulted ceilings, alignment with in-ceiling lighting, and a plasma display over a fireplace where space for a center channel is lacking. Although intended primarily for the Home Theater environment, DS Directed Soundfield loudspeakers also perform quite well in whole-house distributed music applications. Their flexibility enables installers to direct the sound where it needs to go to achieve optimal acoustic performance.

The culmination of all this experience in high-performance loudspeakers came with the introduction of StageFront Home Theater Solutions. Improvements in source material such as high-definition Blu-ray discs place higher demands on loudspeakers, and integrating loudspeakers with your décor can be an equally challenging proposition. To solve these problems, the entire StageFront line is voice-matched to deliver uniform sound quality, regardless of loudspeaker type. This enables you to freely mix-and-match loudspeakers that are built into cabinets, placed on stands, and built into walls.

LEADERSHIP IN HOME THEATER CONTROL AND AUTOMATION

With the introduction of the IntelliControl® in 1996, Niles established its leadership role in home theater control and automation. Consisting of a main system unit and matching tabletop RF remote controller, the IntelliControl introduced the concept of synchronized control to home theater. Its success can be easily measured by its longevity in the marketplace. For nearly 12 years, the IntelliControl was the premier control and automation system for discerning home theater owners and system integrators.

In 2008, the iC2 replaced the IntelliControl, introducing new features and technologies that make home theater even easier to use and more enjoyable for the entire family. The iC2 is optimized for users that don't want to deal with nested menus or care to navigate through screen layers. With its large, easy-to-use buttons and one-touch automation, the iC2 has become the preferred choice for home theater users looking for the simplest way to enjoy their entertainment system.

A PACE-SETTING AMPLIFIER

In keeping with its passion for application-specific design, Niles entered the amplifier category in 1994 with Systems Integration Amplifiers®, which provide the backbone in a multi-room/multi-source sound system. The industry's first 12-channel amplifiers, Systems Integration Amplifiers were a logical extension of Niles' expertise in developing six-room stereo speaker selectors that distribute a total of 12 audio channels.

PEER RECOGNITION

Niles was a founding member of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) in 1989. Niles products have won numerous industry awards. In 1998, Ivan Zuckerman received the prestigious CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award. For a complete list of Niles' industry awards, see the awards page

TODAY AND TOMORROW

Today, Niles is part of Nortek Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of building, remodeling and indoor environmental control products for residential and commercial markets. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Niles employs over 100 people and markets its innovative products in over 30 countries around the world.

The Niles line of more than 500 individual products includes all the essential tools of the trade, a comprehensive array of devices for every aspect of whole-house distribution and integration of audio/video systems speakers, receivers, amplifiers, automation devices, controls, and accessories. Beyond the products, the Niles is committed to solutions that help their dealers and installers grow. Recognizing that custom installation can be time-sensitive, Niles has set the goal of keeping all of its products in stock at all times, and delivering them promptly when needed. Extensive training, technical support, marketing, and promotional resources also set Niles apart as a "total solutions" company.

And the "tomorrow" at Niles looks equally bright. Our engineers are working hard to keep Niles at the leading edge in home entertainment technology. As home entertainment becomes more integrated and centralized, Niles will be there to retain its position as the First Name In Custom Installation®.

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