CEDIA 2019: Lenbrook Launches Array of New Models from Multiple Specialty Brands

Stephen Baker of Lenbrook showing their CEDIA Best New Product award
Lenbrook Senior Director of Sales Stephen Baker showing CEDIA Best New Product award [Click to enlarge]

At the the CEDIA Expo earlier this month, Lenbrook had a substantial launch of multiple new models from their collection of brands. Firmly positioned in the mid- to high-end technology market, the new products from Bluesound, Dali, NAD, and PSB continued to forge a path into the new digital audiophile market with high-quality streaming models and high-end in-wall and on-wall speaker and subwoofer solutions.

And in the case of one model, it was an award-winning presentation…

See more on Lenbrook’s new products…

I met with Lenbrook Senior Director of Sales Stephen Baker who showed me a few of the highlights from Lenbrook’s significant product launch at the 2019 CEDIA Expo. He started by showing me that Lenbrook had won a CEDIA Best New Product award for their recently launched NAD M10 high-res streaming amplifier. (You can see all the details on the M10 in my report from the model’s launch event this past June in New York City.)

Clearly proud of the award, Baker talked about how significant the M10 is to NAD and Lenbrook. It symbolizes a fundamental shift in specialty audio in terms of consumer preferences. The M10, he says, is completely in line with the way consumers wish to consume their music today – via streaming…but in this case with an extremely high-quality streamer/amplifier solution.

A photo of the NAD M10 streamer/amplifier
NAD Masters M10 [Click to enlarge]

A Theme Emerges

And that thought, it seems, was the theme for my entire visit to the Lenbrook booth – as the company surely seems committed to updating their brands in ways consistent with emerging trends – and in line with their philosophy of the new more digitally savvy music enthusiast/specialty consumer.

“We demo’d the M10 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fair, streaming Qobuz and Tidal/MQA – and it was really well received. This is how people listen to music now. And we have more experience with high-res audio than anyone else.”

Stephen Baker, Lenbrook America

A Cool New Bluesound Model

From here we moved to a new Bluesound model, the Powernode 2i. This is a new wireless multi-room music streaming amplifier. The Powernode 2i features 60 watts x 2 of distortion-free Hybrid Digital power, HDMI (ARC & eARC) connectivity, uses the BluOS app and integrates with the entire Bluesound multi-room music ecosystem. The Powernode 2i sells for $899 MSRP and is now shipping.

New Bluesound Powernode 2i Streamer/Amplifier
New Bluesound Powernode 2i multi-room music system Streamer/Amplifier is offered at $899 MSRP [Click to enlarge]

Lenbrook America is the U.S. distributor for high-end speaker brand Dali. On display in the Lenbrook booth was a full line of Dali in-wall speakers. Let’s just say, these are not your grandfathers Dali’s!

Hello Dali

Huge in-wall designs, they are meant to take in-wall performance to new heights. Called their Phantom S series, Baker told me that these in-walls deliver Epicon level performance from an in-wall design. I saw the S 280 ($4,900ea) with a special hybrid electrostatic planar tweeter, the M 375 ($1,179 ea), and the M 250 ($899ea). While they take up a fair amount of wall space, you get floor standing tower speaker performance…and get your floor back.

Dali S 280 high-performance in-wall speaker system
This Dali Phantom S 280 in-wall high-performance speaker system sells for $4,800ea MSRP. Note the interesting hybrid electrostatic/planar tweeter[Click to enlarge]

From here we moved to PSB, the brand founded by Paul S. Barton, who still works for Lenbrook creating new and innovative speaker solutions. I saw one new in-wall speaker solution, the PSB AIC 860 and a couple of interesting subwoofer options.

New PSB AIC 860 6.5" angled in-ceiling speaker with 15-degree woofer slope said to improve dispersion
PSB’s new AIC 860 6.5″ angled in-ceiling speaker with 15-degree woofer slope said to improve dispersion [Click to enlarge]

PSB In-Ceiling Speakers & In-Wall Subwoofers

The AIC 860 is a 6.5″ angled in-ceiling model that incorporates a 15-degree slope in the woofer for better dispersion and three-dimensionality. The woofer is a carbon infused polypropylene material and the speaker has a 1″ titanium tweeter with wave guide. The AIC 860 sells for $649ea MSRP.

The new PSB subwoofers also looked interesting and we started with the CSIW SUB28. The SUB28, Baker says, is designed to be used in both new construction and retrofit installations. It features dual passive 8″ woofers for an in-wall mounting. The SUB28 sells for $999ea MSRP.

PSB CSIW SUB28 in-wall subwoofer with two 8" passive woofers
New PSB CSIW SUB28 in-wall subwoofer with two 8″ passive subwoofers. It sells for $999ea MSRP [Click to enlarge]

I also saw the CSIW SUB10 which is designed specifically for new construction installations with a unique mounting design. Basically, the goal is to decouple the subwoofer from the surrounding drywall. The subwoofer is securely screwed into the surrounding studs and the grill can accommodate different wall thicknesses. The SUB10 utilizes a 10″ high excursion shallow subwoofer design for deep bass performance. The SUB10 sells for $1,199 ea MSRP.

New PSB CSIW SUB10 in-wall 10" passive subwoofer
New PSB CSIW SUB10 is designed for new construction installations and helps to isolate vibration from the wallboard by firmly anchoring the sub to the studs. It sells for $1,199ea MSRP [Click to enlarge]

Also in Lenbrook’s Booth:

  • A PSB on-wall speaker system for those situations where you can not penetrate the walls. PSB quality in an easily installed on-wall box.
  • A new NAD T 778 CI grade AV receiver – 9 x 100watts, touchscreen operable, Hybrid Digital Amplifier technology, rack mountable (3RU) for $2,999 MSRP
A full PSB on-wall speaker solution where walls can not be penetrated
PSB is also launching an on-wall speaker and subwoofer solution for situations where walls can not be penetrated [Click to enlarge]

All-in-all an impressive showing. On top of all of this, Baker noted that the company has begun hiring manufacturer sales representatives (as we noted in a story here…) and they’ve hired their first few.

While the company interviewed quite a few rep firms at the show, they still have several open territories. For those interested in representing the brand in their territory, reach out to:

For rep firms located in the East: Jim Price jprice@lenbrook.com

For rep firms located in the West: David Carr dcarr@lenbrook.com

See more on Lenbrook by visiting: lenbrook.com.

NOTE: Click here to see more photos from my visit to the Lenbrook booth

About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

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