US loudspeaker company THIEL Audio used the 2008 CEDIA Expo to launch zöet, described as "the first truly plug and play, multiroom, premium quality distributed audio and home theater system that anyone can set up and use in under an hour."
The system uses self-powered IP-addressable speakers, which can be located throughout the home and connected to the dB1 distribution processor (illustrated) using Ethernet, zöet's own lossless proprietary wireless network, or both.
The company says the entire system can be operated from a simple remote control, eliminating the need for specialist set-up. It also lets the user make changes and upgrades via a web interface and automatic firmware updates.
The zöet system also incorporates technology to preserve signal synchronization, maintaining imaging and avoiding the "echo effect" said to be common to other network-based systems.
Thiel claims that "Using proprietary algorithms, zöet maintains synchronization so well that its performance equals that of traditional high-end audio systems".
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It also automates the subwoofer integration process, SmartSub technology mating zöet subwoofers and speaker systems with no need for input from the user.
Channel steering and mixdowns are also automated, so that when playing a 5.1 soundtrack on only 3 speakers, zöet remixes these channels for optimal reproduction.
zöet can be controlled from any room using remote sensors in the speakers, which pass commands back to the main processor.