Dakota Audio, a provider of full range directional audio devices, has announced its newest product designed specifically for digital signage and kiosk applications. The new focused speaker designated the MA-5, was released at KioskCom Self Service Expo in New York.
"The MA-5 is the successor to the MA-4, which has been widely deployed with flat screen technology around the world," said Dakota Audio's founder and chief executive Lynn Mader. "Prior to the release of the MA-5 we had been integrating some of these features in MA-4s only on a special order basis, but due to the popularity of that configuration, we have decided to roll out an all-new directional speaker aimed squarely at Digital Signage and Kiosk Applications."
The new MA-5 is slightly larger than the MA-4 at 2.5-inches high, 2-inches deep and will be stocked from 22- to 38-inches wide (custom sizes also available by special order) and features a richer, fuller range sound, ambient noise level compensation and proximity detection. The amplifier included with the MA-5, like the MA-4, is remote to the speaker and includes additional configuration options to assist installers in controlling the directionality and sound quality of the MA-5.
Prior to digital signage's retail advertising application for flat panel displays, the most common need for controlling high quality sound electronically was in the museum market. Museums were very quick to appreciate that greater control of audio between exhibits would increase the museum's overall exhibit density capabilities. Over the past 10 years, Dakota Audio has been able to realize over three-quarters of the museum industry as their clients.
"Our decision to formally enter the digital signage and kiosk markets was brought about by the requests from our customers," said Mader. "Their vocalizing a need for a high quality directional audio solution that, according to them, didn't exist in the digital signage or kiosk markets was a big factor in our decision. So far the response has been overwhelming and manufacturing is struggling to keep up with demand."
Like all Dakota Audio speakers the new MA-5 will maintain the hallmark of all Dakota Audio products with a very small form factor and great sound.
For more information on Dakota Audio products/services, visit www.dakotaaudio.com.