Xilica Launches Sonia CatX-based Ceiling Speaker System

Xilica, a provider of collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection, today launches Xilica Sonia, a range of networked amplifiers and ceiling speakers for IT-friendly collaboration spaces. The Xilica Sonia series modernizes installed audio systems for the networked architectures common in today’s meeting and learning spaces, and strengthens Xilica’s value proposition as a complete solutions provider for corporate, education and government customers.

The initial Xilica Sonia series includes the Sonia C5, a compact 5.25″ in-ceiling speaker with a wide, even dispersion pattern that enables fewer speakers in large spaces, such as classrooms and legislative chambers. Sonia C5 is powered by Xilica’s new Sonia Amp, a PoE+-enabled amplifier with integrated network switch that can power up to eight Sonia C5 speakers in daisy-chain. With four individual channels, one Sonia Amp can also power Sonia C5 speakers across four neighboring meeting rooms, creating additional cost savings and deployment simplicity.

The Xilica Sonia Series follows the IT-friendly design that began with Xilica Solaro DSPs and the recently-introduced family of Xilica Gio networked endpoints. Sonia Amp’s integrated network switch features a PoE port suitable for serving both power and Dante networked audio to a ceiling-mounted microphone array, such as the Sennheiser TeamConnect Ceiling 2, which creates a single CatX drop to the ceiling for a full room audio system. Additionally, standard Category cable connectivity between Sonia Amp and Sonia C5 eliminates the need for traditional, polarized speaker wire, power calculations, and proprietary installation practices by IT technicians.