Opalum Enjoys a Cool BREEZE
I reviewed the Opalum FLOW.1010 on-wall speaker system earlier this year. I loved the overall design and sound; and, although the required HUB containing the processing, power supplies, connectivity jacks, and input switching looked great, it had some quirks in the way it operated. The BREEZE.1010 model comes with Opalum’s revised HUB II. The updated HUB II comes with a bigger power supply, Bluetooth (with aptX) connectivity, RS-232 and IR compatibility, and IR coding for use with universal learning remotes and automation systems. A rather unusual feature of the new HUB II is that it incorporates “mixed audio inputs for greater ease of use and adaptability.” If I understand the new design correctly, all the inputs are always on, which means you don’t have to switch between inputs. Instead, you only turn on (or start) the source you want to listen to. Unlike auto-switching inputs, the mixed inputs will play a blend of the audio from two or more sources simultaneously if those sources are outputting audio at the same time.
Exact pricing and availability were not announced.