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Less than 200 years ago, and for thousands of years before that, the only way human beings enjoyed music was live! Musicians played pianos, violins, bass, and drums as singers serenaded their fortunate audience(s). No recorded music existed. Homeowners entertained their guests, their families, and themselves with live music during lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, evening performances, and even romantically. Unfortunately, today, most homes in the world use cheap plastic poor sounding speakers for their "background audio" systems. Fortunately, the best homes in the world believe in creating CAT, CAT ELITE, and CAT MBX "distributed audio" systems that rival the sound quality of live music!

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...Plastic speakers shake the sheetrock and sound nothing like the instruments they are supposed to be reproducing. Most plastic speakers reproduce little to no bass, tubby inaccurate midrange - missing numerous vocal and instrument frequencies, and piercing highs that annoy the listener. The "plastic fantastic" speaker invasion of late 1980's and early 1990's reduced audio quality to perhaps it's worst level in generations. Who is responsible for deciding that drywall (sheetrock) makes a great loudspeaker enclosure? Who decided that a loudspeaker doesn't need an enclosure at all? A loudspeaker needs a back-box enclosure to be properly tuned (similar to an instrument). In addition, for fire resisting, noise isolation, HVAC containment, and reducing unwanted vibrations, properly engineered loudspeaker enclosures need to be installed. Loudspeakers that are "hidden" into your walls and ceilings, need to be engineered similar to loudspeakers that are "seen" in ultra high performance two-channel systems. Distributed audio systems should use the same high performance 100 watt, 200 watt, and 500+ watt amplifiers as top home theater and recording/mix/playback studio systems. Large, high quality copper (4N, 6N, and 6N OCC, 12ga., 10ga., and 9ga. loudspeaker cables should be used (especially in long 50' + runs). DSP's (digital signal processors) should be employed to properly equalize/tune each in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeaker in their respective environment throughout the home (inside and outside). Don't forget about outdoors! Distributed audio systems should be designed to provide accurate audio reproduction in every area throughout your home (both indoors and outdoors). CAT's custom loudspeaker enclosures can be manufactured from water resistant materials (e.g. water resistant HDF and marine plywood), or water proof materials (e.g. MBX105 - similar to Corian and Avonite, aluminum, 316L stainless steel, and titanium). Though CAT acoustically engineers inside sound systems to equal or exceed the acoustic qualities of world class recording/mix/playback studios and the best concert halls and chambers, no indoor experience exceeds the acoustic benefits of pure, outdoor sound! Thus, CAT enjoys helping many audio purists to create their best two channel, multi-channel, and home theater experiences outside!

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