Directional Audio Manufacturer Dakota Audio Releases New Focused Speaker for Digital Signage and Kiosks

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Directional Speaker Company Comes to Market With New Focused Speaker for Digital Signage and Kiosk Applications

Our decision to formally enter the digital signage and kiosk markets was brought about by the requests from our customers

Dakota Audio, the global leader in full range directional audio devices, announced today its newest product designed specifically for digital signage and kiosk applications. The new focused speaker designated the MA-5, was released today at the KioskCom -- Self Service Expo in New York, NY.

According to Dakota Audio's founder and CEO, Lynn Mader, "The MA-5 is the successor to the MA-4 which has been widely deployed with flat screen (LCD, Plasma, or Touchscreen) technology around the world. Prior to the release of the MA-5 we had been integrating some of these features in MA-4's 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 two and a half inches high, two inches deep and will be stocked from twenty two to thirty eight 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 control 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 ten 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, who went on to say, "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.

About Dakota Audio
Founded in 1995 by Lynn Mader, Dakota Audio pioneered the development of very thin directional audio arrays with full range sound reproduction. The company's product line includes line arrays, overhead, and underfoot or floor mount arrays and are used in environments where sound quality and control is paramount. Dakota Audio arrays are used in museum exhibits, kiosks, healthcare and retail environments, and as part of digital signage solutions all over the world. Notable users of Dakota Audio Directional Arrays include: Smithsonian Institute, Sports Museum of America, Country Music Hall of Fame, US Holocaust Museum, National Constitution Center, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and many more. Dakota Audio is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota with its sales division in Austin, Texas. More information is available at


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