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Alto Unveils New Cabin Sound, Controls Tech

 - October 13, 2021, 9:00 AM

Cabin audio and controls company Alto Aviation (Booth 1621) is unveiling a variety of new sound and galley control technology at NBAA-BACE. 

Alto Soundstage offers 3D immersive sound, featuring audiophile-quality Alto loudspeakers and premium digital amplifiers that are strategically mapped. The front stage includes passenger service unit (PSU)-mounted left, center, and right loudspeakers, joining surround left, center, and right loudspeakers to provide passengers with a fully immersive image. Two ultra-light and compact subwoofers mount beneath the seats, divan, or bulkheads that provide ample bass and the high-efficiency Class-D amplifier with advanced digital signal processing is the final component.

Soundstage can be controlled with “Cadence” cabin passenger controls or with the new Alto cabin control app. The system is already available in selected OEM and aftermarket installations. “This sound system is ideal for a credenza-mounted video monitor across a luxury divan in medium, large, and VIP business jets, making passengers feel like if they ‘step up on the stage,’” said Alto v-p of engineering Steve Scarlata. 

Alto is also revealing new galley products this week at BACE. The 10-inch Cadence galley touch panel can control all cabin lighting, IFE, power, galley appliances, attendant call, shades, climate, flight information, and system settings. It can be duplicated and run on one or more devices such as an iPad, Android tablet, or any MS Windows device; this allows the flight crew to access Cadence galley touch panel functions from anywhere in the aircraft as well as provides redundancy. It provides “an additional option for an easy and fast replacement of obsolete legacy galley switch panels and can add numerous valuable features to any cabin upgrade,” said Scarlata. 

Cadence switch panels are Alto’s customizable cabin passenger controls that function via discrete logic and no software, minimizing or eliminating woodwork by defining bezels that fit into the existing holes, considerably reducing installation costs. It is designed with modular, discrete switch assemblies.

Modules range from one to six positions, including USB charging, HDMI port, Bluetooth interface, and ordinance signage. Cadence is compatible with an aircraft’s existing cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems. All installations are customized to replace obsolete, non-serviceable, or broken passenger controls, as well as new installations. Cadence is flying in a wide variety of private aircraft, from turboprops to bizliners.

“We have surpassed 300 Cadence switch panels with unique, customized solutions for our clients,” said Kevin Hayes, Alto v-p sales and marketing.