A bathroom can be a place to groom and be alone with your thoughts. But if your thoughts require a soundtrack from an in-wall sound system or even an in-mirror flat-panel TV, multiple companies are lining up to help you out.
Kohler at the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago unveiled an array of bathroom audio systems that expand upon the Sound Tile in-wall speakers ($379) from Polk Audio that it has sold for the past few years.
Kohler’s bathroom audio lineup now includes an amplifier ($240) that can be paired with up to eight Bluetooth devices or four speakers and a soundbar add-on ($227) for Kohler’s CL Medicine Cabinets. Kohler wouldn’t disclose who makes the audio equipment.
For more advanced audiophiles (or videophiles), Kohler also introduced the VibrAcoustic system for its Underscore bath line. This system can be used as a stand-alone audio option for the bathroom or to pulse music directly into the tub as you bathe. (Prices range from $1,056 to $4,635, depending on the size of the bathtub.)
Robern also has a medicine cabinet that has an 8-inch LCD TV that’s built into the mirror ($3,609– $3,934). The TViD cabinet works with cable and satellite systems and a DVR. It includes a USB hookup into which consumers can plug a personal media player. Robern wouldn’t disclose who makes the TV.