Final Electrostatic Loudspeakers
The on-walls mount with a specially designed plate that can tilt, pan or pivot, bringing the front plane of the speakers out approximately four inches from the wall, or about the same as a typical plasma TV. The angle flexibility is especially relevant for properly setting up the sweet spot for electrostatics, which when correctly oriented to the listening area, can offer tremendous spatial realism. The speakers are framed in an attractive anodized aluminum, with the panel protectors in a black metal mesh. The subwoofer, which is down-firing and features a 10-inch aluminum driver powered by 160 watts, is finished in an attractive, high-gloss piano black.
The Model 100s can be driven with as little as 60 watts, but Final recommends between 90 and 150, which I would agree. At 86 dB/m at 4 ohms, these aren't terribly sensitive, but any installation of this caliber would likely include more than enough juice to make the panels sing. The frequency response is 150 Hz - 25kHz, for the mains, center and surrounds. The subwoofer is rated from 25Hz to 225Hz, and offers a variable crossover point and volume control.
While the placement of the Final speakers is obvious, the addition of the central unit makes them a more involved installation than a traditional dynamic speaker system. The FCU is about the size of a small stereo power amplifier, in an attractive brushed aluminum finish with a blue LED to indicate power. The power supplies for each individual panel are on circuit boards that snap into the FCU, much like installing an accessory card on a PC. The power supplies are fed as individual channels from the audio amplifier, which connects to the FCU "channels" by way of banana plugs (and banana plugs only). The circuit boards then connect to each individual panel by way of the supplied cable, which is terminated in a molex-type snap-in connector. These connectors are fairly sizeable, and I'd recommend pulling the wires to each speaker with at least one connector end removed for the job (these are easily re-attached). The cables themselves are fairly thick, about the size of a typical coaxial lead.