Speaker and Sub Roundup
Atlantic Technology’s IWCB (In-Wall Closed Box) line of architectural speakers features completely sealed enclosures for improved performance. The three models employ either 5.25-inch or 6.5-inch woofers, soft dome tweeters, and acoustic controls. The IWCB-525 (pictured) includes a second diaphragm, identical to that used in its woofer, that is mounted as a bass pressure driver for improved linearity and extended bass response.
Klipsch launched in-wall versions of its THX Ultra2-certified custom home theater system: the KL-7800-THX in-wall LCR ($1,000 MSRP) and KS-7800-THX in-wall surround ($750 MSRP). These models can create a complete THX Ultra2-certified in-wall system when installed with Klipsch’s KW-120-THX subwoofers and a KA-1000-THX subwoofer amplifier; they can also be matched with its THX Ultra2 box product.
Niles Audio introduced 26 new ceiling-mount loudspeakers and subwoofers that will ship early next year. Included is the CM730DS ceiling-mount speaker (pictured, $400/pair), which features a seven-inch fully-pivoting polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround and a one-inch soft-dome, bridge-mounted, joystick-type pivoting tweeter. Tweeter level control is provided.
DBL Distributing says its new, mid-priced Emphasys line of 15 custom install speakers is designed to be “easy to buy and easy to sell, with products that fill only the most in-demand needs of dealers.” Products include in-ceiling and in-wall LCR speakers. The line features aluminum woofers and tweeters for low distortion.
PSB Speakers expanded its value-priced CustomSound Series with six new in-walls: the CW28, CW26, CW80R, CW88R, CW60R and CW50R (MSRPs range from $229 to $479, shipping fourth quarter). The CW28 and CW26 are rectangular two-way designs; the rest are two-way round coaxial models. Each comes with “dog leg” mounting clamps for quick installation.
BG’s PD Series in-wall and in-ceiling speakers range in price from $400 each to $1,000 per pair. They feature a new magnet system that provides higher sensitivity, along with revised crossovers for smoother response, black Kevlar woofers and redesigned ribbon faceplates. The PD-6Ci (pictured, $599 per pair, available late fall) is a two-way in-ceiling speaker featuring BG’s patented planar ribbon tweeter.
Infinity Systems’ redesigned Total Solution TSS-800 is a compact 5.1-channel home theater loudspeaker system ($899 SRP) that includes four two-way satellite speakers, a center channel loudspeaker and a 10-inch, 150-watt powered subwoofer. Included is Infinity’s Metal Matrix Diaphragm driver technology for improved sonic accuracy and refinement. Available in platinum or charcoal finish.
Triad Speakers’ OnWall Mini LCR 3.0 Loudspeaker System ($1,250 MSRP in standard black; $1,350 MSRP in white or silver finish; additional $300 for custom paint-match finish) combines left, center and right channel speakers into a single small enclosure that the company says is ideal for on-wall use with a 42-inch flat panel. For use with larger flat panels, the enclosure can be ordered in custom widths to match that of the display.
Boston Acoustics’ new flagship E Series loudspeaker line features five different speaker sizes from compact bookshelf models to full-sized floor-standing units. The top-of-the-line E100 (pictured, $2,500 MAP) stands six feet tall and sports six 5.25-inch woofers, a 5.25-inch midrange/woofer, a 3.25-inch midrange driver, a one-inch tweeter and a rear-facing VR tweeter.
SpeakerCraft has added five on-wall speakers to its Tantra Line that are designed to complement the aesthetics of flat panel TVs. The entry-level Tantra One (pictured, $200 SRP) is a surface mount speaker with a 5.25-inch aluminum cone woofer, a pivoting one-inch aluminum tweeter and optional table and floor stand. Its secure bracket assembly allows for mounting onto any wall surface. Available in silver or black finish.
KEF’s new Home Theater 3000 5.1-channel speaker system includes the HTB2 high-powered subwoofer (pictured, $799 retail), which features a long-throw drive unit and a passive radiator powered by a 250-watt Class D amp. Its intriguing configuration allows for vertical or horizontal positioning.
Polk Audio’s RTS100 ($1,200 SRP) is the first in-ceiling speaker to be THX Ultra2-certified. It measures 14 inches in diameter and features dual 5.25-inch midrange drivers and a one-inch Ring Radiator tweeter mounted between the drivers. The speaker comes with both a perforated metal grille and a cloth grille, so homeowners can choose their favorite look and installers don’t need two SKUs.
Definitive Technology’s UIW Reference Ceiling Speaker II ($599 projected retail, available fall) is intended for use as an in-ceiling front main left, center or right channel speaker, as well as a rear or side surround speaker; it also can be used as a left or right speaker in a stereo system. It features a totally non-resonant sealed medite enclosure, forward-angled D’Appolito driver array, pressure-coupled planar low bass radiators and dual angled baffles.
Artison’s RCC 600 In-Wall Subwoofer ($2,000 MSRP) is reactance-canceling and vibration-free. Its Dual Driver Motor assembly and “edgeless surround” technology provide lush bass and full-bodied sound; its separate rackmountable 600-watt, Class-D amplifier uses Digital Signal Processing software to allow for a customized setup. The RCC 600 measures 23.5 x 9.5 inches after installation.
Paradigm expanded its high-end Reference collection with the first product in its Millenia Series, the six-driver, 2.5-way Millenia 200 floorstanding speaker ($1,299/pr. FMV). The slimmest offering from Paradigm to date, it’s available in black chrome or polished aluminum finish.