Sonance has been a driving force in the custom installation industry since the early 1980s, when company founders Scott Struthers and Geoff Spencer developed the world’s first residential in-wall speaker. The brand continues to excel in the in-wall speaker business, and is currently working on a new series of architectural speakers designed specifically to work with the new Sonos Amp. But Sonance has also expanded into a variety of other product categories, including what the company describes as “landscape solutions that deliver audiophile sound-quality in outdoor environments.” Audioholics is in the process of reviewing one such product, the Sonance Mariner 86, which is the largest in the Mariner series of outdoor speakers.… Read the full article
Speaker manufacturer Monitor Audio new super slim line up of in-wall speakers appears thin in profile but BIG on sound. Dubbed the WSS speakers, Monitor Audio has given the consumer a choice of three models all which share the same footprint and pre-construction bracket. The WSS speaker range features a three-driver layout that helps keep the frontal profile slender, yet according to Monito Audio “Provides a similar surface area and performance to a typical 6 1/2″ driver”. At just 2″ deep it does open up a wide variety of installation scenarios helping to provide huge flexibility when it comes to placement of the speakers.… Read the full article
When speaker manufacturer Goldenear released their Triton Reference Series in January 2017 and won the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, Audioholics was there to cover the news of their new super speakers. So it’s no surprise that as CEDIA 2017 rolled in we were there to cover Goldenear’s newest release, the Invisa Signature Point Source In-Wall Speaker. As with other Goldenear Speakers, the Signature Point Source will feature their High Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeter as well as four 5.25″ UN-identical drivers.… Read the full article
Beautiful and unobtrusive, the Triad Designer Series delivers an uncompromising sound quality that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics or home design.
Control4 Corporation, known as a global provider of smart home solutions, announced the availability of the new Triad Designer Series of high-performance in-ceiling speakers. The Triad Designer Series in-ceiling speakers are said to deliver rich, full sound from a tiny four-inch, flush-mount speaker grill, making them the ideal solution for both beautiful sound performance and elegant home design. But we also wonder if they would serve equally well as a height channel for Atmos/DTS:X installations.… Read the full article
With architectural speakers creating all the buzz for 3D sound, you know that home audio company Pro Audio had to get further immersed in the mix. With the recent release of their newest in-wall or in-ceiling speaker, the SCRS-6c-iw Pro Audio fully entrenches itself as a player in the $1k/speaker in-wall arena. The speaker measures in at an 8” square, but the 3.9” depth may be just what you need for your new Dolby Atmos or DTS:X flush mounted system.
Pro Audio managed to keep their
6.5” driver depth to a minimum by using a common magnet for both the high-output
woofer and the coaxially mounted, compression tweeter, allowing the SCRS-6c-iw
to fit into a standard 2″x4″ stud construction wall.
For custom installed speaker
specialists, the new KEF Ci5160REF-THX might be the new go to in wall speaker
for the highest of the high end home theaters. As part of the new Extreme Home Theater THX Ci
Series, KEF is certainly proud of this series which is THX Ultra 2 certified
and are priced at $10,000 each.
The Ci5160REF-THX features four
powerful linear 165mm (6.5 inch) bass drivers and KEF’s flagship 125mm (5 inch)
MF/HF Uni-Q array with 25mm (1 inch) vented aluminum dome tweeter at the
When I saw KEF’s new Ci4100QL-THX In-Wall speaker this week at the 2016 CEDIA EXPO show in Dallas, Texas, I thought there there was a misprint. A speaker from KEF with Select
2 THX certification and a 4” Uni-Q
driver array and three 4” bass drivers with a price of $600/each? Maybe if you add another zero on the end!
Ci4100QL-THX speaker features KEF’s Uni-Q driver that is designed to enable the mid-range and
tweeter to act as a single point source.
Outdoor speakers have come a long way, and the offerings at CEDIA this year demonstrate a commitment by all the major players to be out and be invisible; but most certainly to bring indoor quality sound to the outdoors. Manufactures are no longer satisfied with speaker housing shaped like rocks to blend into the surroundings, but indoor caliber speakers in aesthetically pleasing and understated housings that even include exterior lighting. Dual purpose, that’s that’s novel!
Although there are a variety of options out there from the likes of Paradigm, Revel by Harman, Klispch, Near, Triad, and TruAudio they also seemed to be very similar in form factor.… Read the full article
We saw two new editions to KEF’s ‘Q’ series line at the 2016 CEDIA Expo show in Dallas, Texas – the Ci200QSb-THX in wall or in-ceiling subwoofer and the ridiculously thin Ci200TRb.
The Ci200QSb is a THX-certified 8” square subwoofer. When configuring four Ci200QSb-THX subwoofers with a KASA500, THX Select 2 certification standards are achieved. and when configuring eight Ci200QSb-THX subwoofers with a KASA500, THX Ultra 2 certifications standards are met.
The Ci200TRb is an ultra-thin architectural speaker with an 8” dual-voice coil subwoofer and a mere 50mm (1.96”) mounting depth.… Read the full article
Immersive audio has been a real game changer in home theater. Once you’ve experienced it, you can’t go back. If you haven’t heard it, you don’t know what you’re missing—it’s awesome. But immersive audio takes a bit more than your typical 5.1 or 7.1 and to do it right, you should have discrete speakers all around instead of the Atmos-enabled bouncy kinds.
Taking full advantage of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or Auro-3D you’ll need both ear level and in-ceiling speakers. But what do you do when you have a room or (ahem) spouse who just won’t allow you to put floor standing or bookshelf speakers in your room?… Read the full article