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Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena. 12/04/2009 7:00 AM Eastern

Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Atlas Sound FAP42TC

Until the past few years, technology advances in architectural loudspeakers were aimed primarily at the freestanding and exterior-mounted models where designers had a more free hand, but new materials and steerable tweeters have made their way into the ceiling loudspeaker market with impressive results. The ceiling has never been a friendly environment for sound sources. Flush-mounted overhead loudspeakers have had to compete with lighting fixtures, HVAC vents, and plumbing along with producing sound that approaches the listener from an unusual angle. The lower the ceiling, the more the sound tends to spot into localized pools. Many of the models listed here have used new technology in the quest to produce a balanced sound environment in each room while minimizing acoustic leakage through attic space into adjacent rooms.

For low-ceiling installations, the Atlas Sound FAP42TC provides a 130-degree dispersion angle to minimize the number of loudspeakers needed for a smooth sound field in the space. It features a power rating of 25W and power taps at 1W, 2W, 4W, 8W, and 16W along with a frequency response from 83Hz to 20kHz ±7dB.

Bogen CSD2X2

Bogen CSD2X2

Bogen offers the CSD2X2 for quick and easy installation in a suspended ceiling. The unit fits right into a 2'x2' ceiling tile space and includes an enclosed back can that houses an 8in. woofer and a secondary high-frequency cone. The 70/25W transformer has power taps at 4W, 2W, 1W, 0.5W, and 0.25W and the frequency response is 95Hz to 20kHz.

Bose Virtually Invisible 791

Bose Virtually Invisible 791

Designed for professional installers or do-it-yourselfers, the new Bose Virtually Invisible 791 combines a 7in. woofer and two tweeters for evenly distributed sound over a wide area. Four clamps are used to secure each loudspeaker into the ceiling. A small molded arrow on the frame indicates the correct orientation and a simple twist of the grille snaps it into place.

The CI 600 series loudspeakers from Bowers & Wilkins have 5mm bezels that can be painted in the client's choice of colors, and there is a choice of round or square grille. The CCM684 two-way system has a 1in. soft dome tweeter and an 8in. black fiberglass cone for bass and midrange. These deliver a frequency response from 35Hz to 35kHz with power handling capacity of 25W to 130W.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Community Professional Loudspeakers Cloud 1299T

Community Professional Loudspeakers Cloud 1299T

For larger areas such as convention centers and exhibit halls, the Cloud 1299T two-way, coaxial loudspeaker from Community Professional Loudspeakers puts out 200W continuous power with an 8Ω input and 60Hz-to-18kHz response. The peak SPL rating is 125dB with a 12in. LF driver and precise pattern control HF horn.

For 100V systems, the 6in. Dynacord DL 96 B provides continuous power handling at 6W with power taps at 6W, 3W, and 1.5W. The ring and front grille are equipped with a bayonet-style quick mount. The frequency response is 85Hz to 18.5kHz, and the maximum SPL handling capacity is 100dB.

EAW CIS991

EAW CIS991

Designed to mount in a 24in. ceiling grid, the CIS991 from EAW uses an array of loudspeakers in one unit sharing a common backcan to provide full frequency response from 79Hz to 20kHz with four 5.25in. LF units, four 4.5in. MF cones, and one HF horn. The 70/100V system has power taps at 128W, 64W, 32W, and 16W.



Electro-Voice EVID C4.2

Electro-Voice EVID C4.2

Electro-Voice offers a complete two-way loudspeaker package in the 4in. coaxial EVID C4.2 sealed backcan loudspeaker for 70/100V or 8Ω operation. The unit provides a conical coverage pattern of 130 degrees and a frequency response of 65Hz to 20kHz with power handling of 80W continuous and 320W peak.

Genelec AIC25

Genelec AIC25

The Genelec AIC25 active two-way loudspeaker is part of a system that includes its matching rackmounted remote RAM2 amplifier module that features active crossover circuitry and 40+40W amplifiers for the bass and treble drivers. The system provides a frequency response of 70Hz to 18kHz and a maximum peak acoustic output of 100dB SPL per pair.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Holosonics Audio Spotlight AS-24

Holosonics Audio Spotlight AS-24

Holosonics has an interesting new concept for beaming sound into a specific area with minimal acoustic spread to the surrounding area in the Audio Spotlight AS-24. From a height of about 12ft., the unit spots a 1kHz tone with a 20dB drop beyond a 3ft. radius. The system consists of the transducer unit and the matching Sound Beam processor/amplifier.

JBL Control 47CT

JBL Control 47CT

Introduced this year, the Control 47CT from JBL features the Conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) adapted from the JBL VerTec series of line arrays. This design combines a large-diameter HF waveguide and LF projection apertures to allow 120 degrees of coverage over a wide frequency range to allow fewer loudspeakers to cover more area.

For whole house audio systems, Klipsch offers the CDT-5650-C with separately pivoting 1in. titanium tweeter and 6.5in. cerametallic woofer. The tweeter and its tractrix horn swivels 100 degrees while the woofer can rotate 360 degrees and shift 15 degrees in any direction. They provide a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz ±3dB at 8Ω with program power handling at 50W and 200W peak.

Leon Speakers offers its 6in. model in the Axis series, the Axis AX-61with a silk dome pivoting tweeter and Leon's Acoustic Resonance Control (ARC) technology to eliminate standing waves. The 70W, 8Ω unit has a frequency response of 85Hz to 20kHz and provides 90dB SPL at 1W/1 meter.

Mirage Omnican OC-55

Mirage Omnican OC-55

The weather-resistant construction of the Mirage Omnican OC-55 allows a wide range of installation options aided by the rotatable OmniGuide module for selectable directivity. The 8Ω unit can work with power amps delivering from 10W to 125W and deliver 80Hz-to-20kHz frequency response. It also features a paintable grille and bezel.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Niles Audio CM750DSC

Niles Audio CM750DSC

The CM750DSC 7in. directed soundfield loudspeaker from Niles Audio has a twist-and-lock baffle and frame mechanism for easy mounting, and the woofer assembly pivots up to 20 degrees to direct bass and midrange. The 8Ω unit takes 10W to 125W of amp power and delivers a frequency response of 55Hz to 21kHz ±3dB. There is also a three-position tweeter level control.

Paradigm AMS-350

Paradigm AMS-350

Designed for in-wall or ceiling installs, the three-driver, two-way AMS-350 from Paradigm uses a 1in. PTD dome tweeter and two 8in. mineral-filled woofers with polypropylene cones to produce audio from 55Hz to 20kHz with a crossover at 1.8kHz and handling power up to 150W. The attractive rectangular unit consists of a die-cast chassis and has a paintable white grille.

The Aramid 6.5in. fiber cone woofer and 1.5in. titanium dome/aluminum cone tweeter in the S-IC671A loudspeaker from Pioneer Electronics handle a maximum input power of 130W and deliver a frequency response of 32Hz to 40kHz with a crossover frequency of 2.2kHz. The grille can be painted to match room décor.

Polk Audio LC-80i-IP

Polk Audio LC-80i-IP

In the new wave of IP-delivered AV, Polk Audio presents the LC-80i-IP loudspeaker using IP audio distribution. The unit sports built-in DSP for room optimization using the Performance Optimization Wizard software via USB or IP connection. The unit's 100W power is handled by the 25W tweeter and 75W woofer.

Better high-frequency dispersion is the idea behind the twin tweeters on the C800TT from Proficient Audio Systems. This model features an 8in. graphite woofer with rubber surround and twin pivoting 1in. aluminum tweeters along with bass and treble contour switches. The unit handles 150W and exhibits a 28Hz-to-22kHz frequency response.

The CW180R from PSB Speakers has its 8in. woven fiberglass woofer and 1in. aluminum dome tweeter mounted coaxially, and together they produce a frequency response from 38Hz to 21kHz with a typical 90dB SPL. The 8Ω unit can handle 20W to 100W of power and features dual, gold-plated 12 AWG spring-loaded terminals.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




RBH Sound markets its TK-615 for budget-conscious clients placing a premium on durability. The two-way ceiling unit features a 6.5in. fiberglass matrix cone woofer mounted coaxially with a 3/4in. aluminum dome swiveling tweeter, and the two can handle power up to 100W at 8Ω with 50Hz-to-20kHz audio response. The grille and frame are paintable to match décor.

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The two-way Acclaim 7C86 from Russound incorporates treble and bass switches with +3dB, 0dB, and -3dB settings along with a pivoting 1in. tweeter and 8in. Kevlar woofer. A Twist and Tilt setting of 0 degrees or 15 degrees aids in directivity customization, and the unit includes gold-plated binding post connections along with frequency response of 32Hz to 22kHz ±3dB.

This fall, Sonance unveiled its new Cinema Series loudspeakers for home theater applications. The new products have an ultrathin .20in. trim and easy attaching magnetic grilles. A star in the line is the LCR1S with two 5.25in. carbon-fiber Rohacell laminated woofers, a 4in. midrange cone, and a 1in. silk dome tweeter. Mounted in an angled face, the units provide an audio response 70Hz to 20kHz with up to 150W maximum power handling.

SoundTube Entertainment CM890i

SoundTube Entertainment CM890i

SoundTube Entertainment markets the CM890i for airports, convention centers, and other venues where maximum coverage with even frequency response is needed. The loudspeaker uses BroadBeamHP waveguide technology to produce an EASE-documented consistent dispersion pattern up to 10kHz. The system handles 125W continuous power and delivers a response of 77Hz to 20kHz ±3dB.

SpeakerCraft has a very interesting concept in its Time Series loudspeakers. On commands from a remote control, these can descend from their backcan and tilt at 15, 30, or 45 degrees and rotate to point to a selected spot in the room. The Time Five has an aluminum/magnesium dome tweeter, is fully programmable, and provides a frequency response of 33Hz to 20kHz ±2dB.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Speco Technologies SP6NXCTUL

Speco Technologies SP6NXCTUL

The SP6NXCTUL 6.5in. ported bass loudspeaker from Speco Technologies features a fire-retardant metal backcan, quick snap terminals, and a 70V transformer dial for power tap selection. The polypropylene woofer has a rubber surround, and together with the .75in. silk dome tweeter, they produce a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz with power handling capacity of 80W.

Tannoy CMS801 DC

Tannoy CMS801 DC

For wide dispersion with even frequency response in a 70/100V system, Tannoy offers the CMS801 DC with the Tannoy Dual Concentric consisting of a multifiber paper-pulp mid-bass cone and a 1in. ferrofluid cooled titanium dome HF unit with a neodymium magnet system. The unit produces a 47Hz-to-30kHz audio response and an average power handling capacity of 90W.



Thiel Audio HigherPlane 1.2

Thiel Audio HigherPlane 1.2

The HigherPlane 1.2 ceiling loudspeaker system from Thiel Audio is based on the company's in-wall PowerPoint and has a metal diaphragm 6.5in. woofer coaxially mounted with a 1in. metal dome tweeter. It offers a bandwidth of 75Hz to 20kHz, a power handling capacity of 30W to 200W, and the 1.2 version is mounted in a rigid aluminum enclosure to reduce unwanted vibration.

Triad Gold/8 MiniMonitor

Triad Gold/8 MiniMonitor

Triad Speakers designed the Gold/8 MiniMonitor with uncompromising components from the loudspeaker circuitry to the wood in the box. In an unusual arrangement, the box mounts in the ceiling to present an angled front for the 6.5in. woofer and 1in. fabric dome tweeter. The two are mounted side by side rather than coaxially. The unit can handle up to 150W in delivering a frequency response of 50Hz to 20kHz ±3dB.


Ceiling Loudspeakers

Dec 4, 2009 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

Technology meets the challenge in a tough arena.




Tru Audio GG-8

Tru Audio GG-8

Tru Audio picked the name "Ghost" for the series of ceiling loudspeakers to which the GG-8 belongs because of the disappearing act performed by their 2mm micro reveal and rimless magnetic grilles. The GG-8 consists of a white glass-fiber woofer and a 1in. swiveling titanium tweeter with a combined frequency response of 34Hz to 20kHz. The system can handle power levels from 5W to 150W and both components have level adjustments of +3dB, 0db, and -3dB.

For simple installation in a 70/100V system Yorkville Sound offers the 60W Coliseum C165W ceiling loudspeaker with a 6in. woofer and 3/4in. tweeter providing 100Hz-to-16kHz response. It has power taps of 7.5W, 15W, 30W, and 60W along with an ABS plastic housing and metal grille, making it suitable for installation in drywall or a drop ceiling.


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