twice connect
careers

Polk Shrinks In-Ceiling Speaker Footprint

1/04/2010 01:31:00 AM Eastern

Las Vegas
- The first in-ceiling speakers in Polk's Vanishing Series feature an oval
woofer mounted to a steeply angled tube inside the ceiling, shrinking the
speaker's footprint without sacrificing bass output and extension, the company
said.

The smaller footprints cosmetically blend in better with the
growing selection of small-footprint in-ceiling lights, the company yadded..

Six three-way in-ceiling models
ship in the second quarter at $229 each to $549 each. They join in-wall Vanishing
Series models priced from $400 to $1,500 per pair.

The in-ceiling and in-wall
models both feature slim 3mm bezels, grilles that protrude from the wall only
by 7mm, and micro-perf grilles with 0.6mm hole size to look sheer from only a
few feet away.

The in-ceiling models add
reduced footprints by mounting an oval woofer to a steeply angled oval tube
inside the ceiling. The woofer fires into the tube through ports that reside on
a 15-degree angled baffle, onto which the tweeter and midrange are also mounted.

A Vanishing Series in-ceiling
speaker with 9-inch oval woofer delivers the surface area of an 8-inch round
woofer but fits in the cutout required by more traditional 6.5-inch speakers, Baron
noted.

Mounting the tweeter and
midrange at a 15-degree angle in the baffle lets installers focus their output
toward the prime listening positions in home theater and multiroom-audio
applications, the company added. All six models feature 0.75-inch dome tweeter
and 2.5- or 3.5-inch midranges. Woofers are 5-, 7- and 9-inch ovals.