Incline Village, Nev.- Artison will go to the CEDIA Expo to replace its three flat Portrait-series LCR speakers with new versions that are thinner, lighter and easier to attach to a flat-panel TV.
Like before, the speakers feature a patented Dual Mono design in which a left speaker and a right speak each feature a toed-in center-channel driver to deliver focused center-channel sound without a separate center-channel enclosure, said company founder Cary Christie. Also like before, they feature a front-stage-widening tweeter that fires out at a 45-degree angle from a curved panel toward the back of the cabinet.
The grilles are once again custom-made within 24 to 48 hours by Artison to match the height of a particular TV with screen size of 46 inches and larger.
The updated $2,625/pair Masterpiece, $1,825/pair Portrait, and $1,175/pair Sketch feature cabinets whose depth has been reduced to 2.1 inches (with grille) from 4.2 inches for attachment to the thinnest 8mm LED-LCD TVs. The speakers weigh 60 percent less than their predecessors.
The speakers have also been redesigned to make it easier to mount curved grilles on the speaker cabinets after the cabinets have been attached to a TV.
To reduce cabinet depth, the company turned to an inverted-magnet woofer in which the magnet structure sits on the front inside of the cone.
At the top of the line, the Masterpiece features two 5.5-inch long-throw Kevlar midrange/woofer drivers, two curved-line arrays using 25mm aluminum full-range drivers, and a 25mm silk-dome tweeter.