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Artison Speakers Get Slimmer As TVs Get Thinner

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

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.