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Leon Speakers Step Up
Ann Arbor, Mich. – On-wall speaker maker Leon Speakers has extended its selection of flat, on-wall speakers to higher price points with the Profile Ultima Series, intended likes its sister speakers for placement next to flat-panel video displays.

The Profile Ultima Series speakers are finished by hand to match the exact height and color of a consumer’s plasma, LCD or DLP display. Prices start at $3,895 per left/right pair and $2,495 and up for the center channel. Other on-wall speakers offered by Leon feature custom, hand-painted grill cloth designs and unusual cabinet materials such as copper and exotic woods, including flamed maple and burled walnut. Each speaker is built within three to five days of ordering.

The Ultima models feature Focal Utopia W cone woofers and Morel 33 cloth-dome tweeters to produce flat response from 60-22 kHz (+/- 3dB). Each Profile Ultima is handmade from ¾-inch solid MDF.

Leon was established in 1995 as an on-wall speaker maker.

Music, Maestro, Please
Mountlake Terrace, Wash. – AudioControl shipped its latest generation preamp/surround processor, the Maestro M2e at a suggested $2,399. Features include HDMI switching, transcoding of composite and S-Video to component video, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, RS-232 ports, and active balanced outputs to reject most hum, noise or distortion introduced along a video signal path and deliver high-quality audio and video over longer distances than passive outputs.

JL Plans Gotham Sub
Miramar, Fla. – JL Audio will extend its powered-subwoofer selection next year with shipments of the flagship Gotham g213, a dual-driver 3,800-watt peak model with automatic room-error correction.

The 34.1-inch-tall, 305-pound sub incorporates two front-firing 13.5-inch drivers with automatic signal sensing and variable phase control. A precise ship date hasn’t been announced, nor has a price, but it’s expected to cost more than the $2,700 and $3,300 prices of the new single-driver Fathom f112 and Fathom F113 models that recently shipped.


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