Peabody, Mass. - Boston Acoustics has replaced its three-year-old Classic series of value- and performance-oriented in-room speakers with the similarly positioned Classic II series.
The original Classic series was launched in 2008, marking the brand's return to a price range that it had dropped more than two years before. Like before, Classic II is an open line, whereas the brand's Reflection and flagship VS series are targeted to A/V specialists.
The vinyl-clad series, available in a black walnut finish, consists of the $199-suggested-each CS 260 II 6.5-inch two-way floorstanding speaker; the $199 CS 225C II two-way center channel speaker with dual 5.25-inch woofers; the $149 CS 26 II two-way 6.5-inch bookshelf speaker; the $99 CS23 II two-way 3.5-inch compact bookshelf speaker; and the $299 CS Sub10 II 100-watt 10-inch down-firing DCD subwoofer. In addition, Boston Acoustics is packaging four CS 23 II bookshelf speakers and a CS 23 II center channel into the $579-suggested CS 2300 II surround-sound speaker system.
The speakers sport a more refined cosmetic design that cleans up their lines and provides a more streamlined appearance "while at the same time maintaining the gently curved grilles and overall proportions," a spokesperson said.
With the line, the company also reduced the number of SKUs while also providing enough models to let consumers create a variety of "very capable" two-channel and home theater systems, the spokesperson said.
Like before, the series features soft-dome tweeters made of Kortec woven polyester with a special stiffening agent to deliver high-frequency extension typically associated with metal dome tweeters but without their harshness, the company said. The speakers also incorporate graphite-injected woofers featuring Deep Channel Design (DCD) to deliver more bass output with less amplifier power. DCD driver design uses a deeply grooved pole plate that lets the voice coil travel farther for greater output, the company explained. The speakers also feature acoustically tuned ports to extend bass response.
The previous Classic line topped out at a suggested $249 for a single 6.5-inch two-way tower.
The speakers will ship in late August.