Definitive Readies 1.5-Inch-Deep Speakers

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Baltimore, Md. - Definitive Technology will go to the CEDIA Expo with the first of its thinnest in-room speakers to date and with the first LCR speakers in its custom series of Disappearing In-Wall speakers.

The company's first super-thin in-room speaker, the Mythos XTR-50, is a 1.5-inch-deep LCR intended for use with a growing selection of ever-thinner TVs with depths of less than 2 inches, Definitive said. The 27 by 6 by 1.5-inch speaker, sized for use with 46- to 55-inch flat-panel TVs, can be mounted horizontally or vertically. It ships to dealers in the first quarter at a suggested $799. Two more super-thin models will ship later in 2010, also with hand-polished aircraft-grade aluminum-extruded enclosure.

In the Disappearing In-Wall series, launched in 2008, the company will add the first two LCR models, which can be mounted horizontally or vertically in the wall. They'll join six round in-ceiling speakers, two square in-wall models, and one home-theater-oriented rectangular bipolar surround. All are promoted as offering near-invisibility because of their small diameters, hidden flanges and low-profile micro-perf grilles.

The super-thin XTR delivers "the kind of dynamic punch, wide frequency range and broad dispersion that flat vibrating membrane panel-type speakers simply cannot match," offering performance that would be expected from "a premium-priced normally sized speaker," the company said.

The tweeter mounted between each speaker's two woofers is the same pure aluminum dome tweeter used in the high-end Mythos ST SuperTower. To extend bass response, the XTR-50 pressure couples its woofers to multiple low-bass radiators.

The XTR-50 comes with wall-mounting bracket to enable vertical or horizontal mounting orientation. With the bracket, the speaker's on-wall depth is only 1.6 inches. The speaker also comes with stands for vertical table-top use and horizontal shelf placement.

The new Disappearing in-wall speakers are also two-way LCRs, but they feature pivoting 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter between two woofers. The two-way DI 5.5LCR, with two 5.25-inch woofers, and DI 6.5LCR, with two 6.5-inch woofers, install as easily as traditional flanged flush-mount speakers but don't require custom sheetrock work or spackling to make them look nearly invisible, the company said. They're promoted as delivering more bass output and dynamic range than competitive speakers with larger drivers, and they feature adjustable crossover networks.

Both models ship to dealers in January 2010 at suggested retails of $399 and $499 each, respectively.

The DI 5.5LCR's cutout dimension is only 14.4 by 6.5 inches, so it fits in standard wall stud spacing in horizontal applications, the company noted.

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