KEF will go to the CEDIA Expo with square and rectangular in-ceiling speakers to complement the round in-ceiling speakers that shipped earlier this year.
Four rectangular speakers and six square speakers will ship in the fourth quarter, all with ultra-thin bezels and magnetically attached grilles for a nonobtrusive look. All also feature tangerine wave guides for the tweeters to widen dispersion. They also have woofers mounted as closely as possible to the plane of the ceiling so that, when combined with a special trim ring, the speakers effectively eliminate diffraction distortion, said product manager David Kroll. All are two-way models.
Six of the new models also feature proprietary Uni-Q driver design, placing the tweeter in the acoustic center of the woofer to deliver wider sound dispersion than speakers with pivoting tweeter/ woofer combinations, the company said. The design allows for more flexible placement of speakers while delivering balanced off-axis response, the company said.The other speakers use an asymmetrical tweeter island to deliver near UniQ performance at lower prices.
Prices haven’t been determined.
The new speakers join round inceiling models that brought ultrathin bezels, smaller footprints and improved tangerine waveguide to the company’s inceiling lineup.
The ultra-thin bezels’ deliver a “modern look that is in high demand with architects and designers,” said product manager David Kroll said, and Uni-Q gives consumer the benefit of “placement-friendly, wide off-axis response and a small visible footprint.” The speakers also feature a proprietary grille treatments to make them suitable for use in humid and moist areas, including bathrooms, boats or homes near water.
In UniQ-equipped speakers, there are four square and two rectangular models. The square models are the Ci100QS with 4-inch woofer, Ci130QS with 5.25-inch woofer, Ci160QS with 6.5-inch woofer and Ci200QS with 8-inch woofer. All feature a 0.75- inch tweeter except for the 8-inch Ci100QS, which features a 1-inch tweeter.
The two rectangular models with UniQ are the Ci- 160QL with 6.5-inch woofer and 0.75-inch tweeter, and Ci200QL with 8-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
Among the four speakers with asymmetrical tweeter island, two are square and two are rectangular. The square speakers are the Ci130CS with 5.25- inch woofer and 0.75-inch tweeter and the Ci160CS with 6.5-inch driver and 0.75-inch tweeter.
The rectangular speakers with asymmetrical tweeter island are the Ci160CL with 6.6-inch woofer and 0.75-inch tweeter and the Ci200CL with 8-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
The new speakers join the three round in-ceiling models in the two-way QR series with UniQ driver configuration at $249 to $349 each and four round in-ceiling two-way CR series speakers that use asymmetrical tweeter island to deliver near UniQ performance at lower prices of $179 to $274 each.