More Snell Phantoms To Appear

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Las Vegas - Snell is adding a center-channel speaker to its fledgling high-end Phantom series and plans to follow up with a Phantom subwoofer in the summer and an LCR by year's end, said VP/brand manager Bob Graffy.

The $7,500 center channel, due at the end of March, will join the recently shipped Phantom tower, priced at $20,000/pair and $25,000/pair, depending on finish. The tower borrows technology and design elements from the flagship $50,000/pair Illusion tower and brings them to a smaller footprint at a lower price with a design tailored to conventional living rooms, the company said.

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The Illusion tower was built as a statement piece. The Phantom tower, although about 80 percent of the Illusion's size and about half the flagship's price, delivers almost all of the performance characteristics of the flagship except for total output and bass extension, the company said.

Like the Illusion and Phantom tower, the Phantom center channel can be triamped or triwired, biamped or biwired, or powered by a single amp channel. The center channel, displayed at International CES, features dual 8-inch aluminum woofers and dual 4.5-inch magnesium midrange drivers mounted over and under a low-resonance 1-inch SEAS XL silk dome tweeter. It delivers bass down to 40Hz.

The planned subwoofer and LCR weren't on display, but Graffy said the LCR would be a two-way model, perhaps about 20 inches tall, and could serve as a surround speaker.

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