Phase Focus At CEDIA Expo: Small Speakers

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Jacksonville, Fla. - Small size will be one of the themes that Phase Technology will promote at September's CEDIA Expo, where it will launch small in-room home theater speakers and a series of 3-inch speakers for custom-install applications.

The company, meantime, shipped its first wireless subwoofers, shown at last year's CEDIA Expo.

SPF-15

The new 3-inch speakers come in four configurations for bringing sound to kitchen backsplashes, stairs, patio areas or home offices, the company said. The selection include a surface-mount model, a square in-wall model, a round in-ceiling speaker, and a model that fits in a standard double-gang box or mud ring.

The SPF-15 surface-mount speaker features a 3-inch polypropylene full-range driver with butyl rubber surround and aimable mounting system. The mounting system rotates up to 90 degrees and connects to a wall plate that swivels 173 degrees in both directions. No speaker wires are visible because all wires connect at the speaker's wall-plate back box. The components are also weatherized for indoor or outdoor use. It's available in black or white with optional custom paint. A 70-volt transformer option is also available for long speaker runs.

The CI 1.5 3-inch speaker is a round in-ceiling speaker with shallow 3.75-inch backcan and paintable black or white grille. Components are weatherized for indoor or outdoor uses. A 70-100-volt transformer is included for long speaker runs.

The 3-inch CI 15 square in-wall speaker comes with 3.75-inch backcan, square paintable grille in black or white, an optional theft-resistant stainless grille, and included 70-100-volt transformer.

The fourth 3-inch speaker, the CI-MM3-II, fits in a standard double gang box or mud ring for installation in kitchens, foyers, bathrooms and hallways. It comes with snap-on paintable grille. Prices weren't available.

The small-size in-room home-theater speakers are part of the CineMicro One 5.1 package, which consists of four satellite speakers, a dual-woofer center channel speaker, and an 8-inch long-throw sub in all-wood enclosures. Additional speakers can be purchased to expand the package into a 6.1-, 7.1- or 7.2-channel system.

 The satellite speakers measure 6.5 by 5 by 4.5 inches. The center speaker is 10.5 by 4.5 by 4.75 inches, and the sub is 15 by 12.5 by 11 inches.

The satellite and center speakers, which each deliver 100-watt power handling capacity, are finished in high-gloss hand-polished piano-black finish. The satellites and center can be wall-mounted or placed on a shelf. All incorporate Phase's Absolute Phase crossover networks to deliver what the company called superior vertical and horizontal off-axis performance. Pricing wasn't available.

"The CineMicro One was designed and engineered with sound quality that belies its size as the top priority," said Duke Ducoff, sales VP of Phase parent MSE Audio Group.

The three wireless subs in the PC SUB WL series, now shipping, are 8-, 10- and 12-inch models, all described as compact with downward-firing active woofer and front-firing passive radiator in a curved cabinet that reduces distortion caused by from standing waves. The long-excursion woofer and radiator provide peak-to-peak motion up to 2.5 inches.

Each sub incorporates built-in 2.4GHz wireless receiver that receives low-bass signals from a small transmitter attached to the sub out of a sound system. Audio is transmitted in digitally uncompressed form. Standard RCA terminals are provided for a wired connection. Pricing wasn't available.

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