Pinnacle Makes Changes To Flagship Speaker Series

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Boca Raton, Fla. - Pinnacle Speakers is replacing its reference speaker line with a new line of eight in-room speakers priced from $159 each to $2,000 each.

Shipments of select models start in June, with other models shipping in the coming months through fall.

The Black Diamond II series replaces the original Black Diamond series and features satellites, LCRs and floorstanding towers. All feature black piano lacquer finish.

With the launch, the company is expanding the series to new lower and higher price points, said senior marketing coordinator Arin Roos.

"We've really worked to stay true to our philosophy of excellence at affordable prices," he said. "We've added to both ends of the spectrum with a new starting point in the line at $159 each for the BD 100 satellite, where previously the entry point was $499. And, at the high end, we've maxed the line out at $4,000 for a pair of BD 2000 Series II towers, where it had been capped at $3,000 [per pair] before."

Compared to their predecessors, the new models extend bass and treble range for improved tonal balance and accuracy, feature curved cabinets in most models for a new look, and use low- resonance cabinets for deeper and tighter bass response. In other changes, the new models feature die-cast phase plugs on woofer and midrange drivers to suppress harmonic resonance and thus deliver more detailed accurate response, the company said. The new models also add silk-dome tweeters with neodymium magnets.

All new models are timbre-matched so they can be mixed and matched to create a home theater speaker system. They also come with a 12-year warranty, up from 10 years.

The line's models are the $159-each BD 100 3-inch two-way satellite, $299-each BD 200 3-inch two-way three-driver LCR, $550-each BD 300 Series II center-channel speaker, $650/pair BD 500 Series II 5.25-inch two-way bookshelf, $999-each BD 600 Series II 4-inch three-way four-driver center channel, the $1,495/pair BD 650 Series II 6.5-inch three-way speaker, the $1,000-each BD 1100 4-inch three-way five-driver floorstanding tower, and the $2,000-each BD 2000 Series II 6.5-inch three-way five-driver floorstanding tower.

The series is available to custom installers. Pinnacle also sells select speaker series through such authorized online stores such as Amazon, Audioholics, Circuit City, RadioShack, QVC, Dell and Sears.


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