Suppliers Debut Custom Models

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– Here are some of the custom-installed speakers that will debut at CEDIA Expo from a variety of brands.

Colorado vNet:

The first vNetbranded speakers, shipping in the fourth quarter, will be designed to match the amplifiers in vNet’s touchscreens to maximize output and performance.

The five-SKU selection of two-way speakers will consist of one in-wall speaker and four in-ceiling speakers, including one single-speakerstereo model. All will feature 7-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter except for the single-speaker-stereo model, which will feature an 8-inch woofer and two 1-inch tweeters. They’ll feature baffles that tilt up to 15 degrees and flat, flat magnetically attached speaker grilles, and optional back boxes built from flexible material for easier installation. Pricing wasn’t available.

JL Audio:

The company’s first two in-wall subwoofers, previously shown and just now shipping, are the $4,500-suggested Fathom IWS System One with single driver and the $7,500 Fathom IWS System Two with dual drivers.

The former features 13.5-inch driver and 1,000-watt outboard amp. The latter features two 13.5-inch drivers and outboard 2,000-watt amp.

Both fit in standard 2x4 and 2x6 wall framing and feature a single-pivot damped mounting system to isolate the subs’ enclosures from the studs and wall surface to deliver “rattle-free” performance.

The outboard amps feature proprietary Automatic Room Optimization (ARO) technology to deliver one-button automatic correction to compensate for a room’s acoustics.


The company’s first single-pointstereo speaker is a three-way model with 7-inch woofer. Its 14-inch width enables it to fit into a single stud bay for a quick install. It’s designed to complement the Renovia power-line-based multi-room-audio system, which is also promoted as offering an east, minimally invasive install, the company said. Pricing was unavailable.

Phase Technology:

For small spaces such in kitchens, bathrooms, stairways and other rooms, the company is launching four 3-inch speakers available in surface- mount, in-ceiling, and in-wall applications. All feature 3-inch full-range driver.

The $125 SPF-15 is surface-mount speaker that connects to a wall plate that swivels 173 degrees in two directions. No tools are needed to lock the driver into place. It’s available in black or white, and a 70-volt transformer is optional.

The round $250 CI 1.5 mounts in the ceiling and comes with shallow 3.75-inch back can. Components are weatherized for outdoor use. A 70-100-volt transformer is included.

The $260 CI 15 is a square inwall speaker with 3.75-inch back can and optional theft-resistant stainless-steel grille. A 70-100-volt transformer is included.

The $160 CI-MM3-II, an updated version of the current 3-inch SPacia in-wall speaker, fits in a doublegang box or mud ring. It comes with snap-on grille. All grilles are paintable.


In its Vanishing Series, the company plans January shipments of six three-way in-ceiling models previewed at January 2010 CES. Like their previously announced in-wall counterparts, which are now due in October, the in-ceiling models feature slim 3mm bezels, grilles that protrude only 7mm from the sheetrock, and micro-perf grilles backed with a fine-mesh scrim to appear as unobtrusive as possible. Unlike the in-wall models, the ceiling models reduce their footprint without sacrificing bass output and extension by mounting an oval woofer to a behind-the-ceiling tube that in turn fires through a 15-degree-angled baffle. The angled baffle is also home to the midrange and tweeter. The inceiling speaker with 9-inch oval woofer delivers the surface area of an 8-inch round woofer and fits in the cutout usually required for a traditional 6.5-inch speaker, the company said.


The CS1000 at a suggested $499/ pair is the company’s first outdoor speaker, a two-way model with bracket system that allows for horizontal or vertical mounting. The speaker also rotates 90 degrees in one plane and 180 degrees in a second plane. It’s available in black or white.

Features include weather-resistant sealed enclosure to keep moisture out, a front port with port plug, a wire-management system, and five-way gold-plated binding posts with covers.

Also designed for commercial applications, the speaker features 6.5-inch clay/ ceramic-filled polypropylene cone, 1-inch titanium-dome tweeter, 89dB sensitivity in a typical listening room and 20-150-watt power handling.


The brand, part of the Harman High Performance AV (HPAV) group, plans to launch 21 new in-wall and in-ceiling speakers with bezel-less designs and a patented one-handed install process that requires no tools, the company said. Prices range from $400/pair to $1,749 each.

The lineup will feature technologies, such as low-distortion tweeter design and waveguides that appear in Revel’s high-end in-room Salon2 and Ultima2 speakers.


A new high-end subwoofer is designed to be hidden behind a false wall, under a floor or under risers in large residential theaters where users want extended bass and high SPLs without opting for large commercial subwoofers, said Wisdom president Mark Glazier. Commercial offerings aren’t necessarily accurate, he added.

The STS features dual 15-inch drivers in a 17.5- by 36- by 17.75-inch enclosure whose shape enables its port to fire out on any of three sides, allowing for subwoofer- placement flexibility during installation, he noted.

It handles 5,000 watts of peak power and uses a regenerative transmission-line design for fast results, accurate timbre, and 130dB SPL at 20Hz, the company said.

It ships Oct. 1 at a tentative price of a suggested $10,000.


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