Carson City, Nev. – Speaker maker
Wisdom Audio finalized the pricing on a new series of planar-magnetic in-wall
speakers designed to expand its customer base.
Four in-wall speakers in the
Insight series will retail for $1,250 to $5,000 each and feature passive
crossovers so they can be used with A/V receivers. The prices compare to the
company’s current in-wall planar-magnetic speakers, which are active speakers
starting at $3,000 each, excluding a needed $6,500 7.3-channel electronic
crossover with parametric EQ and Audyssey room-correction technology. A
separate amplifier to biamplify the speakers is also needed.
Until Insight ships in May to June, the
lowest price for a home-theater speaker system using Wisdom’s planar-magnetic
in-wall speakers is $30,000 for a 7.1 system, the company said.
The Insight lineup starts with
the $1,250-each P2i, which features a planar-magnetic thin-film driver and two
racetrack-shaped moving-coil woofers in a 19- by 4.6-inch baffle, delivering a
frequency response of 80Hz-20kHz, 87dB sensitivity at 2.83 volts, 3-ohm nominal
impedance and maximum SPL of 100dB at 2 meters.
The $1,750-each P4i adds two more racetrack
woofers in a 31.5- by 4.6-inch baffle, delivering 6-ohm impedance, 87dB
sensitivity, the same frequency response and higher maximum SPLs at 103dB.
The $3,000-each P6i features a longer
planar-magnetic driver than the other two speakers and increases the number of racetrack
cone woofers to six in a 48.75- by 4.6-inch baffle. The 4-ohm speaker features
higher sensitivity at 90.5dB and higher maximum SPLs at 104dB with the same
frequency response of 80Hz to 20kHz.
At the top of the in-wall series,
the $5,000-each 4-ohm L8i is 51.6 by 8.4 inches, making room for two long
planar-magnetic drivers running from top to bottom, one on top of the other, on
one side of the baffle. Eight cone woofers run down the other side of the
baffle. Sensitivity rises to 93dB, and maximum SPLs rise to 106dB, with
frequency response remaining ay 80Hz to 20kHz.
Wisdom plans to expand the
Insight series with an in-ceiling model and on-wall variants of the in-wall