Wisdom Finalizes Prices Of Key In-Wall Speakers

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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 models.


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