Carson City, Nev. – Wisdom Audio will be a high roller in Vegas, where the
company will attend International CES with its highest-end in-room speaker
series to date.
Wisdom series consists of two line-source planar-magnetic tower speakers priced
at $30,000 and $40,000 each.
each model is only 12 inches deep, interior designers can them behind
decorative, acoustically transparent cloth for a completely hidden installation,
the company said.
feedback, we identified an opportunity to address both the ultra-high-end audio
market and installations for large theaters where high sensitivity and maximum
SPL are critical,” said Wisdom president Mark Glazier of the new series. The
new speakers also deliver “tremendous dynamic range,” the company said.
The speakers are designed work with the
company’s $10,000 STS subwoofer, said to combine musicality with the
high-output extended bass needed for home theaters in large residential spaces.
Each LS speaker incorporates multiple
20-inch-tall individual modules, each module incorporating two planar magnetic upper
bass/lower midrange drivers flanking a planar magnetic upper midrange/high-frequency
driver in a vertical line source configuration. The drivers are actively
crossed over. Each module uses an interlocking system invisible from the front to
couple multiple modules together to make a line-source system, which provides “a
coherent acoustical wavefront with ultra-wide horizontal dispersion and
controlled vertical dispersion,” the company said.
The LS4 uses four modules with a total
vertical line-source height of 80 inches, said to be ideal for placement to the
sides of a large front-projection screen or for use as left-right stereo
The LS3 consists of three modules with a
combined vertical line source height of 60 inches, making it suitable for
center-channel use. For use behind a perforated acoustically transparent
screen, three LS3 models could be used for the front channels.
Multiple LS3 and LS4 models can be
mixed-and-matched to create a multichannel home theater system because they feature
identical acoustical characteristics, the company said.
In each module, the dual upper bass/lower
midrange planar magnetic drivers handle frequencies from 80 Hz to 750 Hz. From
there, the single upper midrange/tweeter planar-magnetic driver extends
response beyond 20 kHz.
The LS4 features 100dB efficiency at 1
watt/2.83V and high power handling, to deliver 130dB SPLs.
Both models feature curved arc enclosures with
burled-walnut panels. Additional finishes will be available, including matte
black for behind-the-screen installation.
For deeper bass, consumers can mate the
speakers with the STS dual 15-inch subwoofer, powered via Wisdom’s Sage Series
SA-1 amplifier/crossover network. The sub delivers 130dB SPL at 20Hz, in large
part due to its Regenerative Transmission Line design in which energy from the
back side of the driver is sent along a long, folded path to deliver the back
waves to the front side of the driver in phase. The design delivers a 6dB increase
in output, the company said.
A pair of STS subwoofers can be mated to a
single SA-1 amplifier, which drives two STS units via its single input.