CEDIA 2016: Phase Technology Upgrades DARTS Home-Theater Sound Systems

Speakers automatically adjust to theater room’s sonic footprint
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Speakers automatically adjust to theater room’s sonic footprint
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Phase Technology, the American-made loudspeaker supplier, is showing at CEDIA new versions of its DARTS (Digital Audio Reference Theater System) 660- and 535-series speaker systems with enhanced custom room calibration.

Engineered and manufactured in Jacksonville, Fla., each DARTS system is configured as a home-theater solution package to include performance-matched speakers and an advanced amplifier that precisely calibrates the speakers’ performance to accommodate the nuances of the room.

All digital, the DARTS system includes custom fine-tuning software matched to within 0.5 dB of each other, and the systems minimum SPL (loudness) is 105db in the listening area. 

Every DARTS system is shipped calibrated and aligned to Phase Tech’s custom response “reference” performance, the company said.

 Once installed, the sonic footprint of the room is custom calibrated with the Audyssey MultEQ Pro software engineered into its DP4000 IA amplifier. MultEQ corrects room anomalies to deliver a precise acoustic performance matching the sonic quality of a precision-tuned movie theater, the company said.

The amplifier offers up to 250 watts per channel and will manage a standard 7.2 or Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 system.  Multiple amplifiers can be included for larger environments.

The DARTS speakers are available in four variations: tower/monitor, in-wall and custom-box set-ups and unique application sizes that can be special ordered. System configurations vary with each option. Main, center, surround and subwoofer models are included to fit environments up to 18,000 cubic feet.

DARTS retail prices range from $17,000 to $49,000 for a 7.4.4 Atmos system.

All speakers utilize the same driver complement: PhaseTech’s signature silk blended soft dome tweeters and woofers made from a three-layer composite of glass fiber and Nomex honeycomb materials.

DARTS 660-series speakers use 6.5-inch woofers while the 535 Series woofers are 5.25 inches.

“By using full digital amplification and digitally tuned crossovers, DARTS speakers can be matched to one another to incredibly fine tolerances," said Ken Hecht, research and development VP. "This is a truly one-of-a-kind system that takes the listening room’s acoustical anomalies out of the equation, letting listeners enjoy the pure movie sound soundtrack and music that the artists intended.”

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