Tannoy Debuts CMS 3.0 In-Ceiling Speakers

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Tannoy-cms3.jpgTannoy has introduced a new line of in-ceiling speakers, dubbed CMS 3.0. The lineup includes five models, all of which include the company's new Dual Concentric transducer, as well as new magnetically adhering grilles, an all-new clamp design, and other upgrades.


From Tannoy
Tannoy introduces the CMS 3.0 premium in-ceiling loudspeaker system featuring next-generation Dual Concentric transducer technology.

The new CMS 3.0 represents a level of sonic performance not before heard in ceiling loudspeakers. It provides higher degrees of intelligibility, more consistent broadband directivity, and a brighter, more accurate soundstage.

In addition to improved sound and smooth predictable coverage, the all-new CMS 3.0 also introduces several mechanical and aesthetic features that benefit both systems designers and contractors.

The new line of Dual Concentric-equipped CMS speakers consists of five models--CMS 403DCe, CMS 503DC, CMS 603DC and CMS 803DC--each designed to replace previous equivalent iterations. In addition the all-new CMS 803DCQ 8-inch high-Q model is designed for high-ceiling/longer throw applications. At the heart of each device is the next-generation Dual Concentric transducer.

The new driver features Omnimagnet technology and a unique Torus Ogive Waveguide assembly to deliver more consistent and controlled directivity, with notable improvement in higher frequency ranges, in comparison to previous generations.

The new design also delivers improved time alignment and greater coherence between LF and HF, resulting in an even wider sweet spot and brighter, more defined and precise sound--for appreciably enhanced performance both on and off-axis.

In addition to new driver technology, CMS 3.0 also benefits from new magnetically adhering grilles, easy to fit or remove (for hassle-free custom painting) and available in either Classic (traditional, inset within the bezel) or new Arco style--designed to conceal the entire unit including the bezel beneath a sleek architectural grille for use in applications where mitigating any aesthetic impact is a driving factor.

A new molded baffle design contributes further to the loudspeaker performance, providing subtle extension to the waveguide effect of the driver itself.

Around the back, there's an all-new clamp design which offers greater extension (for thicker ceiling panels) and a unique locking design that prevents over-screwing that could lead to clamps falling out during installation.

Each model (except CMS 401DCe) is available in both PI (pre-install) and BM (blind-mount) variants, as with previous CMS Series iterations.

All models are 16 ohm, making them ideal for use in low-impedance systems, such as in conjunction with Lab.gruppen LUCIA amplifiers, while additionally featuring an integrated low insertion loss line transformer for 70 V / 100 V distributed applications.

Additional Resources
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