Gone are the days when you could easily dismiss architectural speakers are mere "elevator speakers." These days, there are some amazingly high-performance in-walls and in-ceilings that easily go toe-to-toe with some of their best free-standing brethren. And let's face it: the rise of object-based surround systems like Atmos and DTS:X have made architectural speakers an important consideration for all home theater enthusiasts.
As such, it's no surprise to see companies like MartinLogan focusing so much effort on refining and improving their already-great in-wall and in-ceiling offerings. The company's latest series, introduced this week at ISE, is a relaunch of its Installer Series line, comprised of everything from itty bitty offerings that mimic the form factor of can lighting, to big, beefy eight-inchers with 45 Hz low frequency extension.
More details directly from MartinLogan:
MartinLogan is pleased to announce the relaunch of their Installer Series of custom installation speakers including two ultra-compact in-ceiling speakers with 3.5-inch woofers. Completely redesigned, the new Installer Series features 9 models, including five in-ceiling and two in-wall models designed for indoor use and two in-ceiling models designed for all-weather applications.
The Installer Series by MartinLogan is a line of affordable, high-performance custom installation in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Manufactured to the highest standards of quality and performance, these products are available through authorized custom installation specialists, are easy to install, and carry the full MartinLogan warranty. Titanium dome tweeters and mineral-filled polypropylene drivers guarantee great performance. Paintable micro-perf, bezel-free grilles are secured with high-strength magnets and provide an aesthetic that blends discreetly into any ceiling or wall. Each model comes with a remarkably robust mounting-lock system that couples the speaker's vibration-resistant ABS chassis firmly to walls and ceilings.
The IC3 and IC3-AW in-ceiling speakers feature 3.5-inch woofers and are designed to be the smallest, most powerful and dynamic speaker possible. The sound coming from these petite speakers is vibrant and richly detailed. The mounting-locks on both models are upgraded to die-cast aluminum to maximize strength while allowing a reduction to the physical size of each mounting-lock. A novel woofer surround on the IC3, molded directly onto the speaker's chassis, essentially turns the speaker enclosure into the woofer basket. This solution maximizes woofer size and performance while keeping the speaker extremely small.
The IC8-AW and IC3-AW are designed specifically for all-weather applications and feature numerous design considerations ideal for outdoor and other high-moisture applications, such as covered patios and bathrooms. Each crossover has a conformal coating to maximize water-resistant properties and special assembly techniques ensure that all driver attachment points on the face of the speakers are completely sealed to remove the risk of moisture penetration. The grilles included with these models are specially coated to guarantee material stability during extended periods of exposure to moisture.
Titanium dome tweeters used throughout the Installer Series are ferrofluid damped and cooled for smooth high-frequency performance with amazing clarity across a wide listening area. Mineral-filled polypropylene cone bass/midrange drivers feature robust computer-optimized ferrite magnets and high-power motor structures to deliver detailed midrange performance and clean, extended bass response.
Carefully hand-built using only the finest polyester capacitors and air-core coils, Installer Series crossovers employ MartinLogan's proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network preserves even the most microscopic sonic nuances while handling the full dynamics of any source. Crossover updates offer an enhanced off-axis response, providing an exceptional performance across the entire listening space. Spring-loaded binding posts feature a larger wire access hole and connect via banana plug, pin, or 12AWG bare wire.
Each speaker includes a full-size installation template featuring quick-reference instructions and die-cut guides for marking the cutout hole. A simple, yet robust mounting-lock system allows quick, trouble-free installation. Pocketed screw holes help hold the drill steady, making installation a snap. When not in use, mounting locks are held securely within a self-contained housing. When moved into place, they couple the chassis firmly to the ceiling or wall, increasing the rigidity of surfaces. If ever removed, the locks retract and latch back in their housings.
All new speakers in the Installer Series feature ultra-low profile, paintable, micro-perforated grilles with no visible bezel for a near invisible integration into any wall or ceiling. A series of powerful magnets, hidden inside the speakers, quickly secure grilles into place, reducing the risk of warping or damage during installation.
Pre-installation brackets are available for each model. To match modern aesthetics, paintable, bezel-free, low profile square grilles are also available for select in-ceiling speakers. These accessories, many of which can be used for multiple speakers, were created with a simple naming convention.
These are the nine models in MartinLogan's new Installer Series:
In-ceiling speakers, designed for stereo sound from a single speaker:
In-ceiling speakers, designed for home theaters:
All-weather in-ceiling speakers:
MartinLogan's new Installer Series speakers will begin shipping in March 2019.
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