Monitor Audio's new Super Slim In Wall (WSS) speaker line includes three models, all of which have the same footprint (measuring just two inches deep) and use the same pre-construction bracket. The top-shelf WSS430 (shown here, $650 each) uses materials from Monitor Audio's flagship Platinum speakers, including dished C-CAM cone drivers and the MPD high-frequency transducer. The WSS line will be available in March.
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The Monitor Audio Super Slim In Wall (WSS) speaker range features a three-driver layout that helps keep the frontal profile slender yet provides a similar surface area and performance to a typical 6.5" driver. At just 2" (50mm) deep, it opens up a raft of installation scenarios and provides huge flexibility when it comes to placement for the most technically demanding applications. All three models share the same footprint and pre-constriction bracket (WB3), providing simplicity as well as the option of specifying a higher-performance model in the range before completion.
Featuring three models, the WSS line offers refreshingly simple 'good, better, best' performance levels:
WSS130 - $350 each (msrp)
The entry-point WSS130 features 3" MMP II cone drivers, augmented by a 1" (25mm) Gold Dome tweeter and is likely to excel in many general home theater and music applications. This MPP cone technology allows for a simple crossover design and smooth overall sound character.
WSS230 - $420 each (msrp)
The mid-point WSS230 features Monitor Audio's renowned C-CAM metal cone drivers and is ideal for setups where even more critical music reproduction is required. It offers a step-up in performance in increased precision and detailed sonic characteristics, when compared to the WSS130.
WSS430 - $650 each (msrp)
The WSS430 offers supreme audio performance, drawing on design principles and materials from Monitor Audio's flagship Platinum speakers. Employing dished C-CAM cones, the WSS430 design ensures ultimate diaphragm rigidity and control when driven hard. High strength Neo magnets and larger voice coils provide incredible driving force and a slim profile.
The MPD high frequency transducer technology, also from Monitor Audio's flagship Platinum designs, ensures incredibly low distortion, delivering natural, clear high frequencies to over 50 kHz.
All WSS speakers will use the new dark blue WB3 pre-construction bracket. They also feature Tri-Grip fixing technology and paintable, trimless grilles.
The Monitor Audio Super Slim WSS trio brings a fresh approach to in-wall speaker design. In turn it changes the way architects, designers, and installers can plan their next project, throwing off the shackles and enabling great sound where previously none was possible.
• Visit the Monitor Audio website for more product information.
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