Polk Audio has announced that its Vanishing Series of six invisible in-wall speakers for in-ceiling applications will ship in late 2010.
"Today's home technologies have been trending smaller across the board, and demand is constantly growing for ever more unobtrusive entertainment choices." said Polk Product Line Manager Al Baron. "With our new Vanishing Series, we've hit a balance that will please everyone, from the most finicky interior designers to the most demanding audio enthusiasts. In-ceiling sound is no longer a compromise."
To help improve Off-axis listening through the Vanishing Series in-ceiling models, the woofers are mounted to the rear of the enclosures, while the mid and high frequency drive units are mounted to the front baffle. Since the smaller, less directional front drivers are dedicated to only reproducing midrange and high range, the company says they inherently offer more even frequency response to listeners sitting on or off axis in a home theater or multi-room environment.
Polk Audio's newly designed Sheer-Grille uses holes measuring .6 millimeters in diameter, which the company says makes them smaller and less noticeable than other in-ceiling speakers. Polk's Sheer-Grille design features the same paintability and acoustic transparency of models with larger perforated holes.
The speakers' 15 degree-angled baffles provide coverage and focus when used in multiples for 5.1 and 7.1 surround systems, as well as multi-room applications. The company says the benefit is fuller music reproduction and striking clarity for movie dialog and effects, no matter where the audience is seated.
Polk's new Vanishing Series in-ceiling speakers use an oval woofer that is mounted diagonally to the enclosure. The company says that this patent pending design allows all the active drive units to fit into a smaller cutout size and achieve bass performance equivalent to speakers that are at least one increment size larger in diameter than any Vanishing in-ceiling model - while at the same time, taking up little installation space.
The new Vanishing in-ceiling lineup consists of six models, each of which fits into small cutout sizes. The 50RT ($229), 70RT ($275) and 90RT ($399) all sport 0.75-inch silk dome tweeters and mineral filled polypropylene midrange drivers. The woofers, tweeters and midrange drivers of the these models utilize the same transducer technology as Polk's RTi freestanding speakers, ensuring that they can be mixed and matched as surround or center channels with spot-on timbre matching.
The 500LS ($349), 700LS ($449) and 900LS ($549) feature 0.75-inch ring radiator tweeters and aerated polypropylene midrange drivers, and use the same transducer technologies as Polk's LSi line of freestanding speakers, for timbre matched performance with these Polk models. All the new Vanishing in-ceiling speakers feature mineral-filled polypropylene woofers with butyl rubber surrounds.
Similar to all Polk Audio in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, the Vanishing Series models are protected by a new limited lifetime warranty policy that guarantees Polk owners a lifetime's worth of listening pleasure, and Polk dealers a lifetime's worth of hassle-free customer satisfaction. The new warranty policy is effective immediately, and covers all new CI speakers from Polk.
Polk's new Vanishing Series in-ceiling speakers will ship in December 2010.