Charlotte, NC — This summer, SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of nearly 550 solutions for the custom AV channel, will begin rolling out a new line of its Episode In-Ceiling, In-Wall and In-Room loudspeakers.
The first wave of products, available for sale beginning this month, is comprised of five 6.5-inch in-ceiling models consisting of single and dual voice coil, angled and surround sound varieties. Beginning in July, two eight-inch in-ceiling models will become available. The in-wall models are expected later this summer with the In-Room’s targeted for the fall season. The new line replaces the brand’s original line of loudspeakers.
“Episode loudspeakers are our number-one product development priority, and this new line is a powerful one,” said SnapAV vice president of sales, Bill Harrell. “We started from scratch, utilizing the talents of our world-class design and engineering team and listening closely to feedback from our expert Dealer Development Council. Emphasis was placed on having a line balanced enough to fit 90 percent of the installation situations that dealers face everyday, without having so many offerings that selection could be confusing.”
According to Harrell, each of the new speakers utilizes premium components that far exceed competitors’ configurations at similar dealer costs. These components include second-order crossovers, Nomex spiders and high-temperature long-life drivers. All Episode speakers are backed by a lifetime warranty.
“The new Episode ES500-POINT-6 angled In-Ceiling speaker is a perfect example of our design team’s prowess,” Harrell explained. “An in-ceiling speaker appropriate for front-channel home theater use continues to be an important solution for the custom market. However, there has always been a significant flaw with these designs, as a driver recessed in a hard plastic cavity can create undesired sound reflections. To combat this, we lined the interior of the ES500-POINT-6 with an acoustic dampening material that eliminates these reflections and significantly improves imaging.”
Boasting a new industrial design, all InCeiling models incorporate easy-mount rust-proof grilles and plastic paint guards. For installation convenience many of the new models incorporate pivoting tweeters. The new tweeter bridge is also sturdy enough to be used as a handle during the installation process. All In-Ceiling models include quick snug dogs, gold-plated push button wire terminations, and cutout templates.