Solus/Clements Loudspeakers plans to unveil the industry’s first in-wall and in-ceiling speakers incorporating its H-PAS bass-extension technology, promoted as delivering targeted bass performance with 50 percent smaller cabinets, smaller drivers and lower costs.
The company will also expand its selection of in-room speakers with the technology, which was developed by Souls/Clements and also appears in-room speakers made by Atlantic Technology.
Atlantic is licensing the technology to other companies, and several licensing deals have already been concluded, said Solus/Clements president Phil Clements.
H-PAS, which stands for Hybrid Pressure Acceleration System, combines elements of bass-reflex, inverse-horn, and transmission-line speaker technologies to pressurize and accelerate low frequencies. H-PAS is promoted as breaking what the companies have called “the iron law of loudspeaker design,” which law states that among three key goals of speaker design — deep bass, compact enclosures and good efficiency — two must be selected at the expense of the third.
Licensees of H-PAS technology are developing their own custom speakers with the technology, but Solus/Clements is the first out of the gate and will be the only company with H-PAS custom speakers at the show, Clements said. The company’s models ship in mid December at prices that haven’t been finalized.
The custom speakers consist of the SX-4.0 in-wall/on-wall speaker, the SX-4.0 IC in-ceiling speaker, the SX-4.0 CC center channel, and the three-channel SX-4.0 in-wall/on-wall LCR, all with back boxes and ability to deliver bass down to 40Hz or 42Hz with a 3dB downpoint, depending on the model, Clements said.
All models are two-way models featuring one or more 4-inch woofers. The SX-4.0 in-wall/on-wall features 1-inch silk soft-dome tweeter and 4-inch woofer in an enclosure measuring 23.8 inches by 8.5 inches by 4 inches. It’s designed for use with flat-panel TVs with screen sizes of 46 inches and larger. The SX-4.0 CC center channel is 8.5 inches by 48 inches by 4 inches and features a 1-inch silk soft-dome tweeter flanked on each side by a 4-inch woofer, each in its own enclosure.
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