Sonance Revamps Visual Performance Speaker Series

Sonance revamped its Visual Performance series of low-profile micro-trim in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to deliver a major enhancement in audio performance, the company said.
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Sonance revamped its Visual Performance series of low-profile micro-trim in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to deliver a major enhancement in audio performance, the company said.

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Sonance’s low-profile micro-trim Visual Performance speakers got a performance upgrade.
The series, designed to be visually unobtrusive, delivers better off-axis response, consistent frequency response at all listening levels, lower distortion at higher volumes, and deeper bass at higher SPLs, the company said.

Simon Wehr, marketing director of Sonance parent Dana Innovations, called them “the best sounding at their price points” compared to other brands’ architectural speakers.

Prices range from $350/pair to $2,500/pair for round in-ceiling and rectangular in-wall two- and three-way speakers whose magnet-mount grilles feature a 0.2mm-wide micro-trim, or bezel. The grilles protrude from a wall or ceiling only by about an eighth of an inch.

More than 50 new Visual Performance models will ship August 1, including 4- and 6-inch two-way models, 8-inch three-way models, LCR models, single-speaker stereo models. Cinema speakers, subwoofers and woofers as well as an indoor/outdoor speaker will be carried over from the previous line, bringing the series’ SKU count to more than 60.

The series also includes its first single-speaker stereo models that convert to surround-sound speakers when a switch is flipped to put their dual tweeters into dipole mode. Six such models are priced from $380 to $875 each.

Also for the first time, the series gets optional square adapters for installing round speakers in a round hole and making the speakers look square. The solution also prevents the speaker’s round driver from appearing through the grille as a visible circle, said Wehr. Sonance accomplishes that by making the frame and square mounting surface the same color as the round driver.

The adapters enabled Sonance to eliminate square speakers as separate SKUs in the line and make it easier for installers to align one speaker with another because they don’t have to make sure they’re cutting a perfect square into a wall or ceiling, Wehr said.

In addition, the corners of the grille sit up tight against the ceiling because magnets on the outer edges of the frame hold the grille in place.

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