The latest in its ongoing expansion across many in-home audio categories these past 24 months, Atlantic Technology increases its offerings in the in-ceiling category with the launch of AZURE. A step-up from its IC Series, AZURE is comprised of three 6.5- and two 8-inch 2-way loudspeakers that incorporate the latest in acoustic designs and drivers. The speakers are timbre-matched to Atlantic Technology’s range of in-room and in-wall speakers. The company has also implemented a major increase in its dealer margin in its IC Series and across the AZURE series and has upped its in-ceiling speaker warranty for both the IC and AZURE Series from 5-years to Limited Lifetime. With the launch of the five AZURE speakers atop the eight IC Series, the company now offers 13 premium architectural solutions in total.
AZURE’s woofers utilize Atlantic Technology’s new lightweight low resonance formed fiberglass cones — the same material as found in its flagship 8600 and AT-3 H-PAS towers. The fiberglass provides superior uniformity, stiffness, and speed with the cones designed in a new curved shape to reduce distortion from break-up, resulting in improved midrange clarity, according to the company. The woofers use high-temperature voice coils with a massive magnet structure and a vented pole piece along with butyl rubber surrounds to ensure audiophile performance. The woofer is contained in a new non-resonant enclosure design with a horn-shaped profile for wide uniform mid-range dispersion.
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High frequencies are handled by the company’s advanced proprietary, coated silk dome Low Resonance Tweeter (LRT), same as featured in many of Atlantic Technology’s in-room and in-wall speakers. These wide dispersion tweeters utilize Ferrofluid cooling and super-efficient Neodymium magnets and have a lower crossover point than that of typical in-ceiling speakers with a computer-optimized 2nd order network composed of precision audiophile-grade components and a resettable polyswitch protection circuit. The tweeters are mounted on a new bridge designed to reduce interaction with the woofer and 30-degree orbital pivoting allows installers to optimize sound to the listening area.
AZURE AZ600 6.5-inch: Step-up from entry-level IC Series IC-6.1 S includes new acoustically optimized horn, fiberglass woofers, more advanced crossover components and speaker terminals, and greater power handling. MSRP per speaker is $300.
AZURE AZ610 6.5-inch and AZ810 8-inch: Step-ups to IC-6.2 and IC-8.2. Designed for more demanding sonic performance with step-up features as cited above plus front-mounted tweeter level controls to further optimize the speaker to surroundings. MSRP per speaker is $350 for the AZ610 and $550 for the AZ810.
AZURE AZ620 6.5-inch and AZ820 8-inch: Step-ups to IC-6.3 and IC-8.3. In addition to step-up features cited above, these are Tri-mode dual-voice coil/dual tweeter ultra-thin bezel speakers and can be configured for conventional mono use, single-point stereo, or dipole surround. MSRP per speaker is $400 for the AZ620 and $650 for the AZ820.
Installer-friendly features include ultra-thin bezel paintable magnetic grilles, secure quick-clamp mounting, and heavy-duty gold-plated push-on terminals. Optional square thin bezel grilles, back boxes, and pre-construction brackets are available. Both series of in-ceiling speakers integrate with the brand’s in-wall subwoofers.
For more information, visit www.atlantictechnology.com.