Monitor Audio has launched its new Creator Series, which features 19 models — 14 in-ceiling and five in-wall — arranged in three clearly defined tiers.
Through Monitor Audio’s Partner Programme (MAPP), extensive feedback from a wide network of experienced installers has been collected and analyzed. As a result, Creator Series is a more simplified range and accessory offering, ensuring performance levels are clearly defined, according to the company.
Streamlined and enhanced technologies, naming, applications, and solutions, make the whole process of product selection much more straightforward for the integrator.
A standout innovation within the series is the use of the patent-pending Quik-Link’ terminal. Quik-Link allows the installer to remove the terminal block from the physical speaker and pre-terminate the speaker cables to it. Once the speaker is ready to be fitted within its cut-out, the Quik-Link can be offered up to the connection point on the speaker and magnetically snaps and locks into place.
Other features include Tri-Grip II, an evolution of the dog-leg mechanism that is considerably stronger and more reliable than the previous generation, making both speaker placement and extraction even simpler.
On the four Controlled Performance (CP) models in the Creator Series, built-in back boxes mean hassle-free installation and controllable sound.
Across medium and large in-ceiling speaker sizes, the acoustic team has kept the overall cut-out sizes the same as previous models yet increased the driver size from 6.5 to 7 inches and from 8- to 9-inch drivers.
Driver technology has also been carefully configured within each Tier from C-CAM tweeters and mid-bass drivers (Tier 1), RST II mid-range and bass drivers (Tier 2), and RST II mid-range drivers and RDT III bass drivers (Tier 3). The Tier 3 in-wall model also boasts an MPD II transducer based on the THX Certified Ultra, Cinergy home cinema series.
- Tier 1: A range of in-ceiling and in-wall loudspeakers designed for cost-effective installations where product simplicity and solid acoustic performance is required. All Tier 1 speakers are a 2-way configuration and feature new C-CAM mid-bass drivers and C-CAM tweeters with Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide I.
- Tier 2: All Tier 2 speakers are a 2-way configuration, with RST II mid-bass drivers, based on those found in the award-winning Silver 7G range, and C-CAM tweeters with Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide II. Tier 2 models boast additional features that allow more freedom in speaker placement, such as boundary correction and high-frequency cut/boost. Where enhanced performance is required, Tier 2 models offer a significant step up over Tier 1 models. As part of the enhanced flexibility of the Tier 2 in-ceiling models, the new T2X combines the previous generation’s “T2” and “FX” to bring all the qualities of each into one versatile speaker that can be used in “cinema mono FX,” “mono wide dispersion,” and “single stereo” modes.
- Tier 3 In-Ceiling: All Tier 3 in-ceiling speakers are a 3-way configuration with RDT III bass drivers, based on those found in the new Platinum Series 3G. A new Inverted Dual Concentric II (IDC II) coaxial mid/tweeter range driver array, a ground up redesign, now features a larger voice coil to ensure the Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide II can be used to control the high-frequency directivity. Effectively a point source, it creates a large soundstage in the listening environment. Additionally, the C3L-A offers a fixed-angle IDC II for focused sound, ideal for in-ceiling LCR placement. The now-fixed 25 degrees of angle ensures that the linearity of the speaker isn’t compromised and provides wide dispersion into the listening area.
- Tier 3 In-Wall: The Tier 3 W3M in-wall speaker is a high-performance 3-way arrangement based on THX certified Ultra Cinergy Series technology. It features an RST II mid-driver and MPD II transducer, which is positioned between dual RDT III bass drivers. A new rotatable IDC II coaxial mid/tweeter driver array is placed at the acoustic center of the speaker, which improves versatility for use in LCR placement.
Depth, detail, and bass are delivered in abundance, and Tier 3 models also contain additional features to allow even more freedom in speaker placement, such as boundary correction and mid/high-frequency cut/boost. Tier 3 is discreet, high-performance, high-fidelity.
|Pricing – Creator Series|
|Creator Series C1S In-Ceiling Small||£250/$307.77|
|Creator Series C1M In-Ceiling Medium||£300/$369.33|
|Creator Series C1L In-Ceiling Large||£350/$430.88|
|Creator Series C2S In-Ceiling Small||£350/$430.88|
|Creator Series C2M In-Ceiling Medium||£400/$492.44|
|Creator Series C2L In-Ceiling Large||£450/$553.99|
|Creator Series C2M-CP In-Ceiling Medium||£450/$553.99|
|Creator Series C2L-CP In-Ceiling Large||£500/$615.55|
|Creator Series C2M-T2X Stereo In-Ceiling Medium||£350/$430.88|
|Creator Series C2L-T2X Stereo In-Ceiling Large||£400/$492.44|
|Creator Series C3M In-Ceiling Large||£650/$800.21|
|Creator Series C3L In-Ceiling Large||£750/$923.32|
|Creator Series C3L-A Fixed Angle In-Ceiling Large||£950/$1169.54|
|Creator Series C3L-CP In-Ceiling Large||£850/$1046.43|
|Creator Series W1M-E In-Wall Medium||£300/$369.33|
|Creator Series W1M In-Wall Medium||£400/$492.44|
|Creator Series W2M In-Wall Medium||£600/$736.66|
|Creator Series W2M-CP In-Wall Medium||£800/$984.88|
|Creator Series W3M In-Wall Medium||£1000/$1231.10|
The Creator Series will be available in Summer 2023.
For more information, visit https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/architectural-speakers.