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Boston Acoustics’ “Can Lighting” In-Ceiling Speakers

Peabody, MA — Boston Acoustics Inc. has introduced three new in-ceiling loudspeakers, including 3.5-inch models HSi 430 and HSi 435 (MAP: $250) as well as the matching six-inch subwoofer, Model HSi S6W2 (MAP: $500).

All three are sized to match and resemble small lighting can fixtures. In addition to their small size, the speakers also feature a reduced visible bezel and magnetic grilles.

The Boston Acoustics HSi 430 (pictured) features a round bezel and the HSi 435 a square bezel. The new reduced bezel size on both models allows for a lighter, virtually invisible installation in the ceiling. Both models are two-way configurations, with 3.5-inch woofers and three-quarter-inch tweeters. Each model features a metal back enclosure with front-firing ports for extended bass response.

The speakers also feature a switchable highpass filter, which removes bass frequencies below 180Hz. When using the speakers without a subwoofer, the highpass filter may be switched off for optimum performance. However, if the speakers are being used full-range in high sound-level applications, the highpass filter helps protect the speaker. For use with a dedicated subwoofer in the installation, the highpass filter may be switched on for optimum performance. Constant voltage (CV) versions of the new HSi 3.5-inch speakers will also be available for commercial installations.

For installation flexibility, the new HSi 430 and HSi 435 loudspeakers are designed for use either in simple pairs for stereo use or in multi-speaker configurations for larger areas. Their “metal can” backs make them ideal for ceiling installations, with a variety of easy install features for existing ceilings. Both feature Boston Acoustics’ reduced bezel design, with grilles that magnetically attach to their baffles. This design allows for quicker and easier installation, plus a 70-percent reduction in the size of the visible bezel. Additionally, for new construction installations, the HSi speakers offer an optional new-construction bracket, the NCBR3, that acts as a guide when cutting the ceiling/wallboard.

Featuring dual high-performance six-inch woofers, the HSi S6W2 in-ceiling subwoofer (frequency response 50-180Hz) is a solution for consumers who desire a virtually invisible, high-performance in-ceiling audio installation. The HSi S6W2 ships with both a round and a square bezel and grille. The subwoofer’s built-in crossover allows for the same stereo amplification as the main speakers, and integrated output terminals allow for wiring of either one or two pairs of full-range in-ceiling speakers. A bandpass enclosure delivers the high output bass necessary for optimum room-filling sound, and a flexible port tube is designed for easy installation.

The Boston Acoustics HSi 430 and HSi 435 will be available in May. The HSi S6W2 is expected to be available in June 2009.