M&K Updates Custom Install Speaker Line Audio Gear Group has launched a complete overhaul of M&K’s built-in speaker offerings with “Mk II” upgrades to four existing full-range models.RS Staff ⋅ May 20, 2016 The MK IW-150II Audio Gear Group has launched a complete overhaul of M&K’s built-in speaker offerings with “Mk II” upgrades to four existing full-range models and the introduction of two new full-range models, all to deliver to US dealers in June. The company also premiered its first in-wall subwoofer with companion amplifier, slated to be available in August. All of the products feature frameless flush grilles to make the speakers blend in to their environment. The updated full range models IW-5MKII, IW-85MKII, and IW-95MKII retain their acoustic designs and sound quality but now feature frameless flush grilles. The IW-5MKII ships with both rectangular and round grilles, making it appropriate for in-ceiling Dolby Atmos or DTS-X applications, or in-wall installation. Strictly speaking, integrators might only need to stock one model to cover both applications. The updated IW-150MKII also got a new “stealth” grille design and adds an integrated sealed back box for high performance sound regardless of the material of the wall into which it is installed. The IW150MKII is the in-wall equivalent of the M&K S-150MKII freestanding professional speaker. The MK IW-28S The new IW-300 and IW-950 both feature integrated sealed enclosures. The IW-300 is the in-wall equivalent of M&K’s flagship freestanding professional monitor, the S300. Its double woofer, triple tweeter line source design helps dispersion in all planes for precise, three-dimensional imaging. “With the existing model updates and new SKUs added to M&K’s built-in line we now have all the tools to address the needs of custom integrators and homeowners who seek the very highest audio performance for distributed audio and home cinema applications,” said Audio Gear Group president Dave Chai. “The IW-5MKII is especially helpful for Dolby Atmos systems. The IW28s subwoofer and flagship IW-300 full range speaker make built-in home cinema systems with M&K studio-quality performance a reality.” The back-box-equipped models, IW-300, IW-150MKII, IW-950, and IW-28s, employ polyurethane lacquer-coated ¾-inch MDF enclosure panels. Damping pads on the rear panel eliminate vibration when in direct contact with the wall in shallow installations. All mounting hardware is pre-fitted to the box, including metal clamps to fix speaker wire in the pre-cut cable groove on the rear of the box. Gold-plated push-on terminals allow cable connection without the use of tools. Torx mounting screws with special washers are used for smooth mounting along with a self-tightening dog-ear clamp system for a perfect seal between baffle and wall.