The three-driver layout of the Monitor Audio Super Slim In Wall (WSS) speaker range helps keep the frontal profile slender, yet provides a similar surface area and performance to a typical 6.5-inch driver. At just 2 inches deep, it opens up more installation scenarios. All three models share the same footprint and pre-constriction bracket.
Featuring three models, the WSS line offers “good, better, best” performance levels. Each model features the same layout, but uses different specifications.
The entry-point WSS130 features MMP II cone drivers, augmented by a 25 mm Gold Dome tweeter. This MPP cone technology allows for a simple crossover design and smooth overall sound character, according to the company.
The mid-point WSS230 features Monitor Audio’s C-CAM metal cone drivers, offering a step-up in performance in increased precision and detailed sonic characteristics, when compared to the WSS130.
The WSS430 offers top-level audio performance, drawing on design principles and materials from Monitor Audio’s flagship Platinum speakers. Almost every component is unique to this model. Employing dished C-CAM cones, the WSS430 design ensures ultimate diaphragm rigidity, the main aim here being to reduce distortion. High strength Neo magnets and larger voice coils provide the driving force, low magnetic leakage, and slim profile. The magnetic system provides an “under-hung” motor arrangement, ensuring the coil stays in the gap, reducing distortion further and increasing power handling.
The MPD high frequency transducer technology—also from Monitor Audio’s flagship Platinum designs—ensures incredibly low distortion, delivering clear high frequency to over 50 kHz. Remove the model’s magnetic front trim and you can rotate the tweeter to provide the optimum dispersion when using the model in a landscape orientation.
Installation scenarios are endless. The possibility of operating in constructions featuring 2-inch studs slips effortlessly into view. Mounting in areas restricted by AVC ducts, cabling, or pipework is also perfectly feasible, the company says. A further attraction is the WSS line’s ability to be installed between a standard 14-inch stud bays, when used in a horizontal (landscape) orientation. This means that the same speakers can be installed around a screen, keeping the same neat visuals, as well as identical L-C-R performance.
The specially designed protective cover protects from damage by residual masonry or building materials, keeping the drivers and crossover safe. And the trim-less grille provides protection, as well as adopts a more discreet and low-profile aesthetic appearance. These covers can be painted to achieve décor integration, with the supplied replacement scrim maintaining the stealthy presence of the speaker once decorating is done. Super strong, magnetically attached rare earth magnets ensure long-term security, coupled with easy installation and servicing. The WSS range features Monitor Audio’s patented “tri-grip” mounting system, as used over the last decade in the CT and WT ranges, meaning you get a robust fixing.
The Monitor Audio Super Slim WSS trio brings a fresh approach to in-wall speaker design. In turn it changes the way architects, designers, and installers can plans their next project, throwing off the shackles and enabling great sound where previously none was possible