Paradigm Electronics has introduced the new Designer Series, a overhaul of the company’s AMS, SA and Signature in-ceiling architectural speakers that includes a number of performance and aesthetic enhancements.
The AMS 100R in-ceiling / in-wall speaker.
Speakers in all three lines now feature new low-profile bezels for a cleaner, disappearing aesthetic, and newly redesigned scrims that are more sonically transparent.
Under the hood, all three Guided Soundfield Models (AMS-150R-30, SA-15R-30 and SIG-1.5R-30) now feature the same low-density NLC Non-Limiting Corrugated thermoplastic elastomer surrounds as Paradigm’s highly lauded Signature Series floorstanding, bookshelf, and center speakers. The new surrounds deliver improved damping of vibrations and resonances and increased peak-to-peak excursion. Combined with a new motor structure including a three-split voice coil, thicker top plate, and much larger ceramic/ferrite magnet, has resulted in a speaker that plays +3 dB louder with more clarity at higher output.
Other improvements include new convex grilles for stereo/mono models (AMS-150R-SM and SA-15R-SM), which minimize edge diffraction and allow for much wider sound dispersion. This is an especially important feature since in-ceiling models are not installed to accommodate a “sweet spot,” but rather a larger listening area.
Marine models in the AMS line received several upgrades making them an ideal option for boats, pools and anywhere moisture or weather poses a threat. Neodymium grille magnets provide better adherence in all weather conditions, while all three marine models (AMS-100RX, AMS-150RX and AMS-150RX-SM) now feature more corrosive resistant stainless steel, as well as improved drainage channels for enhanced performance, reliability and longevity.
“Given that the typical customer in the market for an in-ceiling speaker is concerned first and foremost with aesthetics, the invisible design of our new Designer Series is an achievement and selling point in itself,” said Mark Aling, senior marketing director for Paradigm. “But we’ve also included a number of performance enhancements across all three lines that make these Paradigm’s best-sounding in-ceiling speakers yet.”