Even if you squint, it’s not easy to spot the speaker area on most HDTVs. That’s probably why they don’t sound very good. However, Artison is making it easy to beef up that speaker area, with the latest in the company’s DM Series.
As part of the newly announced DM MK II Series, these three new speakers were designed to be paired with a flat-panel TV. No—they are made to actually look like each one is part of the TV’s bezel.
Each one has new proprietary carbon fiber woofers in ported enclosures and fabric-covered grilles to match the TV. There’s even a new grille-mounting system to align the speakers perfectly to the TV’s bezel.
Also worth noting is that all three models have DualMono technology, which promises three separate front channels from two enclosures. The lower set produces the left and right channels, with the upper set doing the center channel.
The first in the new line is the Masterpiece, which has four 3.5-inch midrange/woofers, 16 1-inch ART drivers in a curved line array, and a 1-inch stage tweeter. Designed for 100 to 250 watts of power, it also has a frequency response of 80Hz to 30kHz (± 3dB) and a sensitivity rating of 89dB.
The Portrait has the same four midrange/woofers, the 1-inch stage tweeter, and two XT25 Super Audio tweeters on a 15-degree swivel mount. Made for 100 to 200 watts of power, the Portrait has a frequency response of 80Hz to 30kHz (± 3dB) and a sensitivity rating of 89dB.
The last of the new lineup is the Sketch. This one has two of the midrange/woofers, two DX Super Audio tweeters, and one silk dome stage tweeter. Other features include a frequency response of 80Hz to 40kHz (± 3dB), a senstivity rating of 87dB, and the option for 75 to 150 watts of power.
“This was no small undertaking,” said Matthew LaBruzzo, Artison’s head of engineering. “We revisited every aspect of these speakers and we know the outcome will impress even our most demanding customers.”
Artison has started shipping the LCR DM MK II Series, with prices ranging from $1,400 to $3,000 per pair.
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