February 15, 2013
| by Rachel Cericola
Crestron is adding a bit of volume to its lineup. The company has just started shipping the new Essence and Aspire speakers.
Besides delivering great sound, these speakers are easy to install. That should cut down on the installation time—and what you’re spending on that install. Also, because it has what Crestron is calling “an innovative toggle clamp mounting system,” it boasts a clean installation as well.
The Aspire has woven poly-glass composite woofers and 1-inch synthetic polymer dome tweeters. Offset post-mounted tweeters are also there to reduce midrange frequency response anomalies. The Essense, on the other hand, adds in woven Kevlar woofers and 1.1-inch advanced synthetic polymer dome tweeters. It also has cast aluminum woofer baskets to crank out the bass.
Depending on the model, you can expect these speakers to handle between 100 and 175 watts of power, with a wide frequency response. Both of the new 2-way speakers also have paintable, zero-bezel grilles, making either one perfect for ceiling and wall installs.
The Essence and Aspire are available now in round in-ceiling and rectangular in-wall models. Almost all of the models are sold in pairs in 5.25-, 6.5- and 8-inch sizes, with the 8-inch Aspire 2-way in-ceiling speaker sold individually. Optional brackets are also available for new construction applications.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.