With more than 150 speakers to its name, you’d think it would be hard for a manufacturer like SpeakerCraft to create something completely unique. But it has. This month the notable speaker manufacturer unveils the audio industry’s first in-wall Dolby Atmos enabled height speaker. Yes, there are lots of other Dolby Atmos enabled height speakers available; what makes the $349 (MSRP) AIM Series 2 ATX100 speaker special is that it’s designed to sink into the wall, rendering less perceptible than other comparable Atmos speakers which typically mount to the surface of the wall. The first-to-market in-wall option can also handle other forms of object-based surround-sound systems, such as DTS:X.
Core Brands audio product manager Matt Dever explains that the SpeakerCraft engineering and design team spent countless hours refining the speaker design and performance to get the correct reflections off the ceiling and have the speaker fit into a shallow 2×4 wall. “This involved developing drivers, crossovers, and enclosures very specific to this purpose,” adds Mike Strange, Core Brands senior director of acoustics. “The result is a design that brings the Dolby Atmos experience into an installed environment completely hidden away in the wall.”
The ¾-inch custom titanium dome tweeter with Neodymium magnet structure boasts a frequency response up to 22kHz. With its dual 2 ½ inch Kevlar-reinforced pulp mid-bass drivers, the ATX100 can handle up to 125 watts of amplifier power at 8 Ohms.
If you’re looking for speakers to round out your Atmos installation, the ATX100 can be paired with either of SpeakerCraft’s two new AIM Series 2 LCR In-Wall speakers. “We took the key technologies developed for the AIM Series 2 in-ceiling line and applied then to these new in-wall speakers,” says Dever. Designed to mirror the size and shape of the ATX100, the AIM LCR5 FIVE Series 2 ($879 MSRP) and AIM LCR5 TWO Series 2 ($749 MSRP), are intended to be recessed into the wall adjacent to a flat panel TV along with or apart from the ATX100. The ATX100 and LCR5 FIVE Series 2 sold together as a system—called the ATS500—retails for $1,329. The ATX100 and LCR5 TWO Series 2 sold together as a system—called the ATS200—retails for $1,199. Bottom line: there are five different options to create a surround-sound system for your home theater. The AXT100 on its own, the LCR5 FIVE on its own, the LCR5 TWO on its own, the AXT100 paired with the LCR5 FIVE, and the AXT100 paired with the LCR5 TWO.
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Each LCR speaker features the new Arrayed Point Source (APS) Tweeter Module, which incorporates three pivoting titanium dome tweeters mounted on a rotational sound baffle. By rotating the baffle, the LCR can precisely focus the high-frequency sound at the targeted listening area.