Leon Speakers Shows Best in Sound, Aesthetics

Leon shows leadership in sound and design with Chris-Craft-inspired outdoor speakers powered by ADA, UltraThin speakers that hide a TV's control panel, and more.

Leon founder Noah Kaplan at CEDIA Expo 2012
Aaron Stern · September 11, 2012

As usual, Leon Speakers had some great looking products at their CEDIA booth, and founder Noah Kaplan was kind enough to give me a tour.

The Boundary line of Chris-Craft-inspired speakers highlighted by CE Pro last month drew a crowd every time I passed by the booth. The line speaks to Leon’s uncompromising artistic approach to speaker design: kiln-dried Philippine mahogany, sleek finishes, and an overall attractive appeal that is becoming synonymous with the Leon name.

Also highlighted at the booth was Leon’s new partnership with Audio Design Associations (ADA), which is providing amplifiers for the series, currently offered in two flavors: the two-channel 200WPC unit that is stable down to 1/2 Ohm, and the 12-channel unit rated at 60WPC.

Leon is pushing to “define a new space for luxury outdoor audio,” Kaplan says.

Also shown at CEDIA Expo 2012 was the Timbre Series, custom-built in Leon’s factory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For this series, Leon created a special “coupled chamber” that allows these compact desktop speakers to reach frequencies down to 38Hz.

Noah was especially proud of the “Leon Reference Wall” and pointed out the UltraThin Horizon HzUT-X-A that features silk dome Morel tweeters with nice finish details I don’t often find in the “soundbar” category—like a magnetically finished custom grille that covers not only the speakers but the control panel of a TV as well for a clean finish.

Leon is also touting clean finishes with the Edge series frames that blends a speaker with its display. Leon partnered with Media Decor for this one.

Considering the anemic nature of the audio section of today’s thin displays, Leon’s attention to sound quality and aesthetics puts it in a league all its own.

These and other Leon products are highlighted in the video below.

In Leon’s words ...

Meet Leon’s next generation of ultra-thin speakers, featuring two new models, both less than 2” deep. The all new Horizon HzUT utilizes Leon’s exclusive 2.5” aluminum cone woofers and cloth-dome tweeters to offer uncompromising, detailed sound reproduction. When performance is paramount, the all new Horizon HzUT-X-A employs 3-inch glass fiber cone woofers and silk-dome tweeters to produce an astoundingly warm, lifelike acoustic spectrum.

Combining left, center and right channels in one sleek cabinet, custom-built to match the exact dimensions and finish of any display, these new speakers revolutionize ultra-thin audio solutions for Living Space Theater applications.

  • Custom built to match the exact width and finish of any display
  • Ultra-thin designs as shallow as 1.5” deep
  • Easily mounts to articulating TVs with Leon’s proprietary brackets
  • Meticulously hand-crafted from solid MDF and aluminum
  • Features best-of-class components
  • Available as LCR, LR or Center channels

For more news from CEDIA Expo 2012, visit www.cepro.com/cedianews

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