To say home theater is popular again would be a massive understatement. New technologies and formats highlighted by Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound format are driving a new era of home theater that provides obvious benefits that even non-audiophiles appreciate.
Entering the architectural speaker category to provide dealers with competitively priced loudspeakers engineered to rival some of the custom installation industry's top brands is the Mass.-based company Next Level Acoustics.
Expanding from its initial offerings of soundbar-related products, the Bay State manufacturer has introduced a new line of architectural loudspeakers that includes the CI-IC44A in-ceiling loudspeaker. This sealed-enclosure, in-ceiling loudspeaker is designed to deliver “audiophile performance,” and the company says it produces high levels of output with fast transient capabilities and lots of image clarity.
The speaker's 20-degree downward driver angle enables dealers to utilize the speaker in left, center, right placement configurations, as well as a surround speaker or in Dolby Atmos height speaker locations.
Next Level Acoustics points out the speaker features an MDF enclosure with an aluminum outer frame, along with a “designer cloth” and a “rigid mounting system.” The Commonweath's latest audio company explains the speaker employs a two-way design with two 4.5-inch long-throw woofers with 1-inch voice coils, and a single Vifa 1-inch textile dome tweeter.
The 4-ohm speaker delivers a frequency response of 65Hz to 18kHz +/-3dB, and its rated sensitivity is 89dB.