SnapAV has introduced the Episode Impression Series satellite speaker and bandpass subwoofer, new multiroom in-ceiling audio solutions the company says deliver professional sound quality and design-friendly aesthetics.
“Our end customers invest heavily in the aesthetics of their environment and desire thoughtfully-designed products that complement their space,” says Mike Jordan, VP control and entertainment, SnapAV.
“We’ve designed these ultra-discreet in-ceiling speakers and subwoofers to blend in with today’s modern treatments while delivering on our promise of superior audio performance and installation flexibility.”
Impression Series Includes 4” Speakers, 6.5” Subwoofer
The Impression Series features 4-inch satellite speakers and a 6.5-inch bandpass subwoofer that SnapAV says incorporate Episode’s three core scientific principles: low distortion, wide dispersion and flat-frequency response.
Episode notes the Impression speakers employ bezel-less grilles available in multiple colors and shapes to match any aesthetic.
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Integrators can meet customers’ needs by ordering Impression Series models in 2.1, 4.1, custom-sized kits and individual SKUs, according to SnapAV.
The 4.1 kit comprises four Impression satellite speakers and one Impression bandpass subwoofer, ideal for a variety of installs including single-zone solutions. Episode’s standard configurations range from a single pair of satellite speakers or a single subwoofer up to a 4.2 system with four satellite speakers and two subs.
An Impression multiroom audio system can run from just two channels of a standard amplifier or AV receiver while maintaining a safe nominal impedance for today’s two-channel amplifiers, the company says.
Low-Profile Aesthetics for Customers’ Ceilings
The Impression satellite speaker (model ES-IM4IC) is a 4-inch in-ceiling speaker that serves up audio through a carbon/aramid fiber cone and ribbed rubber surround, and is designed for simple installation in both new construction and retrofit projects, the company says.
Ribbed surrounds employ an inverted parabolic design to provide greater cone excursion without rippling, so the speaker can be played louder without distortion, according to SnapAV.
Using a standard 4-inch hole and accompanying round or square 5-inch bezel-less grille, the satellite speakers blend in with modern 5-inch standard lighting cans. Episode also offers an in-ceiling bracket (model ES-IM4-BRKT-IC) for the satellite speakers, so installers can align speakers precisely with installed lighting cans, regardless of placement, the company adds.
Each speaker has a high-pass switch for easy setup, and integrators can choose from black or white grilles, and both round and square are provided with each speaker.
The Impression subwoofer (model ES-IM6-BP-SUB) is an in-ceiling model that incorporates a dual voice coil, fabric-coated paper cone with a rubber surround, along with a bandpass box that is said to aid efficiency and deeper bass extension. The new-construction-only product requires mounting prior to drywall or access from above, Episode notes.
To make the subwoofer appear identical to the satellites in a room, Episode uses a flexible tube to connect to a 5-inch ceiling grille. The full speaker cabinet mounts behind ceiling drywall, so the grille is the only piece visible, the company says. The in-ceiling bracket and pre-construction backbox are sold separately.
“We’re incredibly excited SnapAV dealers will now have access to these aesthetically-minded, immersive audio systems,” Jordan says. “These speakers are also being introduced at extremely competitive price points that can provide higher margins for dealers and lower cost for end customers.”
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