At ISE 2019 currently underway in Amsterdam, MartinLogan has debuted its new Installer Series, which includes nine models: five in-ceiling speakers, two in-wall speakers designed for indoor use, and two in-ceiling models for all-weather applications.
The re-launched Installer Series of custom installation speakers include Titanium dome tweeters and mineral-filled polypropylene drivers. Paintable micro-perf, bezel-free grilles are secured with high-strength magnets and provide an aesthetic that blends discreetly into any ceiling or wall, says MartinLogan. Each model comes with a mounting-lock system that couples the speaker's vibration-resistant ABS chassis firmly to walls and ceilings.
The small IC3 and IC3-AW in-ceiling speakers feature 3.5-inch woofers, and come with mounting-locks made of die-cast aluminum to maximize strength while allowing a reduction to the physical size of each mounting-lock. A novel woofer surround on the IC3, molded directly onto the speaker's chassis, essentially turns the speaker enclosure into the woofer basket. This solution maximizes woofer size and performance while keeping the speaker extremely small.
The IC8-AW and IC3-AW are designed specifically for all-weather applications, featuring covered patios and bathrooms. Each crossover has a conformal coating to maximize water-resistant properties and special assembly techniques ensure that all driver attachment points on the face of the speakers are completely sealed to remove the risk of moisture penetration. The grilles included with these models are specially coated to guarantee material stability during extended periods of exposure to moisture.
Titanium dome tweeters used throughout the Installer Series are ferrofluid damped and cooled for smooth high-frequency performance. Mineral-filled polypropylene cone bass/midrange drivers feature robust computer-optimized ferrite magnets and high-power motor structures to deliver detailed midrange performance and clean, extended bass response.
Hand-built using only the finest polyester capacitors and air-core coils, Installer Series crossovers employ MartinLogan's proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network, says the company, preserves even the most microscopic sonic nuances while handling the full dynamics of any source. Crossover updates offer an enhanced off-axis response and spring-loaded binding posts feature a larger wire access hole and connect via banana plug, pin, or 12AWG bare wire.
Each speaker includes a full-size installation template featuring quick-reference instructions and die-cut guides for marking the cutout hole. The mounting-lock system allows quick, trouble-free installation. Pocketed screw holes help hold the drill steady. When not in use, mounting locks are held securely within a self-contained housing. When moved into place, they couple the chassis firmly to the ceiling or wall, increasing the rigidity of surfaces. If ever removed, the locks retract and latch back in their housings.
All new speakers in the Installer Series feature ultra-low profile, paintable, micro-perforated grilles with no visible bezel for a near invisible integration into any wall or ceiling. Powerful magnets hidden inside the speakers quickly secure grilles into place, reducing the risk of warping or damage during installation.
Pre-installation brackets are available for each model. To match modern aesthetics, paintable, bezel-free, low profile square grilles are also available for select in-ceiling speakers. These accessories, many of which can be used for multiple speakers, were created with a simple naming convention.
The nine models in the Installer Series include the IW6 in-wall speaker (US$200 ea.) and the IW5-LCR in-wall speaker (US$300 ea.); IC8, IC6, and IC3 in-ceiling speakers that run from US$200 to US$250 ea.; the IC6-ST and the IC6-HT in-ceiling speakers (US$250 ea. and US$300 ea., respectively); and the IC8-AW (US$350 ea.) and IC3-AW (US$300 ea.) all-weather in-ceiling speakers. Pre-installation brackets are available for all models.
MartinLogan's new Installer Series speakers will begin shipping in March 2019.