— Total Solutions TSS-4000 Loudspeakers, New ERS 110DT and ERS 310 Premium In-Wall Speakers and Broad Selection of Products Featured at CES Exhibit —
6 January 2005
WOODBURY, NY — At CES 2005, Infinity Systems is demonstrating its commitment to providing high-performance loudspeaker systems and product solutions for a wider range of home entertainment requirements than ever before. The exhibit features the recently introduced TSS-4000 Total Solutions loudspeakers, a strikingly designed series of home theater system components that offers exceptional installation flexibility, and complements DLP rear-projection TVs, as well as LCD and plasma displays.
In addition, the company is expanding its acclaimed ERS Series in-wall lineup with the introduction of the ERS 110DT dual-tweeter and ERS 310 extended-range in-wall speakers, to create a full line of premium in-wall solutions that deliver uncompromising sonic accuracy.
A wide selection of Infinity’s 2005 product lineup is also on exhibit, from the high-value Primus Series and stylish, advanced-technology Infinity Beta Series loudspeakers to the flagship Prelude MTS system.
Eli Harary, Infinity vice president of sales and marketing, pointed out: “In 2005, Infinity’s focus is on providing consumers with complete loudspeaker solutions for every home entertainment need. To emphasize this commitment, at CES we are showcasing a complete loudspeaker system from each product category in our lineup, encompassing a broad range of price points and applications.”
Harary continued, “Our product line is now more diversified than ever and, whether customers are seeking a compact home theater system or the most ambitious whole-house installation, Infinity is there to meet their needs with loudspeakers and systems that offer superlative performance, along with elegant, distinctive design that blends perfectly into the home environment.”
Following is an overview of selected Infinity loudspeakers and systems featured at CES 2005 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 12429 (January 6 — 9):
TSS-4000: The Ultimate Total Solutions Home Theater Lineup
Infinity will begin shipping its top-of-the-line Total Solutions TSS-4000 home theater loudspeakers this month. Featured in continuous active demonstrations at CES 2005, TSS-4000 loudspeakers offer exceptional sound quality along with versatile installation and system configuration options, and their striking, contemporary appearance is designed to perfectly complement today’s slim-profile DLP rear-projection TVs, as well as flat-panel LCD and plasma displays.
Infinity Total Solutions TSS-4000 models include the following:
TSS-SAT4000 three-way satellite (four 3-1/2-inch Metal Matrix Diaphragm (MMD) woofers, dual 3-1/2-inch MMD midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch MMD tweeter); SRP: $549 each
TSS-CENTER4000 three-way center channel loudspeaker (four 3-1/2-inch MMD woofers, dual 3-1/2-inch MMD midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch MMD tweeter); SRP: $549 each
TSS-SUB4000 powered subwoofer (12-inch MMD woofer, built-in 400-watt amplifier), featuring Infinity’s proprietary Room Adaptive Bass Optimization System (R.A.B.O.S.); SRP: $1,249
Available in a rich platinum finish with matching grilles, TSS-4000 loudspeakers offer unmatched installation flexibility, and enable a broad variety of 7.1-, 6.1- and 5.1-channel system configuration choices. For added flexibility, they can also be matched with other Total Solutions loudspeakers; for example, a pair of TSS-SAT1100 satellites can be used as the surround channels in a TSS-4000 system along with TSS-SAT4000, TSS-CENTER4000 and TSS-SUB4000 models.
An optional flush-mount kit for the satellites and center channel loudspeaker enables them to be recessed into a wall for a clean, understated appearance that makes the TSS-4000 system adaptable to an extremely broad range of architectural, designer and custom-installation applications, and blends with the most elegant room decors and living environments.
The satellites are also supplied with shelf stands of three different heights, enabling the satellites to be placed level with virtually any rear-projection DLP television, or table-top flat-panel LCD or plasma TV, to create a unified, integrated appearance in home entertainment systems based around large-screen video displays. Thanks to the mounting-height options provided by the three different stands, the TSS-SAT4000 satellites offer far more installation versatility than typical satellites. The center channel speaker includes a base for placement on top of or below a TV set or on a shelf.
The magnetically shielded satellites and center channel are also supplied with swivel-bracket mounts that enable installation alongside a wall-mounted plasma or LCD display, and facilitate their use in a wide variety of custom-installation applications.
Infinity’s TSS-4000 loudspeakers are engineered to deliver superlative sound — authoritative bass, a detailed, musically accurate midrange, extended high frequencies, and natural vocal and instrumental reproduction.
All TSS-4000 drivers utilize Infinity’s exclusive MMD technology. MMD driver cones are manufactured by anodizing both sides of an aluminum core to a controlled thickness, producing low-mass, highly rigid driver diaphragms that operate with greatly reduced distortion, and provide exceptional transient response, resolution and smoothness throughout their entire frequency range. The satellites and center channel feature acoustically inert enclosures constructed of extruded and brushed aluminum, which provide significant sonic advantages while imparting a stylish appearance. The TSS-4000 subwoofer features Infinity’s exclusive Room Adaptive Bass Optimization System, which enables it to be precisely tuned to the listening room to obtain accurate bass response.
The Infinity Total Solutions TSS-4000 loudspeaker system will begin shipping in January 2005.
In addition to Infinity’s TSS-4000 system components, the Total Solutions TSS-1100, TSS-750 and TSS-450 systems (SRP: $1,099, $749 and $449, respectively) are currently available, offering a complete range of home theater speaker solutions.
TSS-750: Compact Design, Exceptional Installation Flexibility and Sound Quality
The extremely popular Infinity TSS-750, featured in Infinity’s CES 2005 exhibit, is a complete, 5.1-channel home theater loudspeaker package that incorporates the distinctive styling, outstanding performance and installation flexibility of the Total Solutions design concept in a more compact system configuration that is easy to install in any room.
The TSS-750 (SRP: $749) includes four 2-way satellites, each employing a 3/4-inch MMD tweeter and 3-1/2-inch MMD woofer, a center channel with a 3/4-inch MMD tweeter and dual 3-1/2-inch MMD woofers, and a powered subwoofer incorporating a 10-inch MMD woofer and a built-in 150-watt amplifier. The system is engineered to deliver outstanding musical realism, thanks to its use of MMD drivers throughout, along with premium-quality internal components, a full complement of subwoofer controls and many additional refinements.
The TSS-750, available in a choice of platinum and charcoal finishes with matching grilles, offers a much greater choice of installation options than conventional satellite/subwoofer systems. The satellites’ design enables them to be placed freestanding on a shelf, or mounted on a wall with the unique swivel wall-mount bracket system included with each satellite. Optional matching floor stands are also available. The center channel speaker is supplied with a base for mounting on a TV set or shelf.
ERS 110DT, ERS 310 and ERS HV250: Expanded In-Wall Installation Options
At CES 2005, Infinity Systems is expanding its high-performance ERS Series in-wall and in-ceiling speaker lineup with the introduction of its ERS 110DT dual-tweeter speaker and ERS 310 compact in-wall/in-ceiling speaker, and showcasing its recently introduced ERS HV250 dual-woofer in-wall speaker. The ERS 110DT and ERS 310 utilize Infinity’s patented Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) driver technology and innovative design to deliver outstanding sound quality in a wide range of home entertainment, whole-house and custom-installation applications.
The ERS 110DT, ERS 310 and ERS HV250 are all packaged and sold individually, giving customers and installers the flexibility to choose the exact number and type of speakers needed to complete any stereo music, multichannel home theater or multiroom system. The individual packaging and variety of speaker types gives consumers the ability to perfectly tailor their in-wall home entertainment installations to their specific needs. All three models can also be used as the surround speakers in a system based around Prelude MTS, Beta Series and Primus Series loudspeakers, to create an expansive 360-degree soundspace with a seamless sonic blend between the front and surround channels.
The Infinity ERS 110DT dual-tweeter speaker (dual 3/4-inch CMMD tweeters, 6-1/2-inch CMMD woofer; SRP: $229 each) provides two-channel audio from a single-speaker configuration, making it perfect for applications where space is limited, yet where expansive stereo sound is desired. The ERS 110DT can be used for providing stereo audio in multiroom installations away from the main home entertainment system, and is ideal for use as a surround-effects speaker in spaces where extra speakers cannot be installed.
The ERS 110DT delivers clear and detailed high-frequency response over a wide area, along with outstanding low-frequency definition and presence. The tweeters are mounted alongside each other in precision waveguides in an integrated housing in the center of the speaker, and are designed to create a spacious sonic environment when used as stereo or surround-effects speakers.
The Infinity ERS 310 (SRP: $229 each) employs an 8-inch CMMD woofer for extended, articulate bass response, along with a 1-inch CMMD tweeter that is mounted concentrically in front of the woofer in a specially designed frame, which provides optimum directivity while enabling a more compact, space-saving circular design.
The Infinity ERS HV250 is a versatile dual-woofer speaker that can be mounted either horizontally, for use as the center channel of a home theater system, or vertically, for use as left and right front and surround speakers. When mounted horizontally, it fits inside the standard 16-inch spacing that is used between most wall studs, so no cutting of the studs is required. The ERS HV250 (SRP: $229 each) utilizes dual 5-1/4-inch CMMD woofers flanking a 3/4-inch CMMD tweeter to deliver powerful, dynamic sound quality. The tweeter’s performance is maximized by a waveguide that is optimized for both in-wall and in-ceiling use, with dispersion over a broad listening area.
The tweeters and woofers used in all ERS Series loudspeakers employ CMMD technology — the identical, patented driver technology used in the company’s flagship Prelude MTS models — to deliver a level of sonic accuracy and musicality far beyond conventional in-wall speakers. CMMD driver cones are manufactured by anodizing alumina, a ceramic compound, to both sides of an aluminum core, producing driver diaphragms of ultralow mass and ultrahigh rigidity for extraordinary transient response, with unmatched clarity, resolution and tonal accuracy along with high sensitivity.
The Infinity ERS 110DT, ERS 310 and ERS HV250 are designed for ease of installation in both new homes and existing rooms. They include built-in mounting tabs, and their baffles and grilles can be painted to match any decor. Optional rough-in frames are available for preconstruction installation. In addition, the ERS HV250 features an IR cutout, enabling an IR repeater to be conveniently placed inside the speaker.
The ERS 110DT, ERS 310 and ERS HV250 will be available in the first quarter of 2005.
Prelude MTS Series: Extraordinary Design and Performance
Infinity’s flagship Prelude MTS loudspeakers are literally works of audio art, combining strikingly distinctive, cutting-edge aesthetic design with advanced technologies and materials to achieve unparalleled sonic realism. Available models include the Prelude MTS tower (1-inch tweeter, 3-1/2-inch midrange and four 5-1/4-inch mid-bass drivers), Prelude MTS center (1-inch tweeter, 3-1/2-inch midrange and two 5-1/4-inch mid-bass drivers) and the Prelude MTS subwoofer (12-inch woofer and built-in 850-watt amplifier).
The Prelude MTS’s stunning appearance has earned it numerous international design awards, and it complements the most elegant home decors with strikingly beautiful, gracefully contoured aluminum enclosures, accented by the polished exotic wood finishes of the subwoofer module. Prelude MTS loudspeakers employ Infinity’s patented CMMD drivers, Room Adaptive Bass Optimization System and premium-quality components throughout to achieve state-of-the-art sound quality in every respect, conveying all the emotion and immediacy of music and movie soundtracks with astonishing fidelity.
Prelude MTS models can be configured to create a variety of stereo and multichannel home theater systems. For example, a pair of Prelude MTS tower loudspeakers mounted on top of a pair of Prelude MTS subwoofers comprises a full-range stereo loudspeaker system, while a 7.1-channel or 5.1-channel system can be created using multiple Prelude MTS tower loudspeakers, a Prelude MTS center and Prelude MTS subwoofers.
Suggested retail prices for Prelude MTS loudspeakers are as follows: Prelude MTS tower, $2,400; Prelude MTS subwoofer, $2,600, Prelude MTS center, $1,200 (all prices suggested retail). Optional floor stands and wall brackets are available for the towers.
Beta Series Loudspeakers: Combining Superlative Performance, Design Elegance and Value
Infinity’s Beta Series loudspeakers incorporate the company’s latest-generation technologies, such as an improved CMMD tweeter and Constant Acoustic Impedance (CAI) high-frequency waveguide, to deliver extraordinary sound quality in a wide range of home entertainment installations. Complementing their superb performance, Beta Series loudspeakers have a refined visual appeal, with styling that blends classic and contemporary design elements to create a uniquely elegant look.
The Infinity CES 2005 exhibit features a top-of-the-line Beta Series system comprising the Beta 50 floorstanding tower, along with the Beta C360 center channel and the innovative Beta ES250 surround-effects speaker, complemented by the extremely compact yet powerful CSW-10 subwoofer.
All Beta Series loudspeakers incorporate Infinity’s latest-generation CMMD tweeter, which extends the frequency response to beyond 40kHz, yielding remarkably clear, open and detailed high-frequency response even when reproducing demanding high-resolution program sources such as DVD-Audio and SACD. In addition, all the other Beta Series drivers utilize CMMD technology. Infinity Beta models are the first to feature Infinity’s patent-pending Constant Acoustic Impedance high-frequency waveguide, which utilizes a series of computer-designed, graduated curves that flare from the inside to the outside of the waveguide to provide improved on- and off-axis high-frequency dispersion and smoothness, along with better sensitivity and a more seamless blend with the woofers and midrange drivers.
The Beta ES250 surround loudspeaker features selectable monopole, dipole and bipole settings, enabling it to be configured for optimum surround reproduction in any 5.1-, 6.1- or 7.1-channel system. In addition, the Beta ES250 has the capability of functioning as two independent loudspeakers from one enclosure. When used in its dual-speaker configuration, a single Beta ES250 reproduces two discrete surround-effects channels, making it ideal for spaces where extra loudspeakers cannot be installed.
Models in the Infinity Beta Series include the following: Beta 10 2-way bookshelf, SRP: $165 each; Beta 20 2-way bookshelf, SRP: $199 each; Beta 40 3-way floorstanding, SRP: $399 each; Beta 50 3-way floorstanding, SRP: $499 each; Beta C250 2-way center channel speaker, SRP: $249 each; Beta C360 3-way center channel speaker, SRP: $399 each; Beta ES250 surround loudspeaker, SRP: $349 each.
Beta Series loudspeakers are available in black and cherry finishes with complementing grille colors, including black with black grilles, and cherry with platinum grilles; the ES250 is available in a black or white pica finish.
CSW-10 Subwoofer: The Perfect Match to the Beta Series
The CSW-10 (SRP: $999) is designed to perfectly complement Infinity’s Beta Series loudspeakers. The CSW-10, featuring a compact enclosure design, includes a 10-inch woofer, built-in 650-watt amplifier and the company’s exclusive Room Adaptive Bass Optimization System. It can be placed inconspicuously in any installation, while providing powerful and musically accurate low-frequency response. The CSW-10’s R.A.B.O.S. system enables it to be precisely tuned to any listening room by overcoming low-frequency room resonances that can detract from the sonic accuracy of a home entertainment loudspeaker system.
Infinity Primus Series: Redefining High-Performance Loudspeaker Value
Infinity Systems has redefined high-performance loudspeaker value with its Primus Series loudspeakers. Comprising six elegantly styled models and a home theater package, the Primus Series incorporates Infinity’s Metal Matrix Diaphragm (MMD) driver technology to deliver superb sound quality at extremely attractive price points.
All Infinity Primus Series models — tweeters, midrange drivers and woofers — incorporate Infinity’s MMD technology. Each tweeter, midrange unit and woofer is optimized for its particular application, with internal resonances virtually eliminated within each driver’s frequency range to achieve maximum sonic clarity.
In common with all Infinity loudspeakers, Primus Series models are designed utilizing the company’s room-friendly design principles, which ensure that they will provide sonically accurate performance in the widest variety of listening environments and placement positions. All offer improved sensitivity to deliver satisfying volume levels and excellent dynamic range, even when using lower powered receivers.
Primus loudspeakers are built to the high-quality standards of all Infinity products. Primus enclosures are rigidly braced to minimize unwanted internal resonances, with crossover components selected for best sound quality. All models are magnetically shielded. Primus loudspeakers are finished in black ash, with complementing black grilles, and also look striking with their grilles off, thanks to their rich silver trim and silver speaker cones.
Models in the Infinity Primus Series lineup include the following: Primus 140 2-way bookshelf, SRP: $89 each; Primus 150 2-way bookshelf, SRP: $99 each; Primus 160 2-way bookshelf, SRP: $129 each; Primus 250 2-1/2-way floorstanding (3/4-inch tweeter, dual 5-1/4-inch woofers), SRP: $229 each; Primus 360 3-way floorstanding, SRP: $329 each; Primus C25 center channel speaker, SRP: $199 each. The Primus Theater Pack, comprising four 2-way satellites and a 2-way center channel speaker, is also available at a suggested retail price of $449.
The Harman Consumer Systems Group (HCSG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.
HCSG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International (www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”
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