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NORWOOD, MA (6/07/06) — Atlantic Technology has begun shipment of the ICTS–6LCR, the company’s first ceiling speaker designed for use as the front channels of a home theater or high quality audio system. Thanks to its unique broad-frequency tweeter design and subtly angled bass driver, the ICTS–6LCR gives installers and consumers the ability to use ceiling mounted front channel speakers without sacrificing performance.
“While I have always been a fan of traditional box speakers for great home theater sound, more and more homeowners are demanding ceiling speakers for aesthetics and practicality,” comments Atlantic Technology President Peter Tribeman. “I challenged our engineering team to design a ceiling speaker that was truly different and better than the compromises available to installers today, and they rose to the occasion. The result of their efforts is the ICTS–6LCR, a speaker I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for even the most demanding home theater installation.”
Conventional ceiling mounted speakers, which direct midrange and bass signals straight downward rather than toward the listener, are ill-equipped to develop the clear and precise imaging that front channel home theater applications demand. While a directional tweeter mechanism can compensate for this in the upper frequencies, in most applications this has no effect on the critical upper midrange that represents most of the dialogue in a film. Atlantic has adopted a pair of critical design evolutions to enable the ICTS–6LCR to develop a complete, and clear soundstage without the mechanical complication of elaborate twisting mechanisms and multiple, expensive drivers.
The first of the ICTS–6LCR’s innovations is a specially vented and heat-sinked version of the company’s 1-inch silk dome tweeter that extends down well into the upper midrange, crossing over at 2.2 kHz to cover a wider portion of the sound spectrum than any other in-ceiling speaker currently available. The tweeter can also be pivoted for even greater control of soundstage development, and a front-mounted three-position tweeter level control allows for precise tailoring of the speaker’s behavior to the acoustical characteristics of the theater room.
Secondly, the ICTS–6LCR employs a heavy-duty 6-1/2-inch woofer that is angled 15 degrees toward the listener, further improving directionality in the lower midrange band. The driver is constructed of Mica/Graphite loaded polymer, and is capable of reproducing bass signals down to 52 Hz.
The Atlantic Technology ICTS–6LCR utilizes an advanced computer-optimized crossover, gold-plated heavy-duty connectors, and simple rotating clamp mounting system for easy installation. The woofer baffle is coated with a special sound-absorptive rubberized paint to prevent unwanted sound-smearing reflections. The grille and frame may be painted to blend in perfectly with the room’s decor.
The ICTS–6LCR is now shipping, and has a suggested retail price of $450 each.
From its inception in 1989, Atlantic Technology’s mission has been to produce home entertainment products that exemplify the very best in both performance and value. The company specializes in complete high-performance multi-channel speaker systems, state-of-the-art home theater electronics components, and products for custom audio/video installation. For more information on Atlantic Technology and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit www.atlantictechnology.com or call 781-762-6300.
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