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NextLevel Acoustics Announces Cinema In/On-Wall LCR Speakers

Move over Klipsch and JBL. NextLevel Acoustics has high efficiency home theater on/in-wall horn speakers starting at $2,499 each.

NextLevel Acoustics Reference Cinema LCR Speakers

NextLevel Acoustics (NLA) might not be a brand that is overly familiar to some audiophiles but that is no longer the case in the CI market; the manufacturer has rather quietly developed a reputation for creating excellent passive LCR soundbar speakers for the custom install market.

Building on that foundation, NLA is introducing the Cinema Series. So far this series consists of two models, the Reference and Pro

Both Reference and Pro models incorporate an MTM (midrange tweeter midrange) speaker array.

NextLevel Acoustics Reference Cinema On-wall Speaker
NextLevel Acoustics Reference Cinema On-wall Speaker

The Reference Cinema utilizes super light and stiff dual 8-inch carbon wool mid-woofers with a butyl rubber surround and a large 4×4-inch compression horn tweeter

The larger Pro Cinema model takes it up a notch with four 8-inch carbon wool mid-woofers in addition to the same 4×4-inch compression horn tweeter. The Pro Cinema is well suited for larger room environments than the Reference Cinema. 

NextLevel Acoustics Pro Cinema Speaker
NextLevel Acoustics Pro Cinema Speakers can be mounted horizontal or vertical.

To bolster performance, NLA’s Cinema speakers provide a high sensitivity rating of up to 99 dB, enabling them to produce high SPL levels (with very low distortion) without the need for a lot of power.

In addition, a proprietary audiophile-grade crossover provides a smooth blend between the mid/woofers and horn tweeter. The crossover design also minimizes first-order horn reflection artifacts further smoothing out the sound profile. 

The speakers utilize a sealed, all-MDF cabinet that further contributes to sound quality as well as providing installation flexibility. 

The speakers can be mounted flush in-wall, on-wall, or partially recessed in-wall, and mounted vertically or horizontally. A magnetic grille frame is available that can be covered in custom-colored cloth to match room décor if desired.

NextLevel Acoustics Reference Cinema On-wall Speaker Lifestyle

The Cinema Series speakers can be paired with several other speaker options from NLA for optimum voice matching that supports a coherent sound field suitable for Immersive movies or Spatial music. 

Price and Availability

The Reference Cinema is priced at $2,499 (each) and the larger Cinema Pro is priced at $4,999 (each). They are available through authorized dealers and installers.

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NLA also offers subwoofer options which include the recommended CI-HV18 18-inch Subwoofer ($4,399 each) This subwoofer incorporates a 2,000-watt peak amp capable of 120 dB sound pressure levels @ 6m and a frequency response from 17-120 Hz.

Comparison

Reference CinemaPro Cinema
MSRP$2,499 each$4,999 each
Model NumberCI-REFCINEMACI-PROCINEMA
Speaker Type 2-way, On/In-Wall2-way, On/In-Wall
Woofers2 X 8-inch Carbon Wool Mid-Woofers4 X 8-inch Carbon Wool Mid-Woofers
Tweeter1 x 4×4-inch Compression Driver (Horn)1 x 4×4-inch Compression Driver (Horn)
Crossover Frequency2 kHz2 kHz
Front Baffle¾-inch MDF¾-inch MDF
Cabinet ConstructionSealed MDFSealed MDF
Impedance4 ohms4 ohms
Recommend Amp Power70 to 500 watts70 to 500 watts
Distortion< 0.1%< 0.1%
Frequency Response +/- 3dB (Anechoic)53 to 20 kHz46 to 20kHz
Sensitivity (1 watt at 1 meter)96 dB99 dB
Max SPL (@ 2 meters)118 db122 dB
Hole Cutout Dimensions12 x 24 x 5.9 inches12 x 47 x 5.9 inches
On-wall Dimensions11 x 24 x 6 inches12 x47 x 6 inches
Outside Dimensions13 x 23.5 inches13 x 48 inches
FinishBlack Pro DuratexBlack Pro Duratex
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From NLA Co-owner Lee Weber: “Since 2015 we have been building to order from our Connecticut facility operating with a lean business model that helps keep overhead low and makes us extremely responsive. Many know us for our custom soundbars, especially the Fusion Frame Slim, the world’s 1st and thinnest high-performance customizable soundbar for Samsung Frame TVs. We applied a similar no-compromise approach to the Cinema Series. The result is a home theater experience untouchable without spending two or three times the money on the speakers.  Even more shocking is that all of this is achievable from a compact speaker capable of being concealed inside the wall. True to our name, the Cinema Series take theaters to the next level.”

The NLA Cinema Reference and Pro Series speakers are designed by NextLevel’s Chief Designer/Engineer John Sollecito — well known for audiophile designs such as the JSE Infinite Slope™ speakers and crossovers.

For more information: nextlevelacoustics.com

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