By Lindsey Adler On August 01, 2012
Mounting Speakers Overhead Becomes Easier
While Audio Quality Improves
Making integrators’ lives easier seems to be the underlying trend speaker manufacturers
have employed in their latest ceiling speaker models. Various creative tools are rigged to help
further ease installation, but this is just one common feature enhancing today’s ceiling speakers.
Weather resistance, higher performance at more competitive pricing, and generally more bang for
buck balance out new offerings.
Community Distributed Design Series
Community’s Distributed Design D-Series is a family of seven, high-performance ceiling
loudspeakers ranging from a 4.5-inch, low profile model, designed for restricted ceiling space,
to a 10-inch subwoofer. Distributed Design Series six full-range models are true coaxial loudspeakers
with real compression-driver high-frequency sections and Community’s patented
carbon ring cone LF.
Stealth Acoustics LR6
The Stealth Acoustics LR6
is a well-suited choice for
distributed audio applications
and is the smallest
footprint speaker from
Stealth at 12x16-inches. It
is a flat-panel design that is
at home either in the ceiling
or wall and is designed to
mount directly to framing
and finish just like sheetrock.
When properly finished,
no portion of the speaker will be visible. The LR6 is a two-way speaker featuring a
direct-coupled tweeter driver and an acoustically coupled 6.5-inch woofer.
QSC AcousticDesign C Series
QSC’s AcousticDesign “C” Series ceiling speakers
employ a 5.25-inch weather-resistant LF
transducer incorporating a low distortion fiberglass
cone, a 25 mm voice coil, and a rubber
surround. The HF driver is a one-inch pure
titanium dome tweeter utilizing a neodymium
magnet structure. With its larger, ported enclosure,
the AD-CI52ST provides greater low frequency extension and is suited for installations
requiring shallow install depth—such as cruise ships. The AD-CI52T has a smaller footprint,
so it is less visually intrusive.
The new VXC ceiling speakers are available in four-, six-, and eight-inch models. The
Yamaha VXC speakers are easy to install with patent-pending anti-drop tabs for temporary
installation and secondary safety, as well as double threaded screws for faster installation.
JBL Control 321C
JBL Professional’s Control 321C is a
12-inch ceiling coax loudspeaker with a
power rating of 250 watts and frequency
response down to 34 Hz. The EZ-Rail feature
holds the loudspeaker in place while
fastening, often eliminating the need for
a second installer. A multi-pin connector
allows for pre-wiring with simple click-on
connection during installation.
EVID ceiling speakers are
solvers that deliver
quality sound in the
most challenging situations.
From the compact
power of the C4.2
to the exclusive waveguide-
coupled design of
the C8.2HC, each EVID
solution is suited to handle
installer needs across a specific range of
intended applications. The C10.1 features
a high-excursion woofer in ported enclosure
for extended lows, a low pass network
with overload protection, supplemental
LF for ceiling systems, and an integrated
Bose FreeSpace DS
Bose FreeSpace DS loudspeakers are
designed for a range of business and
retail environments. Three models, the
DS 16, DS 40, and DS 100, flush- and
surface-mount loudspeakers provide three
distinct levels of audio performance and
are available for indoor, as well as outdoor
installed applications. These products are
engineered with patented and proprietary
technologies developed specifically for
delivering music and speech with warmth
and clarity, along with high reliability and
easy installation options.
Lowell LT Series
The LT-series has a patented design made specifically for
fast installation in suspended tile ceilings. The 1x2-foot
and 2x2-foot assemblies include new corner restraint
tabs for code compliance. The LT is available with eight-, six-, or
four-inch coaxial drivers for pro sound, eight-inch or four-inch drivers for
music/paging, or eight-inch drivers for music/paging with soundmasking.
Tannoy OCV Series
The OCV Series was engineered specifically
for applications where predictable,
high quality audio coverage is required
in high or open-ceilinged spaces.
The OCV Series was
also conceived to meet
demand for a pendant
style loudspeaker that
by price. Available
in black or white as
standard and comprising
of two models,
the OCV 6 and OCV 8,
OCV Series is by design a full-bandwidth
open-ceiling speaker system.
Atlas Sound FAP42TCUL2043
is a 16W four-inch
speaker that features
7 0 . 7 V / 1 0 0 V
power taps ranging
from 1W to
16W (front selectable).
speaker offers 130-degree
dispersion and a frequency response range
of 75Hz-20kHz. The integrated back can
improves low frequency reproduction.
Soundsphere Model Q-CA
The Model Q-CA speaker features a 6.5-
inch coaxial driver and proprietary diffuser
produce a hemisphere of full range coverage.
The Model Q-CA speaker is suitable
for low finished ceilings where clear voice
announcements and full-range music are
required. UL listing makes it appropriate
for emergency evacuation systems. The
Model Q-CA speaker installs in minutes in
a standard tile bridge for eight-inch speakers
or a 9.125-inch hole in a finished ceiling.
Extron SF 228T
The Extron SoundField SF 228T is a twoway
ceiling tile speaker for low impedance
and 70 volt/100 volt systems. This design features a low profile, 2x2-foot by 5.3-inch deep enclosure
that is UL 2043 plenum rated, weighs less than 20 pounds, and drops directly into standard
suspended ceilings. The two-way ported design includes an eight-inch woofer and a one-inch
silk dome tweeter that provides a frequency response of 50
Hz to 20 kHz for high fidelity music and speech
reproduction. The SF 228T offers 60 watts
continuous pink noise and 120 watts continuous