Available for retrofit and new construction clients, the new SnapAV Episode Impression in-ceiling satellite speaker and bandpass subwoofer models have been introduced, offering what the company says is a combination of professional sound quality and design-friendly aesthetics.
The Impression series offers 4-inch satellite speakers and a 6.5″-inch bandpass subwoofer to deliver audio leveraging Episode’s three core scientific principles: low distortion, wide dispersion, and flat frequency response. The series uses Episode’s bezel-less grilles that are available in multiple colors and shapes to match any aesthetic.
Said Mike Jordan, vice president, Control and Entertainment at SnapAV, in the announcement statement: “We’ve designed these ultra-discreet in-ceiling speakers and subwoofers to blend in with today’s modern treatments while delivering on our promise of superior audio performance and installation flexibility.”
Available in 2.1, 4.1, custom-sized kits, and individual SKUs, the Impression Series offers a choice of numerous configurations. The 4.1 kit comprises four Impression satellite speakers and one Impression bandpass subwoofer, making it suitable for most situations, including single-zone projects. What’s more, the ability to purchase individual Impression subwoofers and satellite speakers enables integrators and their clients to design and install any desired system configuration. Episode’s standard configurations range from a single pair of satellite speakers or a single subwoofer up to a 4.2 system with four satellite speakers and two subwoofers.
Dealers also benefit from a design that simplifies installation and system configuration, as an Impression multi-room audio system can run from just two channels of a standard amplifier or A/V receiver while maintaining a safe nominal impedance for today’s two-channel amplifiers.
The Impression satellite speaker (model ES-IM4IC) is a 4-inch in-ceiling speaker that features a carbon/aramid fiber cone and ribbed rubber surround, and is designed for simple installation in both new construction and retrofit projects. The ribbed surrounds use an inverted parabolic design for greater cone excursion without rippling, so the speaker can be played louder without distortion.
Using a standard 4-inch hole and accompanying round or square 5-inch bezel-less grille, the satellite speakers blend in with modern 5-inch standard lighting cans. Episode also offers an in-ceiling bracket (model ES-IM4-BRKT-IC) for the satellite speakers, which makes it easy to align speakers with installed lighting cans, regardless of placement. Each speaker features a high-pass switch for easy setup, and dealers can choose from black or white grilles; both round and square are provided with each speaker.
The Impression Bandpass subwoofer (model ES-IM6-BP-SUB) is a 6.5-inch in-ceiling subwoofer that features a dual voice coil, fabric-coated paper cone with a rubber surround, along with a bandpass box that provides greater efficiency and deeper bass extension. This new-construction-only product requires mounting prior to drywall or access from above. The subwoofer uses a flexible tube to connect to a 5-inch ceiling grille so it appears identical to the other speakers throughout a room. The full speaker cabinet mounts behind ceiling drywall, so the 5-inch grille is the only piece visible. The in-ceiling bracket and pre-construction backbox are sold separately.