INDIANAPOLIS (March 7, 2006) - With integrated whole-house audio becoming more popular than ever, Klipsch is now shipping a new series of in-ceiling products that incorporate a patent-pending gimbal mechanism to overcome the limitations of fixed locations.
The company's latest Controlled Dispersion Technology, or CDT, speakers can direct both high and low frequencies towards the listening area. Because the tweeters on these models are independently adjustable from the woofers (except on the surround model), they offer even more precise localization.
In total, there are seven speakers in the Klipsch CDT series:
• CDT-5800-C - 8-inch Cerametallic™ woofer, 1-inch titanium tweeter, premium network and treble and bass contour switches
• CDT-5650-C - 6.5-inch Cerametallic woofer, 1-inch titanium tweeter, premium network and treble and bass contour switches
• CDT-3800-C - 8-inch copper-colored IMG woofer, 1-inch aluminum tweeter, high-quality network and treble contour switch
• CDT-3650-C - 6.5-inch copper-colored IMG woofer, 1-inch aluminum tweeter, high-quality network and treble contour switch
• CDT-2800-C - 8-inch polymer woofer, 1-inch silk tweeter
• CDT-2650-SC (surround) - 6.5-inch polymer woofer, dual .75-inch silk fixed tweeters, exclusive Wide Dispersion Surround Technology™ (WDST)
• CDT-2650-C - 6.5-inch polymer woofer, 1-inch silk tweeter
Each speaker (except for the surround model) has a tweeter that is mated to a swiveling 100-degree Tractrix® Horn. This horn-loaded design dramatically increases efficiency by enabling the speakers to produce more output using less energy. Additionally, a horn-loaded tweeter works well in instances where you want to point the sound to a specific location because it has more natural controlled directivity than a conventional dome tweeter.
The woofers on these models can rotate a full 360 degrees and then shift 15 degrees in any direction. This flexibility combined with the swiveling tweeter puts the system designer in complete control of where the sound will go.
The CDT-2650-SC surround model features Klipsch's Wide Dispersion Surround Technology, which offers both rich, immersive surround sound and precise localization of individual effects from a speaker that has much more placement flexibility than conventional designs. Careful alignment of two silk tweeters, angled opposite one another, yields an exceptionally wide dispersion pattern, delivering a smooth, broad distribution of sound ideal for every surround-sound format and for music as well as movies.
Available in a white finish, these CDT speakers are paintable and can be paired with a corresponding Klipsch installation kit that is sold separately. Each kit incorporates a mud ring, breakaway wire tie and color-coded brackets for easy speaker size identification. They also include perforated metal wings that easily fasten to studs via screws, staples or nails. Painted white for easy marking and placement, these metal wings can be folded around the edge of the studs if necessary.
Designed for the residential contracting channel, each Klipsch CDT model is sold separately and carries the following U.S. MSRP pricing: $375 for the CDT-5800-C, $300 for the CDT-5650-C, $325 for the CDT-3800-C, $250 for the CDT-3650-C, $225 for the CDT-2800-C, $249 for the CDT-2650-SC and $200 for the CDT-2650-C.