Acoustically transparent-specialized film screen brand Screen Excellence will tap CEDIA Expo to debut its Audio Excellence series in the US. Shipping abroad since last year, and now available for sale in North America, the series consists of several limited-range loudspeakers, subwoofers, rack-mountable multi-channel amplifiers and DSP crossovers that can accommodate from 5.1 to complete 3D audio setups. The systems are designed to create the kind of continuous, high sound pressure levels and exacting bass experienced in commercial cinemas. All the components are rich in build quality and performance, competitively-priced and supported by a 5-year warranty.
Vertex LCRs / Surrounds
The Vertex series consists of three limited-range, high-SPL loudspeakers that operate from 100 Hz to 22 kHz and are coupled with a subwoofer via an active outboard DSP crossover. The speakers are slim, designed to be used in- or on-wall behind the A.T. screen and as surrounds.
Vertex 3 is a 500 Watts capable, high-sensitivity 3-way LCR that can be bi-amplified. Vertex 2 is a compact 2-way speaker ideal as LCR or surround. Vertex 1 is the smallest, ideal for surround.
The Vertex enclosures are hand-crafted in England and made of the finest components and materials. For added structural rigidity, the front and rear of the enclosures are made from steel. To thwart edge diffraction, the fronts are finished with absorbent foam. A further benefit to the small enclosures is the limited throw excursion of the driver cones; this serves to reduce distortion and optimize damping. All three models deliver astonishing sound pressure levels for their sizes. To blend with the décor, optional custom-printed artwork grilles are available.
The Raijuu series consists of two compact subwoofers (Raijuu 1 and 2) that operate from 20 Hz to 100 Hz. Raijuu 2 is a vented sub, ideally used for reproducing the LFE channel. Boasting a professional 18-inch driver and power handling capacity of 1400 Watts, the sub provides maximum impact and SPL for the ultimate in LFE channel playback.
Employing a 12-inch driver, Raijuu 1 is a small compact sub with 4-inch depth, shallow enough to fit in a drywall. Raijuu is versatile, it can be used in multiples in modular approach to create a huge subwoofer effect. For added rigidity, the front and rear of both models are steel.
The DP 48 MKII digital active crossover incorporates 4 inputs that can be routed to any of its 8 outputs. These signals can also be added on any single output. The unit features important DSP crossover functionality, such as parametric and shelving equalization, and delays.
The Congard Code
The Audio Excellence systems employ Patrice’s specific approach to loudspeaker design, layout logic and signal routing, all influenced from his experience in the professional audio world. Leveraged by the “Congard Code”, a simple home theater sound system design approach that maximizes the initial wavefront from the LCRs, the systems achieve what Patrice confidently claims, “is the most realistic and powerful bass response in a multichannel home theater sound system today.”
Patrice says Audio Excellence does not advocate frequency equalization to correct room inadequacies. The company believes this colors the sound and is based around one position (seat) in the audience. Instead, Audio Excellence’s system approach concentrates on ensuring the initial wavefront reaches every audience member in the purest form possible, maintaining that room modes are solved using other means, such as acoustic treatments.