|MartinLogan Announces Advanced Thin Film Hybrid Voyage and Passage Speakers|
|Home Theater News In-wall Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 07 December 2004|
MartinLogan has announced the architecturally inspired high-performance Voyage and Passage in-wall loudspeakers. These speakers are MartinLogan’s latest offerings in the expanding in-wall loudspeaker market.
• Quick Installation
• Constant Control, Die-Cast Aluminum Mounting Locks
• High-Resolution ATF™ (Advanced Thin Film) Transducers
• High-Excursion Aluminum Element Woofers
• Audiophile Grade Crossovers
• Rigid Extruded Aluminum Chassis
• Paintable End Caps and a Selection of Grill Color Options
• Adjustable Tweeter Alignment Sphere
• IR Repeater Ready
Quick, Trouble Free Installation
To provide quick and easy installation, MartinLogan’s engineering and design team created a robust mounting lock system. When not in use the constant control, die-cast aluminum mounting locks are held in place within a self-contained housing. When the mounting locks are moved into place during installation they couple the loudspeakers chassis to the drywall. If the speaker should be removed from the wall the mounting locks retract and lock themselves out of the way within their self-contained housing.
Every Voyage and Passage loudspeaker is provided with a full size installation template featuring a handle, quick reference installation instructions, and die cut guides for marking the cutout hole. To minimize installation site clutter, both speakers are boxed so that parts are removed from the shipping container in the order they are needed for installation—first the template, next the speaker and finally the grill covers.
ATF (Advanced Thin Film) Transducers Provide Clarity, Detail and Resolution
ATF (Advanced Thin Film) transducers, based on RADIA planar technology, consist of a thin, low mass diaphragm with a light, etched conductive aluminum surface suspended between two neodymium super magnet arrays. When an audio signal passes through the etched aluminum on the diaphragm’s surface it is simultaneously pulled towards one of the neodymium arrays and pushed away from the opposing. When the direction of current is reversed the diaphragm is simultaneously pushed and pulled in the opposite direction, thus producing sound. This concept is called push-pull and is a major contributor to the linearity and sonic superiority of both ATF and electrostatic MartinLogan thin film transducers.
ATF diaphragms are constructed of low mass Dupont Kaladex PEN (polyethylene naphthalate)—a material chemically similar to the film used in MartinLogan's Generation 2 electrostatic transducers. Full surface drive capabilities allow this diaphragm to remain discretely sized, yet achieve low-distortion levels with great resolution.
High-Resolution Woofer for Accurate Bass
Utilizing state-of-the-art woofers specially designed for accurate in-wall bass performance, Voyage and Passage deliver a precise low-end uncommon to traditional in-wall loudspeakers.
Audiophile Grade Crossover for Clarity
Vojtko crossovers found within the Voyage and Passage are designed and manufactured with the same meticulous care found in MartinLogan’s ultimate loudspeaker products. To maintain the integrity of the original audio signal throughout the filter, all crossover components, including air-core coil inductors, are carefully mounted to 1/8-inch thick high-rigidity circuit boards with wide traces.
Rigid Extruded Aluminum Chassis and Baffle Stiffens Wall
Extruded and milled, the Voyage and Passage aluminum chassis are capable of stiffening the wall in which they are installed, thus minimizing acoustically destructive vibrations. Additionally, a dense one inch-thick front baffle further minimizes destructive vibrations.
Flexible Aesthetic and Performance Features Allow Ease of Integration
Paint-able end caps and a selection of grill color options allow the Voyage and Passage with the flexibility to complement any decor. The Industry’s most adjustable tweeter alignment sphere (featuring 20° pan and tilt and 90° degree rotation capabilities) allows adaptability in most environments. Horizontal and vertical installation options make the Voyage and Passage ideal for 2-channel stereo and multi-channel home theater listening in left, center, right or surround configurations.
IR Repeater Ready for Custom Installations
Voyage and Passage feature locations and predrilled pilot hole where IR repeaters can be installed allowing custom installers even more flexibility when integrating an audio/video system into a home.
The Voyage and Passage are currently available for $1,995 and $749 each, respectively.