Sonance Visual Performance VP89 In-Wall Speakers Preview 
Home Theater Loudspeakers In-wall Loudspeakers
Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 28 December 2009

Sonance Visual Performance Series speakers are designed with not only audio performance, but installation, spacial consideration and a discrete look in mind.  The VP89 is the flagship of the VP series, offering the highest quality Visual Performance speaker Sonance has to offer.

The VP89 is a subtle speaker in appearance when fully installed.  Thanks to new micro-trim grilles from sonance, the portion sticking out from the wall measures a mere fifth of an inch.  The grille is simple to remove, paint and reattach.  Rather than using a more invasive method, powerful magnets hold the grille in place.

Rather than the carbon fiber construction seen in previous models, the VP89 has beryllium drivers which Sonance says were utilized in order to deliver reference-quality sound.  The 8” woofer sports a rubber surround and an extended pole piece, which helps to ensure a smoother response. 

A rubber surround is also used around the 4” midrange driver, but unlike the woofer, the mid driver pivots to accommodate less than optimal placement.  The 1” tweeter also pivots and is ferrofluid-cooled.

Installation of Sonance VP89 is made easier thanks to FastMount tabs, which hold the speaker in place temporarily while more permanent attachments are made.  As with any in-wall installation, they’re still not simple enough that anybody can install them right out of the box, but someone with a decent amount of experience should have no trouble.

The audio put out by these speakers is crisp, clear, and accurate, but the woofers don’t go deep enough to stand on their own.  Though the VP89 is rated at a frequency response of 30Hz – 20kHz ±3dB, a good subwoofer is still recommended to accompany the VP89 and pick up the deep bass.

The Sonance VP89 Visual Performance Series speakers are available now.  Expect to pay around $2,700 for a pair.

Frequency Response: 30Hz to 20kHz (+/- 3dB)

Drivers: 1" beryllium, pivoting tweeter; 4" beryllium cone, pivoting midrange; 8" beryllium cone woofer

Impedance: 6 Ohm nominal, 4 Ohm minimum

Power: 5 Watt minimum, 175 Watt maximum

: 91dB SPL

Approximate Size: 10"W x 3 7/8"D x 16"H (Cut-out: 8 1/2" x 14 1/2")

Weight: 22 lbs. (shipping)

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