InfoComm 2017: Bose reinvents the ceiling speaker19 June 2017
The culmination of 10 years’ development work, Bose Professional EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers were introduced at InfoComm 2017.
The EdgeMax range is designed to combine the superior coverage patterns typical of larger surface-mount loudspeakers with the minimal visual impact of in-ceiling loudspeakers. In fact, their visual unobtrusiveness is added to by the fact that, as their name suggests, EdgeMax are designed to be installed at the edge of a ceiling – out of the way of architectural or interior design elements in the centre. EdgeMax loudspeakers project high-frequency sound throughout rooms up to 20 m wide using only perimeter mounting locations, and can effectively cover an area that would require up to four conventional conical-coverage models. This is thanks to Bose’s proprietary PhaseGuide technology.
Additionally, EdgeMax loudspeakers produce excellent intelligibility for speech and full-frequency response for music, making them suitable for retail, commercial, industrial, institutional and residential applications.
Two different horizontal coverage patterns are available. EdgeMax EM90 models provide nominal 90º horizontal coverage and are intended for in-ceiling mounting near room corners. EdgeMax EM180 models provide nominal 180º horizontal coverage and are intended for in-ceiling mounting near wall boundaries centred along target coverage zones. Both models feature 75º asymmetrical vertical coverage, which is optimized for ceiling heights between 2.4m and 6m.
“The new EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers really create a new category of loudspeakers,” stated Alan B Shirley, product line manager, installed loudspeakers for Bose Professional. “Combining the superior coverage patterns typical of larger surface-mount loudspeakers with the visually appealing aesthetics of in-ceiling loudspeakers – which are preferred by most architects, interior designers and system integrators – EdgeMax loudspeakers can provide superior audio quality and coverage while reducing the number of in-ceiling loudspeakers required, compared to conventional models.”
Other key features of EdgeMax include:
• 1.3in diaphragm compression driver
• 8in woofer with wall-boundary loading, which provides extended bass impact
• Two-way passive crossover with 8-ohm or 70V/100V transformer taps
• New mounting-clamp system for fast installation
• Magnetically attached grille
EdgeMax in-ceiling premium loudspeakers will be available in Q4.