B&W has announced their new CI300 series (an entry-level in-wall line), together with their new ISW-3 subwoofer.
There are three new CI 300 series models: CCM362: in-ceiling, 6-inch polypropylene cone driver and 1-inch soft-dome tweeter; CCM382: in-ceiling 8-inch polypropylene cone driver and 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and; the CWM362: in-wall two-way speaker that uses the same drivers as the CCM362.
The CI300 models feature the same thin bezeled frame as the CI600 models, and the ceiling models can be used with optional square grille adapters designed to match popular in-ceiling lighting designs. Swing-out dogs and spring-clip wire terminals keep installation simple and easy.
The CI300 models have high moisture resistance for use in bathrooms etc. The CCM362 is only 3.2″ deep, and the CWM362 is 3″ deep, to fit in 3″ stud bays.
The new ISW-3 subwoofer features a unique forward-facing vent with a slotted grille that allows for installation into millwork and kitchen cabinets while venting through the base or toe kick, or it can be installed in walls, floors, or ceilings.
The subwoofer’s two 6.5″ long-throw drivers vent through a 2 x 12″ HVAC-type slot. The balanced driver design effectively eliminates mechanical energy transmitted to the enclosure. The ISW-3 can vent directly through its slot facing forward, at which point it is only 9.25″ deep (by 18.5? tall), or it can used with a unique right angle adaptor for placement on its face, taking up minimal height inside a cabinet. Placement choice is optional depending on the installation requirement. It is only 13” wide, designed to fit within many truss-style joists.
The ISW-3 is powered by a MkII version of the existing SA-250 rack mount amplifier. The SA-250MkII offers an external EQ switch setting plus a stereo summing input for distributed audio applications. A single SA-250MkII can power two ISW-3.
With usable bass output to 21Hz, the ISW-3 should prove to be worthy of be termed as a true subwoofer.
The CCM362 ($300 U.S./pr); CCM382 ($400 U.S./pr); CWM362 ($400 U.S./pr) and the ISW-3 and SA-250MkII will be available in mid-summer 2011, for $1,000 U.S. each.
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