Rigid, easy-to-install GRAB™ mounting system with bezel-free aesthetic.
Denver, CO – CEDIA EXPO 2013 – Sept. 26th – 28th – Booth #SR-1 – Paradigm Electronics announces the third generation of the company’s high-performance CS Series in-wall/inceiling speakers. Models feature a new GRAB™ Glass-Reinforced ABS Baffle with high-strength ABS clamps replacing the polymer mounting brackets of the previous series. Not only does the new system make installation a snap, it drastically cuts down on install time, a boon for installers. The lineup also provides a true minimalist bezel-free aesthetic. There are plans for these improvements to be eventually introduced across Paradigm’s custom speaker offerings.
“The new GRAB™ mounting system makes things so simple you can probably install a speaker with one hand, although we are not promoting that, it simply illustrates how simplified the new CS Series install is for dealers,” says Mark Aling, Senior Director of Marketing for Paradigm.
While a speaker in a wall or ceiling is aesthetically pleasing, acoustically it remains less than ideal. Walls and ceilings pose unique challenges, the panel in which the speaker is installed represents an infinite baffle and there is the inherent flexibility of the wall or ceiling to be addressed. In this new series, a black glass-reinforced ABS baffle replaces the original polymer bracket and chassis combination. ABS was chosen for its inherent strength with the ability to provide the necessary amount of flex during installation. The ABS clamps were designed with a slight degree of slope and ribbed for better grip within the framework of wall or ceiling. Pocketed screw holes in the flange hold the drill steady, making the installer’s job easier. A slight slope in the baffle flange prevents unsightly gaps once the speaker is installed with the grille on. The final touch — high-strength magnets hold the speaker grille securely. The grille on this version is easier to paint since masking is no longer involved painting time is also reduced since there is no bezel.
“Current CEA research shows the number of new homes being pre-wired for dedicated home theater is increasing. There are many benefits to having a custom home theater at home: no crowds to contend with, no lineups, no uncomfortable seats, movies on demand in the comfort of your own home. Home theaters can bring families or friends together for movie nights. Speakers in an in-wall/in-ceiling configuration take up no space in a home theater room where space is at a premium or a minimum aesthetic is desired. The trend indicates that home theaters have made the transition from luxury to standard option and Paradigm is positioned to help dealers and their customers benefit. Our wide custom selection is unrivalled, we offer superb incentives to dealers selling Paradigm CI and we’re making it easier all the time for them to install our offerings. In turn, our dealers’ customers are getting unparalleled sound quality at a fantastic price. Our custom speakers boast the same well-engineered drivers found in our freestanding speakers. At CEDIA, we’re showcasing CS Series v.3, an affordable high-performance lineup, particularly easy to install courtesty of the new GRAB™ system. Once the speakers are in place, the bezel-free aesthetic delivers exactly what end-users want — great sound, out of sight. We feel Paradigm is a win-win situation for everyone,” said Mr. Aling.
Design Specs Overview
Speakers feature puretitanium dome tweeters and mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange cones.
Crossovers are 2nd and 3rd-order electro-acoustic, optimized for a smooth transition between drivers, on and off axis. Full technical specifications remain as per series v.2. Visit the CS Series page on the Paradigm website following launch. Cut-out dimensions at the installation stage may change on some models and information will be provided in cartons with new speakers and posted on the website following launch.
Model Lineup for the CS Series v.3
Paradigm Fireproof Backboxes
Paradigm in-ceiling applications can be spec’d for MDU applications. All backboxes are sold separately. See an Authorized Paradigm Dealer for additional details.
Paradigm Fireproof Backboxes meet the following requirements:
- ‘One-Hour Fire-Rating’ requirements
- ‘For Use in Air Handling Spaces’ requirements. Paradigm backboxes will contain fire, gas, smoke and heat within the enclosure for up to one hour.
Paradigm backboxes also meet the following codes:
- ASTM E119-98 Vertical Vertical
- ASTM E119-98 Horizontal
- UBC 7-1
- UL 2043
- CAN/ULC S101-M89
Estimated availability of CS Series v.3 speakers: Winter 2013/2014. FMV: TBA. Digital images available soon. For more information about Paradigm, please visit www.paradigm.com.
Electronics Innovative design, advanced materials, in-?house manufacturing and state-?of-?the-?art engineering have made Paradigm an international leader in speaker design. With more than 300 industry awards for audio excellence and numerous rave reviews from around the world, Paradigm is committed to staying at the leading edge of speaker technology, consistently achieving the ultimate in sound for music and home theater.
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