Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Episode In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers

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Introduction

A couple of years ago I designed a home theater for a client and specified the Episode Home Theater LCR because among other things, it offered an adjustable planar magnetic tweeter. It is a hulking speaker that was designed to be integrated into cabinetry and I can tell you it sounded terrific. I became an instant fan. The HT-650LCR is still considered the flagship home theater speaker.

Specifications

  • ES-HT700LCR-ICLCR-5
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter, Two 5.25" Kevlar Cone Woofers
  • MFR: 48 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Power Handling: 190W RMS, 475W Peak
  • Adjustments: Woofer +0db/- 3db - Tweeter +0db/- 3db
  • Dimensions: 13" H x 13" W x 8" D
  • Weight: 17.6 Pounds
  • MSRP: $699/each USA
  • ES700IC-8
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter, One 8" Kevlar Cone Woofer
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.9 kHz
  • MFR: 47 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • Power Handling: 230W RMS, 575W Peak
  • Adjustments: Woofer +0db/- 3db - Tweeter +0db/- 3db
  • Weight: 5.7 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $749/pair USA
  • ES-SUB-IW-DUAL8
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Two 8" Fiberglass
  • MFR: 40 Hz - 180 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 84 dB
  • Power Handling: 380W RMS, 1000W Peak
  • Dimensions: 23.7" H x 13.7" W x 5.05" D
  • Weight: 25.8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $599 USA (Enclosure and Drivers); $1,298 with E-2100 Amplifier
  • Episode

Since then the line the Episode line has dramatically grown to include not only in-walls and in-ceilings, but also conventional in-room box speakers. Although the conservative "highhat" style speaker is still the most common installed, the new trend for in-ceiling and in-wall speakers is to up the ante with "home theater" or "Cinema" series speakers; complete with baffled enclosures and multiple angled drives.

Episode was developed exclusively for and by SnapAV, a fast growing dealer-based A/V supply company out of North Carolina with distribution on the west coast as well. Their ever-increasing proprietary lines include most everything a custom installer would need besides speakers, such as cabinets, cabling, screens, mounts, etc.

Because of the positive experience with Episode, I gladly accepted an offer to review an entire package including in-wall subwoofers. The speaker package for this review includes: the LCR in-ceiling ES-HT700 as fronts, with the ES-700 surrounds and back and the in-wall ES-SUB with an accompanying EQ box powered by the E-2100 rack mounted amplifier which is sold separate.