Monitor Audio redefines Custom Installation with new Creator Series
New models featuring advanced acoustic technologies and smart installer features, segmented into a simple, innovative tiered approach to range classification that offers high-performance sound for customers and flexible system creation for installers.
28th August 2023: Monitor Audio is proud to announce the launch of the new Creator Series. This fresh approach to the custom installation market delivers high-quality sound and clarity, with a comprehensive, clearly defined range of high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers. The Creator Series redefines British high-fidelity architectural sound.
The new Creator Series features nineteen models, fourteen in-ceiling and five in-wall, arranged in three clearly defined tiers. Each of which offers enhanced performance levels and additional functionality over the preceding tier, because Monitor Audio understands that it’s easier to design a fantastic-sounding installation with premium-quality products based on clear, sensible principles.
Through Monitor Audio’s Partner Programme (MAPP), extensive feedback from a wide network of experienced installers has been collected and analysed. As a result, Creator Series is a more simplified range and accessory offering, ensuring performance levels are clearly defined.
Streamlined and enhanced technologies, naming, applications and solutions, make the whole process of product selection much more straightforward for the integrator.
A standout innovation within the series, is the use of the patent-pending Quik-Link’ terminal. This revolutionises speed of installation. Quik-Link allows the installer to remove the terminal block from the physical speaker and pre-terminate the speaker cables to it. Once the speaker is ready to be fitted within its cut-out, the Quik-Link can be offered up to the connection point on the speaker and magnetically snaps and locks into place.
Other features include Tri-Grip II, an evolution of the dog-leg mechanism that is considerably stronger and more reliable than the previous generation, making both speaker placement and extraction even simpler.
On the four Controlled Performance (CP) models in the Creator Series, built-in back boxes mean hassle-free installation and controllable sound, even in the trickiest of applications.
Creator Series is simpler for installers, but also more satisfying for end-users thanks to the application of key Monitor Audio acoustic innovations traditionally found in its premium standalone loudspeakers.
Across medium and large in-ceiling speaker sizes, the acoustic team have kept the overall cut-out sizes the same as previous models yet increased the driver size from 6.5” to 7” and from 8” to 9” inch drivers – pushing for greater high-fidelity performance.
Driver technology has also been carefully configured within each Tier from C-CAM tweeters and mid-bass drivers (Tier 1), RST II mid-range and bass drivers (Tier 2), and RST II mid-range drivers and RDT III bass drivers (Tier 3). The Tier 3 in-wall model also boasts an MPD II transducer based on the THX Certified Ultra, Cinergy home cinema series.
Classification made simple
The new Creator Series features nineteen models, split over three, carefully configured performance Tiers:
A range of in-ceiling and in-wall loudspeakers designed for cost effective installations where product simplicity and solid acoustic performance is required. All Tier 1 speakers are a 2-way configuration and feature new C-CAM mid-bass drivers and C-CAM tweeters with Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide I.
All Tier 2 speakers are a 2-way configuration, with RST II mid-bass drivers, based on those found in the award-winning Silver 7G range, and C-CAM tweeters with Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide II.
Tier 2 models boast additional features that allow more freedom in speaker placement, such as boundary correction and high-frequency cut/boost. Where enhanced performance is required, Tier 2 models offer a significant step up over Tier 1 models.
As part of the enhanced flexibility of the Tier 2 in-ceiling models, the new T2X combines the previous generation’s ‘T2’ and ‘FX’ to bring all the qualities of each into one highly versatile speaker that can be used in ‘cinema mono FX’, ‘mono wide dispersion’ and ‘single stereo’ modes.
All Tier 3 in-ceiling speakers are a 3-way configuration with RDT III bass drivers, based on those found in the new Platinum Series 3G. A new Inverted Dual Concentric II (IDC II) coaxial mid/tweeter range driver array, a ground up redesign, now features a larger voice coil to ensure the Uniform Dispersion (UD) Waveguide II can be used to control the high-frequency directivity. Effectively a point source, it creates an exceptionally large soundstage in the listening environment.
Additionally, the C3L-A offers a fixed-angle IDC II for focused sound, ideal for in-ceiling LCR placement. The now fixed 25 degrees of angle, ensures that the linearity of the speaker isn’t compromised and provides impressively wide dispersion into the listening area.
The Tier 3 W3M in-wall speaker is a high-performance 3-way arrangement based on THX certified Ultra Cinergy Series technology. It features an RST II mid-driver and MPD II transducer, which is positioned between dual RDT III bass drivers. A new rotatable IDC II coaxial mid/tweeter driver array is placed at the acoustic centre of the speaker, which improves versatility for use in LCR placement.
Depth, detail and bass are delivered in abundance, and Tier 3 models also contain additional features to allow even more freedom in speaker placement, such as boundary correction and mid/high-frequency cut/boost. Tier 3 is discreet, high-performance, high-fidelity.
Transparent Design Philosophy
The Creator Series is built upon an R&D philosophy of maintaining a balance between Design and Technology. One is never allowed to overpower the other and both play a vital role in delivering on our promise of musical neutrality and acoustic transparency. The physical speakers are designed to sit comfortably within their environment. They are a beautiful statement, but one where perfectly balanced design neutrality means they will blend in for a lifetime of use.
Every Monitor Audio product is the result of intense collaboration, drawing on decades of experience within the design team and ensuring that all the elements of performance, technology and design work in harmony.
Summary of key features:
• New innovative, patent-pending Quik-Link terminal revolutionises speed of installation
• Tri-Grip II makes both speaker placement and extraction simpler
• Simple, tier-based approach for each of specification
• Three clearly defined in-ceiling cut-out sizes – small (5”), medium (7”) and large (9”)
• All new in-wall models satisfy ‘medium’ cut-out size & sits between existing small and large models
• 2nd generation MPD II high-frequency transducers in Tier 3 models reduces distortion, flattens frequency response and leads to wider, cleaner more consistent and lifelike sound
• Rigid Diaphragm Technology III (RDT III) cones produce piston-like control even under the most extreme performance, providing a more precise, lifelike tonal balance and lower distortion.
• Rigid Surface Technology II (RST II) significantly increases cone rigidity for excellent directivity in all conditions
• Carefully engineered crossovers produced to ensure the most exact and controlled sound performance across full frequency spectrum
• Inverted Dual Concentric II (IDC II) mid-pod array (Tier 3) for wider soundstage
• All Creator Series products now come with 100% recyclable packaging
Visit us in Booth #943 at CEDIA Expo to learn more about Monitor Audio’s Creator Series and see other exciting new products on display!