Monitor Audio, the premium British loudspeaker specialist, has introduced the IV140, a breakthrough speaker designed to deliver ‘best in class’ audio performance in concealed in-wall and in-ceiling applications.
“Architects, designers and clients are increasingly attracted to the benefits of an invisible audio soundstage,” says Monitor Audio’s Technical Director, Dean Hartley. “A completely concealed solution appeals where there is demand for audio in the home, in hospitality, commercial and public applications but also where it’s paramount to preserve the integrity of the interior aesthetic. Using all our forty years’ experience, we’ve built the IV140 to bring both ultimate discretion and high performance to the invisible speaker category.”
At just 95mm deep, (83.5mm fitting depth), the IV140 will fit into all conventional 4” stud bays within walls, leaving enough room for cabling, or within ceilings. Once skimmed with plaster, the speaker can be finished with paint, light wallpaper or fabric to ensure that it remains completely invisible in use.
Monitor Audio’s IV140 features a large low-frequency transducer for punchy, high power bass along with two high frequency transducers which are bonded to a flat, soft polymer membrane surface to produce sound vibration. This two-way transducer design also features an integrated crossover in the same way as a conventional high-performance speaker to generate a wider frequency range. The result is crystal clear sound quality with smoother overall balance and character.
The audio experience is further enhanced by Monitor Audio’s unique hybrid back box design for the IV140 which isolates sound and ensures consistent, controlled performance, regardless of placement. This rigid back box reduces sound emitted from the rear of the speaker, minimising leakage into adjoining rooms. When used in a home theatre application with an additional sub-woofer, Controlled Performance (CP) would always be the recommended option. However, the relatively small enclosure space limits low frequency below 75Hz. For applications where full-range is required, the rear cover can be removed to create an open back speaker. Bass response is now enhanced, but without the benefits of CP indicated previously.
Monitor Audio’s IV140 is protected against overload by automatic re-setting circuit breakers (PTC). These will attenuate output for a specific time period to allow the system to cool until normal operation can safely resume.