Set to show at CEDIA next month are a couple of new models from on-wall specialists Leon. The shallow depth (3.25-inches) of the company's new Profile 404-X-A speakers allow you to set them up on- or against-wall. Either way, the idea is to blend the speakers into the surroundings, so a choice of veneers and finishes (including paints) are available. Leon hasn't skimped on the high-end drivers -- 4-inch Peerless woofers and 1-inch Morel tweeters -- but that cabinet is bass-challenged and can't reach much below 65Hz. And wouldn't you know it, that's where the new A3-SUB, um, subwoofer fits in. The 12- x 14- x 4-inch box houses an 8-inch woofer that plumbs down to 30Hz. This gear is aimed at the fashionista crowd, and priced accordingly: the Profile 404-X-As start at $2495 per pair, the A3-SUB goes for $895, and you can throw in a 1000-Watt Leon sub amplifier for another $995. Full press release and more pics after the break.
Leon Speakers Corporation, established in 1995 in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a worldwide leader in high-performance, audiophile-grade, on-wall loudspeakers. Leon Speakers pioneered the design, research and development, and refinement of high-fidelity on-wall loudspeakers. Today, this innovative company meticulously handcrafts a full range of elegant loudspeaker solutions custom-built and finished to match the exact dimensions and finish of any flat-panel display. Leon speakers are available exclusively at high-end audio/video retailers nationwide. More information is available at 1 (888) 213-5015 or www.leonspeakers.com.
New Products on Display at CEDIA EXPO 2008:
Leon Profile 404-X-A - Audiophile Meets AudioStyle
Beautifully styled and expertly crafted, the Profile 404-X-A delivers high-fidelity and high-design to any environment. With a depth of only 3¼ inches, the Profile 404-X-A complements new, thinner flat-panel TVs, and can be custom-built to match the exact height and finish of any display. Not only can the Profile 404-X-A match any TV, but it is also available in a number of wood-veneered baffles and can be painted to any color to match any home decor.
The Profile 404-X-A is well suited for small theater settings and two channel audiophile listening rooms. It utilizes some of the finest drivers and tweeters in the world: each channel features dual 4-inch Peerless HDS woofers and a Morel MDT29 1-inch hand-treated, cloth-dome tweeter housed in a vented enclosure. The speaker boasts a 65 Hz to 22 kHz frequency response and a power rating of 235 W per channel.
For consumers who desire the same level of quality from their surround sound speakers, Leon also offers the timbre-matched Profile 114-X-A Surround Sound Series. Also just 3¼ inches deep, the Profile 114-X-A Surrounds can be easily mounted on-wall to produce superb stereo imaging. If customers want their surround speakers to be hidden out of sight, the Profile 114i-X-A is also available for in-wall installations.
Custom-built in only three to five business days, the Profile 404-X-A, 114-X-A, and 114i-X-A are available now at starting MSRPs of $2,495, $1,395, and $1,495 per pair respectively.
Leon Speakers also debuts a very unique 3-in-1 compact subwoofer sporting a radical new design. The new A3-SUB redefines the possibility of large bass from a small enclosure for in-wall, on-wall, or in-room configurations. Featuring AuraSound-patented Neo Radial Technology (NRT) and a unique teardrop-shaped motor structure, this subwoofer can handle large amounts of power with minimal compression. The A3-SUB's modular design allows quick and easy conversion to in-wall, on-wall, or in-room setups for short lead times or project plan changes.
The A3-SUB boasts an 8-inch Aura driver delivering extremely large 1.6-inch peak excursion, increased linearity, lower distortion, greater efficiency, and greater power handling to 400 W. Measuring just 12 inches by 14 inches, and less than 4 inches deep, it achieves a 30 Hz to 1 kHz frequency bandwidth in a .25-cubic-foot cabinet. The reverse-mounted magnet design increases usable air volume and yields surprising bass and sound levels from an extremely small cabinet. The A3-SUB also comes with vibration dampening wall mounts and is triple braced for rigidity.
The A3-SUB is available as a standalone subwoofer and can also be powered with a 1000-W Leon sub amplifier. Custom-built in only three to five business days, the A3-SUB is available now at a starting MSRP of $895 while the amplifier starts at $995.
Leon Horizon Series - Big or Small, Leon Custom Builds it All
One new model and many new possibilities join the highly acclaimed Leon Horizon Series, all on display at CEDIA EXPO 2008. The new Horizon 212 has been designed at a depth of 2-inches and height of 3-inches to match the latest ultra-thin LCD TVs. Now, great audio can be enjoyed without sacrificing the sleek look that makes these displays desirable. Additionally, Leon Speakers will be demonstrating its ability to build any model in the Horizon Series to a jaw-dropping width of 120-inches. This allows Leon to match even the largest plasmas, including the Panasonic 103-inch and Sharp 108-inch displays, in the limited but expanding large-format flat panel display market. These one-of-a-kind loudspeakers are physically impressive, aesthetically pleasing, and capable of delivering amazing theater-grade performance.
Leon's Horizon Series speakers are custom-built to match the exact width and finish of every flat-panel TV. Combining left, center, and right channels all in one sleek under-mount soundbar, the Horizon Series is the ideal solution for any home theater setting and everyday TV viewing. With multiple mounting options and a unique space-saving design, this ultra-thin speaker is the perfect complement to any flat-panel display.
The Horizon Series Includes:
• NEW Horizon 212 Series (2-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Horizon 313 Series (3-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Horizon 414 Series (4-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Horizon 515 Series (5-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Horizon 616 Series (6-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Horizon Ultima (Audiophile grade 5-inch drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• NEW Horizon OS (Over-Sized) Series (Audiophile-grade drivers in LCR, LR, or Center-only)
• Also available: Horizon Surround Sounds (3-inch, 4-inch, 5-inch, Ultima, or 6-inch drivers)
• Horizon Mounting Options: Whether mounting a speaker to the wall, directly to the flat-panel TV, on an articulating bracket, or even on a plasma lift mount system, Leon has a solution.
Also Showing at CEDIA EXPO 2008:
Leon Horizon 414-LCR-X-A
Leon Speakers will be showing the high-fidelity Leon Horizon 414-LCR-X-A. Designed by request of Leon's top dealers to accommodate multiple environments, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A offers consumers a powerful, compact speaker perfectly suited for listening in small theater settings.
Combining left, center, and right channels in one sleek cabinet, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A is beautifully styled and expertly crafted to match the exact dimensions and finish of any display. For new, thinner flat-panel displays, it offers a depth of only 3-¼ inches. Featuring 4-inch European woofers and Morel cloth-dome tweeters, and power handling rated at 235 W per side, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A is a very compact yet powerful LCR.
Custom-built in only three to five business days, the Horizon 414-LCR-X-A is available at an MSRP of $2,495.
Leon Horizon 616
Leon Speakers will showcase the Horizon 616, the industry's first three-channel under-mount speaker designed for larger flat panel displays and projection screens. Engineered with extremely long-throw, high-powered drivers, the Horizon 616 provides the ultimate solution for home audio, home theater, and commercial applications.
The Horizon 616 is beautifully styled and expertly crafted to exactly match the dimensions and finish of any display - from the largest projection screen to a 108-inch plasma TV. Utilizing 6-inch Peerless HDS woofers and Morel MDT-29 tweeters, Leon's 616 provides a maximum power handling of 200 W per channel (260 W center channel) and a 55 Hz to 22 kHz range. The Horizon 616 measures 9 inches tall by 4 inches deep, and the width matches the specified TV. It is available in LCR, LR, and center-channel configurations.
Custom-built in only three to five business days, prices start at $3,495 MSRP for LCR configurations; $2,895 for LR configurations; and $2,295 MSRP for center-only configurations.
The Leon Seven takes on-wall audio to the highest possible level. It provides an extremely high-fidelity audio experience and exudes the sleek elements of contemporary industrial design unlike any other from an on-wall speaker. The Leon Seven utilizes extraordinarily high-end drivers, including two handmade German Eton 7-inch patented HEXACONE long-throw woofers and either LCY-130 ribbon tweeters or Morel ET-338 textile dome tweeters, depending on customer preference. It boasts a 40 Hz to 50 kHz frequency response and a power rating of 250 W per channel. In the elite $15,000 to $20,000 price range, the Leon Seven is the first to offer the performance of a traditional tower speaker in a sleek on-wall cabinet milled from solid billet aluminum.
The Leon Seven offers extremely detailed high frequencies, and deep, powerful bass. The baffle is 1¼-inches thick and each speaker weighs over 75 pounds, providing extreme rigidity to eliminate unwanted resonance and vibrations. The speaker measures 11 inches by 38 inches by 6 inches, and the interior of the cabinet is lined and reinforced with solid MDF and other proprietary sound diffusion and diffraction apparatuses.