Artison Intros Next-Gen Architectural Subwoofers

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 Artison, a Savant company, has unveiled a pair of new next generation Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) architectural subwoofers. Building upon Artison’s past performance and innovations, the Mark II series of RCC subwoofers offer increased output levels, improved dynamics, lower distortion, and a significant increase in efficiency.  

The RCC160 MKII in-ceiling Subwoofer pair is designed to deliver evenly distributed bass reinforcement from the ceiling. It provides a balanced, blended audio experience using multiple points of sound. It is ideally designed for active entertainment spaces such as great rooms, where integrators must deliver superior sound even as people move throughout the space, says the company.

The RCC160 MKII can be coupled with Savant’s Micro Aperture in-ceiling speakers to deliver a perfect grille match required by top architects and specifiers. The square and round grilles are just 4.65 inches in diameter and are a perfect match for Savant’s Micro Aperture speaker family as well as USAI Lighting Recess 4.5 fixtures, delivering a visually clean ceiling that includes subwoofers, speakers and lighting fixtures. Also included, the rectangular grille is designed to blend in with in-ceiling HVAC registers when applicable. Each RCC160 MKII aluminum enclosure features two 4-inch by 6-inch drivers generating the approximate surface area of an 8-inch circular woofer from an impressively small package.     

Designed for both in-wall and in-ceiling installations, the Artison RCC320 MKII delivers even greater output, perfect for dedicated music or theatre rooms. It employs four 4-inch by 6-inch subwoofer drivers per unit in an extruded aluminum enclosure perfectly engineered for tight spaces, with easy pre-construction or retrofit installation into a standard 2 x 4 stud bay. The Artison RCC320 MKII can be specified with a discrete speaker grille or an HVAC-style ceiling grille. For installations that require stacked pairs of RCC320 MKII’s, a single double-length discrete speaker grill can be ordered.

Rated at 1000 watts, the RCC1000-SA DSP-enabled amplifier features new firmware that was developed specifically for the Mark II series subwoofers. The 1U digital amplifier can drive up to four RCC320 MKII or eight RCC 160 MKII simultaneously, making installations featuring multiple subwoofers both cost and space-efficient on a per-zone basis.

“As we acknowledged the changing ways that families interact within their homes, which include more active spaces that require excellent sound reproduction, we were challenged to develop a low-frequency driver that not only fit into small spaces but also delivered twice the acoustical output, twice the excursion, and twice the sensitivity of previous solutions,” says Artison founder Cary Christie. “With the MK II series subwoofers, we surpassed every preconception of what we had thought was possible.”

In 2005, Artison was the first to market with Reactance Cancelling Configuration (RCC) Technology, simply designed against Newton’s law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In subwoofers, the motion of the driver’s cone creates an opposite force that is a common cause of vibration distortion present in conventional subwoofers. Artison’s RCC configuration places an equal number of electrically in-phase drivers opposing one another so that the reactance forces from each driver mechanically cancel themselves, eliminating unwanted distortion.

RCC160 MKII or RCC320 MKII subwoofers are available to order now on the Savant Store.