MartinLogan has updated its Helos line with two new models — dubbed 12 and 22 models — designed to provide accurate sound in almost invisible installations. As many an audiophile knows, Wife Acceptance Factor of giant floorstanding speakers is typically relatively low. But if you can have spacious, rich sound magically appear in the room without compromising its aesthetic, everybody’s acceptance factor goes through the roof. From the press release:
Replacing the Helos 10 and Helos 20, new Helos 12 and Helos 22 in-ceiling speakers feature the same neodymium soft dome tweeters, high-rigidity aluminum cone woofers and proprietary Vojtko crossover topology for which the Helos Series is best known. The Helos 12 features a single 1” tweeter mounted on a pivoting tweeter stem that easily aims at the primary listening location. This design allows listeners to enjoy the highest levels of in-ceiling audio performance, while still providing rich, detailed sound throughout the entire room. The Helos 22 provides stereo sound with two 0.75” tweeters, designed for use as a single stereo speaker in distributed audio or a wide dispersion home theater surround. Both models feature a 6.5” midrange/bass cone with extended throw driver assembly and thermal protection.
These speakers are so invisible, that you can paint them along with the rest of the ceiling, and the magnetic fasteners on the grilles make for easy servicing if for some reason you need to get to the speakers themselves.
Helos 12 is priced at $299 apiece, and Helos 22 comes in at $399. Both are available now from authorized MartinLogan dealers.