M&K intros first THX Certified Dominus In-wall loudspeaker

posted on Thursday, 15th February 2024 by Steve May

home cinema  Architectural  Hi-fi  Loudspeakers 

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Danish home theatre audio specialist M&K Sound has announced the IW500, its first THX Certified Dominus in-wall loudspeaker.

Coinciding with Miller & Kreisel's 50th-anniversary, this new in-wall model is designed for home theatres with room volumes up to 6,500 cubic feet; it can be installed either vertically or horizontally for L/C/R duties. The IW500 is timbre-matched to M&K’s surround and height speakers from the M&K 300 and 150 Series.

Whether mounted behind a screen baffle wall or within a masonry surround for a flat-panel display, we’re told the IW500 guarantees identical performance characteristics, ensuring optimal flexibility.

The IW500 boasts several technological advances that have secured its THX Certified Dominus status. As a three-way loudspeaker with 92 dB sensitivity, the IW500 positions all its drivers in a vertical line, ensuring precise on- and off-axis audio performance for precision imaging. M&K Sound describes the IW500's sonic delivery with the tagline, 'It just sounds real.'

The IW500, designed for use in high-end home theatres or Hi-Fi stereo systems, offers an 80 Hz – 20 kHz (+/-1.5 dB) frequency response. When paired with subwoofers like M&K Sound's own THX Certified Dominus X15+, the IW500 promises a natural, open, and articulate sound field with high output for large home cinemas and media rooms.

The IW500 sports a high-performance one-inch soft dome tweeter with a precision-crafted aluminium waveguide, for accurate and focused vertical and horizontal dispersion.

The IW500's onboard dual 8-inch woofers, equipped with large magnets and carbon fibre cones, contribute to its high sensitivity rating (92 dB SPL @ 1 metre with 2.83V).

A proprietary 'Capacitive Coupling' design in the crossover allows for a smaller enclosure, tighter bass response, increased impedance, and reduced distortion. Newly developed transducers with extra-large magnets offer less compressed and less distorted sound, says the manufacturer.

Available worldwide, the IW500 retails for £3,852 ($4,999).

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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