To create Fusion Frames’ shallow depth, Next Level Acoustics engineered a proprietary enclosure with an internal air-load management system and a proprietary woofer capable of deep natural bass from a shallow cabinet.
“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet, so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum dome drivers,” says John Sollecito, who, in addition to serving as Next Level Acoustics head of engineering and manufacturing, is also president of JS Speaker Technologies. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets. A high flux 2-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion. The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed mid-range, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”
Fusion Frame’s high-frequencies are handled by a 1-inch soft dome tweeter from audiophile Danish driver manufacturer Vifa along with a proprietary crossover that uses high-grade precision components. A custom ultra-rigid high-density sealed enclosure comprised of CNC-machined MDF and lined with an anti-resonant coating makes a vibration-free cabinet.
The back of the enclosure has installer-friendly features such as recessed terminal cups with gold-plated heavy-duty binding-post/banana-jacks and recessed cable management channels for a no-gap mount. Wall mounting is made easy by removing the magnetically attached grille and accessing the cabinet installation holes to directly attach the bar with the included screws into wall studs or mounting to a wall with the included anchors.
Fusion Frame soundbars can be driven by amplifiers from 30 watts or up to 150 watts. To match the four sizes of Samsung Frame TVs, there are six Fusion Frame models available. Four are stereo soundbars and two LCR models are available for the larger 55- and 65-inch sizes. All use the same drivers regardless of size.
A generic version of the soundbar for non-Frame TV applications of any size, called Fusion Flat series, is also available.
Next Level Acoustics also makes an in-wall subwoofer to match the Fusion Frame soundbars, model CI-IW10S, which is a compact sub with a long-throw 10-inch cast frame driver that’s designed to fit in 2×4 construction and extend bass response down to 34 Hz driven with as little as 40 watts of power.
Next Level is currently seeking dealers and reps specializing in the CEDIA channel for territories around the U.S. and Canada. Call 617.237.2875 or e-mail at [email protected]
For more information, visit to www.nextlevelacoustics.com.