ARTCOUSTIC Debuts New L/C/R On-wall Speaker
The Diablo C-1 complements the growing Diablo family of high-quality affordable on-wall speakers
February 16, 2003 – Mission Viejo, CA – StJohn Group - the exclusive North American distributor for
ARTCOUSTIC - is pleased to announce the North American debut of the Diablo C-1 loudspeaker. The
announcement comes on the heels of a successful introduction at the inaugural ISE show, in Geneva,
Switzerland, February 3 - 5.
The ARTCOUSTIC Diablo C-1 is fashioned with high-quality Scandinavian drivers, hand-built crossovers and a
dense cabinet finished in the manner of a fine piece of Danish furniture. The L/C/R (left-center-right) speaker is
designed to be used in conjunction with flat-panel video displays, and is an excellent candidate for left and right
speakers in a surround sound home theater because its length closely matches the height of most 42" plasma
monitors. Of course, it can also be mounted horizontally above or below the monitor for center channel
Perhaps what is most remarkable about the C1 is its prodigious and deep output from a form factor less than
three inches deep. Specially engineered high-Q, dual 4.5” woofers flank a high quality 1” wave-guided soft dome
tweeter that work in unison for controlled dispersion, necessary for better home theater audio reproduction.
The Diablo C-1 is the "little brother" to the DF-MULTI which closely matches the width of most 42" plasma
monitors, and is timbre-matched to the Diablo Monitor and Diablo Mini speakers in the ARTCOUSTIC product
line. A diminutive (10.8 inch square) Diablo Active Subwoofer rounds out the Diablo family within the
ARTCOUSTIC line of 14 speakers models.
The Diablo C-1 is available in silver, white or black cabinet finish, and is complemented with a myriad of standard
and designer fabric screen options.
They are available now through ARTCOUSTIC dealers everywhere, at a suggested retail price of $1,200 in the
U.S. The ARTCOUSTIC product line is available exclusively in North America through StJohn Group.
Dimensions (Without screen): 25.6W x 4.9H x 2.83D (inches);
650W x 125H x 72D (mm)
Drivers: 4.5” woofers (2), 1” soft-dome tweeter with waveguide
Frequency Response: 60Hz - 18kHz
Sensitivity: 94dB, 1W, 1m
Power Handling: 220 Watts, continuous
Impedance: 8 ohms
Weight: 11 lbs; 5kg
Cabinet colors: Silver, White, Black
Screen colors: Standard colors, and Designer Fabric options (see www.ArtcousticUSA.com)
THE DESIGN ELEMENT
Buyers can choose from eight standard screen fabrics or, for additional cost, a growing collection of optional
designer fabrics. The acoustically transparent designer fabrics come from two esteemed European fabric houses:
Sahco Hesslein and Zimmer + Rohde. All ARTCOUSTIC models offer a choice of silver or black frame; the Diablo
Series is also available in white. Custom finishes can be matched to paint chips or samples.
One of the more exciting options is to print artwork or a photograph onto the fabric screen. To date, numerous
artists have joined the ARTCOUSTIC Artist Portfolio, making their artwork or photography available for printing
onto ARTCOUSTIC speaker screens. Likewise, buyers may submit their own high-resolution images to
ARTCOUSTIC. Additional screens can be ordered at any time, making it possible to build a collection of
interchangeable screens that complement the décor.
THE PRODUCT LINE
The current ARTCOUSTIC line now comprises 14 models of loudspeakers and subwoofers, ranging in size from
the Diablo Mini (measuring 10.6”H x 8.3”W x 2.5”D) to the DF130-90 (51.2”H x 34.5”W x 5”D). There are also
three hanging subwoofers (exact same look as the full-range speakers) and a compact powered subwoofer that
sits on the floor. Suggested retail prices start at $1100 per pair for the Diablo Mini. Complete 5.1 home theater
speaker systems begin at $5,200.
The innovative DF-MULTI deserves special focus. It is a long, narrow speaker designed to mount on the wall
beneath a plasma or other flat-screen video display. It contains all three front-channel speakers for a home
theater: left, center, and right. (It can also be used strictly as a center channel, matched with other ARTCOUSTIC
speakers to the left and right of the video display; or as a one-piece stereo left/right speaker system.) The MULTI
is sized to match the width of a typical 42” plasma TV and is offered with optional adaptor screens to match 50”
and 60” displays.
The ARTCOUSTIC line also includes smartly styled LINAX equipment storage cabinetry as well as flat speaker
wire that is so thin it disappears when taped to the wall and painted. Room acoustics are addressed with the
stylish ABCOUSTIC Absorbing Panels. These ultra-thin, frameless sound absorbers – also available in a choice
of fabrics or printed art – help improve the acoustics of a listening space while serving as attractive design
ARTCOUSTIC loudspeakers employ high-quality Scandinavian speaker drivers, hand-built crossovers, and low-
resonance cabinet material. Unlike membrane-based “flat” speakers, they are true dynamic loudspeakers,
delivering the full range and high output levels associated with studio-quality loudspeakers. To obtain this lofty
performance from a thin cabinet, ARTCOUSTIC uses a proprietary technology, called QPC, which allows its
speakers to provide bass performance equal to speakers having at least twice the internal volume. (QPC
addresses the speaker’s “Q” and Pressure Control, achieving the behavior of a much larger cabinet).
(Note: ARTCOUSTIC speakers are not to be confused with NXT™-type membrane speakers, which are typically
used with computers or for low-level background music. ARTCOUSTIC speakers are also differentiated from
“electrostatic” flat-panel designs that radiate sound from both the front and back of the speaker and hence must
be positioned some distance from the wall.)
BROCHURES AND HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHY
Brochures, technical documentation, and high-resolution photography are available for download from the
company web site: http://www.artcousticusa.com/newsnviews.asp
Designed and engineered in Denmark, ARTCOUSTIC loudspeakers are distributed and marketed in North
America by StJohn Group. Qualified consumers who wish to audition the speakers will be directed to an
authorized dealer or to the nearest “auditioning” dealer. Consumers may also purchase directly through StJohn
Group at suggested retail prices. Contact StJohn Group for details.
ABOUT STJOHN GROUP
StJohn Group is a distribution and marketing company specializing in products and services for the custom
integration (CI) market. The company’s two founding partners – industry veterans John Caldwell and Kevin Leja –
have more than 40 years experience in virtually every facet of the consumer electronics industry. StJohn Group is
pioneering a “new school” approach to products and marketing strategies – one that will help move CI dealers
closer to the mainstream of the home design market.
Sales: John Caldwell – 805-647-3779
Administration: Kevin Leja
24531 Venus, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: 949-588-0075 • Fax: 949-699-6882