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Audica Professional Ltd – MICROseries

Designed in Cambridge, England, Audica combines leading edge expertise in European acoustic engineering and establishes new standards in discreet elegance, application flexibility and user-features for high fidelity installed sound. The Audica MICROseries is designed for background music systems in applications such as restaurants, retail outlets, hotel public areas and general public spaces and for AV systems in boardrooms, meeting facilities, museums, visitor centres and hotel bedrooms.

Traditional design of loudspeakers for these applications has either been large boxes that give full-range audio, but which are inherently less attractive or more visible, or sub-sat systems that use tiny satellite loudspeakers for mid/high frequencies and a subwoofer for mid/bass. The main problem with sub-sat systems in public spaces is that people are often listening close to thin sounding satellites with the mid/bass rumbling away in the distance, disconnected in bringing the critical mid-band together for audio quality.

With MICROseries we’ve designed the smallest possible loudspeakers to give high quality over a wide audio band so that, no matter where you are in the room, the sound from the main loudspeakers remains coherent and pleasing. For most applications no additional bass loudspeakers are required. For applications requiring extended, higher level bass performance, the MICROsub can be added and carefully tuned just to add extended bass and not confuse the mid-band.

With all of the MICROseries loudspeakers, aesthetics have been a prime consideration. This starts with the family look, which is softly shaped to merge into the environment. Secondly with the selection of materials, which have to be acoustically excellent but also provide for flexibility of design and quality of appearance. The MICROdot is a single-piece aluminium casting whilst the MICROpoint and MICROline use aluminium extrusions with moulded aluminium end-caps. Grilles are micro-perf steel for acoustic transparency with durability. The MICROsub is a more traditional construction but adds a full amp-panel cover to ensure it looks good from all angles and prevent access to controls and electrical connections. It also has a steel mesh grille under the aesthetic cloth cover.

Equally important for aesthetics, and speed and quality of installation, are the fixings and brackets. The MICROdot fits a standard 85mm diameter ceiling spotlight cut-out and is fitted with integral spring-clips. The MICROpoint and MICROline have a unique and secure integral bracket. The bracket incorporates pre-wired cable management with the position locking screw hidden behind the loudspeaker grille. A high degree of tilt and pan are catered for, allowing for wall or ceiling mounting. The MICROsub is also supplied with its own mounting bracket which allows flush mounting to walls or ceilings.

At the heart of the MICROseries range is the innovative MICROzone, a 5-configuration amplifier/controller that provides unequalled flexibility for a wide range of applications with single or multi-location input and control. Comprehensive switching functions enable the unit to be used singly and in multiples; as a complete system amplifier/controller; as an additional zone amplifier/controller; as a system master; as a slave amplifier or as a system equaliser.

Comprehensive facilities on the MICROzone allow for: stereo or 2-channel mono operation; one 0.5V front panel stereo mini-jack input for MP3 and PC connection plus 2 rear panel 1.0V RCA stereo inputs; a switch for common line feed through multiple units with the ability for alternative input selection on zones; fixed and variable line outputs for master or independent level control of additional zone units; equalised line output for using additional standard power amplifiers; front volume control with master output level on rear for applications where maximum levels need to be preset; IR control via the front panel or an optional RJ45 CAT5 remote IR sensor; sub output for feed to active sub-bass loudspeakers.

For applications, such as AV and hotel bedroom, where an MP3 player or similar may be used for long periods, the MICROzone also offers a front panel USB charge facility. The elegant aluminium stick IR remote controller supplied with the MICROzone duplicates the front panel controls of volume, mute (-16dB) and source selection. For reliability the MICROzone is fitted with clip limiting and total overdrive protection with auto-reset. The head-unit design of the MICROzone allows one or two units to be mounted in an optional 2U rack mount panel or it can be fitted into any flat surface, such as a lectern or other piece of furniture.

For single-zone or small to medium multi-zone applications, the Audica MICROseries offers a stylish and unique solution with real flexibility from a compact range of products, operating within the low impedance domain to give true hi-fi quality.

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