SDX-R80 Single Speaker
The SDX-R80 is sold here as a single speaker for use as a center channel or in rooms where a pair of speakers is impractical.
The SDX-R80 is an upgraded replacement to our popular MP-R80 ceiling speaker. () All X-series speakers include our new proprietary aesthetic design which offers the slimmest possible mounting profile and two distinct grille options that let you choose, before or after installation, which style looks best in your ceiling or wall.
The SDX-R80 is designed around an 8" polypropylene woofer and aimable silk dome tweeter, both of which are hidden behind the grille for a professional, flush-mount appearance. The +/-3dB switch on the tweeter offers acoustical control to compensate for speaker positioning and room anomalies. The speaker grilles and frame can be painted to match your decor.
The SDX-R80 is sold here as a single speaker. To purchase a pair, click here.
Sold here as a single speaker, the SDX-R80 is perfect for completing your surround sound system and for use in whole-house audio where only one speaker can be installed.
In home theater, it is often used in height and surround locations, and occasionally is necessary as a front center channel speaker when cables have been run for a ceiling installation (however, in most cases, we recommend that the center channel speaker be as close to the screen as possible and on the same plane).
When using a single SDX-R80 in a room for whole-house audio, you will have to choose between listening to the left channel of a stereo recording or the right channel, unless you have an amplifier that will "sum" these two channels before sending the signal to the speaker. Our whole-house multi-channel amplifiers and our sub-zone amplifiers include this feature. If your amplifier does not include this feature and you can only fit one speaker into the room, it is possible to combine the left and right channel at the speaker BUT you must use a special speaker (not the SDX-R80) AND you must run 4-conductor cable (or two 2-conductor cables) to the speaker, i.e. run your cable as if two separate speakers are being installed at the same location. Click here for more information.
The SDX-R80 is ideal for mid-sized and large rooms (250 square feet or more). Bass frequencies are difficult to reproduce with in-ceiling speakers and bass notes are easily lost in large rooms. THe SDX-R80 compensates for this with an oversized 8" polypropylene woofer that produces warm mid and low frequencies. The aimable soft silk dome tweeter blends with seamlessly with the woofer to provide smooth and clear highs.
Polypropylene is used in many of today's better in-wall and in-ceiling speakers because it is lightweight, rigid, and cost-effective to produce. A light cone means the speaker is fast which is important for accuracy and detail; the more rigid the cone membrane the less the cone warps during movement, again resulting in a more accurate performance. Silk dome tweeters accurately reproduce the high frequencies and offer a smoother tone than other, less expensive fabric tweeters.
Like all of the speakers in our SDX line, the SDX-R80 includes an aimable tweeter that is recessed behind the grille. This allows the highest, most directional frequencies to be aimed at the primary listening area while allowing the speaker to maintain its flush-mount appearance. Tone is controlled through a +/-3dB switch for the high frequencies. This feature (normally found only on more expensive speakers) allows you to customize the sound to your room and personal taste.
The speaker is easy to install and includes all mounting hardware, a template for cutting the hole, and an Owner's Manual with an installation guide and tips to ensure your speakers look and sound great for years to come. Both of the included grille options and the polymer frame can be painted to match your decor.
- 8" polypropylene cone with butyl rubber surround for long life
- 1" silk dome tweeter
- "Ball and Socket" pivoting tweeter can be aimed towards your listening area
- Power handling: 90 watts RMS, 120 watts program
- Frequency response: 55 Hz - 20 kHz
- Quick-turn "dog leg" brackets for easy installation (no rough-in kit required)
- Extremely low-profile design - two flush-mount grille options included with every speaker provide a clean, professional appearance
- +/- 3dB tweeter switch allows you to fine tune each speaker to your room and personal taste
- Reinforced resonance-absorbing ABS polymer frame
- Moisture-resistant design includes a no-rust powder-coated aluminum grille
- Grilles and frame can be painted to match any decor
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Sensitivity: 90dB
- Dimension (diameter): 10-1/2"
- Hole Cutout (diameter): 9-3/4" (template included with speakers)
- Minimum install depth: 4-1/8"; Maximum wall thickness: 1-1/4"
- Weight (per piece): 4.5 lbs
Specifications are preliminary and subject to change.