Cus­tom in­stal­la­tion prod­uct

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So who might be best placed to de­liver the sound com­po­nent of home cin­ema to con­sumers? A com­pany that makes real cin­ema sound sys­tems would be well placed to adapt th­ese to the smaller home en­vi­ron­ment, you might imag­ine. In­deed you don’t have to imag­ine, be­cause we have just such a com­pany right here in Aus­tralia — Krix Loud­speak­ers.

For some years now, Krix has had a cross­over point be­tween pro­fes­sional and do­mes­tic cin­ema in its flag­ship home speak­ers, the Se­ries X range — the ‘X’ stands (kinda) for Ex­treme. But th­ese are not suit­able for putting on ei­ther side of your telly in the av­er­age Aus­tralian lounge! Se­ries X was de­signed for spare-no-ex­pense home cine­mas where only the best speaker sys­tems will do. But aware that not ev­ery­one can have a room suf­fi­ciently large to ac­com­mo­date the Se­ries X, Krix has this year re­leased the ‘Se­ries SX’ range — lit­er­ally “scaled-down Ex­treme”. More suit­able for room sizes un­der eight me­tres, the SX range in­cludes some of the Se­ries X range (in the Me­ga­phonix and Phonix mod­els and the Cy­clonix sub­woofer), but pro­vides ad­di­tional smaller mod­els and lay­out vari­a­tions for more ver­sa­til­ity of in­stal­la­tion.

We trav­elled to Hack­ham, south of Ade­laide, where Krix’s Michael Cox laid on an SX demonstration for us in the com­pany’s lat­est At­mos-en­abled the­atre room (pic­tured above). Af­ter know­ing the Se­ries X mod­els, the front Fa­natix speak­ers ap­peared de­cid­edly compact; at less than a me­tre high, they were small enough to sit un­der the screen at the front of the room. Each Fa­natix is a two-way de­sign us­ing a 10-inch pa­per-cone bass driver backed by a large 50mm voice coil, above which the 26mm doped-fab­ric tweeter cou­ples to Krix’s patented 90 x 40-de­gree short-throw horn, which as­sists even dis­per­sion across the hor­i­zon­tal range.

Pre­cisely the same com­po­nents are avail­able in the Dramatix model, and in the Me­ga­phonix (which is a model that is part of both the SX and the Se­ries X ranges), and again in the ‘Me­ga­phonix Flat’. Why so many sim­i­lar speak­ers?

It’s all about pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions for dif­fer­ent cus­tom the­atres — the dif­fer­ent ver­sions fit dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments for cus­tom the­atre, in­clud­ing ceil­ing speak­ers for Dolby At­mos and its ri­vals.

The Me­ga­phonix wedges are quite large, so Krix also cre­ated two smaller sizes in the Ul­tra­phonix and the Phonix. Th­ese drop the wave­guide but re­tain the fer­rofluid-cooled dome tweeter, the Ul­tra­phonix hav­ing an eight-inch bass driver with a 38mm voice coil, the Phonix a 6.5-incher with 33mm voice coil.

How did all this sound? En­tirely spec­tac­u­lar; we heard mu­sic han­dled with del­i­cacy and drive si­mul­ta­ne­ously, while movies were full-on im­mer­sive, sup­ported by Krix’s Cy­clonix sub­woofers to mag­nif­i­cent ef­fect.

The Krix Se­ries SX range is the real thing, scaled down to fit within the con­straints of the home. Thrilling stuff. More info:

Same same but di er­ent — the Me­ga­phonix (le ), Fa­natix (cen­tre) and Dramatix (right) use the same driv­ers in di er­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions to fit a va­ri­ety of home cin­ema de­signs.

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