StJohn Group Introduces Artcoustic Professional Studio and Home Cinema Speakers

New full-range speaker sports impressive power handing and sound pressure levels in a cabinet only seven and a half inches deep

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February 17, 2009 - - Bellingham, WA - - StJohn Group, North American distributor for Artcoustic, the leader in superbly engineered, aesthetically designed on -wall loudspeakers & subwoofers, has introduced a new speaker designed for professional studio and high -end home cinema applications.

The new speaker - the Artcoustic 4 -2 -1 model - is the latest addition to the Spitfire line of professional -grade monitors and subwoofers.

Easily exceeding reference pressure levels with a maximum output of 122dB in a form factor that is less 7 and a half inches deep, each loudspeaker is sold with the Artcoustic PA -1800 power amp, which when tri -amped delivers 1800W per speaker. The 4 -2 -1 can be bi -amped or tri -amped. No additional subwoofers are needed.

The Spitfire 4 -2 -1 can also be partnered with the Spitfire Subwoofers, Spitfire Venues and additional PA -1800 amplifiers as the audio centerpiece of the finest home cinema systems and professional studios.

The North American retail price for the speaker and amp combination is $8,920.

Typically known to interior designers and design -conscious consumers who seek out Artcoustic for its signature designer speaker grilles, the company has within the past two years also focused on power and performance for home cinemas with acoustically transparent screens, where speakers can be hidden away from view.

PHOTO LINK: Two Artcoustic Professional Monitor Spitfire 4 -2 -1s with PA -1800 3 -channel amplifier - http://www.stjohngroup.com/blasts/images/ARTCOUSTIC/Spitfire -4 -2 -1_650px.jpg

The Spitfire 4 -2 -1 consists of four ten inch sub units functioning below 120Hz, two ten inch bass/mid units functioning from 30 to 3,000Hz, and one compression horn functioning from 3.5kHz to 16kHz, -3dB.

Specifications
Power Handling:
- Subwoofer 550watts into 8ohms
- Mid 250watts into 4ohms
- High 100watts into 8ohms
System SPL:
- Subwoofer 99dB into 8ohm 1watt 1m. max. SPL 118dB
- Mid 97dB into 4ohm 1watt 1m. max. SPL116dB
- Hi 104dB into 8ohm 1watt 1m. max. SPL122dB
Combined system SPL bi -amped or tri -amped: 100dB into 6ohm 1watt 1m. max SPL 122dB (mid and hi set to small)
Dimensions: (WxHxD) - - 31.5 x 33.2 x 7.33 inches


John Caldwell, sales director for StJohn Group, stated, "Artcoustic, the first manufacturer to introduce the now ubiquitous L/C/R sound bar speaker to the market in 2000 has once again pressed the envelope of performance with the introduction of the Spitfire 4 -2 -1. Known for their thin on -wall designs, the Artcoustic line now consists of 22 different models 22 models that look and sound amazing. While the 4 -2 -1 will most often find it's way behind acoustically transparent projection screens of mid to large venue theaters, it has all the fidelity, impact and emotional satisfaction that our dealers and discriminating clients have come to expect."


Visual & Textual Assets
- Artcoustic Full Line Brochure (6.3 MB .pdf) - Download - http://www.stjohngroup.com/downloads/ARTCOUSTIC/ARTC_FullLineBrochure_2009 -10_R.pdf
- Spitfire Press Release (705k .doc) - Download - http://www.stjohngroup.com/downloads/ARTCOUSTIC/SJG_ARTC_4 -2 -1.doc
- High Res. Photos Available: Contact Kevin Leja (kevin@stjohngroup.com) for photos.
- Artcoustic Picture Book - 108 -page book featuring hundreds of residential and commercial installations - Web book - http://www.pagegangster.com/p/NL9Dx/
- Artcoustic Art Portfolio - 108 -page book featuring digital print screen options - Web book - http://www.pagegangster.com/p/u0PDW/


About Artcoustic
The business concept for Artcoustic evolved from the idea of providing an exclusive loudspeaker system to consumers that shared a passion for superb sound quality and a preference for design that reflected their own personalities and tastes. The Artcoustic loudspeaker range has been designed for today's diverse interiors for the home, home cinemas, corporate boardrooms, professional recording studios, restaurants and hotels.

The loudspeakers are flat, only 3" or 5" deep, depending on the model. The sleek design gives the loudspeaker the character of a picture that can hang discreetly on the wall. This is enhanced by the individual freedom that allows the customer to choose the look of the front of the speakers. With solid color fabric or designs on the front screens, most don't realize it is a speaker until it is turned on and playing.

Founded in 1998, Artcoustic is world renowned for its range of high -end performance wall mounted speakers that feature interchangeable screens that allow one to choose from a vast array of fabrics and decorative prints to suit the interior. The superior product range has been awarded for its groundbreaking designs and is sold worldwide. Going back to the roots of Danish loudspeaker design, Artcoustic has transformed the way sound and speakers can enhance the atmosphere and interior. The Artcoustic loudspeaker has effectively erased the distinction between a loudspeaker and furnishing, yet remains true to the intended purpose: Superb reproduction of sound.


About StJohn Group
StJohn Group, Inc. is not a typical American distributor. Only representing lines offering exclusive North American distribution opportunity allows the company to closely work with its partners on a holistic approach to brand development.  Unlike most U.S. distributors, StJohn Group handles all facets of sales and marketing, including literature and collateral creative and production, advertising creative and buys, public relations, web sites, business development and long range market planning.

Based in Bellingham, WA with a satellite office in Scottsdale, AZ, StJohn Group has seventeen regional representative firms and an active roster of more than 800 specialty A/V dealers.

StJohn Group specializes in products and services for the custom integration (CI) market - both residential and commercial - and represents Artcoustic and Cabasse Loudspeakers, Cineversum projectors, iSky Panels and Screen Excellence in North America and the Caribbean.
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Sales:
John Caldwell
Phone: (360) 283 -5244 • Fax: (805) 856 -2212
E -mail: john@stjohngroup.com

Administration:
4396 Saddlestone Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: (360) 756 -2205 • Fax: (360) 647 -1087
E -mail: info@stjohngroup.com                           


Relevant Web sites:
http://www.stjohngroup.com/
http://www.artcoustic.com/

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