Definitive Technology Introduces Incline Desktop Audio Loudspeaker

Company’s First Active Loudspeaker for Computers Features Bipolar Technology

Baltimore, MD (September 25, 2013) –Leading high-end loudspeaker manufacturer Definitive Technology today announced Incline, the company’s first powered loudspeaker system optimized for desktop use with computers, laptops, tablets and other audio sources. Incline is a pair of compact, self-powered loudspeakers with a unique form factor that enhances sound quality while complementing the appearance of desktop monitors and laptop computers. Incline features speaker components on the front and the back of the enclosure in a bipolar configuration for enhanced performance.

 

The New Shape of Desktop Audio

Incline's unique and striking design serves to overcome problems typical of desktop speakers. By pointing the speaker upward toward the listener's ears, Incline allows users to hear full bandwidth sound-all the way up to the highest treble region-for a more intelligible, lifelike, and exciting sound experience.

In addition to the sonic advantages of its design, Incline’s backward tilt cleverly mimics the angle of desktop monitors and laptop screens.

 

Bipolar Technology for More Spacious Sound

"Because they are usually placed close together, desktop speakers project a small, two-dimensional soundscape. Bands, orchestras and movies sound small, confined to a two or three foot narrow window with not much sense of front-to-back depth," said Matt Lyons, engineering VP of Definitive Technology. "Incline's bipolar technology sounds wide open and amazingly lifelike."

Speakers on the front and rear panels of Incline’s enclosure radiate sound in an omnidirectional pattern to present a wide, deep and spacious soundstage for a more lifelike and involved listening experience for both music and movies.  

 

Full Bandwidth, High Definition Sound

Incline is a full-range loudspeaker capable of reproducing the full range of audible sound from deep bass through the highest overtones. An 80-Watt amplifier powers the system for effortless high volume and low distortion clarity. A sophisticated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) module digitally adjusts and enhances the audio signal to achieve startling sound quality.

Listeners who demand even higher output and more powerful bass can add an optional external powered subwoofer to Incline via a rear panel Sub Out jack.

 

Versatile Connectivity

Incline is not just for computers; it can be connected to any audio source that has a USB, digital optical or headphone output jack.

 

Exceptional Fit and Finish

"Owners of Definitive Technology products are technology aficionados who have come to expect superior design and materials from our speakers," said Chief Design Officer Michael DiTullo. "We could not envision them being satisfied with the typical plastic enclosures one finds in desktop audio speakers. We specified premium materials and tight manufacturing tolerances to produce a truly premium product worthy of the Definitive Technology brand."

Incline's striking support base is a solid slab of machined aluminum, meant to provide stability and a timeless look. The top plate is also crafted from real aluminum, as are the side-mounted power and volume controls. The enclosure is wrapped in an acoustically transparent grille cloth.

The product design is the result of a collaboration between world-renowned Frog Design and the Sound United Global Design Center, headed by Chief Design Officer Michael DiTullo. Frog Design is an innovation firm with 12 locations around the globe and more than 1,000 designers, strategists, and engineers. The Sound United Global Design Center is a multi-disciplinary design studio located in the Vista, Calif. office of Definitive Technology's corporate parent, DEI Holdings.

Pricing and Delivery

Incline will be available to North American retailers in October 2013. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $399/pair.   

 

Preliminary Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.3" H x 5" W x 4.4" D (depth includes base); 28.8cm H x 12.7cm W x 11.1cm D
  • Driver complement: front firing: (1) 3-1/2" bass/midrange driver, (1) 4" pressure coupled bass radiator, (1) 3/4" silk dome tweeter; rear-firing: (1) 1.5" full range driver (rear panel)
  • Amplifier power: 80 Watts (4x20)
  • Connections: USB, optical TOSLINK, 3.5mm stereo “mini” analog line-level in, sub out, 20V DC power supply input, left speaker output port

 

About Definitive Technology

Definitive Technology is where precision sound meets iconic design. Definitive Technology has been building beautifully designed, superior sounding home audio and home theater loudspeakers since 1990. Definitive Technology loudspeakers are among the most positively reviewed and honored high performance loudspeakers on the market. Based in Baltimore, Definitive Technology is part of the Sound United family of consumer electronics brands. Audio/video specialty retailers throughout the United States and more than 40 countries around the world proudly sell Definitive Technology loudspeakers. For more information and the location of your nearest Definitive retailer visit www.definitivetech.com, or call us at (800) 228-7148 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America, call +1 (410) 363-7148. For more information about Definitive Technology please visit http://www.definitivetech.com; for Sound United http://www.soundunited.com.

 

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