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Samsung Frame Meets It’s Soundbar Match

The Samsung Frame TV high-resolution art display has met its match in the Next Level Acoustics high-performance soundbar that fits the elegant aesthetics of the popular home entertainment device.

The New England-based designer of custom speakers and enclosures has unveiled its Fusion Frame soundbar built to complement the super-shallow Frame TV in its four different variations for an opening cost of US$1400.

Next Level Acoustics is currently exploring distribution in Australia for the Fusion Frame Soundbar, with opportunities now currently open to carry the device.

To match the four sizes of Samsung Frame TVs, there are six Fusion Frame models available, with four being stereo soundbars and two LCR models for the larger 55-inch and 65-inch models.

At a depth of only 1.75 inches, the super-slim soundbar is built to provide exceptional sound quality and room-filling dynamics, with the look and feel of the Samsung Frame TV.

Available in either black or white, the Fusion Frame Soundbar may even find its way into other Hi-Fi setups beyond The Frame.

Though for those after something a little more generic, you could always go for the Fusion Flat, a slightly thicker model but one less geared towards the Samsung Frame aesthetic.

With Next Level Acoustics proprietary 4.5-inch aluminium convex cone driver, coupled with the rare earth neodymium motor system, the Fusion Frame promotes high acceleration and excursion to achieve ultra-low audio distortion during use.

Supporting the soundbar is an optional in-wall subwoofer the CI-IW10S, a compact unit with a long-throw 10-inch cast frame driver that’s designed to fit in 2×4 construction.

Providing extended bass response all the way down to 34 Hz, while using only 40 watts of power.

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Next Level Acoustics Ships Soundbar for Samsung’s Frame TV

Next Level Acoustics is now shipping its new Fusion Frame soundbar line. Fusion Frame features a design that, with its picture-frame bezel, 1.75-inch depth, and no-gap mounting, matches Samsung’s Frame TV (which was one of Residential Systems Best of Show at CEDIA Expo 2019 winners). When Frame TV is off and displaying art, owners can sync their favorite music to the Fusion Frame soundbar so the art is accompanied by music for a true lifestyle enhancement to any room.

To create Fusion Frames’ shallow depth, Next Level Acoustics engineered a proprietary enclosure with an internal air-load management system and a proprietary woofer capable of deep natural bass from a shallow cabinet.

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet, so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum dome drivers,” says John Sollecito, who, in addition to serving as Next Level Acoustics head of engineering and manufacturing, is also president of JS Speaker Technologies. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets. A high flux 2-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion. The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed mid-range, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

Fusion Frame’s high-frequencies are handled by a 1-inch soft dome tweeter from audiophile Danish driver manufacturer Vifa along with a proprietary crossover that uses high-grade precision components. A custom ultra-rigid high-density sealed enclosure comprised of CNC-machined MDF and lined with an anti-resonant coating makes a vibration-free cabinet.

The back of the enclosure has installer-friendly features such as recessed terminal cups with gold-plated heavy-duty binding-post/banana-jacks and recessed cable management channels for a no-gap mount. Wall mounting is made easy by removing the magnetically attached grille and accessing the cabinet installation holes to directly attach the bar with the included screws into wall studs or mounting to a wall with the included anchors.

Fusion Frame soundbars can be driven by amplifiers from 30 watts or up to 150 watts. To match the four sizes of Samsung Frame TVs, there are six Fusion Frame models available. Four are stereo soundbars and two LCR models are available for the larger 55- and 65-inch sizes. All use the same drivers regardless of size.

A generic version of the soundbar for non-Frame TV applications of any size, called Fusion Flat series, is also available.

Next Level Acoustics also makes an in-wall subwoofer to match the Fusion Frame soundbars, model CI-IW10S, which is a compact sub with a long-throw 10-inch cast frame driver that’s designed to fit in 2×4 construction and extend bass response down to 34 Hz driven with as little as 40 watts of power.

Next Level is currently seeking dealers and reps specializing in the CEDIA channel for territories around the U.S. and Canada. Call 617.237.2875 or e-mail at [email protected]

For more information, visit to www.nextlevelacoustics.com.

New Soundbar Built to Match Samsung’s Frame TV

Next Level Acoustics, the New England-based maker of custom-install speakers and enclosures, has introduced a high-performance soundbar that matches the elegant aesthetics of Samsung’s popular Frame TV, which displays high-resolution art when it’s not in use.The Fusion Frame soundbar is custom-built as a perfect complement to the super-shallow Frame TV in all four of its (diagonal) screen sizes: 43, 49, 55, and 65 inches. All models are configured for stereo at prices ranging from $1,400 to $1,900 with the option of an LCR configuration for the 55- and 65-inch models ($1,850 and $2,150).

To create a soundbar capable of producing “deep natural bass” from a cabinet only 1.75 inches thick, Next Level Acoustics had to develop a proprietary enclosure with a “radical” internal air-load management system and custom woofers.

image: https://www.soundandvision.com/images/112019_next_level_fusion_frame_drivers.jpg

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum-dome drivers,” explained John Sollecito head of engineering and manufacturing and designer of the JSE Infinite Slope audiophile speaker. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth neodymium magnets. A high flux two-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion.

“The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed midrange, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

Highs are handled by a proprietary high-precision crossover that feeds 1-inch soft-dome tweeter built by the speaker experts at Denmark’s Vifa.

Fusion Frame cabinets are made of precision-cut MDF, lined with an anti-resonant coating, and boast heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts/banana jacks that occupy a recessed channel on the back panel to ensure flush mounting to the wall. The enclosure is supported by screws, accessible from the front panel, that attach directly to studs or supplied wall anchors.

Recommended power is 30 to 150 watts and all Fusion Frame soundbars have a removable magnetic grille and sport a black Plex finish that matches the Frame TV’s bezel. An optional white lacquer maple veneer finish is also available along with a custom paint option.

Next Level Acoustics supports its Fusion Frame soundbars with a full 5-year warranty.

For those who want bass that extends beyond the soundbars’ 70-80-Hz limit, the company offers the CI-IW10S in-wall subwoofer. Built to fit standard 2×4 construction and rated down to 34 Hz, the sub has a 10-inch driver and can be powered with as little as 40 watts, according to the company.

Next Level also makes a generic Fusion Flat version of the soundbar that can be used with any TV.

For more information, visit nextlevelacoustics.com

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NEXT LEVEL AUDIO INTRODUCES SOUNDBARS FOR `FRAME TVS’

 

Owners of Samsung’s design-centric The Frame TVs may be interested to learn that custom home theater audio equipment maker Next Level Acoustics has introduced a line of high-performance soundbars tailored to look and perform at a level that complements the popular television series.

The soundbar line, which is called “Fusion Frame”, was designed taking “insights into unmet needs for sound quality and aesthetics in the soundbar market,” said Rob Goldman, Next Level Acoustics founder and COO.

The soundbars are tailored to The Frame TV design, which was developed three years ago in collaboration with Swiss design house Fuseproject, led by renowned designer Yves Béhar.

The design was presented as a solution to a common consumer objection to big-screen TVs appearing as obtrusive “black holes” when turned off, Next Level Acoustics said. To counter this, Samsung made The Frame TVs look like framed artworks that can display artistic paintings and photographs on screen when not being used to watch videos and help the TVs blend in with the room decore.

The narrow Frame TV cabinets measure just 1.75 inches deep and are offer customizable color options for bezels on TVs measuring 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inches. 2019 The Frame TVs include Samsung’s QLED technology.

Next Level Audio is offering six Fusion Frame soundbar models: four stereo models (matching 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch screen sizes) and two left-center-right (LCR) channel models (55- and 65-inches). An optional in-wall subwoofer is also available.

Suggested retail pricing for the stereo soundbar models range from $1,400 to $1,900, the suggested retail pricing for the 55- and 65-inch LCR models are $1,850 and $2,150.

Next Level Acoustics said it set out to design a complementary soundbar that would bring enhanced high-quality sound to these thin-design televisions that are equipped with less-than-optimal speakers, since the had to be made to fit inside the narrow cabinets.

Next Level Acoustics said its Fusion Frame line was made to deliver the “same high-fidelity as their other soundbars” in a design that fits within The Frame TV picture requirements of 1.75-inch deep and no wall gap.

The Fusion Frame sound qualities include: “a wide frequency range, full dynamics, voice intelligibility, and detail of a high-quality speaker system suitable for movies and music,” the company said.

When Frame TV is off and displaying art, owners can sync their favorite music to the Fusion Frame soundbar so the art is accompanied by complementary music.

Next Level Acoustics said it engineered a proprietary enclosure “with a radical internal air-load management system and proprietary woofer capable of deep naturel bass from a shallow cabinent.”

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum dome drivers” stated John Sollecito, the company’s head of engineering. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets. A high flux 2-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion. The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed mid-range, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

The Fusion Frame soundbars include 1-inch soft dome tweeters from audiophile Danish driver manufacturer Vifa along with a proprietary crossover made with high-grade precision components. A custom ultra-rigid high-density sealed enclosure comprised of CNC-machined MDF and lined with an anti-resonant coating makes a vibration-free cabinet.

The back of the enclosure features installer-friendly recessed terminal cups with gold-plated heavy-duty binding-post/banana-jacks and recessed cable management channels supporting no-gap mounting. Also included are magnetically attached grilles that provide easy access to the cabinet installation holes to directly attach the bar with the included screws into wall studs or mounting to a wall with the included anchors, the company said.

Amplifiers used to drive the four sizes of Fusion Frame Sounbars range from 30 watts or up to 150 watts. Next Level Acoustics offers six Fusion Frame models including: four stereo soundbars and two LCR models, are available for the larger 55- and 65-inch sizes. All use the same drivers with the same great sound regardless of size.

The Fusion Frame soundbars feature a black Plex finish to match the standard Samsung Frame TV bezel with a black acoustically transparent fabric grille that’s magnetically attached. An optional white lacquer maple veneer finish is available to match white Frame TV’s.

Custom painted options are also available.

The Fusion Frame models will be offered through Next Level Acoustics’ network of custom installers and speciality AV retailers. The company backs the soundbars with a 5-year warranty.

Next Level Acoustics said it is also offering generic versions of the soundbars, called Fusion Flat soundbars, for non-Frame TV applications.

For extended bass performance, Next Level Acoustics is also offering an in-wall subwoofer to match the Fusion Frame soundbars, model CI-IW10S,
carrying a $1,315 suggested retail price. This is a compact sub with a long-throw 10-inch cast frame driver that’s designed to fit in 2×4 construction and extend bass response down to 34 Hz driven with as little as 40 watts of power, the company said.

Specifications for the Fusion Frame soundbars are as follows:

Sensitivity: 87 dB for 43- through 55-inch models and 88.5 dB for 65-inch models. Impedance: 4 ohms all models. Frequency Response: 43-inch Stereo: 80 Hz–20 kHz; 55-inch LCR: 80 Hz–20 kHz; 49-inch Stereo: 75 Hz – 20 kHz; 65-inch Stereo: 70 Hz–20 kHz; 55-inch Stereo: 72 Hz–20 kHz; 65-inch LCR: 77 Hz – 20 kHz.

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Next Level Acoustics ships matching soundbars for Samsung Frame TV

Next Level Acoustics is shipping a new soundbar line, known as “Fusion Frame”, which is designed as a match for the Frame TV, created in 2017 between Samsung and design agency Fuseproject. The idea of this collaboration was to build a more aesthetically pleasing way to integrate a TV into the home. Next Level Acoustics says that a typical consumer’s biggest objection is that when a TV is turned off it’s an obtrusive “black hole,” meaning many custom installers are frequently asked to hide TVs with expensive cabinets or with other solutions.

The idea of Frame TV is that it should resemble a painting hanging on a wall, and is made with a 1.75-inch deep cabinet resembling a frame mounted flush to the wall with no gap. When the TV is turned off there’s no black hole since the TV will automatically display high-resolution art as static or changing images, according to NLA. The The 4K QLED TVs are currently available in 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch models with customizable bezels.

Fusion Frame is a line of soundbars which include a 1.75-inch depth and no-gap mounting, and therefore matching a Frame TV. NLA says Fusion Frame delivers “superb audio performance” suitable for movies and music. In “off” mode, owners can also sync music to accompanying art images.

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum dome drivers. The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets. A high flux 2-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion. The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed mid-range, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar”, said John Sollecito, Next Level Acoustics head of Engineering and Manufacturing.

Next Level Acoustics also makes an in-wall subwoofer to match the soundbars, the model CI-IW10S, a compact sub with a 10-inch cast frame driver designed to fit 2×4 construction and extend bass response down to 34 Hz.

No pricing appears to be available yet, but you can see full specifications and find out more from Next Level Acoustics here.

New Soundbar Built to Match Samsung’s Frame TV – by Audio Video System Integrators

Next Level Acoustics, the New England-based maker of custom-install speakers and enclosures, has introduced a high-performance soundbar that matches the elegant aesthetics of Samsung’s popular Frame TV, which displays high-resolution art when it’s not in use.

The Fusion Frame soundbar is custom-built as a perfect complement to the super-shallow Frame TV in all four of its (diagonal) screen sizes: 43, 49, 55, and 65 inches. All models are configured for stereo at prices ranging from $1,400 to $1,900 with the option of an LCR configuration for the 55- and 65-inch models ($1,850 and $2,150).

To create a soundbar capable of producing “deep natural bass” from a cabinet only 1.75 inches thick, Next Level Acoustics had to develop a proprietary enclosure with a “radical” internal air-load management system and custom woofers.

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminum-dome drivers,” explained John Sollecito head of engineering and manufacturing and designer of the JSE Infinite Slope audiophile speaker. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth neodymium magnets. A high flux two-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminum dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion.

“The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed midrange, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

Highs are handled by a proprietary high-precision crossover that feeds 1-inch soft-dome tweeter built by the speaker experts at Denmark’s Vifa.

Fusion Frame cabinets are made of precision-cut MDF, lined with an anti-resonant coating, and boast heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts/banana jacks that occupy a recessed channel on the back panel to ensure flush mounting to the wall. The enclosure is supported by screws, accessible from the front panel, that attach directly to studs or supplied wall anchors.

Recommended power is 30 to 150 watts and all Fusion Frame soundbars have a removable magnetic grille and sport a black Plex finish that matches the Frame TV’s bezel. An optional white lacquer maple veneer finish is also available along with a custom paint option.

Next Level Acoustics supports its Fusion Frame soundbars with a full 5-year warranty.

For those who want bass that extends beyond the soundbars’ 70-80-Hz limit, the company offers the CI-IW10S in-wall subwoofer. Built to fit standard 2×4 construction and rated down to 34 Hz, the sub has a 10-inch driver and can be powered with as little as 40 watts, according to the company.

Next Level also makes a generic Fusion Flat version of the soundbar that can be used with any TV.

For more information, visit nextlevelacoustics.com

NEW SOUNDBAR SPECIALLY MADE FOR SAMSUNG’S FRAME TV – by AV-ATMOS

Next Level Acoustics, the New England-based maker of custom-install speakers and enclosures, has introduced a high-performance soundbar that matches the elegant aesthetics of Samsung’s popular Frame TV, which displays high-resolution art when it’s not in use.

The Fusion Frame soundbar is custom-built as a perfect complement to the super-shallow Frame TV in all four of its (diagonal) screen sizes: 43, 49, 55, and 65 inches. All models are configured for stereo at prices ranging from $1,400 to $1,900 with the option of an LCR configuration for the 55- and 65-inch models ($1,850 and $2,150).

To create a soundbar capable of producing “deep natural bass” from a cabinet only 1.75 inches thick, Next Level Acoustics had to develop a proprietary enclosure with a “radical” internal air-load management system and custom woofers.

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminium-dome drivers,” explained John Sollecito head of engineering and manufacturing and designer of the JSE Infinite Slope audiophile speaker. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth neodymium magnets. A high flux two-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminium dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion.

“The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed midrange, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

Highs are handled by a proprietary high-precision crossover that feeds 1-inch soft-dome tweeter built by the speaker experts at Denmark’s Vifa.

Fusion Frame cabinets are made of precision-cut MDF, lined with an anti-resonant coating, and boast heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts/banana jacks that occupy a recessed channel on the back panel to ensure flush mounting to the wall. The enclosure is supported by screws, accessible from the front panel, that attach directly to studs or supplied wall anchors.

Recommended power is 30 to 150 watts and all Fusion Frame soundbars have a removable magnetic grille and sport a black Plex finish that matches the Frame TV’s bezel. An optional white lacquer maple veneer finish is also available along with a custom paint option.

Next Level Acoustics supports its Fusion Frame soundbars with a full 5-year warranty.

For those who want bass that extends beyond the soundbars’ 70-80-Hz limit, the company offers the CI-IW10S in-wall subwoofer. Built to fit standard 2×4 construction and rated down to 34 Hz, the sub has a 10-inch driver and can be powered with as little as 40 watts, according to the company.

Next Level also makes a generic Fusion Flat version of the soundbar that can be used with any TV.

Visit nextlevelacoustics.com for more information.

Next Level Acoustics, the New England-based maker of custom-install speakers and enclosures, has introduced a high-performance soundbar that matches the elegant aesthetics of Samsung’s popular Frame TV, which displays high-resolution art when it’s not in use.

The Fusion Frame soundbar is custom-built as a perfect complement to the super-shallow Frame TV in all four of its (diagonal) screen sizes: 43, 49, 55, and 65 inches. All models are configured for stereo at prices ranging from $1,400 to $1,900 with the option of an LCR configuration for the 55- and 65-inch models ($1,850 and $2,150).

To create a soundbar capable of producing “deep natural bass” from a cabinet only 1.75 inches thick, Next Level Acoustics had to develop a proprietary enclosure with a “radical” internal air-load management system and custom woofers.

“A typical cone woofer can’t perform as needed with the shallow cabinet so we engineered and built our own 4.5-inch aluminium-dome drivers,” explained John Sollecito head of engineering and manufacturing and designer of the JSE Infinite Slope audiophile speaker. “The drivers have stiff, non-resonant cast baskets mated to powerful rare-earth neodymium magnets. A high flux two-layer voice coil drives the ultra-stiff aluminium dome suspended by a butyl rubber surround for very high acceleration and excursion.

“The result is clear, dynamic bass and smooth detailed midrange, much more than one would imagine possible from such a thin soundbar.”

Highs are handled by a proprietary high-precision crossover that feeds 1-inch soft-dome tweeter built by the speaker experts at Denmark’s Vifa.

Fusion Frame cabinets are made of precision-cut MDF, lined with an anti-resonant coating, and boast heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts/banana jacks that occupy a recessed channel on the back panel to ensure flush mounting to the wall. The enclosure is supported by screws, accessible from the front panel, that attach directly to studs or supplied wall anchors.

Recommended power is 30 to 150 watts and all Fusion Frame soundbars have a removable magnetic grille and sport a black Plex finish that matches the Frame TV’s bezel. An optional white lacquer maple veneer finish is also available along with a custom paint option.

Next Level Acoustics supports its Fusion Frame soundbars with a full 5-year warranty.

For those who want bass that extends beyond the soundbars’ 70-80-Hz limit, the company offers the CI-IW10S in-wall subwoofer. Built to fit standard 2×4 construction and rated down to 34 Hz, the sub has a 10-inch driver and can be powered with as little as 40 watts, according to the company.

Next Level also makes a generic Fusion Flat version of the soundbar that can be used with any TV.

Visit nextlevelacoustics.com for more information.

WIDESCREEN REVIEW

New Fusion Frame Sound bar Exclusively for the Samsung “The Frame” TV- Widescreen Review

New Fusion Frame Sound bar Exclusively for the Samsung “The Frame” TV – Press Release

August 29, 2019

The Fusion Frame was created by the engineers at Next Level Acoustics with only one goal in mind, provide a high-end framed audio solution for the 2019 edition Samsung “The Frame” series of displays.  At only 1.75 inches of depth, not only does the Fusion Frame provide exceptional sound quality and room-filling dynamics, but it perfectly complements the look and feel of what makes the Samsung “The Frame” series so popular. Choose from a variety of framing color options.

The Fusion Frame not only shares the same lines and beauty of the Samsung “The Frame” display, but also provides a dynamic two-channel and/or LCR audio solution.  At only 1.75 inches deep, this cutting-edge design incorporates a radical approach to internal air load management and driver construction.  Our proprietary 4.5-inch aluminum convex cone driver exhibits a unique and powerful rare earth neodymium motor system that promotes high acceleration and excursion, with ultra-low distortion.  Simply put, where our competition has failed, Next Level Acoustics shines.  The Fusion Frame delivers enhanced audio dynamics featuring a smooth linear midrange response with natural bass at a staggering 1.75 inches deep.

  • Extraordinary acoustical dynamics and clarity
  • Proprietary driver and crossover configuration
  • Seamless framed finish to mimic the Samsung “The Frame” aesthetics
  • Ultra-low profile at 1.75 inches depth
  • Flush wall pass-through mounting system
  • Flipped speaker terminal cups for easy cable management wiring access
  • 43, 49, 55, 65 (Stereo) / 55 and 65 (inch) (LCR)
  • Available in Black Plex (standard) or White lacquer maple (optional) frame finishes

https://nextlevelacoustics.com/fusion-frame/

Fusion Frame for the Samsung “The Frame” TV – Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Fusion Frame for the Samsung “The Frame” TV – Press Release

August 29, 2019

The Fusion Frame was created by the master engineers at Next Level Acoustics with only one goal in mind, provide a high-end framed audio solution for the 2019 edition Samsung “The Frame” series of displays.

Fusion Frame

At only 1.75″ of depth, not only does the Fusion Frame provide exceptional sound quality and room filling dynamics, but it perfectly complements the look and feel of what makes the Samsung “The Frame” series so popular. Choose from a variety of framing color options.

The Fusion Frame not only shares the same lines and beauty of the Samsung “The Frame” display, but also provides a dynamic two-channel and/or LCR audio solution. At only 1.75″ deep, this cutting-edge design incorporates a radical approach to internal air load management and driver construction. Our proprietary 4.5″ aluminum convex cone driver exhibits a unique and powerful rare earth neodymium motor system that promotes high acceleration and excursion, with ultra-low distortion. Simply put, where our competition has failed, Next Level Acoustics shines. The Fusion Frame delivers enhanced audio dynamics featuring a smooth linear midrange response with natural bass at a staggering 1.75″ deep.

  • Extraordinary acoustical dynamics and clarity
  • Proprietary driver and crossover configuration
  • Seamless framed finish to mimic the Samsung “The Frame” aesthetics
  • Ultra-low profile at 1.75″ depth
  • Flush wall pass-through mounting system
  • Flipped speaker terminal cups for easy cable management wiring access
  • 43″, 49″, 55″, 65″ (Stereo) / 55″ and 65″ (LCR)
  • Available in Black Plex (standard) or White lacquer maple (optional) frame finishes

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Reference Soundbar & CI-HV10 Subwoofer Review – Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Reference Soundbar & CI-HV10 Subwoofer Review

by Chris Eberle

Next Level Acoustics takes the design of soundbars to, er…, the next level with its Fusion Reference Soundbar. Coupled with the CI-HV10 subwoofer, the system offers premium sound in a beautifully-styled package that blends into a room when a front array of towers just won’t do. While typical soundbars will improve the audio that comes from a flat-panel’s built-in speakers, they can’t replicate the broad soundstage and frequency response that comes from large cabinets. The Fusion Reference Soundbar delivers full, rich sound and a broad soundstage from a slim, three-sector cabinet. Filling in the bass is an innovative subwoofer, the CI-HV10. A 10” driver hidden inside a small-footprint cabinet supplies sound down to 24Hz, and is easy to hide behind a couch or inside a wall unit. This is a package worthy of a high-end jumbo flat panel or front projection system.

Highlight Points

  • 66” passive soundbar with three channels
  • TWW/WTW/WWT configuration
  • Six carbon wool 5.5” mid-range drivers, three silk dome tweeters
  • Removeable magnetic grill
  • Slim sealed cabinet can be attached to the wall or set on furniture
  • 10” ported subwoofer plays loud to 24Hz
  • Available in custom finishes and veneers

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar

Introduction

Next Level Acoustics recognizes that not everyone wants to put an array of large tower speakers in their living room, or their home theater. But traditional soundbars represent significant compromise. Even the more expensive ones are limited by size. Physics cannot be ignored and speakers need cabinet volume to sound their best, the more the better. The Fusion Reference Soundbar seeks to bridge the gap between run-of-the-mill soundbars and individual speakers. Next Level Acoustics makes their products available through dealers and installers but will also accommodate DIY enthusiasts. The prices shown above are for the basic finish models I received for review.

Today, I’m checking out the 66” model which has three-channels in a TWW/WTW/WWT. There are six carbon wool mid-range drivers and three silk dome tweeters. The cabinet is designed for flat panels up to 75”. Larger models are available by custom order. It’s a sealed design with a slim 3.75” deep cabinet made from a combination of MDF and Baltic birch. A magnetic grill finishes off its high-end look. To be clear, this is a passive soundbar, speakers only. There are no amplifiers or on-board processing. You’ll need to provide a multi-channel receiver or separates, and a subwoofer is recommended. To that end, Next Level sent me their CI-HV10 model. It’s a ported cabinet with a 10” driver hidden in a unique dual chamber configuration that plays loud down to 24Hz. This looks like the perfect stealth system for a media room or small theater. Let’s take a look.

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar and HV10 Subwoofer Specifications

Fusion Reference Soundbar

  • Three-sector sealed soundbar, TWW/WTW/WWT
  • Bass and Mid Drivers: 6 x 5.5” carbon wool
  • Tweeters: 3 x 1” DYNA silk dome
  • Sensitivity: 92dB @ 1W/1m
  • Impedance: 4 ohms, each sector
  • Response: 44Hz-20kHz
  • Power handling: 30-350W
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 66” x 6.3” x 3.75” (custom sizes available)
  • Weight: 38lbs
  • Warranty: Five years electronics, 90 days cabinet
  • Next Level Acoustics Fusion Reference Soundbar MSRP: $2499 as tested
  • Manufacturer’s Website: https://nextlevelacoustics.com/fusion-reference-soundbar/

CI-HV10 Subwoofer

  • Design: vented, bandpass
  • Driver: 10” aluminum cone with 3” voice coil & 110oz magnet
  • Amplifier: 500W RMS
  • Frequency response: 24-100Hz
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 14” x 20” x 17”
  • Weight: 69lbs
  • Warranty: Five years electronics, 90 days cabinet
  • Next Level Acoustics CI-HV10 Subwoofer MSRP: $2199 as tested
  • Manufacturer’s Website: https://nextlevelacoustics.com/ci-iw10-12/

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Design of the Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar and HV10 Subwoofer

The Next Level Acoustics Fusion Reference is a soundbar in name only. Yes, it incorporates three distinct channels into a single cabinet, but the sectors are completely isolated from one another. The drivers are of premium quality and the crossovers utilize high end British ESA Clarity capacitors. What the Fusion offers is shallow depth, making it perfect for wall-mounting. At less than 4” deep and just over 6” high, it’s barely visible once installed. A magnetic grill snaps in place to cover the driver array. My sample was 66” wide, perfect for televisions or screens up to 75” across.

Six mid-range drivers and three tweeters are solidly bolted into the cabinet in a TWW/WTW/WWT array. They are well-isolated so there is no lobing or interference from one channel to another. The 5.5” midranges are made with cast baskets and carbon wool cones. Large butyl surrounds allow for high excursion. Despite their size, they deliver bass down to a claimed 44Hz. The tweeters are 1” DYNA silk domes. They provide a smooth and clear sound with none of the harshness associated with metal dome tweeters.

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Theater Soundbar

The sealed cabinet features solid build quality and feels monolithic. It weighs 38 pounds in the 66” version and can be ordered in larger sizes. If you plan to use one of these in a projection setup, the Fusion Theater model shown above adds six passive bass radiators to the array and comes in a 90” width. And it’s available in custom sizes too. Either way, you get a ¾” MDF baffle with the cabinet back made from Baltic Birch. The front and sides are covered with a thick woodgrain vinyl and the back is piano black. Three speaker inputs are provided and consist of spring loaded plugs designed for bare-wire connections. You can use bananas but that will prevent wall-mounting. The connectors are gold-plated and very sturdy, installer-grade all the way.

Next Level Acoustics CI-HV10 Subwoofer

The CI-HV10 subwoofer is unique in that its driver is hidden inside the cabinet. It features chambers on both sides of the cone with a large port near the floor that allows air to exit. The 10” cone is made from aluminum with a 110oz magnet and a 3” voice coil. A 500-watt amplifier drives it to high levels down to 24Hz. There is no eq provided but you can set the crossover, phase, and volume with knobs around back. Inputs include two speaker level along with stereo line level in and out jacks.

Next Level Acoustics CI-HV10 Subwoofer Back Panel

The big advantage to its design is that it can be placed inside furniture or more easily hidden behind a couch or credenza. Its footprint is relatively small for the volume it produces at only 14” x 17”. It ships with thick rubber feet already installed. Like the Fusion Soundbar, it features solid construction from thick MDF. My sample had a shiny black finish that seemed very durable.

Next Level Acoustics CI-HV10 Subwoofer Veneer Finish

Custom options for both the soundbar and subwoofer extend to grill fabric colors, laminate colors, paint match, and real wood veneers. You can get oak, maple, cherry, walnut, or chestnut in a custom stain with lacquer. In addition, the soundbars can have a grill notch installed to accommodate television badges and IR sensors.

Setup of the Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar and HV10 Subwoofer

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar Back Panel

For my review, I connected the Fusion Reference Soundbar to an Emotiva XPA-5 amplifier. Processing duties were handled by an Integra DHC 80.1. The sub was wired via coax using the LFE input. I placed the soundbar on the same stands I normally use for an Axiom VP180 center channel. The sub went in the same corner usually occupied by an Axiom EP800. I turned off the Audyssey room correction and set the front and center speaker crossovers to 80Hz. I re-measured the distances of the front three channels to derive the proper delays and set channel levels with an SPL meter. As I said above, the speaker wire connectors are spring-loaded plungers intended for bare wire. I used bananas which isn’t ideal since it prevents wall-mounting. Also, the plungers allowed my large plugs to touch so I had to keep them apart with three of the included rubber feet.

Given the cabinet designs in use here, there are a number of different ways one could install these boxes. The soundbar can be wall-mounted using hardware provided by Next Level Acoustics. I didn’t receive that with my samples but there was a small box with both felt and rubber feet inside. I did all my listening with the grill in place. If you want to remove it, the drivers are all black so they won’t stand out. Pictures on Next Level’s website show the soundbar set inside a large wall unit along with the sub. There are almost limitless ways to integrate these products into any room. They’re beautiful and stylish but can easily be made invisible.

The Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar and HV10 Subwoofer In Use

Movies

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar Movies

Since the Fusion Reference Soundbar’s principal duties will be movie soundtracks, I started with a few Blu-rays. Coming from my reference Axiom LFR1100 towers and VP180 center channel was a surprising experience. I don’t mean to say that I didn’t hear a difference, but what I did hear was unexpected. There are two things these speakers do extremely well, produce a huge soundstage and control bass. Of course, the latter must be credited to the CI-HV10 subwoofer which easily trounces many of the subs I’ve heard. I set it up conservatively with the volume knob at 11 o’clock, as recommended, and was blown away with its ability to pump out loud and distortion-free bass with tight and precise control. Bass heads will be convinced they’re listening to a sealed design, it’s that good. Low extension is strong with tremendous presence. It came shockingly close to duplicating the slam I get from my Axiom EP800 and that is no small feat.

I opened with Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen. This film has a great introduction with a low bass sweep during the initial splash screens and an initial scene that involves lots of destruction. Can building-sized robots fly? No, but you’ll think they can thanks to the Fusion Reference Soundbar and CI-HV10 sub. My walls shook to the point where I had to look for cracks. The volume of air moved by the relatively small cabinet is shocking. The soundbar delivered clean detail with excellent channel separation and a soundstage far wider than its 66” size. The Fusion can really play like a much larger speaker system.

Moving on to U-571, I went straight to the depth charged scene to listen to a few explosions. The soundbar and sub created a nice balance of deep bass layered with water splashes and the shriek of twisting metal. I also paid close attention to the dialog-driven material. Male voices were clear and well-controlled but lacked just a little depth. I suspect the sub is a little better at the subterranean frequencies than with the lower part of typical dialog. It never sounded chesty but I found it just a bit dry. During an early sequence where a bustle of activity takes place at the sub’s dock, I thought background sound, while nicely delineated, competed with the dialog taking place in the foreground. It sounded better when the conversation moved to an office without any extraneous noise.

Star Wars, The Last Jedi features a polite soundtrack that is rich and detailed, but lacks impact unless turned up a bit. The Fusion Reference Soundbar and CI-HV10 sub played clean well beyond my own aural limits. With stout amplification, you can turn up the heat as much as you like. Here, I listened for John Williams iconic music as it plays a significant role throughout the film. The beauty of massed strings and strident brass shone through without taking over. It struck a perfect balance with ambient sound effects, dialog, and the intensity of battle.

The Fusion Reference Soundbar goes far beyond traditional soundbars when used for movie-watching. It can easily outpace mid-size tower and bookshelf speakers. It plays super-clean and creates a soundstage far larger than its physical size. Only the largest towers can boast a greater sense of space. The CI-HV10 subwoofer is not only a perfect partner to the soundbar, it can compete with other subs and best many of them. It’s one of the best small-footprint models I’ve ever heard, able to out-slam, and out-control many larger and more-expensive products.

Two-channel Music

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar Music

To give the Fusion Reference a proper workout in the musical realm, I set my processor to stereo mode thereby treating the outer two sectors as left and right with the sub taking up the mantle below 80Hz. I was immediately struck by the immensity of the soundstage. If you take frequency response alone, the Fusion sounds like a pair of high-end mid-towers. Add in the sub and all the music’s glory is there for your enjoyment. Bass is both present and tuneful. The CI-HV10 is no one-note sub, it can clearly play all the notes from tuned percussion, to orchestral double basses, to heavy metal.

I started with a few classical selections. The St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra is a reference disc for me. I’ve used it to audition speakers since before I was a writer. It dates from 1994, well into the age of digital recording. The Fusion Reference fleshed out all the detail and played with a nice wet sound, displaying all the hall’s reverb. I’ve heard concerts in that very space, it’s live acoustics are sublime and the recording captures all of it. The Fusion creates a huge sense of space.

Next was a 1957 recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Fritz Reiner. Even through the tape hiss, I could hear the high partials from the bassoon, the brilliance of the trumpet’s opening solo, and excellent clarity from massed strings. While this recording has an extremely narrow dynamic range, it was very enjoyable thanks to the Fusion’s immense soundstage.

Popular music fans may wonder, will it rock? In the words of Doug Marcaida, “it will rock!” Watch an episode of the History’s Channel’s Forged in Fire if you don’t understand my reference. I started with Five Finger Death Punch’s latest album, and justice for none. They play with dropped tunings which can make distorted guitar turn to mush on many systems. The Fusion Reference preserved the melody of each and every riff. I didn’t have to wait for the solos to hear a tune. Bass was equally musical thanks to that wonderful sub. The CI-HV10 is amazingly versatile.

I couldn’t finish without a trip down memory lane, courtesy of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. If you listen closely, you can hear so many nuances in the massed voices, mostly provided by Freddy Mercury of course. There are lots of subtle embellishments that lesser speakers just wouldn’t bring out. The Fusion Reference will play it all, cleanly and clearly.

Value Statement

The Fusion Reference Soundbar costs less than most high-end bookshelf speakers but easily exceeds them in quality. And the CI-HV10 subwoofer is one of the best I’ve heard at any price.

Conclusions

Next Level Acoustics Fusion Soundbar and HV10 Subwoofer

Likes

  • Tremendous soundstage
  • Clean and clear at all frequencies
  • Plays loud without distortion
  • Phenomenal performance from the CI-HV10 subwoofer
  • Premium fit and finish with monolithic build quality

What We’d Like to See

  • I have no complaints

I have difficulty declaring any product perfect, but honestly, I can’t find a flaw with Next Level Acoustic’s Fusion Reference Soundbar or the CI-HV10 Subwoofer. Are there better speakers and subwoofers available, of course. But none will deliver the kind of performance I experienced in such a convenient form factor. Given the choice between high-end bookshelves or this soundbar, I’d go with the Fusion Reference every day and twice on Sundays. Between its unfailing clarity and tremendous soundstage, only a large set of towers can even hope to perform on its level.

I was even more impressed with the CI-HV10 sub. The cabinet is plain and small but once you crank it up, be ready to raise your expectations for other subs. It is quite simply, the best small sub I’ve ever heard. It plays loud. It never distorts. And its tuneful. Most subs require compromise. What works for movies isn’t so great for music. The HV10 can do it all. Its versatility is unmatched.

If you want high-end audio from a soundbar and sub combo, look no further than the Next Level Acoustics Fusion Reference Soundbar and CI-HV10 Subwoofer. In this class, they are unbeatable.