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    Leon Speaker’s Horizon Interactive Fit Soundbar Delivers Audio Plus Discrete Storage


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    (September 22, 2017) Leon Speaker’s patent pending Horizon Interactive Fit soundbar solution delivers big in multiple areas of functionality: sound quality, clean concealment of AV components, and a finished look. Sound slick? It is, and it has CEDIA 2017 “Best of Show” awards from Residential Systems, TWICE, and CE Pro to back up its prowess.

    First and foremost, the Horizon Interactive Fit is a soundbar capable of mounting above or below a television screen. It’s available in two widths (43.5”, $2,295; 56”, $2,495) allowing it to accommodate displays up to 96”, and is sold with a custom-made black cloth grille cut to the exact width of your display. Concealed beneath its finished look is a stereo speaker array consisting of two 4” ultra-thin woofers and two 28mm cloth-dome tweeters housed in MDF enclosures. Leon specs these drivers as capable of reaching down to 110Hz (6 ohms), with an overall sensitivity of 88dB. In addition, the Fit offers internal rack space between the two speakers, allowing it to perform its second duty: discretely housing various small AV components.

    The 43.5” HIFIT44UX provides owners with 18.5” of component storage, while the larger 56” HIFIT44UX-OS delivers 31” of storage space. That means both models can hold devices such as an Apple TV, a webcam, an Amazon Echo Dot, and Leon’s own OTO-MCA-200 modular amp ($995). This gives owners quite a bit of flexibility to add features such as voice control and video conferencing without the added visibility of unsightly gear and wires.


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    Both Fit models have relatively small footprints (grilles installed), with a measured height of 7.25” and a depth of 2.88”, keeping the entire package tight and compact.

    If you’re looking to avoid powering the soundbar with a large external amp, Leon’s OTO-MCA-200 delivers 100 Watts/channel (8 ohms) in a compact form factor (5” High x 14.25” Wide x 1.75” Deep) made to integrate with the Horizon Interactive Fit. Infra-Red learning allows the unit to be used with an existing TV remote, rounding out user friendly functionality.

    For more information, visit Leon Speakers on the web.
     
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    1. Todd Anderson

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      I'll have pricing on these models soon!
       
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      Nice report and nice concept.
       
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      I've been a fan and dealer for Leon Speakers for more than 2 decades. All Leon products deliver very high performance and exceptional build quality.

      I also visited Leon's CEDIA exhibit and reviewed all of the new products and prices, but at the moment I can only remember Leon's new Horizon Interactive Fit, which comes in two sizes. The larger sized TcFIT-OS accommodates TVs up to 90" and comes with the 56" wide wall mount bracket and custom grill for $699. The smaller TcFIT can be used on TVs up to 65" and comes with the 38.5" wall mount bracket and custom grill for $599.

      Leon's Interactive Fit is available now. The new compact power amp will begin shipping Q4 and don't let the small size fool you to thing this powerhouse puts out 100W/per channel at 8Ω; 200W per channel at 4Ω and can be bridged to deliver power 400W into 8Ω.
       
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      Their CEDIA exhibit was gorgeous, wasn't it?

      I should have the pricing Monday... Friday afternoon ended up being the wrong time to get confirmations! ;-)

      You can see the Amp mounted in the top picture. I like the idea of concealment...
       
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      Yes, Leon had an excellent exhibit booth at CEDIA. They designed the new amp to go with the new three channel Horizon sound bar system and built-in a very cool provision for the amp. Very nice a/v integration system for the custom installation channel.
       
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      Here's the list of all of the new products that were announced and exhibited at CEDIA:


      The new high-performance OTO MCA 200 3 channel amplifier is $995. SRP

      All Leon products are designed and manufactured in the USA.
       
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      Here's an outside look at their CEDIA expo area...

      IMG_0704.PNG ...
       
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      Can anyone speak to EM and vibration in the Horizon Interactive Fit? Is the intention to have everything (amps, streamers and iTV boxes) mounted to the metal frame or use some kind of rubber or nylon standoffs?

      Cordially...
       
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      Great question, and media materials do not have the answer. Let me reach out to my LS contact and inquire.
       
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      Okay, added some pricing as follows:

      • HIFIT44UX (2) 4" woofers; (2) 28mm tweeters; includes custom grill matched to TV (up to 65” diag) - MSRP $2,295 ea.
      • HIFI44UX-OS (2) 4” woofers; (2) 28mm tweeters; includes custom grill matched to TV (up to 90” diag) - MSRP $2,495 ea.
      @ddude003 Still waiting on information on how the components are secured to the frame (hopefully that will come through today or tomorrow)!
       
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      @ddude003 Sorry for the delay on getting an answer for you! I've been playing phone tag with the answer giver ;-).

      Hopefully will have the conversation by the end of today!
       
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      And, @ddude003, here's your answer:

      "Within the HiFit, we have tapped threads and standoffs for Leon's Modular Control Amplifier. Other, non-Leon products are typically mounted using industrial grade velcro; this enables flexible mounting, and also serves to provide isolation from any vibrations that are introduced from the loudspeakers."
       

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