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Legacy Audio Pixel and Theater Towers Preview

Legacy Audio at AXPONA 2016

Legacy Audio at AXPONA 2016


  • Product Name: Pixel and Theater
  • Manufacturer: Legacy
  • Review Date: May 13, 2016 08:00
  • MSRP: $1,800/pair (Pixel); $12k/pair (Theater Towers)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Pixel On-Wall

  • System Type: 2 Driver, 2 Way
  • Tweeter: 4" AMT folded ribbon
  • Midwoofer: 7” Silver/Graphite, cast frame
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Recommended Amplification:     25 - 200 Watts
  • Weight: 31 lbs each
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 18.875 x 16.625 x 5.25
  • Shipping Weight: 70 lbs per pair

Theater Towers

  • System Type: Sealed symmetrical array, internally powered bass section
  • Mounting: Floor standing, against wall
  • System Directivity: 65 degrees horizontally, 55 degrees vertically
  • Projection Distance:  8-45 feet
  • Tweeter: 1" folded air motion ribbon
  • Midrange: 4" folded air motion ribbon
  • Midwoofer: (2) 7" Silver/Graphite with cast frame
  • Subwoofer:  (2) patented 12" Aura® subwoofers
  • Low Frequency Alignment: Sealed
  • Frequency Response (Hz, +/-3dB): 18-30k
  • Sensitivity (Room, dB @ 2.83V): 95
  • Crossover Frequency (Hz): 120, 2.8k, 8k
  • Inputs: 1 pair upper frequency binding post, 1 XLR sub
  • Internal Amplification: 1 internal 500 watt ICEpower® amplifier
  • Peak Output Current: 35 A per channel
  • Idle Noise: 80 microvolts
  • Output per channel: 500W @ 0.05% THD+N (1kHz, 4Ω)
  • Amplifier Efficiency: 83% (250W, 8Ω)
  • Protection Schemes:Under-voltage, thermal, over-current, high frequency
  • Idle Power: 3 watts/per module
  • Start-up:Soft start, mute/de-mute
  • Dimensions (inches) HxWxD: 78 x 14.5 x 10.5
  • Weight: 200 lbs each

Legacy Pixel ON-Wall speakerLegacy Audio introduced a couple new speakers at the 2016 AXPONA show which look to be ideal for situations where floor space must be preserved but not at the cost of sound quality. First up is the Pixel, a 2-way on-wall that might make speaker aficionados begin to take on-walls seriously. On-walls have traditionally been hampered in performance from having very little internal cabinet space which can limit the quality of the driver used by not providing enough room for a serious motor, and also greatly reduces bass capability from squeezing the driver in too tightly with the cabinet’s internal air pressure. The Pixel solves that problem by giving the cabinet a generous amount of internal room. As a result, with a 5” depth it does protrude out of the wall a bit more than typical on-walls, but it promises to easily outperform the vast majority of them, while not jutting off the wall nearly as much as a wall-mounted bookshelf speaker. It uses a beefy 7” woofer and Legacy’s lauded AMT tweeter, a driver type of which Legacy is a pioneer and a quality leader. The design lends itself to both front-stage and surround-channel applications. The unobtrusive shape and mounting plus its availability in a wide variety of fine finishes would help the Pixel fit any decor nicely. The Pixel is priced at $1,800 a pair. 

The Legacy Theater Towers fulfill a similar role to the Pixel speakers, but in a much grander scale. They are intended for applications where wide dynamic range and high sound quality is needed but without eating up a big chunk of floor space from a large cabinet footprint and the stand-off distances from walls typically needed for conventional tower speakers. Like its name suggests, these qualities make it ideal for home theater applications. The driver layout is much like the Legacy Focus speakers except the drivers are raised significantly higher on the front baffle in an effort to cover a wider area with great sound. This is especially handy for those home theaters with rear seating on risers. The rear of the Theater Tower cabinet forms a 90 degree corner and is intended for placement in room corners or along the wall, and can be used to nicely flank a projection screen. This does makes for a fixed toe-in, but the angle of the toe-in is very sensible for good coverage. This design makes it easier to forgo an acoustically transparent screen and the compromises in image quality that sometimes be involved in such screens.

Legacy Theater Towers

The Legacy Theater Towers are designed to be placed against a wall.

A True Tower of Power 

The Theater Towers have two active 12” subwoofer drivers powered by a 500 watt amplifier, making it very possible to have awesome bass extension and output without standalone subwoofers at all, thereby saving even more floor space. The subs hand off bass to the two 7” graphite midwoofers at 120 Hz, and they take the range up to 2.8 kHz. Above that, Legacy’s esteemed AMT tweeters take over, dividing duties at 8 kHz between a 4” AMT midrange tweeter and a 1” AMT tweeter for the highest frequencies. This loadout give the Theater Towers a broad range of 18 Hz to 30 kHz (+/-3 dB) with serious dynamic range potential. The Theater Tower can come in a fully active configuration or a configuration where the only the subs are powered with a passive upper range for which the user can provide their own amp. The Legacy Audio Theater Towers can be had in a variety of fine finishes and will run you $12,000 a pair. They can be ordered at Legacy Audio dealers.

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