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Monitor Audio CP-CT380

Controlled Performance Series 2-way in-ceiling speaker with built-in back-box

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Overview

Our take on the Monitor Audio CP-CT380

Looking for a reliable in-ceiling speaker for your custom-installed home audio system? We can recommend Monitor Audio's Controlled Performance Series CP-CT380 as a safe bet. What makes it especially safe is its built-in back-box: a compact enclosure on the back side of the speaker that hides out of sight and helps it deliver consistently focused, well-balanced sound. With normal open-back in-ceiling speakers, the space that's behind them can affect their tonal characteristics, and not always in a good way. By taking the guesswork out of the equation, Monitor Audio ensures that when you install a Controlled Performance speaker in your ceiling, you'll want to keep it there.

Designed for big sound and consistent performance

Looking for a reliable in-ceiling speaker for your custom-installed home audio system? We can recommend Monitor Audio's Controlled Performance Series CP-CT380 as a safe bet. What makes it especially safe is its built-in back-box: a compact enclosure on the back side of the speaker that hides out of sight and helps it deliver consistently focused, well-balanced sound. With normal open-back in-ceiling speakers, the space that's behind them can affect their tonal characteristics, and not always in a good way. By taking the guesswork out of the equation, Monitor Audio ensures that when you install a Controlled Performance speaker in your ceiling, you'll want to keep it there.

Aim the highs toward your favorite easy chair

The 2-way CP-CT380 features a 1" tweeter that dishes out clean, accurate highs. There's a lot of engineering in this little dome. It's made from a high-tech ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy, then anodized with a layer of gold for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. The bottom line: it can respond to audio signals swiftly and precisely for extremely accurate performance. This tweeter also pivots, so you can aim it toward your preferred listening spot and enjoy more direct sound.

Substantial bass from an 8" woofer

Solid, accurate bass comes courtesy of a sizeable 8" woofer. Its cone is made from the same carefully engineered alloy material as the tweeter. And to further improve its accuracy, Monitor Audio designed it with a dimpled surface that makes it even stronger and lighter. This driver, along with a die-cast aluminum front baffle, treats you to musical, well-defined bass.

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Product Highlights:

  • built-in back-box ensures well-balanced sound in any installation and protects against dust and dirt
  • ultra-rigid, lightweight C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) driver material for high efficiency and low distortion
  • pivoting 1" gold dome C-CAM tweeter for detailed sound and extended high-frequency response
  • 8" C-CAM woofer with RST® (Rigid Surface Technology) to enhance stiffness and reduce mass for greater speed and accuracy
  • die-cast aluminum front baffle
  • recommended amplifier power: 30-120 watts
  • frequency response: 50-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • high-frequency level adjustment switch (+3dB, 0dB, -3dB)
  • boundary compensation switch for optimum sound quality when placing speaker near a wall
  • patented Tri-Grip® mounting system ensures maximum surface seal for better bass and midrange clarity
  • paintable bezel and removable magnetic steel grille
  • overall diameter (including grille): 12-3/16"
  • cutout diameter: 10-13/16"
  • mounting depth: 7-1/8"
  • weight: 8-1/4 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-Ceiling speaker
  • Magnetic grille
  • Paint skim
  • Installation Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty/Registration Card
  • MountingTemplate
Reviews

Monitor Audio CP-CT380 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

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Brian from Greenville, SC on 11/18/2016

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We purchased a pair of these for our master bedroom and have a pair of the CT280s in the master bathroom. We are running these with the Onkyo RZ800. The CT380s are very well balanced, and excel in the mid ranges compared to a lot of others. As with all Monitor Audio speakers, vocals are extremely clear. Make sure you have reasonable expectations. Yes they are pricey, but they are still in ceiling speakers. We have a theater room in our home that has the Silver 10s for fronts, they are no where near that (as expected). They are rated for down to 50 hz, but they do start getting a little muddy under 90 hz. We set the crossover for both pair at 90 hz and have an SVS 10 inch sealed sub to accompany. This balances these very well. The CT280s are also a great speaker but do not fill the mid range like the CT380s. We got the 280s for the humidity in the bathroom. The CT380s do seem to have more of a break in period than the 280s so be patient. With 50+ hours, they really have started to sound even better. For a well balanced sound, add a sub though. We set the sub for a 120 hz crossover which works quite well. Most importantly, know your application. We play a fair amount of Pandora as well as cds. The 380s will bring out the flaws in the music on MP3s. However, they really outshine the 280s on cds. If you are going to be listening to MP3s or radio, save the money and go with the 280s. If you really like lossless music, go with the 380s.

Pros: Well balanced sound Sound continues to improve with break in Outshine many speakers in the mid range Excel in lossless music

Cons: Pricey Need a sub for well rounded sound as they get muddy below 90 hz

Great Sound for any speaker

Listening in Los Angeles from Los Angeles on 10/9/2014

Installing in ceiling speakers with a compromise between me and my other half. As someone that has had Monitor Audio Speakers for over ten year I am aware of how balanced these speakers can sound, however I was not sure that I would be able to get the balanced sound that I was use to from a floor speaker in an in ceiling speaker. I am happy to report that I have no regrets with this purchase. These speakers sound balanced and clean, very clear highs and decent lows. I have no regrets purchasing these speakers and am very happy with the sound. I will tell you that they are big so make sure that you have the required space. Also these speakers will require a decent amp to drive them. I have four of them in one room and currently have them hooked up to a Marantz Integrated Amplifier (PM5004) and they sound amazing, however when pushed beyond normal listening levels the amp will shut down. While these speakers are somewhat expensive, they provide a lot of value of you like to listen to hit quality music.

Pros: Great sound (good balance between highs and lows) Easy to install

Cons: Need a good Amp Big

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Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Dome
Midrange Size N/A
Woofer Size 8
Cutout Size 10.8125
Woofer Composition C-CAM
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) 30-120
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 50-25kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Two-Way Speaker Design: Alongside a pivoting 1" C-CAM pivoting tweeter, the CP-CT380 in-ceiling speaker incorporates a powerful 8" C-CAM woofer featuring the Rigid Surface Technology (RST). 

C-CAM Technology: C-CAM drivers are used throughout the CP-CT380 in-ceiling loudspeaker, providing coherent tonal balance and sonic signature across the entering audio frequency spectrum.

  • C-CAM Gold-Dome Tweeter: The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy, gold anodized to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modeling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats. The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
  • C-CAM Cone Woofer: Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminum/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material. Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range.

RST (Rigid Surface Technology): The CP-CT380 in-ceiling speaker combines Rigid Surface Technology (RST) with C-CAM cone woofer design for a stronger, lighter weight cone. The Rigid Surface Technology (RST) cone profile was inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, which demonstrates how a very light material (like paper) can be strengthened and made more rigid by making small and precise folds on it surface. Developed and perfect using sophisticated computer modeling (Finite Element Analysis), the Silver series midbass drivers have been strengthened by a pattern of dimples. RST significantly increases cone rigidity, allowing the radiating surfaces to resist mechanical bending forces, which can twist the  shape of conventional driver cones to produce distorted sound. The strengthening effect of RST means that Monitor Audio can use thinner, lighter and more responsive C-CM cones which provide speed and accuracy while offering greatly reduced distortion. The RST patterns also help to displace standing waves that can propagate on the cone's surface.

Tweeter Control: The 1" C-CAM tweeter is able to pivot (+/-15°) to direct the sound to your desired listening area. A tweeter level adjustment (+3/0/-3 dB) and boundary compensation control (on/off) also aid in high frequency performance.

Sealed Design: The Monitor Audio CP-CT380's airtight enclosure design protects each precision-engineered driver system against the accumulation of damaging dirt and dust.

Trimless Grille: The CP-CT380 in-ceiling speaker features a "Trimless" steel-mesh grille that is held in place by high strength Neodymium magnets covering the entire speaker for a true trimless, stealth look. The grille is paintable to blend with the living environment; additional scrim material is provided for trouble free painting.

Tri-Grip Fixing System: Monitor Audio's innovative Tri-Grip fixing system is easier to install than conventional clamping schemes but provides three times the surface area and a better surface seal, maximizing bass response and midrange clarity. The Tri-Grip fixings are made from a tough re-enforced polymer, giving a secure installation.

Note: This Controlled Performance series loudspeaker can only be fixed into drywall and suspended ceilings with a thickness of up to 1.75".

Spring-Post Terminals: The Monitor Audio CP-CT380 is fitted with two spring-post terminals to connect your speaker wire. The spring-post terminals which accept bare wire (up to 10AWG) and angled pin-connectors.

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