May 23, 2009 - Part 2
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Von Schweikert Audio has created speakers in all shapes and
sizes, but we've never seen the company use a coaxial driver before. The UniField
Two is a stand-mounted three-way design that has what VSA calls a "heroically
built cabinet" -- 75mm thick and constructed from three different materials. VSA
rates the sensitivity at 91dB (1W/1m) and impedance at 4 ohms. The UniField Two is priced
at 8990 per pair.
Remember the glowing case in Pulp Fiction, the one
whose contents you never got to see? Inside these cases were some brand-new
statement-level cables from Germany's Silent Wire called Imperial, the most expensive
we've ever seen. The Imperial
speaker cable costs 33,000 for a three-meter pair -- more than three times the
price of the speakers above, and 50% more than the ones below!
Usually when you hear about "plasma" these days,
it's in reference to a TV. In this case, plasma refers to the tweeter in Lansche's
No.5 loudspeaker, a three-way design that, in addition to the tweeter, uses two 21mm
fiberglass-cone woofers and a 75mm dome midrange driver. The No.5 can reportedly play to
115dB and is priced at 22,000 per pair.
Germany's Canton debuted a new statement-level speaker
called the Reference 1.2 DC
(20,000 per pair). This 96kg behemoth is rated to play down to 18Hz and all the way
up to 40kHz. The Reference 1.2 DC is said to utilize a new tweeter in a configuration
that Canton states allows it to operate in an omnidirectional fashion above 15kHz.
This distinctive-looking tweeter belongs to Germany's
Quadral, which showed the new Platinum M5 loudspeaker priced
at 2400 per pair. The speaker is rated to play from 23Hz to 50kHz. If true, that's
surprising extension from a relatively small loudspeaker.
Elac has dressed up its FS 247 loudspeaker by creating
the Art Edition versions priced at 1098 each. The photo shows the variety of
decorative finishes available, including the Mondrian-influenced speaker in the middle.