We are in the process of finalizing the design
of the Quartet FS, a floorstanding version of our Quartet, in a form factor
similar to our Silhouette.
The Quartet FS crossover is a 1st order series
design with only 4 high quality elements in the signal path. Parts include
Alpha-Core inductors, Clarity capacitors and Dueland resistors, parts
typically found in speakers selling for $15,000 and up. During assembly of the
crossover, all contact points are first crimped, then soldered with WBT
lead-free silver. All wiring is point-to-point (no circuit boards). All
crossover elements are rubber mounted to isolate them from the cabinet for
improved dynamics and clarity. This attention to detail shows throughout the
Quartet FS, from the cabinetry to the specially designed drivers, to the
terminals. Like earlier versions, the Quartet employs ambient recovery
technology, explained in more detail in a paper we have available
here. We use
dual voice coil drivers and an additional connection between the speakers to
pass the differential information between the two speakers .
So how does it sound?
Well...we know that you have heard the term
"breakthrough" enough times to be somewhat cynical, but this circuitry really
works. The combination of the ambient recovery circuitry, custom designed
drivers, painstaking attention to detail, and hours of listening tests have
produced an outstanding result. This is a speaker that is wonderfully
detailed, yet non-fatiguing, and produces a wide soundstage and a much larger
than usual sweet spot. This is very useful in apartments where space
restrictions and lots of boundary problems can hinder full soundstage
reproduction. But put them in a bigger room, turn it up, and they kick
ass when the source material calls for it!
Stay tuned for more details and photos!