Avalon Acoustic Trascendent
Avalon Acoustic Trascendent
Avalon Acoustic Trascendent . Diffusori da pavimento piuttosto semplici nella progettazione, dal momento che, a differenza di modelli più importanti, non adottano il midrange. Sono dunque due vie tre altoparlanti, con due trasduttori da 7” per le basse frequenze e un tweeter ceramico con magnete al neodimio alloggiato in un suo contenitore.
L’impostazione sonica è immediatamente riconoscibile come in tutte le Avalon solo che in questo modello la gamma media appare lievemente arretrata anche se equilibrata nel suo complesso.
La gamma bassa, grazie ai due woofer e al notevole litraggio, non fa rimpiangere troppo i modelli più grandi della casa americana. La parte alta, ad opera del tweeter in dotazione, risulta luminosa senza scadere mai nell’iperdefinizione.
Se si mette in campo un poco di accortezza nel posizionamento in ambiente, le Trascendant regaleranno una scena acustica molto solida, concreta e ben strutturata, nonostante le dimensioni dei diffusori non siano per niente piccole.
Ad opera dei due woofer e della discreta sensibilità la dinamica non difetta a questi diffusori, a patto di pilotarli con elettroniche al di sopra di ogni sospetto. Personalmente preferisco abbinare loro degli amplificatori a stato solido, per via della maggiore velocità, snellezza e articolazione in gamma bassa.
Il cabinet, come per tutti i modelli della Avalon è costruito a regola d’arte: solidissimo e sordo, oltre che bellissimo nella sua struttura allineata temporalmente all’indietro, in modo da consentire di far lavorare i trasduttori con una corretta fase acustica. La finitura è impeccabile e infonde un senso di assoluta solidità.
I morsetti, sempre Cardas come da tempo ci ha abituato la casa costruttrice, sono predisposti per il solo monowiring.
L’accordo reflex è inferiore ed emette sfruttando lo spazio tra le basi delle casse e il pavimento. Su queste basi è possibile inserire delle punte o dei piedini metallici.
On their website Avalon writes that the Transcendent uses a combination of different technologies created by the company during the last 10 years and used before in the models Isis and Time. And further: “Never before has such a compact system utilized the sophisticated dynamic control technologies found exclusively in our most advanced designs. Octave-to-octave energy balance is equivalent throughout the bandwidth envelope and developed without compression while critically damped, thus delivering a spatial presentation that is faithful to the recording. The result is a dynamic system that focuses images palpably within a panoramic sound stage without sacrificing transparency or low frequency solidity.” I remember well how the Ascendant performed which I reviewed not so long ago. That model was the basis for the Transcendent which to a large extent could have been described by way of the precursor….. See more
Size matters — and when it comes to speakers, so do good looks. I may be in the minority on this subject, as the common audiophile wisdom is that you go for the best sound that your wallet will support, size and looks be damned. I’ve certainly met my share of caveman audiophiles over the years who have followed this path. I’ve seen studio apartments with speakers so large that the sweet spot was in bed. Sometimes these cave dwellers had record and equipment shelving that literally supported dust a quarter inch thick. Call me a dilettante, but when I’m listening to music I need the entire experience, both sight and sound, to converge and produce a satisfying whole. That’s not to say I’d settle for mediocre sound to get good looks. But why not have great sound in a beautiful package…...See more
by Alan Sircom Apr 18, 2011
The Transcendent sits in a relatively new price point for the Colorado based company. At £15,000, it’s more than the Ascendant or the Aspect but not as much as the Indra. It has the same back-swept and faceted look common to most Avalon designs, but owes a lot to the recent Time loudspeaker in terms of performance. In other words, it sounds remarkable.
Loudspeaker builders are the laziest product designers on the planet. What other branch of consumer electronics would you find a range of oblong veneered boxes that followed in the footsteps of other oblong veneered boxes dating back half a century or more? Set against this going nowhere industrial design, the backswept, angular Avalon design is radical. Okay, it was radical a few years ago, but it still looks fresh and is designed for a specific reason… to make the loudspeaker work better. Those faceted sides are designed to minimise internal standing waves while the loudspeaker is swept backwards to accommodate time loudspeaker time alignment. It also makes the loudspeaker surprisingly easy to install, as the centre of gravity allows those armour-piercing spike-cones to be installed without tears.Avalon has a reputation to observe about its fit and finish. It has book-matched veneers and a grade of finish that is the envy of many cabinet-makers and the Transcendent is no exception…….See more
Avalon writes on their company web page, that the Transcendent uses a combination of different technologies created by the company during the last 10 years, used before in the models Isis and Time. And further: “Never before has such a compact system utilized the sophisticated dynamic control technologies found exclusively in our most advanced designs. Octave to octave energy balance is equivalent throughout the bandwidth envelope and developed without compression while critically damped, thus delivering a spatial presentation that is faithful to the recording. The result is a dynamic system that focuses images palpably within a panoramic sound stage without sacrificing transparency or low frequency solidity.” I remember well, how the loudspeakers model Ascendant sounded, which I tested not so long ago, and which were the basis for the creation of the model Transcendent – to a large extent those could have been described in this way.
When the new loudspeakers were shipped to me, then placed and unpacked by the people from the distributor, I thought, that they will be a development of what I heard from the Ascendants. Those are closely related loudspeakers – three drivers, two-way, with concave tweeters using ceramics and mid-woofers with diaphragms from a woven Kevlar-Nomex fiber, a material coming from the DuPont factories, developed to protect firemen from high temperatures. The material is called HECACONE in audio and is very light and rigid, has also a very good internal damping. Loudspeakers based on this material are manufactured by the company Eton. The enclosures are also similar, and from the bottom we have a lossy hole resembling a bass-reflex port. As it will be clear in a moment, the similarities are only external, and the small changes, like the fully ceramic tweeter in place of the composite, slightly different mid-woofers, a larger enclosure and a single lossy hole instead of two – all this combines in a completely, but really completely different product….. See more
Driver Complement: (1) 25.4mm Concave Ceramic Neodymium Tweeter, 178mm Nomex/Kevlar Composite Cone Woofers
Sensitivity: 88 dB @ rated impedance
Impedance: 4 ohms nominal
Frequency Response: 26Hz to 25KHz
Recommended Power: 50 to 500 Watts
Wiring Method: 2 Position Binding Post
Dimensions (WxDxH): 25x37x105cm
Weight: 44 Kg per loudspeaker
Standard wood finishes: curly maple, quilted cherry and figured walnut.
Price: £15,000 per pair
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