(Editorial Note: Many AVguide readers associate the name Audience with high-performance power conditioners, but the fact is that firm also manufactures very serious high-end loudspeakers. Last week, the AVguide new desk learned the Audience has begun shipping its new ClairAudient 2+2 loudspeaker—the smallestand most affordable model in the Audience lineup to use the firm’s distinctive, signature A3-S full-range driver. Below, we present the text of the Audience press release along with an image of the ClairAudient 2+2.)
Audience Is Now Shipping Its ClairAudient 2+2 Loudspeaker,
Featuring The Company's Exclusive A3-S Full-Range Driver
San Marcos, CA, August 12, 2010 – Audience, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing ultimate-performance audio/video equipment, today announced that it is now shipping its ClairAudient 2+2 loudspeaker. The ClairAudient 2+2 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that is compact, yet delivers surprisingly expansive sound.
John McDonald, president of Audience, noted: "Every Audience product is designed with a singular goal - to deliver the highest level of musical realism. In this effort, we spent 14 years to develop the A3-S full-range crossoverless driver, which is at the heart of the ClairAudient 2+2 and every Audience loudspeaker. We are excited about what we have achieved and believe listeners will find that the 2+2 conveys the emotion and essence of music in a very special way."
Measuring 14.5 inches high by 7.875 inches wide by 10.25 inches deep, the 2+2 incorporates four proprietary Audience full-range A3-S drivers eliminating the need for crossovers and desperate drivers. The 2+2 also utilizes unique SSIT SweetSpace Imaging Technology that provides an expanded listening area rather than the usual single listener sweet spot.
Although just 3 inches in diameter the A3-S drivers deliver extremely flat frequency response in the 2+2 from 40Hz to 22kHz eliminating the need for a separate woofer, midrange driver, tweeter and crossover network. As a result the inherent problems of integrating multiple sonically dissimilar drivers and the accompanying phase distortions, loss of resolution and transient response degradation of a crossover network are completely avoided.
The A3-S driver features a large patented neodymium-magnet motor structure and voice coil that moves with a highly linear excursion. It utilizes an exclusive rigid lightweight anodized aluminum-magnesium alloy cone material with a curvilinear shape. The driver's concave dust cap is made of a proprietary material that is specially designed to control high-frequency cone breakup and provide optimum dispersion.
The patent-pending A3-S surround has a unique "S" shape that allows the driver to provide large excursions without impacting the movement of the cone, enabling the driver to behave more like an ideal pistonic (back and forth) radiator. The driver's patent-pending basket (frame) provides rigid support and eliminates sonically degrading resonances. Other refinements include large pole-piece vents for efficient heat dissipation, a spider (the circular piece that holds the driver's voice coil in place) that allows unrestricted cone movement and many additional enhancements.
The loudspeaker is built in the USA using the highest-quality components including the company's custom-made mono crystal Auric internal wiring. Like all Audience audio components and loudspeakers the ClairAudient 2+2 is designed, engineered and handcrafted in the United States.
The Audience ClairAudient 2+2 loudspeaker is currently available in a variety of exotic wood veneer finishes at a suggested retail price of $5,000 per pair.
Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.
Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.