German Physiks Borderland Mk IV floorstanding loudspeaker

German Physiks Borderland Mk IV

More meaty and more orchestral works show why the Borderland was the company’s first model, its original flagship, and why it remains German Physiks most popular design. The subtlety and force of the orchestra are beautifully rendered, with an accurate sense of scale that moves with the size of the piece. If you want to know the difference between a symphonic and a chamber orchestra, this loudspeaker lays out the differences clearly and precisely, all the while retaining the subtle dynamic cues that give you more of a sense of live musicians at work. Similarly, play something driving from the rock or electronica end of the spectrum, and the big, powerful bass lines kick in. In fact, unless you are needing the abrupt, extremely fast, and super-deep bass lines of some electronic dance music (where the bass lines very slightly flow into one another), the Borderland will play anything and give it that sense of a live concert taking place.

Like all German Physiks models – like all omnidirectional loudspeakers, in fact – the Borderland Mk IV isn’t for everyone. Some will never get past having a soundstage you can walk around, rather than the clamped-in-place nature of more conventional loudspeaker listening. And there are always those who judge everything by the pace of a small, sealed two-way. But for the rest of us, the German Physiks Borderland Mk IV represents an exciting, musically energetic and live-sounding experience, more like the real thing than many loudspeakers. If you aren’t set in your audiophile ways, this loudspeaker demands a listen and comes strongly recommended.


Type: two-way omnidirectional floorstanding loudspeaker

Drivers: 1× carbon-fibre DDD unit, 1× 300mm bass woofer

Sensitivity: 86.1dB for 1W at 1m

Minimum Impedance: 3.7 ohms at 375Hz

Frequency response: 28Hz-24kHz

Crossover frequency: 190Hz

Crossover slopes: 12dB/octave electronic, 18dB/octave acoustic

High frequency adjustment: -2dB, flat, +2dB, +4dB, centred at 8kHz

Amplifier recommendation: minimum 160W into four ohms

Power handling: 300W (nom), 600W (pk)

Dimensions (W×D×H): 40×40×130cm

Weight: 54kg

Finishes: Satin veneer or black or white paint; high polish veneer, or black or white polyester; carbon fibre

Price: £22,450-£26,900 per pair (depending on finish)

Manufactured by: German Physiks


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