So, I come back to my opening gambit. The Audiovector R6 Arreté deserves to be better known. It’s part of a new shape to high-end audio; a distinctly European approach that meets the demands of smaller rooms and listeners without man-caves. It’s a younger, possibly more chic approach that recognises the importance of sonic performance and domestic styling. It’s also a distinctly Continental sound too, with a performance that doesn’t just maximise a single quality but goes for a more well-rounded approach. The fact it does that with a new ‘compound bass’ isobaric loading system making good, deep, fast bass a realistic goal moves this speaker into the ‘must hear’ stakes. As a result, it’s galling not to see this fine loudspeaker rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in high-end audio. In terms of sonic appeal, build quality and looks, it more than deserves its place at the top table. Partner this with good electronics (not simply good Danish electronics, but that aforementioned Gryphon does make a lot of sense) and you have a system that can take on all comers from around the world. And win!
The fact Audiovector’s R6 can take you from a good loudspeaker (in the Signature) to a truly world-class one (in the Arreté) with a clearly defined upgrade path is icing on the cake, but I think there is a lot more to this design than simply steps on the ladder. The R6 Arreté is simply so natural, so musical and so damn ‘right’ sounding, this might just be the high-end’s greatest secret.
Type: four and a half way, floor-radiating reflex floorstanding loudspeaker
Drive units: 1× Audivector-produced AMT tweeter, 1x 100mm rear-firing midrange, 2× 165mm Audiovector carbon-fibre mid-woofers, 2x 165mm bass units in isobaric chamber layout
Frequency Response: 23Hz–52kHz (-6dB)
Nominal impedance: 8Ω
Crossover point:199Hz, 350Hz, 3kHz
Finishes: Matte Italian Walnut, African Rosewood Piano, Black Piano and White Piano
Dimensions (W×H×D): 27.8 × 123.4 × 43.1cm
Price: £24,999 per pair
Tel: +45 3539 6060