Crystal Cable Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers – Aesthetic and Acoustic Perfection

Three years ago, Dutch company
Crystal Cable presented the original Arabesque, stunning loudspeakers ($65,000 per pair), which received the SoundStage! Network’s top honor: Product of the Year. Now, Crystal Cable has conveyed the Arabesque’s essence into the stand-mounted, two-way, all-aluminum Arabesque Mini ($25,000/pair, plus $1,000/pair for matching stands).
Crystal Cable Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers cost $25,000 a pair

Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers by Crystal Cable

Like its big sister, the Mini uses the same COMSOL FEA software to create a scaled-down cabinet, built from solid aluminum panels that are beveled top and bottom, so unlike glass-cabineted Arabesque, the Mini is neither transparent not even translucent. Each panel is a different width, while the complex, curved form that results dissipates both mechanical energy within the cabinet and standing waves within the contained volume. A tiny slot in the tail of the cabinet terminates the internal air mass and allows Crystal to dispense with internal wadding or damping. Its published specifications include: an in-room, near-wall frequency response of 45Hz-40kHz, -3dB; an efficiency of 86dB/2.83V/m; a benign nominal impedance of 8 ohms; distortion of less than 0.5% from 120Hz to 20kHz, and of under 1% below 120Hz; and a solid yet manageable net weight of 40 pounds, without stands. The Arabesque Minis are small enough to fit into nearly any room (13″H x 12.5″W x 11.5″D), and powerful enough to produce a big and easy sound wherever is fitted, and additionally it can serves as elegant décor.
Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers by Crystal Cable

Crystal Cable Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers cost $25,000 a pair

Crystal Cable’s Arabesque Mini Loudspeakers

Steinway Lyngdorf Model LS Concert Speaker System for $228,000

Danish premium brand
Steinway Lyngdorf has launched the new Model LS Concert speaker system that costs almost a quarter of a million dollars. Unveiled at the CEDIA Expo 2012, the Model LS Concert speaker alone starts at $86,000, while the full stereo set-up beginning at $228,000! The new LS Concert loudspeaker is designed to be paired with the company’s SP-1 Stereo Processor or P-1 Surround Sound Processor and Steinway Lyngdorf’s fully digital amplifiers. But starting at $228,000, you’ll get the Model LS Concert full stereo set-up, including an SP-1 Processor, Model A1 Amplifiers and Model LS Boundary Woofers. Created as an open-baffle dipole line source, this new speaker system combines technologies from two of Steinway Lyngdorf’s most popular speakers: the dipole technology from the flagship Model D and the line source technology from the Model LS.  The Model LS Concert also features fifteen 5¼ mid-range drivers consisting of extremely lightweight and stiff aluminum and eight AMT (Air Motion Technology) tweeters. The Model LS Concert speaker interacts with the room much as a musical instrument would, and its line source construction allows sound to propagate over long distances. But, practically you can’t notice any change in volume level and audio quality from the front to the rear of the room. “The Model LS Concert started out as a sketch in my notebook and was something I dreamt about creating for several years. The idea of combining a dipole speaker with the line source principle would allow me to create not only a truly unique and immensely powerful speaker, but something that aesthetically fills the room with its physical presence” Peter Lyngdorf, Founder. According to manufacturer, every Steinway Lyngdorf system benefits from the combination of proprietary RoomPerfect technology and fully digital amplification allowing pure sound to be realized perfectly in acoustically imperfect real-world environments.
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Alexandria XLF Loudspeaker by Wilson Audio

Wilson Audio has just announced the Alexandria XLF Loudspeakers, positioned above the existing Alexandria X-2 Series 2, which will continue in production. You’ll simply fall in love with these beautifully crafted floor-standing loudspeakers that offer more than just excellent quality sound.
Wilson Audio's Alexandria XLF Loudspeaker

Alexandria XLF Loudspeaker by Wilson Audio

Dave Wilson, founder and president of Wilson Audio, says that the Alexandria XLF is a no-compromise speaker. One significant improvement over the X-2 Series 2 is a new passive bass management system. The look of the speaker has also been revised to ensure low resonance from the enclosure. This simple yet highly effective system allows users to optimize bass quality and extension to match the characteristics of the sound room. The XLF also feature Wilson’s all new driver technology about which no detail is available yet. Making use of Wilson’s latest cabinet analysis tools, their crew has lowered the already low resonant contribution of the enclosure. The cabinet is dressed in Wilson’s latest composite materials that include the revolutionary S material. The Wilson Audio’s Alexandria XLF floor standing loudspeakers will be available early 2012 for $195,000. [Wilson Audio] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5Gr2NdxqmI[/youtube]
Wilson Audio's Alexandria XLF Loudspeaker

Alexandria XLF Loudspeaker by Wilson Audio