This has to be the most amazing news at the Paris Hifi Show - next Saturday!
There is no point in trying to deny my admiration for all things Elipson, and the reintroduction of these iconic speakers for the 60th birthday of Elipson is an extraordinary piece of news!
My sister-in-law, who is an Interior Designer in Perth, Western Australia, has recently discovered these speakers and fell in love with their design - I think she might go broke and buy a pair! I will have to relocate (with my Bryston 3B in my suitcase...)
Stay tuned and I will give you a full review in a few days time!
In April 89, the French magazine, La Revue du Son, published this review of the newest incarnation of the EA12 panel by AW Audio.
Called the PA12.2, it was a significant improvement on the original model.
What this review reveals though for the first time, is some technical information about the construction of this outstanding speaker.
And I had guessed successfully some of them...(see previous posts on AW Audio)
First, all the full range speakers are in line, 2 on top of the tweeter, and six underneath. The tweeter is described as an inverted dome tweeter: at that period, only Focal was using that arrangement, so we can assume Alain Wacquet was using one...
The full range speakers are mentioned as being 12cm in diameter, and one can assume that these would be of Audax origin.
Although not exactly a D'Appolito arrangement, it certainly have a lot in common with it in terms of imaging and transient response.
The tweeter is working only over 5KHz, and may or may not been time aligned mechanicaly, but certainly in the complex filter, as one main quality of these panels is their transient response.
It seems also that an external filter is used to compensate for the acoustic short circuit in the bass region, inevitable consequence of a dipole speaker. My recollection of these speakers is that the bass spectrum, although not extended very low, was still believeable and extremely clean.
Alain is a jazz enthusiast, and his demos always included fantastic percussions, which always came out of these panels as extraordinarily accurate.
If I can quote Patrick Vercher and Jean Hiraga in their assessment of their performance, they compare these panels to electrostatic panels, the transcription of the music being "luminous", full of micro details, very respectful of instruments timbres.
Again, my own recollection of these speakers is that voices were very realistic, specially female (Sade, very popular at the time, come to mind...) and the lower medium and upper bass region being perfectly reproduced due to the absence of box coloration.
On small jazz formations and live recordings, you could hear the ambience of the venue, and one could easily feel being there - what any speaker designer is trying to achieve with various degrees of success!
A few years later, Alain introduced the short lived "Transparence", probably the best way to describe his creations in one word.
I am hopefully meeting Alain at the Paris Hifi Show next week-end and expect to get more first hand info on these unique speakers.
30 years ago...this idea of a satelite and separate subwoofer was in the air!
Interestingly enough, I had no recollection of this speaker, the first offering of Renaud de Vergnette under the now famous Triangle brand, which is distributed all around the World, including here in Australia (by Audio Active Australia in Melbourne...walking distance from my day's job office in South Melbourne!).
I have found no technical information on this product released in 1983, one year before we were to introduce our own Microphase system.
What we can derive from the picture, is that the satelite is a two-way system with a cabinet that attempt to reduce standing waves AND achieve time alignement at the same time. It looks like there is also a down firing woofer.
The satelite has a much bigger volume than our SATs, but the subwoofer seems very similar in size, probably using a 17cm woofer as well.
If anybody has any more information on these speakers, feel free to tell us in the "comments"
I am trying to visit Triangle in October, and hopefullly find out more about this quite neat design.
I cannot resit but to photographically list a few more similar designs thast have appeared here and there over the years from Davis Acoustics, Wilson Audio and others. Feel free to add to the Collection!
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