Leon (Joseph, bien sur...)
ORTF (Office de Radio & Television Francais)
This is how the new Elipson communication is structured, a good balance of nostalgia and revival.
The new 4260 is certainly a fine example of all these attributes, and I am sure, Joseph Leon would approve of the new design.
Interestingly enough, PHL Audio, and Philippe Lesage, are providing the main drivers of exceptional characteristics, as you would expect from a manufacturer of pro drivers.
So, the midrange is left to a 21cm (8") driver with a phase plug, and the bass to a 38cm (15") unit, both paper based and very high efficiency, as the final product has a 92db efficiency - not a small feast for a speaker that size!
The power capacity is a whopping 250Watts RMS ( real watts...you can read about the different ways of measuring power for loudspeakers on the PHL Audio website).
The tweeter is custom made from Scanspeak, a very well known Danish manufacturer.
Elipson had prepared quite an extensive demo on CD, although a turntable was also on hand for the vynil enthusiasts.
The sound was spectacular on jazz and percussions particularly, thanks to the 38cm and the tweeter.
On the only classical recording played, the orchestra sounded a bit dull and not full-bodied, but I guess, it was that particular recording.
On female voices, the 21cm gives its full delivery, smooth, precise, quick.
After only six pieces of music, overall the result was splendid and very much part of the Elipson heritage.
For a more thorough review, (and the story of another hifi freak...) I recommend you go to www.passion-elipson.com
I had an extensive chat with the mechanical designer of the 4260, a young man called Cedric Leon (sic!, and he is not related...) who was very enthusiastic about the product and clearly very happy to work for Elipson.
It was very refreshing to meet somebody from a much younger generation being as passionate as I was when I first heard the 4040 in the 70s...
Maybe he will have his own blog one day...
Browse through my collection of photos of the stand and the 4260s as well.
Another product that seems to be the next one to be revived is the sphere with the diffuser, using (maybe...) the coaxial driver used in the new Planets.
Can't wait to hear them!
I have know Michel Visan for some time, in fact since his time as Technical Director of Siare, then the main competitor to Audax, these two companies having the lion share of the French drivers markets.
When Michel started Davis, he was one of the first (with arch rival Mahul...) to try Kevlar and carbon fiber cones.
I have never been convinced to use kevlar for midrange drivers, as I find them pretty dead. I could use carbon fiber for woofers, but never did, mainly for cost reasons, as paper woofers would mostly do the job and be almost half price at the time.
I also think - and this is a very personal view - that most driver manufacturers are not necessarily the best at making good speakers, and Davis fell into that category, again in my view, for a long time.
But walking into their suite at the show, changed that opinion within seconds.
Obviously the Karla is no ordinary speaker; it is a 3-way, 4-driver contraption with a 93db sensitivity, 25Hz to 35KHz frequency range, in a twin enclosure.
MV is using Kevlar drivers for midrange and tweeter, and carbon fiber for the bass.
Interestingly enough, the cut-off frequencies of the filter are 90Hz and 4KHz, my favourites ones, as it gives a chance to the main part of the spectrum to be reproduced without any phase distortion.
I guess this is one of the reason why this speaker plays music, rather than being a high-end hifi speaker. I stayed quite a long time, listening to a very good demo.
It was quite touching to see Michel and his wife sitting at the back of the room, gently (dare I say, lovingly...) watching their two sons running the show...
Quite a refreshing sight...and sound!
The Karla costs 15,000 euros, again in the range of the Elipson 4260, and the Waterfall Niagara.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.