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AUDIO NOTE LOUDSPEAKERS
Audio Note take the approach that a loudspeaker is a musical instrument. Two key features of any instrument are the dimensions and the material. Audio Note’s speakers are designed around these key features. Audio Note speakers are wider than they are deep because this allows the speaker to breath. Audio Note speakers are built from the highest quality Russian Birch because of its sonic characteristics. When you listen to their speakers you do not get the sense that the music is restricted by the cabinet dimensions. With Audio Note speakers instruments sound natural, full and effortless.
Simplicity is the key to the electronics in Audio Note speakers. Audio Note speakers have a paper woofer, a lightweight dome tweeter and a simple crossover. These materials marry the low and high frequencies seamlessly. To ensure the drivers and crossovers are matcher Audio Note have developed a dynamic matching process. This ensures that each loudspeaker is matched to obtain the best possible combination of drivers and crossovers.
Refinement is a central theme to every product at every level in the Audio Note product range. They do not believe in applying bigger, louder or more complex solutions to their products, but seek to establish greater value through better sound. One good example of this refinement is the internal cabling within their speakers. The cabling consists of either 99.99% pure copper or 99.99% pure silver Audio Note cable depending on the exact model.
Founded at the beginning of the 1980 in Saint Ettienne Focal JMLab started life in a small workshop, within a precision engineering firm. The fledging company had a workforce of just two people including the current chairman & CEO Jacques Mahol a trained engineer & specialist in drive units.
The first drive units developed in this workshop quickly won international acclaim thanks to the originality of their design. Thirty years later, the company has grown from strength to strength. Focal allies passion, tradition & technological perfection bringing you optimal solutions for ultimate listening pleasure.
Since 1980, Focal has designed, developed and manufactured drive-units and loudspeakers. They are an internationally renowned market leader in quality acoustic loudspeakers.
Over the years, several legendary models and series have appeared and led the way to greater success and prestige. One of the world’s best and most expensive loudspeakers, the Grande Utopia Be is made by Focal. This speaker alone created a worldwide shock that catapulted Focal into history as the most innovative loudspeaker brand on the planet.
Paul W. Klipsch (PWK) is the one of world’s most celebrated audio pioneers because he revolutionized the way the world listens to recorded music. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs and early speaker systems, Mr. Klipsch used scientific principles to develop a corner horn speaker that sounded more lifelike than its predecessors.
His love of music and desire to hear an “orchestra” in his home is what drew Paul Klipsch to the task of refining the design principles that changed an industry. He said, “Audio was a hobby and then a profession, but I still consider myself an amateur in that an amateur is one who practices his art for love.”
“We are foolish enough to believe that if we study and practice hard enough, we may discover real artistic solutions to acoustic problems.” (Richard Shahinian)
Shahinian loudspeakers flout conventional wisdom at every available opportunity. Bi-wire connections? Not here. Spiked feet? Another no. Drive units facing the listener? Only if the listener happens to be suspended from the ceiling. Parallelpiped cabinets? Don’t be silly!
Unlike many (most?) audio companies, Richard Shahinian makes no secret that his speaker designs are based on, and developed further from, ideas from many of the audio pioneers – Olsen, Hegeman, Bailey, etc. But Shahinian speakers are not mere copies of old ideas and designs. The application of ideas are original, and the execution of these ideas are unique.
“High end audio companies like to claim that they create speakers that don’t sound like any other. Usually, such assertions are just talk. But Utah based Zu Audio breaks almost every rule of speaker design.” (Steve Gutternberg)
The secret lies in their design. All Zu Audio speakers feature a 10.3″ full-range driver that covers bass, mid and well up into the treble range. In addition they don’t use a complex cross over network. The inherent problem with multi-way speakers is that they slice and dice the audio signal with the hope that it can be reconstituted in the listening room. Instead Zu use an almost direct – coupled approach which yields major sonic dividends in the critical mid range region.
The results are sensational!! Not only are they one of the most enjoyable speakers I’ve listened to in a long time, but they also look amazing. With Zu, voices sound human, instruments are genuine, and impact and resolution of musical details are consistent from extended treble right through to deep bass. These speakers really rock!
Importantly, they don’t cost the earth. Zu products offer sincere value and are priced to reflect genuine economics.
At Audio Counsel we stock a range of speakers. We believe there is no substitute for hearing – that’s why everything we sell is via demonstration. Obviously, reviews are a useful means of gauging the industry’s opinion of a particular product, but you must remember these ore only opinions. The only way to truly understand the product you are interested in is to come along and listen for yourself.
Demonstrations are conducted in a calm and relaxed environment conducive to listening to music. At Audio Counsel we believe that you should be allowed as much time as necessary to find the perfect product for you. We simply ask you to call us and arrange an appointment for a demonstration at your convenience, is necessary we can arrange a home demonstration.
The shop is located away from the hustle and bustle of a busy high street in Saddleworth, conveniently close to both Lancashire and Yorkshire with easy access to the motorway. When you arrive, parking is easy and you’re in the right frame of mind to listen. We hope you’ll find it a calm and relaxed environment where you can leisurely listen to your favourite music on some truly inspiring music systems.
If you want to make a day out of it there is a local cafe serving home-made food conveniently located 200 yards away from the shop. Plus our tea and coffee’s not bad either!