The following is a press release issued by Audience.
San Marcos, CA | November 9, 2015 - Audience today announced the introduction of its ClairAudient 1+1-V2 loudspeaker, incorporating upgraded drivers to deliver even greater sonic realism than the original version of the 1+1. In addition, an available "+ kit" takes the 1+1-V2’s performance to yet another level of refinement.
The ClairAudient 1+1-V2 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that delivers surprisingly expansive sound from a compact enclosure.
The 1+1-V2 is the result of a highly improved Audience full range driver, the A3S2-16. The new driver basket and motor are machined to higher tolerances for a more precision assembly. The new driver also has a notably more powerful motor made possible by the use of higher-quality steel for the neodymium magnet. The new driver utilizes custom OHNO oxygen-free copper (OCC) leads between the motor assembly and the speaker lugs for improved conductivity. In addition, the A3S2-16 now has one 16-ohm voice coil rather than the dual-8-ohm voice coils of the previous driver, eliminating a jumper wire on each driver and the associated connections that were needed to parallel the two previous 8-ohm voice coils to yield 16 ohms for each of the two drivers.
The sonic results are significant: better resolution, "speed" and soundstaging and a more realistic timbre and natural quality to vocals and instruments.
"The improvement provided by the new A3S2-16 driver is not subtle," said John McDonald, president of Audience. "It takes this already exceptional loudspeaker into an entirely new realm of listener involvement. The speaker sounds bigger, more powerful and more high-end. For everyone who was surprised at what this small speaker could do before, they're going to be even more impressed when they hear the new V2 and V2+."
The 1+1-V2+'s available + kit provides yet another degree of sonic refinement. The 1+1-V2+ adds beautiful solder-less Tellurium binding posts and Audience premium Au24 internal wiring. The + kit option adds yet another layer of refinement, particularly evident by the smoothness, improved timbre and tonal richness.
The compact ClairAudient 1+1-V2 utilizes one A3S2-16 driver in the front and one in the rear along with two side-firing passive radiators in a crossoverless point source design, a configuration that yields exceptionally coherent and musically natural performance. The speaker is striking in appearance, with a multi-angled enclosure finished in high-gloss black accented by rosewood sides.
The A3S2-16 driver, although just 3 inches in diameter, delivers an extremely flat frequency response from 50Hz to 22kHz (depending on room placement), eliminating the need for a separate woofer, midrange driver, tweeter, and crossover network. As a result the inherent problems of integrating sonically dissimilar drivers and the accompanying phase distortions, loss of resolution and transient response degradation of a crossover network are completely avoided. The dual side-mounted passive radiators augment the output of the A3S2-16 drivers and enable the 1+1-V2 to deliver outstanding presence and dynamic contrast with an expanded soundstage, extended low-frequency response and increased power handling.
The A3S2-16 driver incorporates numerous engineering refinements such as a large patented neodymium-magnet motor structure and voice coil that moves with a highly linear excursion of 12mm; an exclusive titanium alloy cone material with a curvilinear shape; a concave dust cap specially designed to control high-frequency cone breakup and provide optimum dispersion; a unique "S"-shaped surround that allows the driver to behave more like an ideal pistonic radiator, and many additional enhancements.
The ONE-V2 Upgrade Also Available Now
In related news, the Audience The ONE-V2 speaker has also been upgraded with the new driver. The ONE-V2 single-driver speaker is ideal for desktop music listening, compact high-end stereo and surround sound home theater systems. Measuring just 7" x 7" x 5.5", The ONE-V2 employs a single A3S2-16 driver and a passive radiator and represents Audience's effort to produce the finest small speaker possible.
The Audience ClairAudient 1+1-V2 loudspeaker is currently available at a suggested retail price of $1,995 per pair. The 1+1-V2+ is available at $2,345 per pair. The ONE-V2's suggested retail price is $1,095 per pair and The ONE-V2+ is $1,445 per pair.
Previous ClairAudient 1+1 owners can have their speakers upgraded to V2 or V2+ status for $500 and $875 respectively. The ONE can be upgraded to The ONE-V2 or V2+ for $250 and $625 respectfully.
Like all Audience audio components and loudspeakers the ClairAudient 1+1-V2 and The ONE-V2 are engineered and assembled in the United States.
Audience was formed in November 1997 by John McDonald and the late Richard Smith, as a design and production company focused on building the best possible audio and video equipment. To pass the Audience test, each product must truly make a significant contribution to the reproduction of audio and/or video. Audience offers loudspeakers, electronics, cables, power conditioners, high-resolution capacitors and the Auric Illuminator optical disk resolution enhancement.
Audience's commitment is to develop the very best products possible, and the company is committed to unexcelled customer service and product support. All Audience cables have an unconditional lifetime warranty and power conditioners have a ten-year warranty. For more information visit www.audience-av.com.