Muraudio SP1 Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Worth a Journey

Equipment report
Muraudio SP1
Muraudio SP1 Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Listening for Yourself
I would strongly urge you to find the Muraudio SP1s at a show or a dealer and spend some time listening to them carefully. This is a landmark speaker design. There has never been anything else like it. It is unique and sounds like real music in a way that escapes most speakers entirely. I think many people are going to find it matchlessly satisfying, if they can get a serious listen to it. If the audio world were working as it should, dealers would be queuing up to take on the SP1s. But high-end audio dealers are not as numerous as they used to be, and opportunities to hear things at dealers are thus reduced. This is an unfortunate situation. Progress in audio and interest in it, too, depend on new things being available for consideration. Older speaker design ideas can be wonderful. Still, new ideas give new life, and new life is what high-end audio can very much use. And the SP1s are a new and very good idea indeed. 

In our world of internet rumor and gossip and overabundant if not always well-informed reviewing, we need more than ever to pursue independence of mind. To borrow from the Bible (Luke 14:34). “He[or she] that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Remarkable things are appearing in audio, and the Muruadio SP1s are among the most remarkable speaker designs to appear in recent years. But when a new and revolutionary product appears, you have to have faith in your own judgment, to listen and not to worry whether the product is something all your friends know about or the Internet is full of comments on. And you may have to go to some effort to find the product to listen to. The Muraudio SP1s will definitely be worth the effort. They are, to borrow the highest recommendation in the Michelin Tour Guides that I used to travel around Europe with, “worth a journey.” Seek them out. You will be glad you did.

Specs & Pricing

Type: Hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker
Driver complement: Four 6" aluminum cone woofers per channel, mounted two above, two below a segmented doubly curved electrostatic element—woofers in a sealed-box enclosure, electrostatic element in open-backed mounting
Electrostatic element: 1650 square centimeters; 3.8 micron thickness
Max SPL: 103dB, 1m on axis
Crossover: 750Hz, second-order Linkwitz-Riley
Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83v/1 m)
Dimensions: 147 cm x 42.3 cm x 36.8 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Price: $14,700/pr. (special color finishes additional)

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