Crossover-Less Monitor Loudspeakers
The two most demanding tasks an audio system has to perform are those of transformation. Typically these events are at the very beginning and at the very end. Microphones transform moving air into an electrical signal and at the delivery end a loudspeaker has to reverse the process and transform an electrical signal back into moving air. The Audience ClairAudient 2+2 essentially reverses what a microphone does, turns an electrical signal into audio (moving air) without crossovers, resulting in a purity of sound rarely achieved by multi driver designs.
Interestingly the ClairAudient 2+2 is a multi driver array. But the four drivers are all identical and wired in parallel. There is no crossover to split the signal into bands, therefore there is no introduced phase distortion and response variations caused by inductive and resistive components in the signals path. The four drivers are only 3 inch but extremely well built with an extraordinary 12mm of cone excursion. These drivers are mounted in Bi-polar configuration.
The enclosure is band pass with six inch passive radiators to help enhance bass response and eliminate port noise. Super rigid thirteen layer Baltic Birch with CNC machined aluminium front and rear plinths forms the cabinet. Oxygen free wiring with cryogenic treated solder joints and high quality Cardas binding posts completes the monitor.
Monitors nearly always sound better sitting on stands and the ClairAudients are no exception. This pair comes complete with a pair of custom Audiofurn steel monitor stands made the correct height and configuration for the 2+2s. These stands are valued at $800.00.
If you are into unusual, quirky but high performance loudspeakers, this pair is not to be missed.
- Nominal impedance: 4 ohms
- Sensitivity: 87dB in free space and 90dB in-room
- Max RMS continuous power per speaker: 100W
- Max RMS continuous output per pair: 113dB
- Weight: 16 lbs.
- Dimensions: 8” x 14.5” x 10.25”
Last But Not Least
These loudspeakers are black in colour and so are the stands. Unfortunately we can not describe the cosmetics as pristine as there are several minor corner dents. Hardly noticeable especially when on the stands and performing faultlessly. Also we do have manual, literature and shipping cartons.
And you guessed it, we can and will pack it properly for an interstate trip if required.
For another interesting pre owned loudspeaker go to Linn Sara 9