Audience ClairAudient 1+1 V4 Speakers - Priced per pair
Improved driver & wiring for even better performance
The ClairAudient 1+1 V4 is a bi-pole (front- and rear-radiating) design that is compact, yet provides surprisingly expansive sound. It is outfitted with 2 of Audience's own 3" full range, crossoverless drivers on the front and rear, with dual passive radiators flanking the sides. You won't find any crossover parts in the signal path to smear harmonics and blur transients.
The Audience 1+1-V4 speakers include the best of the previous V2+ versions in addition to some great new technologies. The improvements of the V4 loudspeakers are resulting from the implementation of improved voice coil technology. The V4 voice coil provides faster rise time and greater control of the driver.
Additionally, the V4 loudspeaker internal wiring includes metallurgic improvements represented in the wiring of the new Audience flagship frontRow cables.
The Audience Full Range driver
The Audience proprietary full-range driver, while just 3 inches in diameter, delivers 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 multiple 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 1+1 V4 drivers and enable it to deliver outstanding presence and dynamic contrast.
The ClairAudient 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 1+1 V3 also utilizes Audience's unique SSIT SweetSpace TM Imaging Technology that provides an expanded listening area rather than the usual single listener sweet spot.
The sonic results of the 1+1 V4 are significant: better resolution, "speed", soundstaging, a more realistic timbre and natural quality to vocals and instruments.
The end result of the V4 improvements is not subtle. The V4 loudspeakers are notably better than V3 in just about every aspect. The resolution is greater and the background is quieter resulting in a dramatically more palpable and tonally rich presentation. Dynamics and sound staging are also improved.
A Word On Break-in
The ClairAudient 1+1 V4 needs 150 hours of break-in. It may sound colored right out of the box. Please do not lose heart. Be patient and allow them to break-in fully. You will be rewarded...
A Word On Placement
Since the ClairAudient 1+1 V4 is a bidirectional speaker, it needs to be placed far away from the back wall to avoid smearing of the image by early sonic reflections. To achieve the proper ambient balance of direct vs. reflected sound get them around 5 feet from the back wall if possible.
A Word On Amplification
To get the best sound out of the ClairAudient 1+1 V4, you will need a bit of power. Small amplifiers will not light these up to their potential. An amplifier in the 100 watt range will really enable these to perform their best.
To Sub or Not To Sub?
If you listen to rock, electronica, dubstep, hip-hop, etc. and desire some bass oomph below 40-50hz, a quality subwoofer is necessary to fill in the bottom end.
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The resolution and detail is definitely there, but I'm still at less than 50 hrs break-in and have considerable hash in the top end. I ordered a sub woofer (REL) but got the wrong size, returned it and plan to get two smaller RELs. That should fix several problems. I listen to orchestral CDs that take a lot a speaker can give so I'm keeping me fingers crossed. Forgot to mention a big ingredient-I'm using a tube amp with 6 watts per channel(!). I have on order a solid-state Rotel 120 wpm amp (in fact I should have received it yesterday.) So I'm optimistic!