Audience The One-V4 Loudspeaker
The V4 ClairAudient offers significant improvements over V2
*Current ClairAudient speaker owners are able to upgrade to V4. Visit the V4 upgrade page to find out how.
About The One V4
The ONE-V4 loudspeakers from Audience consist of a single proprietary Audience 3″ full range driver and a 3.5″ passive radiator on the back side. Like all ClairAudient loudspeakers, the sound delivered by The ONE is highly resolving, dynamic, ultra coherent, seamless and low distortion. This is due in part to the drivers being able to run full range with no crossover.
Crossover parts, while necessary in many speakers, can smear the subtle timing of signals, resulting in a loss of coherance and a blurring of fine harmonic and low level detail. By using a full range driver with no crossover components those details come through The One speakers unhindered.
Audience The One V4speakers 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.
The One-V2 utilizes a single proprietary 3" full range driver. This is no ordinary driver, and has taken some time to perfect. Below are more details on it's construction.
- The driver basket and motor are machined to very tight tolerances for a more precision assembly
- A powerful motor made possible by the use of high-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.
- The V4 driver has a single 16-Ohm voice coil. A very easy load on tube amps
- The One V4 driver incorporates 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
The Sound of V4
The end result of these improvements is not subtle. The V4 loudspeakers are notably better 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. The combination of these new features is not just an upgrade ... it warrants a whole new model version.
A Word On Break-in
The One 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 Amplification
To get the best sound out of The One-V2, you will need a bit of power. Small amplifiers will not light these up to their potential. An amplifier in the 50 watt range will really enable these to perform their best.
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I have two systems, my main listening system and a desktop system that I am currently building up. My end goal before I retire is to get rid of my main system and build a really nice desktop system. Main system - Analog: LP12 Digitial: Squeezebox Touch feeding a Metrum Quad (multibit NOS) DAC Amplification: Croft Phono Integrated Speakers: Harbeth P3-ESR Desktop system: Source: Shuttle Computer with i7 CPU, dual SSDs and no video or soundcards, running JRiver version 24 and pulling music files from Synolgy NAS Digital: Schiit Audio Modi Multibit DAC Amplification: Rega Brio-R integrated Headphones: Schiit Magni 3 feeding a pair of Meze 99 Classics Speakers: Orb audio - these are normally used as rear satellite speakers for a surround sound system. They are basically 3" drivers in a ball shaped enclosure. I slotted the Audience speakers into each of these systems. In the main rig, they performed very nicely. I do not listen loud and these were great in that role. I ended up with the speakers about 5 ft apart and my chair about 3 feet in front of the speakers. It seems like the closer you get, the better they sound. I added a REL T5 sub into the mix and this was now a full range system with nothing missing. Nice soundstage, good tone saturation and a great PRaT. I then removed the sub and put my chair about 1 foot in front of the speakers. The sound was now really immersive, like a big pair of headphones. The best thing though was the precision and timing. I see why people compared them to electrostatics. This just totally addictive. These speakers were bought for my desk top system though, so I moved them to that system. The first thing I noticed was that the apparent bass had increased, I guess due to being so close to the wall. This balanced the sound out very nicely. I never felt as if I were missing anything. I did not get quite the precision and timing I got with them in the other system though. The Rega, while fun and bouncy, is just not as good as the Croft overall. I did get great tonal color and my foot was always tapping whenever there was a beat. These were, overall, exactly what I was hoping for in my desktop system. Totally happy with my purchase.
Bought these for my wife's new office to replace large Maggie 1.6's that she loved but no longer fit in (if they ever did.) The rich and textured purity of tone and liveliness took us by surprise. Suffice to say, she no longer misses the Maggies.