Compact Loudspeakers Quadral Altan VIII

In addition to the audiophile requirement for neutral tone playback the Quadral impressed Aurum Altan VIII (1400 euro per pair) especially with their sense of timing.

  1. Compact loudspeakers Quadral Altan VIII
  2. Data sheet

With the Ribbon

The Aurum VIII series by Quadral previously showed some other virtues as KEF in the AUDIO listening room. No wonder the technical ingredients could hardly be more different: bass-midrange and tweeter are significantly geographically separated the large compact box Altan VIII. The former consists of a special alloy called Altima: aluminium, titanium and magnesium – a mix of the three most famous in the design of the loudspeakers used light metals.

As tweeter is used, where here the label even used by Quadral Ribbon is slightly out of focus a slide Converter – it is rather a foil converter with non-conductive membrane, a braid of traces is glued to, and not a full metal typical Ribbon. The two-layer solution has the advantage that the traces could have been longer and a transformer is no longer necessary. Above and below the diaphragm an armada of bar-shaped, incredibly strong neodymium magnets is attached, which put the film on amazing efficiency.

Unusually deep Quadral developers separate the drivers, namely at 2.4 kHz, where many Magnetostats can react with very nasty distortions. However, the Quadral model which already Montan VII appeared in the previous series, can withstand this tour de force ride effortlessly thanks to very steep filtering (acoustically up to 24 DB per octave).

Cozy warmth

You felt Character at the Altan VIII also rather a kinship to the homogenous warm Montan VII as a coal and steel to the sometimes some strong effect hugging VIII – for a compact speaker with vote more appropriate safety, especially when votes are projected so sonorous as well as in Richard Wagner’s “Walküre” (Haitink, EMI). For large orchestral works, you could complain at best something to compact defined space what seemed, however, to help the ESS of individual voices as its physical definition rather.

In addition to the audiophile requirement for neutral tone playback which impressed Altan especially with their sense of timing: downright rousing rhythmically, she performed Astor Piazolla “Tres Tango” (Accardo, Fone), so that it held the audience barely on the chairs. Their low-frequency reproduction was not so necessarily deep like that of a large column speaker, but always full, swinging and played rhythmically on the point.

Quadral Aurum Altan VIII

Manufacturer Quadral
Price €1400.00
Rating 85.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 22.0 x 40.5 x 34.5 cm
Weight 12.5
Surfaces Veneer, varnish
Color Oak light / choco, cherry, gloss white & Black
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 2
Working principle of full Active
Connections BI-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 103 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 55 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 47 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
Balanced, playful, very detailed and rhythmically captivating box with great bass
Rather flat space
Bass quality 65
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 65
Attention to detail (precision) 100
Dynamic 90
Maximum level (vitality) 65
Neutrality 95
Imaging 90
Spatial (airiness) 80
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment very good 85
tested in issue: 7 / 10