The largest box of the field, the Chario Ursa Major (7200 euros the pair), was no friend big orchestral level – which regularly led to long faces because the bulky optics promised something else.
- Floorstanding speaker Chario Ursa Major
- Data sheet
One of the most commonly used materials for tweeter is fabric, usually artificial silk combined with stabilizing coatings. Inherently high absorbing other materials are used only rarely such as polypropylene or foam for tweeter, durability due to.
Fabric dome in audiophile circles considered to guarantee of a natural and Unaggressive sound imprint. Actually, fabric has no own sound as well as correct handling. Aluminum or ceramic can really rattle at kick-off. It is much more difficult to elicit textiles own noises.
A conceptually very interesting column speaker with tweeter is the Ursa Major by Chario. The traditional Italian manufacturer installed an Atypically large with a diameter of 38 mm diaphragm driver that can be connected according to sounding. The chassis supported by a large sound leadership already under 1500 Hertz provides enough sound pressure to replace the adjacent midrange. It uses a membrane made of paper and carbon fibers: textile fabric would be too unstable at a diameter of 13 cm.
Three chassis share the centers below 800 hertz and the bass frequency range. Two are located in the lower part of the housing and directed towards the floor. The third mate is mounted at the other end, at the highest point.
So that come the branches sound doesn’t get in the way, the manufacturer shares the case into two parts, connected by rubber dampers. The upper unit receives their audio signal either cable bridges from the bottom or via bi-wiring on a second set of cables.
The latter is clearly preferable. It keeps the signal path shorter and avoids unnecessary detours. The case of Ursa Major is made largely from fine solid wood, which gives a high value of the column at least weigh 60 kilos.
Measurement is less, however, the best side of the Italian. Specifically, the upper part of the boxes showed not particularly level fixed – digit decibels were achieved only with difficulty. The tweeter achieved a range remarkable for fabric domes of that size, bundles but so narrow that speaker position and seat wisely want to be elected.
In the hearing test, especially the powerful and well clearly playing bass range stood out at the Chario. He helped great authority and wealth of pleasing the heavy column. On the other hand, the largest box of the field was also musically no friend of large orchestral level – which regularly led to long faces because the bulky optics promised something else.
The B & W and even mastered the Quadral high volumes clearly sovereign. The Chario was also the outstanding clarity and coherence of the B & W little. Drums female vocals sounded with the Italian somewhat dull, sometimes lightly pressed. Even the playing more diplomatically than quirky Quadral sounded all in all neutral and homogeneous. So the Chario in this round reached the third place.
Chario Ursa Major
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||free-standing, distance 2.5 m, normal damped rooms up to 40 m²|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL||4.1 V|
|Impedance minimum stp||3.2 ohm|
|Maximum volume upper value||105 dB|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)||105 dB|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||37 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||30 Hz|
|Short conclusion||Towering stand box mit\r\nedlem solid wood cabinet in\r\nzwei parts and großformatiger\r\nGewebekalotte as Hochtöner.\r\nUnaufdringlicher, but stets\r\noffener sound with solid Bass\r\nund of beautiful Räumlichkeit.\r\nMag not too high a level.|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
|Sound points (70 points)||57|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||good – very good 77|
|Price / performance||well|
|tested in output||7 / 10|