Traditional manufacturer Quadral equipped its Orkan VIII (2800 euros the pair) the eighth generation with the finest ingredients. At the tempting price.
- Loudspeakers Quadral Aurum Orkan VIII
- Data sheet
Quite honestly: What technology product except brand speakers works indemnify twenty years or longer? The famous washing machine Miele perhaps, but hardly those ever so popular mobile devices, that many are now more important than a hi-fi sound system.
After an average of one and a half years, so industry insiders tell mobile phones, MP3 players and similar are either lost, stolen, landed by mistake in this washing machine or so out of date, that must be a follower here solely for technical reasons. What huge enters the money indefinitely. High-quality HiFi-boxes may come initially more expensive than iPhone and co, but much more, and are guaranteed future-proof.
A manufacturer who has long taken the testament to the durability of its products, is the Hanoverian boxes manufacturer, Quadral. His classics from the 80s and 90s like be sonically not so up on the amount of time, but often still work on the first day.
On their service life measured, elegant boxes are not costly. A couple costs hurricane (made in Germany) budget-friendly 2800 euro in real wood. For another 400 EUR, enter the stage in an elaborate piano lacquer and will at the latest furnishings of the finest.
Since foam surrounds nor paper cones are used – both age faster – more than at Legends of earlier years with a long service life is to be expected. Second great consumer appeal is belonging to the Aurum series, in which the Lower Saxony employ their noblest ingredients. This includes among other things a sound-enhancing silver content in the internal wiring in addition to a very solid Terminal.
Technically, it is the eighth generation, which larger representative Montan, later follow volcano and titanium. The highlight is a refined Ribbon tweeter, which has only the form together with the type of the early generations of Aurum, built originally by Technics (Panasonic today).
Design typical of the tweeter uses a flat, coated with conductors foil membrane. The magnetic force is made ludicrously strong neodymium rods. The benefit is physical nature: little mass, much drive. When all relatives with the legendary predecessors is the current generation of Ribbon considerably higher load capacities, working frequency linear and compressed less.
MIDs and bass use cone membranes. Its main ingredient is aluminum with impurity of titanium and magnesium. The three equally large chassis differ in their drive and the installation position. While the midrange is conventionally screwed with the baffle, the two basses are slightly back. This creates a pressure Chamber before the woofers, which improves the sensitivity to several decibels in the energy-rich upper bass range. Ensure that there is no tonal staining, you be collected again and but from the crossover.
The trick will save a part of the otherwise necessary hub work, whereby distortions are reduced the chassis. The “bars” before the woofers are made of rubber threads, which sound completely neutral.
The side slopes of the crossover network depend on the branch. Mid-range and woofer is phase-friendly filters first-order. The tweeter is much steeper coupled with a 4th order crossover branch. So the Ribbon is effectively relieved of frequencies, which due to their design does not like it.
And what brings the new hurricane the ears? So much so that owners of older models of Aurum pretty of the socks would be if they would in direct comparison, how devotedly is the only good one metre wide hurricane to the thing.
Progress is so clear that even the larger types Motan and volcano of generations five and older against the new development would not stand a chance. This positive circumstance should be thinking about all those who believe, HiFi would always more expensive.
But the new hurricane could very well sit in scene alongside modern structures. In particular she managed to connect a joy of playing absolutely driving forward with audiophile virtues of as tonal balance and velvety calmness.
What causes that the listeners despite an enormous wealth of detail never has the feeling, its boxes would play artificially musical aspects in the foreground.
Specifically in the top positions, storm managed a pleasure goodness who achieve other manufacturers usually only with significantly more expensive beryllium or diamond domes.
Only the tapes lost in very risky levels, and with it the entire box a little of their delicacy. Thus, late pubertal levels Bolzerei at the hurricane is not necessary. Already in audible sounds wonderfully transparent.
Quadral Aurum Orkan VIII
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||free-standing, distance 2,5 metres, noctmalbedämpfte rooms for up to 40 m2|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL||3.5 V|
|Impedance minimum stp||3.3 ohms|
|Maximum volume upper value||104 dB|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)||104 dB|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||48 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||40 Hz|
|Short conclusion||Finely processed, yet affordable three way stand box with elegant Ribbon tweeter and bass with upstream pressure Chamber. Low-stress, balanced and equally lively as cultivated sound. Very much recommended.|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
|Sound points (70 points)||56|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||good – very good 77|
|Price / performance||outstanding|
|tested in output||5 / 10|