Very charming, like the Voxativ Apeggio (from 16900 euros, pair price) even a modern SACD recording the sound of the old time seal to could, as only tube microphones and tape machines were at work.
- Stand box Voxativ Apeggio
- Data sheet
Wide bands, bass Horn and nothing else – this classic combination is popular because of the high degree of efficiency and the gentle impedance in Triodes fans. The small German manufacturer Voxativ his latest box, the Ampeggio looks exactly in this tradition. It previously on the chassis manufacturing specialized was there, left the complex housing a specialist: the piano factory molds. The Brunswick followed not only the Horn construction plan of Voxativ boss Ines Adler exactly – no parallel walls, instead of rounding odd edge lengths, but disguised the a-way box in a sweetly polished piano lacquer, which is second to none. The form however you must adapt – it follows only acoustic needs with the Horn mouth opens downwards and the broad baffle.
The chassis built by Voxativ (which by the way completely works without electrical equalization) outwardly resembles a modern version of the legendary Lowther driver: featherweight, not rigid paper cone with an additional tweeter Cone, strong magnet, metal sound guiding Cone in the Center. But the vote of the parts together is far more modern, to bring both high efficiency and balance to over 20 kHz without excessive concentration.
Magic of the moment
A set effect is however unavoidable — who wants to engage in this box, should spend time for meticulous placement. Who hears me quickly into and not sitting at the optimal place, experienced a disappointment in the form of crushed acting voices and superficial unpleasantness.
Precisely angled up, however, belies the Ampeggio prejudices against wide bands largely lies: she played up through the repertoire with spectacular ease, depth and voice volume, could the listeners in a dimly lit Jazz cellar (Stevie Ray Vaughan, “live at El Mocambo”, Sony) kidnap as well as mold in Brunswick, where not only the box is produced, but also the new plate of Olafur Arnalds was inducted into the piano factory. The wide area of the Berlin Philharmonic (Blacher Paganini variations, AUDIO pure Music III, Bose) was gorgeous: precisely, she followed the dynamic shades and nuances, in the tutti noticed an excessive pressing of the arches, a vigorous style of play, which affected the ESS.
This “Euphony Enhancer” cost but also voices just choirs, the ultimate space, and again resulted in a slight amnesic. Better lay her piano music: the wing in Brahms’s last piano pieces (op. 116-119, Leonsjaka, MDG) sounded wonderful liquid, each press turned out to be the pleasure, the figure to the hologram. But a downside remains: who wants to experience all of this, must pay attention to strict preparation – and listen to best alone.
The Voxativ is no speaker for everyone – and do not want to be them. Weaknesses, which is said to have many wide bands as dominant annoyances, are here although audible, but charming well under control. There are the typical strengths: sensational coherent space, excellent lightness and liquid bass dynamics. For triode prospect no alternative I’d known – except horns -.
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||40.0 x 110.0 x 35.0 cm|
|Bass principle||Way Horn|
|Number of ways||1|
|Working principle of full Active|
|Maximum volume upper value||108 dB|
|lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||59 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||54 Hz|
|Nominal impedance (audio)||12 ohm|
|sensationally dynamic, anspringender and holographic projecting fully also with weakest tubes|
|In classical neutrality / high resolution, very placement critical|
|Bass depth (bass Foundation)||95|
|Attention to detail (precision)||95|
|Maximum level (vitality)||95|
|Sound judgment||outstanding 98|
|tested in issue:||5 / 10|