The TechnoLogica distribution company has added another brand to its portfolio - Avalon Acoustics, an American high-end speaker manufacturer.
Avalon's headquarters, development and manufacturing department is based in Boulder, Colorado (USA), located on the Rocky Mountains spurs. Avalon products are unitary, expensive, and annual production volumes are measured at best in dozens of pairs. Nevertheless, the company managed to make its name sound and authority in the industry of High End and Ultra High End. Some experts call Avalon the most uncompromising manufacturer of acoustics.
The company is owned by Neil Patel, the permanent chief designer, as well as the full and sole owner since 1989.
Now Neil Patel is an ideologist and artistic director of the development department - every new model of speaker has its own designer. But the concept, the idea of speakers always comes from the Nile. All speakers from Avalon have common features. This is an author's work, in which you can always see the hand of the Master.
"Music is the passion in our blood and the muse of our intellect" is a quote by Neil Patel that accompanies all Avalon Acoustics products. Each new model of the speaker is created from scratch, the templates of body parts are redrawn. Cases have complex shapes: the corners of the front panel are cut both at the top and bottom. In this way, two problems are solved: the resonances inside the column are eliminated, and the external re-reflections from the front panel are simultaneously eliminated. This is largely due to the construction of a three-dimensional, holographic scene, which has always been especially famous Avalon speakers.
The main materials of the cases - MDF, and it is used several layers (the thickness of the panels comes to 9 cm!). Of course, a sophisticated internal system of strips and ties is created, which partly explains the solid mass of Avalon speakers. Inside the wall are glued with a special proprietary damping material - the company's engineers believe that it works much better than all other dampers. Outside - natural veneer of different types of wood, for older models - valuable. There is also a multilayer coating made of a special lacquer, with intermediate polishing of each layer by hand.
The front panels are always tilted or curved, thus achieving temporary (phase) coherence of the radiation of different speakers. An interesting fact - the development of crossovers is closely linked to the design of cabinets. At least a little change in the cabinet - are recalculated and crossovers. Priority in the creation of separation filters is not only to achieve a certain frequency and steepness of the cut (this is by itself), but also the alignment of impedance. The importance of crossovers Neil Patel explains as follows: "The driver is like a muscle in the body - it can not work without receiving commands from the brain.
As for the speakers, here at Avalon Acoustics prefer to strive for perfection. In its speakers, the company uses low-cost drivers that are ordered from manufacturers with worldwide reputation, and according to company specifications. MF drivers are usually with ceramic membranes. Tweeters - exclusively with patented neodymium magnetic systems, most models - with concave domes. Ceramic tweeters are widely used, carbon, but there are also famous ring structures. In some speakers, diamond tweeters are used. The bass drivers - with composite diffusers, often made of Nomex-Kevlar material. It should be noted that each driver is individually tested and selected for optimal performance.
In addition to the three-dimensional, holographic scene for which Avalon acoustics is famous, there is another ideal to which the developers aspire, and successfully, judging by numerous tests in the specialized press - it is absolute neutrality. As noted by many audio experts, if you live with Avalon speakers for at least a couple of days, it will be extremely difficult to forget them - the experience with Neil Patel's acoustics will remain in memory for life and will force you to reconsider your attitude to those speakers you liked before. Neutrality at Avalon is combined with extremely verified informativeness - the acoustics have high resolution. None of the authoritative audio experts have ever blamed Avalon's acoustics for "sterility", "clinical purity" - accurate, yes, reliable, natural, fast, dynamic and musical - these qualities of Avalon are extremely valuable. Especially when all of them are presented not separately, but as a complete unit.
In 2020, the production program includes seven models of speakers: four of the newest Precision Monitor range - starting with PM1 (which made a lot of noise among audiophiles, the most affordable full-fledged floor Avalon at the moment - the so-called "Club Entrance Ticket"), PM2, PM3 and ending with PM4, as well as three models of the flagship family - Isis, Saga and the ultra-exclusive super-top Tesseract.
When developing the entire new Precision Monitor series, the goal was to make the most of the technologies that were at the heart of the Tesseract model, but in smaller, more practical dimensions that would allow you to install these speakers in a relatively small living room or professional recording studio. Note that all Avalon Acoustics systems are extremely sensitive to the place of installation - they should be placed with literally centimeter accuracy. All this hassle will be rewarded with a stunningly realistic sound stage.
In the flagship Tesseract, for example, is implemented proprietary technology Stealth, the essence of which is to control the scattering of sound waves in the room. The radiation level and direction were calculated by mathematical method of tensor fields. The result - almost complete "dissolution" of acoustics - you hear not the sound of speakers, but the recreated sound stage - as in a concert or in the studio. You should agree that it is a special art to make a loudspeaker more than 2 m high and weighing 750 kg "disappear". Apparently, it is not for nothing that many enthusiastic audiophiles call Neil Patel the "God of loudspeakers".
We are pleased to announce that now, thanks to the efforts of TechnoLogica specialists, Avalon Acoustics loudspeakers are coming to Russia so that Russian music lovers and enthusiasts of High End and Ultra High End audio equipment could get acquainted with the products of this brand.