A top-of-the-line creation by any audio manufacturer has very strong commitment and statement to its core values and theories. Quadral’s Titan was one such product that won an instant accolade for the brand. Quadral has always believed in solid built, core engineering and ribbon tweeters. We believe in going for the loudspeaker that has reminiscence of the core technology of a brand—even if you have to compromise on price. Otherwise you are sure to land up with a classic formula loudspeaker where the differences between brands are more cosmetic than engineering. Style 100 from Chromium series from the Quadral stable houses a ribbon tweeter and good built akin to its core values.
Out of the Box The Style 100s are awfully tall and slender, but not all that heavy as the size. The white high gloss finish with titanium coated woofers and chrome plated ribbon tweeter is simply stunning. There is no bi-wiring option—probably Quadral believes more in factory settings and doesn’t want the end-user to fiddle too much into the complexities. There is a wide round glass base to the speaker that keeps this multi-storey tower right in place. There is a mid-woofer right on top housed in its own sealed enclosure and then there is a ribbon tweeter below. There are three same woofers as the mid-woofer is lined-up vertically below the tweeter and these are housed in a rear-ported enclosure. The ratio-proportion of the cabinet and its fit and finish are so likeable that even a large loudspeaker like this one will have no problems making easy entry into your living room with full consensus of the entire family.
Technology The focal point of the driver array of the loudspeaker is the ribbon tweeter. Look closely to Style 50 and Style 100; you will realise that the tweeter height is more or less kept at ear-level and the rest of the drivers have been moved and accommodated. In case of Style 100s, there are a lot of drivers to be accommodated and so the mid-woofer has moved above the tweeter. The woofers have come just below the tweeter and all of these are as closely placed as possible to maintain the cohesiveness among the drivers. The driver’s baskets have been amputated at the side to keep the loudspeaker fascia as narrow as possible. All the drivers sit flush tight with the surface of the front baffle; this helps to eliminate the spurious diffractions due to the sharp undulations on the driver basket edges. The ribbon tweeter, as the name suggests is made of a driver that is actually a metallic ribbon. This ribbon is (generally) made of the aluminium foil which is so thin that it is almost without any mass. This ribbon is then connected to the high-frequency signal making it a single body conducting the electrical signal and moving element to producing the sound. This whole assembly is then suspended in a strong magnetic field–these days typically made of neodymium magnets. Neodymium is a rare-earth mineral and when used in the making of the magnet, it creates ten times stronger magnetic field than the similarly sized other common magnet types. There is a thing or a two one must know about the ribbon tweeters. Unlike the conventional dynamic or dome tweeters the ribbons have a very different dispersion characteristic. While having very wide dispersion in the horizontal plane (presuming that they are always mounted with slit being vertical); they are extremely narrow and restricted in the vertical plane. Doesn’t this explain why the height of the tweeter in the Style 50 and 100 is same? Since the ear-level is constant, the tweeter height is a non-negotiable here. This dispersion characteristic also makes the room treatment (as far as the highs are concerned) above and below the ear-level relatively insignificant. On the other hand the absorption and the dispersion in the horizontal ear-plane are now very critical, as the wide dispersion in this plane makes the speakers very interactive with the room. But now the treatment is very easy as it has to be done in a very thin slice of the room!
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