Stylish Yet Affordable German-made “effeqt series” Wall-Mountable or Floorstanding Speakers Look As Good As They Sound
St.Petersburg, FL, August 6, 2015…….In a marketplace full of conventional box speakers that take up too much space and don’t appeal to women, you would think there would be more alternatives. It turns out that only a small number of vendors offer speakers with truly beautiful industrial designs meant for either floor or wall mounting. Ceratec of Germany is one of them and Bob Rapoport’s direct to consumer Essence For Hi Res has just become the exclusive dealer to UK consumers for their aesthetically striking “effeqt” series. When combined with a flat panel HDTV or a projection screen, these slim new anodized aluminum enclosures fit a specialized niche when space is a factor. Each model has an integrated wall-mount adapter that enables the speaker to swivel up to 30 degrees in each direction from its on-axis point. Toe’ing in for optimal stereo imaging is made simple by this exclusive feature.
No Floor Space Required
The top of the line effeqt maxi w wallspeaker is 1200 mm tall, 127 mm wide, and 152 mm deep. It’s available in standard finish silver anodized aluminum at £1022 a pair including free shipping from Germany. They can also be ordered in anodized black or white for a small upcharge. The Maxi W features dual 107 mm Peerless drivers combined with a 30 mm silk dome tweeter by Wavecor in a ported 4 ohm bass reflex 2.5 way design. With a frequency range of 40 Hz to 25 KHz and 84 dB sensitivity, it can handle amplifiers up to 150 watts per channel to reach high SPL on the latest hi res audio content.
Next in line is the effeqt w wallspeaker at 686 mm tall, 127 mm wide, and 152 mm deep. Its available in the standard finish silver anodized aluminum at £415.95 each including free shipping from Germany, also available in anodized black or white for a nominal upcharge. It uses the same drivers as the maxi w in a D’Apolito array, also a 2.5 way bass reflex design. I decided to offer this model in single units so it can be used not only for main channels but also for center and rear channels in multi-channel surround systems. The w is rated at 4 ohms with 84 dB sensitivity and a frequency range of 40 Hz to 25 KHz. One hallmark of these designs is no defraction as a result of their slimness. The baffles are made of 12 mm thick MDF and coated with 6.35 mm thick acoustic foam to minimize any potential baffle colouration.
Notable for its feminine appeal and high WAF, the effeqt models feature an integrated wall mount bracket which supports both vertical and horizontal mounting plus recessed speaker terminals. Attention to detail is a hallmark of many German made products and the effeqt series by Ceratec is no exception.
An ideal bookshelf or satellite speaker, the w mini wallspeaker sells for £574.95 a pair including free shipping. At 254 mm tall, 127 mm wide, and 152 mm deep it is also available in black or white anodized finish for a nominal upcharge. Using the same 127 mm mid-bass driver and 30 mm silk dome tweeter, the w mini frequency range is 80 Hz to 25 KHz, an 8 ohm design with 82 dB sensitivity. This model will benefit from the use of a powered sub-woofer for the bottom two octaves of bass, especially on movie soundtracks as well as music with deep bass. However, in small listening rooms, its bookshelf size will still provide a satisfying listening experience even without a sub.
The entry level w micro wallspeaker sells for £385 a pair. It’s 130 mm tall, 127 mm wide, and 152 mm deep and like the others can be ordered in standard silver anodized or for a nominal upcharge in black or white anodized. This model uses the 127 mm full range driver to good effect, creating an ideal point source for a pin-point stereo image. Frequency bandwidth is spec’d at 100 Hz to 25 KHz with 82 dB sensitivity and a max power rating of 50 watts. For rear channel use by themselves or as the satellites in a sat/sub system, the w micro is our smallest model but by no means is it short on performance, especially when compared to conventional box or globe type sats. Cheap plastic satellites abound in the market, most made in China. If you believe in quality, craftsmanship, and sonic bliss, the w micro delivers more than the competition at around the same price.
Floor-Standers Float on Glass
The Ceratec effeqt series is not only meant for wall mounting, they make a very nice floor-standing model too. The effeqt mk III tower is simply breathtaking on its integrated glass and steel spiked pedestal. Priced at £959.95 a pair including free shipping, this 1200 mm tower is noticeably more stylish and visually more appealing than the vast majority of big box speakers, sure to be viewed by most people as not just a speaker but also a work of art. The industrial design is outstanding from head to toe and available in standard silver anodized with black and white anodized options If you want to make a design statement with your decor but still enjoy audiophile standards of audio reproduction, the effeqt mk III is a remarkable value in its class. It shares the same drivers and specs as the effeqt maxi w and retains the same swivel feature so they can be aimed directly at the sweet-spot while being placed symmetrically within the listening room. I dont know of any other speaker in this price range that can beat it on style, its got that jaw-dropping appeal found in products costing many times more. The equivalent Canton models sell for 3 times the price.
Last but not least comes the effeqt cs center channel with integrated base priced at £479.95 each. This is a dedicated center channel at 685 mm wide, 127 mm high, and 152 mm deep, the same 2.5 way bass reflex system as found on the effeqt w in a D’Apolito array. It shares the same specs as the w. When it comes to multi-channel sound, the importance of a center channel is profound, they’re designed to improve dialog intelligibility and improve the localization of on-screen voices and special effects.The effeqt cs does this job with very high clarity and resolution, the swivel feature allows it to be aimed at your ears instead of your knees in a seated position. It may seem like a small thing but in fact it’s the most important thing of all, correct alignment for proper localization. Like the rest of the effeqt series, the cs is also available in standard finish anodized silver, with black and white anodized options for your specific decor.
Nice touches in the floors-standing effeqt mk III include its beautiful base and hidden speaker terminals underneath. If you’re tired of the boxy look of your speaker system and want something stylish that says more about your values and design consciousness, give the effeqt series your thoughtful consideration.