by Phil Jones
The proprietary features of the AIRPULSE™ Model 1 are benchmarks in the field of driver and cabinet design. From the Hardwood Cherry veneer exterior, the cabinet is 1″ (25mm) thick HDF with robust internal bracing and acoustic damping to eliminate cabinet induced coloration from vibration or resonance. The rear control panel is black anodized aluminum, with audiophile knobs for manual controls, inset for a flush, elegant fit. Cabinet coloration is the main cause of distortion in speaker design, the first step in making a high quality speaker is an inert cabinet.
The heart of the Model 1 is the 5.5″ Phil Jones Signature Woofer: The dual-layered hard-anodized magnesium alloy cone is combined with a large “underhung” edge-wound ribbon voice coil, a neodymium motor to provide a high magnetic flux that covers the entire voice coil, resulting in 300% lower harmonic and inter‐modulation distortion than most conventional “overhung” designs. The over-sized voice-coil cleverly dissipates heat build-up, reducing thermal dynamic compression, enabling the speaker to be played at higher levels for longer periods of time with no distortion. You actually hear these innovations, the sound has a signature clarity only found in AirPulse woofers.
The tweeter assembly is marvel of thinking outside the box. This new ribbon design is 3″ (75mm) tall and horn-loaded with phase correction to keep the high frequencies directional and coherent to the listener, not bouncing off the ceiling, walls, or floors. This produces the ideal dispersion pattern, focused over a broad listening area with enough “throw” to actually reach your ears coherently, the direct sound of the recording without interference. The result is palpably realistic stereo imaging backed by crisp, well-defined and powerful bass. Most of all you hear into the music deeper than with conventional designs.
The Model 1 features Bluetooth AptX 4.0 streaming from your favorite sources via smartphone, tablet, or PC, or analog RCA or Balanced XLR Inputs, or choose between coaxial or optical digital inputs up to 192K.
At $995 a pair, the AirPulse™ Model 1 is the best speaker value we’ve seen in a long time, meant to be disruptive. An all-in-one high end audio system in a box, ready for any source you throw at it, analog or digital; wired or wireless. This is the new modern architecture for high end audio at a price everybody can afford.
I’m so sure you’re going to love the AIRPULSE™ Model 1 that it comes with a 60 day return privilege; listen to them at home, if you’re not convinced after listening to them that they’re among the best speakers ever created, you can return them for a full refund as long as they’re undamaged and returned complete in the original factory packaging. Read the extremely favorable new reviews by John Gatski and Steven Rochlin, just click on the logos to open those pages. Click on the links below to read the full reviews.