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The first PS Audio speakers have been almost 50 years in the making. This new model is gracing the shop floor at Douglas HiFi in Perth, WA. The PS Audio Aspen FR30 Reference speakers are a substantial, detailed, floor-standing speaker that somehow manages to "disappear" and just let music through. Available in Pearl White or Sable Black, each tower sports an array of four 8" conventional drivers and four 10" passive radiators, complemented by a 10" planar magnetic transducer for the mid frequencies and two 2.5" planar magnetic transducers for the high frequencies. The result is a holographic, palpable and cohesive soundstage with tight, fast bass, silky smooth mids and airy, extended treble.
Hi Fi News Verdict: "The waiting is over, and the aspen FR30 speakers are nothing short of remarkable, setting new standards of focus, openness, weight and control at this price and well above. The build and finish are as immaculate as the sound, the unusual styling works remarkably well in the room, and the listening experience is a revelation. If you're in the market for speakers in this sector, listen to them - they're a bargain."
The FR30 incorporates a custom push-pull planar magnetic midrange transducer and dual high-frequency transducers, which feature an identical symmetrical motor structure on either side of their driver diaphragms. This inherently linear configuration provides lower distortion than conventional single-sided magnet structures, along with higher efficiency. The midrange and high-frequency drivers employ high-strength N52 neodymium magnets with diaphragms made from Teonex® film, a thin, highly stable material that provides exceptional transient response and resolution, with a fast, clean decay. The drivers are housed in a sealed sub-enclosure module, and their performance is optimized by the use of aramid fiber damping material. The PS Audio Aspen FR30 utilizes four 8-inch cast-frame, aluminum-cone woofers with 12 lb. magnets. The woofer’s motor structure features a split-magnetic gap and double Faraday rings for improved linearity and wider bandwidth, and the woofers’ articulate, agile response complements the speed and transparency of the planar-magnetic midrange and high-frequency drivers.
The woofers are augmented by four 10-inch side-firing passive radiators, for authoritative low-frequency extension. The FR30 presents an easy-to-drive load with an 87 dB sensitivity, making it ideal for use with a wide range of amplifiers. The enclosure has a unique modular design. The midrange/tweeter section contains the acoustically isolated crossover network and the section is removable, enabling ease of shipping and setup. The FR30 offers a visually distinctive “floating” appearance, with a curved bottom and complementing anodized aluminum stand with milled brass acoustic isolation spikes. Hard plastic feet are supplied for use on hard surfaces and to aid in initial speaker placement. The enclosure is made from extensively-braced MDF with a front baffle formed from a dense, rigid and well-damped fiberglass resin composite material. Integrated high-frequency acoustic waveguides are molded into the baffle to enable optimum horizontal and vertical dispersion and a smooth frequency balance both on- and off-axis.
FULL RANGE 3-WAY SYSTEM
• 87dB SENSITIVITY • TWO 2.5" PLANAR RIBBON TWEETERS • 10" PLANAR RIBBON MIDRANGE • FOUR 8" LOW DISTORTION HIGH EXCURSION WOOFERS • FOUR 10" LOW DISTORTION HIGH EXCURSION BASS RADIATORS • REAR TWEETER LEVEL CONTROL • BAFFLE STEP ADJUSTMENT FOR BEST SPEAKER PLACEMENT • FLAT IMPEDANCE CURVE FOR EASY AMPLIFIER LOAD • SMOOTH AND FULL OFF AXIS RESPONSE • IN-ROOM BASS RESPONSE TO 20hz @ -6db • TWO PIECE CABINET FOR EASY SETUP • ADJUSTABLE FEET • EASY TO POSITION FOR BEST PERFORMANCE • HEAVY INTERNAL BRACING FOR LOW CABINET VIBRATION • CUSTOM FILM CAPACITORS & PREMIUM AIR-CORE INDUCTORS