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WATERFALL VICTORIA EVO COPPIA DIFFUSORI PAVIMENTO
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Integrazione, eleganza e performance sono le parole chiave per Waterfall, un’azienda nata dall’ambizione di abbandonare i tradizionali materiali impiegati nella costruzione dei diffusori a favore di una materia più raffinata ma ugualmente funzionale: il vetro. Grazie all’impiego di tecnologie innovative, Waterfall ha dato vita ad una linea di prodotti esclusivi che si contraddistinguono sia per la qualità delle prestazioni che per la bellezza delle forme cristalline.
Prestigious and elegant, delivering a breathtakingly dynamic and pure sound.
Let the magic of pure sound surround you: your favourite CD’s and films will bring you new emotions.
The Victoria EVO can perfectly reproduce the entire frequency range without the help of a subwoofer.
Exceptional Hi- Fi Speakers, they can be teamed with our Hurricane Satellite Range, to create 5.1 and 7.1 Home Cinema Packs, giving formidable performances with unequalled elegance and discretion.
Prestigious & Elegant, With Dynamic,
Breathtaking, Full-Bodied Sound
|Exceptional hi-fi speakers which can also be teamed with our satellites and subwoofers to create state-of-the-art home cinema packages. The Victoria Evo speaker provides formidable performance with unequalled elegance and discretion.|
Driver Unit Bass/Midrange:
Ultra Low Frequency Driver (Passive):
Dimensions L x D x H:
3 Ways, 4 Drivers
8 / 4 Ohms
40Hz – 28kHz
0.8" Silk Dome (20mm)
2 x 6" (150mm)
If that pun made you roll your eyes, they only get worse from here.
There are cool speaker designs, and then there are cool speaker designs. Most of the designs we audiophiles drool over include words like "ribbon," "ultra-tweeter" or maybe "plasmawoofer." Drivers and crossovers with specs to make a techy salivate wrapped in a swoopy MDF and veneered cabinet.
Or maybe not so swoopy.
And let’s face it, for the most part, even the coolest-looking speaker designs still look like speakers, and rarely do they offer the "wow" factor for the non-audiophile.
"But they go to 50,000 hertz!"
And then there’s the French company Waterfall, new to the U.S. market. Their Krystaline line of speakers, of which the Victoria Evo is in the middle, has cabinets made of glass. Not glass highlights or inserts, mind you, but entire cabinets (other than the base) made of actual glass.
It’s rare for something I’m reviewing to become a conversation starter among my non-techy friends, but these 40-inch-tall towers can’t help but be stared at. They’re so… different.
And even though these are the first speakers I’ve reviewed that came with a warning of potential danger to self (glass is sharp if it breaks), they’re made from safety glass. So there won’t be shards if you throw one (just tears). They also have a wide base.
In that base lives an 8-inch passive radiator, and the crossover is right above, tucked under a piece of bracing. The lines you see on the front are not just a design feature; they’re the internal wiring for the drivers. I guess they figured if they can’t hide it, they might as well highlight it. Like the 8-liter engine in a Veryon or Shatner’s acting on Star Trek. The woofer and mid-range drivers in this three-way design are both 6 inches. These mate up with the 0.8-inch silk dome tweeter. Waterfall claims a frequency response of 40 Hz to 28 kHz and a sensitivity of 89 dB.
Do the amateur audiophile test of rapping on the side with your knuckles, and it’s nicely solid. Clear, but solid.
No Veneer but Clear
And because it amuses me that much, I started my listening tests with, you guessed it, Philip Glass. One of my favorite film scores is the one he did for Koyaanisqatsi, which is on DVD-Audio, if you can find it or a player.
The first impression of the Victoria Evos is pretty much the exact opposite as you’d expect. These speakers are powerfully strong. When track six, "Pruit Igoe," gets going, your neighbors are going to know about it. It’s thunderous. Waterfall makes subwoofers, but if you’re looking for a simple 2-channel system, these speakers certainly don’t need the help. There isn’t a ton of really low bass (there’s only so much small-ish drivers can do), but the rest of the low end is extremely full.
My original placement was one where the speakers were toed-in. In this configuration, the trumpets and high registers of many instruments were a little forward. I repositioned them straight on, which alleviated the issue. They look better perpendicular to the wall, anyway. Less like speakers and more like "what are those?"
I moved on to Snow Patrol’s A Hundred Million Suns. "Set Down Your Glass" (come on, you saw that coming) starts out with a delicate guitar part, but slowly builds to the bombast that the band is known for. The guitar was never shrill, and the bass lines were never muddy.
Ingrid Michaelson’s 2006 album Girls and Boys is a fun album, no other way to say it. The seventh track, ahem, "Glass," builds to her voice soaring over a big drum sound, guitars, backing vocals and more. The Victoria Evos kept each instrument separate. Bass is definitely these speakers’ strong suit. It was never overwhelming, but I wouldn’t put them against a wall or in a corner. OK, I’m done with the puns.
Oh who am I kidding? "Like Eating Glass" from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm album is a dense, rocking song, which is what they’re good at. This track can become a muddled mess, but the Victoria Evos powered through without a hitch. The vocals were a little set back compared to some speakers I’ve heard, but it wasn’t that bad.
For the record, I had a bunch more, but "Broken Glass" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" and so on would have implied a subtext way off what I was intending in this review.
On one hand, the fact that anything this cool looking works at all makes it a success. There really aren’t any speakers like it, and they’re a guaranteed conversation starter. But where you would almost expect a "delicate" sound to come from speakers made out of glass, the Vicky Es surprise, with copious amounts of detailed bass. They aren’t lacking up top to create a detailed image with a full soundstage.
I imagine these speakers in a wide open, minimalist room that would show off their coolness. Lesser speakers would get lost in an environment like that, both sonically and visually, but not the Evos. They stand out, demanding to be heard and seen. It’s endearing, really, even if you have a, wait for it, heart of glass. Man I crack myself up.
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