04_HCC_119_audiopro diamond 20/6/05 12:23 pm Page 75 Tried&Tested AUDIOPRO BLUE DIAMOND N £1,550 (Approx) N 01423 359054 N www.audiopro.com Blue Diamond treasure trove Adam Rayner gets turbo charged by two towers with active bass as part of the Audio Pro Blue Diamond system I ’m one of the Horribly Unashamed are arranged so the 5.25in driver and when it comes to low frequency tweeter are pointing out at the listener reproduction. I like it loud, deeper from the rear corners, although they can than hell, very powerful, and able to obviously be used in subtle zone scare the cat. I figure that if Jerry applications. They are ported Bruckheimer or Steven Spielberg want underneath, where the hole can be me to jump clear out of my seat, then stopped up with a supplied piece of the reproduction system I’m using to foam pluggery if you wish. I preferred enjoy their films should be able to do them unimpeded. They have four blunt RATINGS this for me. conical feet underneath to hold the port Highs: Looks gorgeous and not intrusive; Of course, that sort of massive scale the right distance above the surface they no need for a separate subwoofer Lows: Set up can be challenging and might will cost plenty, unless you stand upon for some acoustic resistance. choose very carefully from the There are carefully shaped rubber feet Fronts/rears ##### equipment that’s thought to offer supplied with adhesive layers of tape for Centre ##### synergy. Audio Pro consider themselves sticking to these cones if you want to Bass #### kings of synergy. Take a look at the spread the load. OVERALL ##### M imposing floorstanders included in this The centre speaker and the Blue system. For the price of an upper-mid band set of five speakers, you are SPECIFICATIONS getting paired active subwoofers, as ITEM DETAILS Audio Pro Blue Diamond v.2 fronts built in as well. This already looks like Drive units One 10in long throw subwoofer with active good value. 175W amplifier per side; one 1in soft dome This review system actually comprises tweeter; 1 6.5in coated midrange driver Enclosure type 3-way dual enclosure ported, one for midbass, a pair of weird-looking surround lumps one for bass called QUBE, a centre speaker known as Frequency response 22Hz-25kHz Sensitivity 89dB the Black Vector in its v.2 guise, and the Power handling 125w aforementioned set of front left and Dimensions 190(w) x 975(h) x 360(d)mm right towers with active subwoofers in Weight 30.5kg each Audio Pro Black Vector v.2 centre each, the so-called Blue Diamond (v.2) Drive units One 6.5in woofer; one 6.5in passive radiator that lend this system its name. driver; one 3.5in midrange driver; one 1in super tweeter Enclosure type 3-way passive radiator Is it a mirage? Frequency response 40Hz-25kHz The QUBE is a product that is sold Sensitivity 89dB individually and reminds me powerfully Power handling 125W Dimensions 185(w) 560(h) x 270(d)mm of the intent behind the Mirage Weight 12.7kg each Omnipolar concept. Although not as Audio Pro QUBE wide-dispersing, their sloping faces still Drive unit One 2.5in woofer; one 1in soft dome tweeter Enclosure type 2-way ported bass reflex radiate sound. They have an angled top Frequency response 43Hz-28kHz with an asymmetrical cloth and plastic Sensitivity 87dB grille to cover what is a cube with a Power handling 125W Dimensions 335(w) x 250(h) x 250(d)mm diagonal slice lopped off the top. They Weight 9kg J U LY 2005 H O M E C I N E M A C H O I C E 75 04_HCC_119_audiopro diamond 20/6/05 12:24 pm Page 76 SpeakerSystem The stunning piano black finish means you’ll need the protective gloves that are supplied with the kit Smart cloth grills are offset by the piano black finish soundtrack and familiar sequences. I ‘You get a fabulous 3D field along wanted to explore the depths of those The twin active subs can be fed via LFE phonos or line level with a vocal clarity and perfection twin subs, so started at the point where the water starts to shake in both the of placement that is exceptional’ glass and the huge T-Rex footprint. Immediately, despite the differences between the tweeters front-to-back, I Diamond towers all have super tweeters input gain and master volume. The set is could tell they were all voice matched. M that reach a quoted 25,000Hz, yet the supplied with two long single core You get a fabulous three-dimensional tweeters on the QUBE are ‘better’ in that phono leads and a ‘Y’ lead. You take the sound field, in this case of surrounding they claim to reach 28,000Hz. The LFE feed from your amp and split it jungle noises, along with a vocal clarity tweeters on the front soundstage between the two boxes’ inputs and then and perfection of placement that is speakers all live in floating die-cast balance it all up. A little like balancing a truly exceptional. aluminium sub-enclosures so as to keep broomstick on your nose, I had two When the bass comes along, it is their output clean. The centre sports a master volumes, two phono level input fittingly impressive. The bass is rich, fat 3.5inch midband driver beneath the controls and of course the LFE feed and drops deeply, if not quite as low as a tweeter to keep the horizontal energy attenuator system from the reference reference quality sub, like my resident The two floorstanders have integrated dispersion more even, we are told. The Acurus ACT3 pre-power combo I use for Rel can do. Rated down to 22Hz, I also active subwoofers left and right have a rear-firing port to this sort of thing to get hunky dory. tried my standard 16Hz ‘can you cope’ help the 6in driver go with their tweeter, This was in fact a total doddle, test from the old Mars Telarc recording. It in a separate enclosure at the top of the although you do have to get up, sit was clear that something was rumbling tower. down, go ‘Hmm?’ and do it again a even if they didn’t reach fully flat down The Black Vector centre speaker couple of times before it sounds right into the snake’s belly zone. uniquely sports a passive radiator. This rather than overblown. Once you have means that instead of a port, only one of put the knobs in place, put on the pairs Conclusion the bigger 6.5in drivers is driven. The of white cloth gloves you have been Once again this is an impressive 5.1 other allows the enclosure to breathe a using, as supplied, to install the system system from Audio Pro. It delivers a bit and thus raises the efficiency to 89dB back in their cartons. It is time superb all round performance, with great so it can keep up with the left and right to enjoy…. imaging, dynamics, clarity and towers a little better. intelligibility, even when it is under The Blue Diamonds each have fins on Mixed and matched heavy drive, with bass that makes you the back to allow cooling of their Sometimes, I like to go retro and look for paired coffee-table sized onboard 175W amplifiers. They also have evaluate speakers with an old movie. My woofers that simply ain’t there. Stylish An underneath shot of the curious an on/off switch, a sub-operating choice here was Jurassic Park, a home and surprisingly good value, they are Qube’s downward-firing port on/auto switch and knobs for both LFE cinema classic with an awesome well worth auditioning I 76 H O M E C I N E M A C H O I C E AUGUST 2005
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