Jazz, Rock or Classical music - it doesn't matter whether your favorite music is stored on CD, SACD, a hard-disc-drive or the good old analog disc. It is important to maintain the balance between resolution and details on one hand and naturalness and emotions on the other hand. This balance determines the ability to listen to music or, more importantly, to experience live music! The development of the MIRAGE is Artos Audio´s commitment for a true, natural and emotionally touching music experience. If you listen to a pair of MIRAGE for the first time you will feel immediately that the music sounds 'right'. To obtain this extraordinary level of naturalness, the MIRAGE combines innovative design aspects and lots of experience. The result is just the difference between a speaker system from Artos Audio and many others.
Together with the renowned company Accuton we designed the various drivers and the crossover for the MIRAGE in order to perfectly meet the requirements of the not damped Airflow-Cabinet. Four 7" ceramic Woofers are in charge to deliver a truly deep, controlled and tight bass, which is unique for the size of this speaker system. The 7" midrange driver with its 55mm Titanium Voice-Coil and a large Neodymium Magnet-System and the 1.20" ceramic tweeter – also using a Neodymium Magnet-System – underline the high level of all parts used for the MIRAGE.
The MIRAGE DIAMOND is made for just those music lovers, looking for nothing but the best while being limited by a small to medium sized listening room. The main differences are:
1. The Black-Diamond-Tweeter: The extremely low weight and the unsurpassed stiffness of the Black-Diamond membrane enable a nearly linear frequency-response of up to 100kHz.
2. The crossover: While some manufacturers simply change the tweeter (Black Diamond instead of ceramic), the MIRAGE DIAMOND uses a completely new designed crossover with different parts and additional circuits.
3. The internal wiring: While the Mirage uses a PCOCC internal wiring system, the MIRAGE DIAMOND takes advantage of the Silver-Gold-OCC wiring system that was originally designed for our reference model Hurricane.
The final step
As an option, the MIRAGE EXTENDED demonstrates Artos Audio's passion for music and the permanent ambition to turn a perfect speaker system to another level. The external crossover allows us to forget the limited space available inside the MIRAGE. Not only better parts made by Mundorf and Duelund find their place in these crossovers, there are NO vibrations from the drivers taking impact on the individual parts. In addition, bi-wiring, tri-wiring, bi-amping and tri-amping are possible.
System: 3-Way Airflow-Design
Cabinet: resonance-optimized multi-layer-construction
Drivers: 1 x 1.2" Ceramic tweeter (or 1.2" Black Diamond tweeter)
1 x 7" Ceramic midrange
4 x 7" Ceramic woofer custom made by Accuton
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Efficiency: 93 dB
Power handling: 15 - 500 Watt @ 4 Ohm
Frequency response: 28Hz - 40kHz (60kHz with Diamond Tweeter)/ -3 dB
Terminal: WBT or Furutech Single-Wire Terminal (Extended version: Tri-Wire)
Crossover: hand crafted by ARTOS AUDIO using Mundorf (Duelund) parts
Internal wiring: PCOCC construction made by ARTOS AUDIO
Spike-System: 8mm stainless steel spikes
Dimensions: 138 x 27 x 52 cm (HxWxD)
Weight: 70kg/pcs. 90 kg incl. packaging
Finishes: real wood veneer with 10-layer high-gloss piano lacquer, 10-layer piano-finish black or white
ARTOS Mirage - $39,990
ARTOS Mirage Diamond - $47,990
ARTOS Mirage Extended - $47,990
ARTOS Mirage Extended Diamond - $55,990
CLICK HERE for more info about ARTOS Audio and their amazing loudspeakers. Available in many different real wood veneers. Factory Lead-time is 6-8 weeks.
About ARTOS Audio
ARTOS Audio, a company from Krefeld Germany, manufactures timeless, very elegant looking and fantastically finished speakers in the tradition of German craftsmanship combined with innovative leading-edge engineering.
ARTOS Audio loudspeakers are time-coherent with outstanding precision, very open and natural-sounding with impressive soundstage, super fast and dynamic with lifelike realism and spectacular bass control.
Music is part of our culture, part of our lives. Everyone who loves music knows about the wide range of feelings and emotions that can be triggered by music. Music keeps memories alive and gives us those precious moments of happiness and satisfaction. Playing music through a HiFi-system - no matter what quality it is - can never substitute attending a concert, because the emotional touch of a live performance is most often lost during the recording session, the mixing procedure in the recording studio, or the following "conservation" on the musical media. ARTOS Audio strives to bring the listener as close as possible to the emotional experience of a live performance.
The primary goal is to create tonally balanced and a neutral speaker systems, that allow the listener to be as close to the original recording as possible. While the overall performance of the speaker systems is the major focus, ARTOS Audio follows a clear philosophy with regard to physical properties and relevant measurable parameters. The shape of ARTOS speakers is dictated by the air-flow-optimized properties of the entire construction - form follows function rather than vice versa. The timeless and elegant appearance is a welcome side effect.
The foundation and basis for the excellent performance of ARTOS speakers is the cabinet. All cabinets are optimized to keep resonance effects as low as possible, while using the energy radiated into the cabinet instead of absorbing it. The shape of the cabinets and their internal construction allows optimal air-flow efficiency while keeping resonances at a minimum, which makes any damping materials inside the cabinets unnecessary.
After long hours of listening, measuring and experimenting with many different materials ARTOS decided on three types of wood. Birch, Beech and Maple are the woods used to manufacture the cabinets. Eleven layers of different kinds of wood are pressed into shape for the side walls, while the front baffle uses a massive and solid piece of beech wood. The extreme stiffness and resonance properties of the cabinets avoid the typical "wooden" sound found in less elaborate constructions. Placing the highest demands on development turns even the smallest detail into a time- and cost-intensive project.
The manufacturing process of the cabinets for a pair of the smallest loudspeakers requires 100 man hours. First, the side panels are pressed into shape. After this, the CNC-machined front baffle and the rear Air-Flow panel are mounted to the side panels using numerous internal braces. Next, the cabinet is sealed and lacquered inside using a special instrument varnish.
All drivers are custom-made, Air-flow optimized highest grade ceramic drivers from the German manufacturer Accuton. The crossover network uses only top quality high-grade matched-pair premium capacitors, oxygen-free copper-foil coils and metal-oxide resistors made by Mundorf and Duelund. The internal cabling is handmade by Heavens Gate Audio of Germany. The single wire terminal uses the top WBT-Germany platinum binding posts.