The Vaughn Cabernet II is a unique bi-polar Line Array speaker with 100 db efficiency but will handle 240 watts so will work with just about any amplifier. It has a big enveloping sound that is both highly transparent while providing a warm and full bodied sound available only when you can move massive amounts of air. 17 active drivers and two 12" passive radiators per cabinet allow for phenomenal dynamics and extremely low distortion.
The "ideal speaker" would simply consist of one very efficient, high impedance, full range driver that is flat from 20 – 40,000 hz
with uniform, wide dispersion at all frequencies. Unfortunately, that driver does not exist, so we attempt with our designs to come as close to what that ideal would represent in phase-coherent, full-range sound.
l"I had always loved the resolution and presence of the line array speaker systems however they always ended up having a loss of focus that was distracting over time. After 8 years of numerous prototypes and many misses we finally have a design that gives us the scale and presence of the larger line array systems with great clarity and focus in a very compact floor standing package.
Each speaker features sixteen 4" full range drivers along with a robust ribbon super tweeter and two 12" side mounted passive radiators. Eight of the full ranges and the super tweeter face forwards and the other eight full ranges are rearward facing. This provides a listening experience similar to the very best planar systems with dynamics and a presence that the panel speakers can only dream of. Combine this with their 100 db efficiency and easy 16 ohm impedence and they can be powered by the best low powered tube and solid state amps and still provide that "big speaker" experience or with their 240 watt power handling can handle the big muscle amps as well but you won't need all that power for more than satisfactory listening levels of even the largest scale music."
Early in my audio journey I fell in love with dipole panels, owning Acoustats, Quads, Martin Logans, Magnepans, Apogees etc.. The open, clear sound along with natural soundstaging was a cut above box speakers of the day. Unfortunately there was always that compromise of limited dynamics and bass power along with their thirst for big power and current wouldn't allow me to use my preferred lower powered tube amplifiers. Finally the Cabernet II combined with two subwoofers were able to give me everything I was looking for in one package. High effciency, easy impedance, great micro and macro dynamics, transparency, openess, and the big dense soundstage of the best dipole planars speakers. Finally I could have my cake and eat it too! If your tastes run along the same vein give the Cabernet II a listen, you'll be glad you did!