Finally on display after a year long wait is the passive version of the Rockport Arrakis loudspeaker. Arrakis is a true star that has been hailed as the World's Best Loudspeaker by several reviewers, the Arrakis is for the SERIOUS audiophile looking for the finest in music reproduction in his home. Standing about seven feet tall and weighing 900 pounds a piece, the Arrakis is a loudspeaker designed to reveal everything in your music.
Rockport Technologies has added a new chapter to the annals of music reproduction history - destined to become the loudspeaker against which all others will be judged, the Arrakis completely transcends the boundaries of believability. The presentation of the Arrakis is as music itself, delicate yet expressive, raucous and unassailable, while full of complex harmonic textures and breathing with life. Vocalists and instruments have a "walk-around" dimensionality and solidity as they are projected onto a life-sized sound stage with a sense of realism that is unmatched by any loudspeaker. The utter command and ease of its presentation is unprecedented, coupled to a full range dynamic supremacy that is undeniable.
Equally arresting visually as it is sonically, the Arrakis' uncluttered contours are as elegant as they are essential. The purposeful lack of cabinet discontinuities ensures a clean wave launch, free from destructive diffraction effects, while its advanced composites construction prevents sonic contribution of any kind from its enclosure. At 900 pounds per channel, the cabinet is always at rest and presents an ideal platform for housing its custom, variable section thickness, carbon fiber composite cone drivers, yielding the lowest resolution floor available from any direct radiator loudspeaker. The enormous surface area of the drivers, coupled with their pure pistonic behavior enables dynamic contrasts that are alarming in their realism.
The Arrakis comes standard with a unique new feature: musical realism sufficient to make you forget you're listening to a loudspeaker. Every facet of the Arrakis has been designed to produce the most stunningly lifelike, natural presentation obtainable from a loudspeaker, and every opportunity has been seized to create a working masterpiece where its distinctive form is truly born of matchless function. Never before has one loudspeaker so seamlessly combined such contradictory elements as huge dynamic range and scale with intimacy and incomparable resolution - all without a vestige of compromise. For those looking for the definitive loudspeaker, your search has just ended.
As a dealer I have had many excellent loudspeakers in our listening room, but the Arrakis is without a doubt the finest I have EVER heard. I went from a jaundiced industry veteran to a wide eyed audiophile in one evening. Even old warhorses were new, involving and interesting to listen to. Before I knew it over the next several days a brief listening session turned into a six or eight hour stint of pure pleasure. This has gone on for over thirty days now, every time I listen I just want to put on more music. Each disc played excites interest in hearing the next. I have to be careful not to get sucked in to listening or I don't get any work done.
Esoteric Audio is the only dealer in the country offering auditions of the Rockport Arrakis.
We have placed this listing to invite serious music lovers to take the time to come to Phoenix and hear these BEFORE wasting your money on the other speakers in the same price range. Arrakis smokes them all! I am so sure of this that if you buy a pair we will deduct the price of your round trip air fare off the retail price!
Sell those old world class wannabes and get yourself the BEST, ARRAKIS!