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|Read the enthusiastic Chiara review on HiFiStatement.net Chiara review The text highlights the extraordinary manufacturing capabilities of Kaiser Acoustics, a major factor in the Chiara's performance. |
The newest member of the Kawero! family was launched at the May 2012 Munich High-End show and immediately earned 'the best sound at the show' commendation from The Audio Beat, helped by highly-effective room treatment from Kaiser/LeadingEdge products.
For more detail about the technologies that make the Chiara – and other Kawero! loudspeakers – so special see Kawero! characteristics See this detailed and enthusiastic review in The Audio Beat – Chiara review
Paul Messenger, doyen of speaker reviewing, has this to say in the September '13 issue of hifi+ magazine: "The bottom line is that this is one of the finest loudspeakers I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. There's no such thing as a 'perfect' speaker but the Chiara ticks more boxes than any alternative I can recall, somehow managing to combine many of the best features of both large and small loudspeakers, albeit at a substantial price."
Download the PDF of Paul's four-page review: hifi+ 103 Chiara.pdf
The designer's response to Paul's one negative comment hints at the complexity of hifi and the difficulties reviewers face. This is Rainer Weber's conclusion at the end of the review:
|This technology is so revolutionary that at first it's not obvious why it's there. But it's the major key to a big sound out of a small speaker – less harshness, more clarity, greater dynamic range. This is really why the speaker behaves as it does – time domain coherence and the ability to keep a stable and detached image which depends on phase accuracy, as energy levels increase, are the differentiators here. |
The Chiara is a standmount speaker developed from the Vivace and both in turn from technology introduced in the astonishing Kawero! Classic.
A defining feature of all these loudspeakers is the way the rear-firing drive units have been designed to work with and couple to the room to maintain full power across the spectrum as frequency rises and the cone radiating area shrinks.
Other key reasons for the Chiara's performance are the extraordinarily solid Tankwood cabinet and the triple labyrinths built into the integral stand that drain unwanted energy from the cabinet, the drive units and the crossover.
This energy-absorption, built in collaboration with Vertex AQ, creates a very stable platform allowing the drive units to perform freely, without the destructive modulation of the signal that normally occurs to create distortion and lose detail.
How to deal with the 50% of output that's inside the cabinet? Drive units fire both ways and it's a major problem for speaker designers, especially with a small cabinet, to manage this unwanted energy. Conventional damping with fibrous material simply dampens the life in the music, affecting the sound the listener does want to hear.
However, by draining the internal energy into the labyrinths in the stand the forward-firing sound retains all its vivacity, dynamics and freedom from intermodulation distortion caused by uncontrolled vibration.
The astonishing performance – and it does take listeners by surprise – of the speakers is a combination of some of the world's best drive units and crossover components, the design skills of one of Germany's top acoustics experts and the acoustic energy control based on Vertex AQ's developments over the years.
First impressions of the Chiara are "How can they produce bass of such power and quality?" Then it becomes apparent that mid and treble, thanks to the superb ribbon tweeter and the stability of the baffle, are equally impressive.
The result is speakers that produce a huge soundstage filled with natural-sounding, lifelike performers in medium-sized rooms.
The Chiara design target is simply to be 'the best', almost cost-no-object.
The Kaiser Acoustics factory in Bavaria has superb veneering and finishing skills so the colour or wood veneer of the speakers can be almost whatever the customer wants, to match preferences and listening room décor. The matching stand is always colour-coordinated with the speaker cabinet and semi gloss finish, high gloss on request.
Typical price range £19,070 to £20,810.
Special features of the Chiara:
- Speakers that work with the room to maintain the power response for correct tonal balance
- Some of the very best drive units, including ribbon tweeters
- Ultra-dense Tankwood cabinets with ideal sound characteristics
- Control and dissipation of mechanical energy, technology developed by Vertex AQ, for clarity, separation, timing and bass control
- Comfortable load for medium-power amplifiers
- Mundorf AMT Tweeter (similar to a ribbon tweeter but with much more surface area and headroom), special version for Kaiser Acoustics
- 15 cm ScanSpeak Illuminator bass-midrange with special paper-sandwich cone and underhung Neodymium motor
- ScanSpeak Illuminator passive radiator with aluminium cone custom made for Kaiser Acoustics
- 2-way system with time- and phase-optimised crossover
- radical equalisation solution for the step in response normally caused by the baffle
- cross-over with very high spec. Duelund Cu CAST capacitor and coil
- Tankwood Cabinet with additive damping layer
- Vertex AQ Technology triple labyrinths in the integral stand to drain structure-borne energy and EMI/RFI from the cabinet, drive units and crossover
- 87 dB @ 2,83 V
- 4 Ohm – straightforward load, suitable for medium-power amplifiers
- 150 W maximum power handling
- height:116cm (45.7in); width: 29.5cm (11.6 in); depth: 47cm (18.5 in) weight: 34kg
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