According to a company press release, Koetsu USA, the U.S. distribution arm of the renowned Japanese cartridge manufacturer, is bringing the Chario Academy Serendipity loudspeaker to the U.S. market for the first time. The release adds that Chario is Italy’s largest and oldest manufacturer of high-end loudspeakers and was founded in Milan in 1975.
The release continues by saying that the Serendipity is the largest speaker in the company’s flagship Academy line. The speaker is a five-way design that uses two 12.6-inch subwoofers, a 6.7-inch woofer, a 5.1-inch woofer, a 5.1-inch midrange driver, and a 1.3-inch Silversoft tweeter.
According to the release and the product’s owner’s manual, the drivers are configured in a Vertical Reversed Driver Array in which the drivers have different frequency bandwidths, different gain and different group delay so that they act as a distributed source (i.e., the opposite of the pulsating sphere). The company claims that the design deliberately generates cross-talk signals that enlarge the side perspective while maintaining the correct localization cues.
The release goes on to say that the Serendipity has rated power handling of 400 watts at 4 Ohms. The speaker’s two-piece cabinet is 63.4-inches tall and is available in walnut or cherry.
The Chario Academy Serendipity speakers are available for $32,070/pair and will be on display at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.
For more information, visit www.chario.it.