According to a press release, Murrieta, CA hi-fi manufacturer Von Schweikert Audio is introducing the UniField Model Three loudspeaker, designed to perform optimally in smaller rooms where large loudspeakers are both inconvenient and sonically out of their element. In particular, Von Schweikert designed the UniField Three with an eye toward mitigating problems with boundary reflections and standing waves—problems that can be especially noticeable in small-room listening environments.
The release says that the UniField Three has a controlled dispersion pattern that produces a three-dimensional sound with depth and focus—even in small living spaces—thanks to exacting driver selection and a carefully chosen crossover topology.
Using engineering techniques derived from its award-winning VR-9SE loudspeaker ($90,000/pair), Von Schweikert produced what it calls “the most fascinating small speaker ever produced.” The UniField Three uses the same SEAS Excel magnesium woofer incorporated in the VR-9SE but in a smaller 7” size. The driver features “a unique system of specialized voice coil, pole piece, top plate, and magnetic structure” designed by SEAS to provide low distortion and achieve long excursion distances. The woofer is housed in its own 22” tall, ported, transmission line-loaded enclosure, which has four separate chambers tuned to different frequencies to spread resonances evenly across the frequency range. The woofer provides bass response to 25Hz.
The release says that the UniField Three features a hand-built 5” forged aluminum-frame driver with an exotic cone made from five different compounds. The company claims that it can cover the frequency range from 70–15,000Hz. The UniField Three incorporates an aluminum-foil ribbon tweeter that has a moving mass 20 times lower than a conventional dome tweeter.
The speaker uses high-quality internal parts including single-crystal, pure copper wiring and WBT Next-Gen binding posts. The enclosures feature curved surfaces, honeycomb internal bracing, and walls made of multiple materials. The driver frames are isolated from the baffle and cabinet walls using a synthetic clay gasket made for the military and designed by Jet Propulsion Labs (a NASA laboratory). The company claims this technology helps enhance transparency and eliminate distortion.
Pricing: $15,000/pair for blonde maple or medium red cherry finishes, Steinway high-gloss black lacquer is $1,000 extra.
For more information, visit www.vonschweikert.com