Color me crazy and you’d not be too far off the mark.
But it’s been a long standing dream of mine to have a complete PS Audio system: from the AC plug to your ears. The last piece of the puzzle is the loudspeaker.
For those astute observers of the company’s progress, I’ve made a point over the last several years of engaging the best designers in the world to tackle individual product categories new to the company: Ted Smith for digital, Bascom King for analog, our chief engineer—Bob Stadtherr—for the transport and Digital Lens technologies, and now famed Infinity founder, Arnie Nudell for loudspeakers.
It should be no surprise I would have tagged Arnie to design our loudspeaker. I have been a fan of his work most of my adult life. The Infinity IRSV speakers in Music Room One is still one of the finest designed loudspeakers ever built.
As Arnie’s near 80 years old, I’ve convinced him to come out of retirement for one last tour de force on the state of the art in loudspeaker design—to make a product that encapsulates his many years of design excellence and love of music into a product he’d be proud to own and live with for the rest of his life. His ultimate statement on the state of loudspeaker design.
It’s a tall order, it may never be completed, but we’re digging in and working hard to see if we can’t build something extraordinary. Perhaps if this works and there’s people willing to support the line, we’ll try building a few more models as well, lower cost, smaller in size.
I can’t give you that many details because, as you can imagine, this is truly a work in progress. I have attached a picture of the artist’s sketch of what the first product would be. They are twin towers, about 5 feet tall, with dual 10" servo controlled woofers—one on each side of the cabinet—powered by an internal 700 watts control amplifier. The tweeters are AMTs (Air Motion Transformers) and the 6.5" midbass couplers are Arnie’s own creation. As for timing, I haven’t any clue. Might be a year, might be never. I just don’t know. This is a BIG project, and there’s no need to rush anything. We’re after perfection.
The idea behind this design is to recreate the dynamics and life of music in an effortless fashion, efficient enough to be driven by 100 watts of power. It should have extraordinary micro and macro dynamics that easily cover the entire range of possible dynamics of the orchestra played live.
Our target pricing is under $15K for the pair. But who knows where this will wind up. Or, if it even will exist. But, one can hope and dream.
I’ll be the first customer in line.