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.
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 wavelaunch, 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 enourmous surface area of the drivers, coupled with their pure pistonic behavior enables dynamic contrasts that are alarming in their realism.
In keeping with the elegant minimalist crossover architecture, the entire chassis for the active crossover is exquisitely diamond-machined from a single, solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, this construction also results in superior resonance control as well as RFI/EMI shielding.
Extraordinarily complex, beautifully simple
An exquisite marriage of elegant industrial design and optimized acoustic proportion, the entire enclosure for the Lyra is comprised of just two components, the outer housing and the inner housing/baffle. Each of these components is formed as a single, continuous aluminum casting which nest together to create the inner and outer shell of the composite enclosure. All of the bracing, stiffening fins, drive unit recesses, and interior volumes are an integral part of the inner housing/baffle casting, as are the series of elliptical section stiffening ribs in the outer housing.
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 whose 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.
|Woofers||(2) 15″ custom composite cone Audiotechnology|
|Midbass||(2) 8″ custom composite cone Audiotechnology|
|Midrange||(2) 5.25″ custom composite cone Audiotechnology|
|Tweeter||1” beryllium dome|
|Weight||900 lbs. each|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz – 40 KHz, -3dB|
|Nominal impedance||4 ohms|
|Sensitivity||92 dB SPL/2.83 v|
|Min. amplifier power||50 watts|