We design & manufacture ultra high performance audio products for the world’s most critical and discerning music lovers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do all the Auditorium Series speakers essentially look the same?

The glib answer would be we prefer to spend the money where it’s heard, not necessarily seen (we’re an ad man’s worst nightmare).
Although at first glance visually identical, there are substantial – and crucially inter-dependent – differences in every aspect of design and construction as you ascend the Auditorium range.
The relatively recent adoption of Kondo KSL amplification and cabling revealed that a further substantial increase in performance was possible. This led to the introduction of the OBX-RW which, gratifyingly, has come to be regarded as one of the world’s most musically persuasive loudspeakers.

Why the outboard (OBX) crossovers?

Ironically, one of the worst places to place a crossover circuit, for a number of reasons, is in a loudspeaker cabinet.
This is normally done for reasons of cost, reflected not only in the product pricing itself, but also in shipping costs - plus of course the extra floor space and cabling required.
Accordingly, for optimum performance, we offer the OBX-R2 and OBX-RW with external crossover boxes.
For those reluctant or unable to accept the demands of the external crossovers, the IBX-R2 and IBX-RW are otherwise identical, with only a marginally compromised performance in comparison to the OBX variants.

You design and ‘voice’ your loudspeakers using valve amplification.

What about results with solid-state amplifiers?

While valves remain our preference, many Auditorium Series owners achieve excellent, musically rewarding results with a variety of transistor amplifiers. The venerable Sugden A21, for instance, is a charming, highly capable partner for the Auditorium Series speakers.

Are all Auditoriums designed for bi-wiring?

Yes. The speakers are designed to give optimum performance in this configuration, but a single run of high quality cable, such as Kondo KSL SPz (silver), will sound better (though regrettably, not cost less) than bi-wiring with SPc (copper). It is of course quite possible to gain highly satisfactory results with less expensive cables. And truly astonishing results with Kondo KSL.

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