Yep, these speakers are porcelain. The second incarnation of this now iconic set by Pasadena, CA, based Joey Roth, they offer an aural pleasure that might even be better than the conventional pair you've got at home. About 70% of the cost went into the high-grade sound elements: Amplifier based on the Tripath 2024 T-Amp with gold-plated binding posts, 1/8_ input, cast iron base and cork enclosure-revealing every nuance between lossless and mp3 files and the richness of vinyl LPs. There's re 16-gauge oxygen-free copper speaker cables with banana plug termination, 70 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range and 89 dB sensitivity with a 15 W/channel.
The base is cast iron, and volume slider of paulownia, and the stand of Baltic birch. Aside from the electronic components, plastic is completely avoided in the system's construction.
The long-anticipated Ceramic Subwoofer also lives up to Joey's standards: a balanced complement to the speakers that is neither boomy or aggressive, extending a system's frequency response down to 40 Hz, for greater richness in vocals and of instruments. As for bass heavy tunes? No problem. You can still feel those.
Of course, it's the aesthetics that are as much an appeal as anything, including the paper diaphragm and die-cast basket (and the beautiful paper pulp gift box!). Delicate beauty and industrial strength are hallmarks of the work by Joey Roth, who emphasizes the essentials in his design-from functionality to the honest, unfinished materials.
As Wired Magazine reviewed: "A seamless marriage of drool-worthy design and audiophile-worthy sound."
|Joey Roth Options||Price|
|Subwoofer + Speakers||$1,090|
|Subwoofer + Speakers + Bluetooth Receiver||$1,265|