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Buchardt Anniversary 10 Measurements and Review

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to be honest, for 3800€ i expect perfection so judgement is only fair.
 

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Yeah, I tried the main flat one, in room flat and near field. Room flat is very neutral like a KH120 or Revel kind of sound. Flat response mode is a more lively sound, not sure its a listen all day everyday kind of sound but its fun for a few hours, at least in my room. Near field seems to do pretty well for a little bit drama, imaging and fun but not too neutral or too bright, at least in my room. My room is asymmetrical so I like it when a speaker can image well.

Their “master tuning” concept is a really interesting use of DSP. I could see something like that solving a lot of “audiophile nervosa” issues, as you can get multiple speakers in one.
 

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This speaker is from Buchardt, a manufacturer based in Denmark. Someone purchased their 10th anniversary model and sent it to me for measurement.

In Korea, there's no official distributor for this product, so to acquire it, one would have to contact the Danish headquarters for a direct purchase… With its quite unique and attractive design, let's now take a look at the data of this speaker!



Frequency Response

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The frequency response of this speaker is quite flat. There is a shallow dip of about an octave wide around 1-2kHz, which could be perceived as part of the speaker's unique tonal character. However, what concerns me a bit already is the low-frequency bandwidth.

This speaker uses a 6.5-inch woofer in a sealed design.

It's likely possible to extend the bandwidth(Bass) to such an extent with just a single woofer unit without the aid of a passive radiator or port because this is an active speaker.

While the exact intent behind the design is unclear, I believe it's quite a stretch to boost the lows that much with a single 6.5-inch unit in a sealed design.

Anyway, it has a bandwidth of about 25.5Hz at -6dB. Perhaps they tuned it so aggressively relying on the very powerful Purifi unit (the manufacturer of the woofer unit installed in this speaker)...





Nearfield Measurements
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As expected, it shows a clean handling of good materials, with no particular anomalies. The crossover between the woofer and tweeter has been asymmetrically cut.






Directivity
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The horizontal directivity is quite clean.
Due to the use of a very small 19mm tweeter unit, lowering the crossover point further must have been challenging. However, as a self-proclaimed high-end speaker manufacturer, I feel there's room for improvement in smoother control.
This is particularly noticeable around 2.5kHz, where there's a narrowing, likely due to this factor.




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The vertical directivity shows a couple of significant null points near the crossover region.
Excluding these, the off-axis response appears to fall off quite smoothly.




Beamwidth
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Overall, the beamwidth has a standard feel to it.
Still, thanks to the waveguide, the directivity in the high frequencies is well controlled, without any particular spikes or bulging.




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The vertical directivity is quite narrow.
Particularly at the crossover point, the upward direction from the tweeter reaches the -6dB point at only about 10 degrees.



Polar plot
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The appearance is uniform and beautiful, yet the region around 2kHz still seems lacking, which seems unavoidable.
However, despite this, the other pleasures that the 19mm tweeter offers might make this aspect tolerable for actual users.

I dare to speculate that the decision to drastically reduce the diameter of the tweeter was intended to push the vibrational partition and the resulting directional and various acoustic errors beyond the human audible range.




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It reaffirms that the allowable vertical angle for faithful reproduction is not very wide.




THD
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Oh my goodness… I thought they had set it too aggressively, trusting in Purifi.
Purifi units are quite famous for their excellent design, guaranteeing faithful performance even at high displacements. However, I believe the failure resulted from choosing the smallest possible enclosure size that could accommodate a 6.5-inch woofer, and attempting to overcome all limits with EQ correction.
It would be better to just give up on the low frequencies.



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Purifi products are well-known for their excellent design, which guarantees faithful performance even at high displacements. However, this speaker seems to be among the smallest in its class capable of accommodating a 6.5-inch woofer. It appears there were challenges in attempting to overcome the limitations of the unit's surface area and volume through EQ correction.





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An output of 95dB SPL@1m puts this speaker under excessive strain.
Especially since it can't properly produce low frequencies due to its structure, yet is boosted with EQ, you can see the woofer unit struggling greatly.

As a sealed design, it showed quite a clean response in the 70-80Hz and above range, which is typical for speakers of this size.
However, due to the small internal volume, the proportion of second harmonic distortion in the lows starts to increase even from 85dB SPL.

As the internal volume of the speaker box decreases, there is less air, and the asymmetry in pressure increases when a woofer of the same size compresses and expands the air with the same displacement.
This leads to an increase in second harmonic distortion.




Multitone test

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While I was somewhat prepared for this, I didn't expect it to this extent.
As a result of pushing a high-displacement capable unit to its limit, I observed very high Multitone Distortion across almost the entire spectrum.




80Hz~
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The results are astonishing when I cut off the measurement signal below 80Hz and remeasured only the higher frequencies.

Indeed, by removing the low-frequency part that was overstrained in the speaker's design, I could see an incredibly clean response.
This speaker would likely show a completely different performance when used in conjunction with a subwoofer, cutting off the lows, rather than being used as originally designed.







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The Multitone Distortion also significantly increases at the point where the low-frequency displacement expands.
The element that most highlights the shortcomings of this speaker is, indeed, the EQ design by the manufacturer.




Compression test
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Again, despite the fact that this speaker could technically handle it according to its specifications, the excessive settings have led to undue compression.
It's really a pity about the settings.





Deviation
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This time as well, since I received a pair of samples, I was able to measure the response variation between the two. The craftsmanship of the units and the design seems to be excellent.
Especially, most of the frequency range, from the lows to the ultra-highs, shows excellent linearity, staying within +/- 0.3dB.

However, there is a difference in the overall level. It seems that Sample B is set about 0.2dB lower than Sample A.

If only the level matching had been correctly done...!


(+20.12.2023)
In my reviews of speakers controlled via DSP, like Neumann KH120 ii, Genelec 8330A, 8351B, I wanted to suggest the aspect of amp level matching.

If the manufacturing process is not top-tier, encompassing in-house pair matching from units to the finished speaker, a variance within 0.5dB in the linearity of the final speaker product is commendable.
The Buchardt A10 I measured this time is insanely excellent in this regard.
However, the overall level being offset implies amp level matching. Considering the other performance aspects, I expressed a slight disappointment thinking, "For a company capable of handling details to this extent, they could have matched the amp levels a bit more precisely."




Grill test

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This product comes with a round-shaped grill that attaches magnetically.
However, considering it distorts the response, and given the appealing appearance of the units and waveguide, I think I wouldn't use the grill on this speaker for any reason.





In conclusion, here are my personal thoughts.

Buchardt has been a manufacturer of interest to me for some time. They used sufficiently good materials, but I think they spoiled the end result with overly ambitious settings.

Despite having a 6.5-inch woofer, this speaker is very compact, with the trim ring's diameter and the enclosure's width nearly identical. I don't believe many users would expect deep bass in the 20-30Hz range from such a small speaker. (Expecting that might be unreasonable…)

Nevertheless, I think I will end up giving this speaker a fairly high score. If used with a subwoofer setting that cuts off the lows, it will show unbelievably strong performance for its size. Even without a subwoofer, if the user applies a suitable filter in the low frequencies considering the size, it will still deliver very reliable performance.

It's a bit disappointing that there was a 0.2dB difference in the amp level, but considering the variation in linearity between samples and the overall craftsmanship, there are enough aspects to give it extra points. Especially with the addition of the Scandinavian design aesthetic... I was quite satisfied.

But I must emphasize once again... if only they had been a little less ambitious with the bandwidth!

...That's all.



(+20.12.2023)
I apologize for any nuances lost due to my limited English skills and the use of translation tools, and for appearing overly strict and harsh in my evaluation, particularly towards Buchardt speakers.

As I mentioned in my previous comment, I hold this speaker in high regard. Additionally, I had some misunderstandings about the design intentions of this speaker until I heard the manufacturer's comments.

This speaker offers a proprietary system that allows for adjustment of bandwidth and curve, catering to both users who enjoy listening at low volumes in close quarters and home theater enthusiasts.

The default setting is sufficient to provide a deep bass response at low volumes, which is not typically felt in other speakers of similar size.


I also hope that mentioning the use of a translator doesn't come across as a poor excuse on my part. It is true that my evaluation may have seemed particularly harsh towards this speaker, and even though it was accompanied by affection, a more delicate revision was necessary for the nuances to be properly conveyed, which I failed to do.

However, thanks to Buchardt's explanation, I have gained a better understanding of the actual demands in a typical home environment, and for this, I extend my deep gratitude to the manufacturer.
No need to apologize at all. Thank you for your service
 

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I apologize for any nuances lost due to my limited English skills and the use of translation tools, and for appearing overly strict and harsh in my evaluation, particularly towards Buchardt speakers.

As I mentioned in my previous comment, I hold this speaker in high regard. Additionally, I had some misunderstandings about the design intentions of this speaker until I heard the manufacturer's comments.

This speaker offers a proprietary system that allows for adjustment of bandwidth and curve, catering to both users who enjoy listening at low volumes in close quarters and home theater enthusiasts.

The default setting is sufficient to provide a deep bass response at low volumes, which is not typically felt in other speakers of similar size.


I also hope that mentioning the use of a translator doesn't come across as a poor excuse on my part. It is true that my evaluation may have seemed particularly harsh towards this speaker, and even though it was accompanied by affection, a more delicate revision was necessary for the nuances to be properly conveyed, which I failed to do.

However, thanks to Buchardt's explanation, I have gained a better understanding of the actual demands in a typical home environment, and for this, I extend my deep gratitude to the manufacturer.
Did you ever asked Buchardt directly to send you speakers for review before?

If you did ask and Buchardt didn't send you anything, then you do not need to apologize. Had Buchardt sent you this speaker, they would of spoken to you directly from the start and explain their design and able to answer all of your questions.

If Buchardt chose not to send you a speaker for review, they still have no authority nor control of customers who owns a pair decides sent it to you for review. But perhaps, next time before you publish the review, try to get a hold of the manufacturer and ask them to comment on the review this way you can catch any possible mistakes or misunderstanding or misinterpretation.
 

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One can "vent" a little frustration with this speaker's bass alignment, but the guys at Buchardt seem to know their craft and take it quite seriously.

 

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One can "vent" a little frustration with this speaker's bass alignment, but the guys at Buchardt seem to know their craft and take it quite seriously.

Agree with this. When you hear accurate speakers you find that a lot of music has more or less bass then what not accurate speakers portray.

I just tried the room correction with the Buchardt mic and software yesterday and it did a decent job at increasing bass output, punch and clarity in my room. I was surprised by how much my room needed help to get better bass. Still I am little concerned about distortion and would like to see Erin's measurements too.

At the same time, I have heard speakers like the Kef LS50 or DIY Scan Speak 2-ways where you don't want more bass or anything on some music, you don't even need to have it very loud to be in awe and amazed, so bass performance is not everything depending on the music and listening conditions.. I also had the Polk R700 is my room and other large speakers be too boomy and hard to fix in my room. No speaker is perfect and no room is perfect. I'm kind of leaning to what works well in my room and I think the A10 probably is the best in my room so far after owning over half a dozen speaker. Audio shows are another great example of how frustratingly hard audio can be to make work.
 
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Impressive performance. I generally do not like an aluminum dome for a studio monitor, but this one seems to be very well dumped.
 

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This is not a studio monitor, nor with an aluminium dome.
Tweeter1 x 19 mm / 0.74" Resonance Free Aluminum dome with CDC aluminum waveguide

Am I looking at a wrong page? And this is a very typical active studio monitor design. I don't know what you're talking about...

 

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I think both are right its a lifestyle speaker with studio monitor dimensions and master tuning for all the above.
 

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Agree with this. When you hear accurate speakers you find that a lot of music has more or less bass then what not accurate speakers portray.

I just tried the room correction with the Buchardt mic and software yesterday and it did a decent job at increasing bass output, punch and clarity in my room. I was surprised by how much my room needed help to get better bass. Still I am little concerned about distortion and would like to see Erin's measurements too.

At the same time, I have heard speakers like the Kef LS50 or DIY Scan Speak 2-ways where you don't want more bass or anything on some music, you don't even need to have it very loud to be in awe and amazed, so bass performance is not everything depending on the music and listening conditions.. I also had the Polk R700 is my room and other large speakers be too boomy and hard to fix in my room. No speaker is perfect and no room is perfect. I'm kind of leaning to what works well in my room and I think the A10 probably is the best in my room so far after owning over half a dozen speaker. Audio shows are another great example of how frustratingly hard audio can be to make work.

You make some great points.

As I often think or say, we measure (or Amir does!) and buy astoundingly high-performance gear (virtually transparent) but in the end have to listen to our music through speakers that are far from perfect and are highly influenced by placement and in-room effects. As we get better at DSP, it can really improve the sound of many speakers and headphones by equalizing or compensating for their inherent design deficiencies or the obstacles created by the listening environment.

I see loudspeakers as the ultimate hi-fi conundrum, and the hardest thing to get right.
 

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I really don’t understand the obsession with low frequency extension in small speakers. I’m a big fan of two-ways with multiple subwoofers, but the two-ways need to be built for dynamic headroom, not unused low end.
 

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I really don’t understand the obsession with low frequency extension in small speakers. I’m a big fan of two-ways with multiple subwoofers, but the two-ways need to be built for dynamic headroom, not unused low end.
What obsession? The Apple Homepod is the only small speaker I can think of trying to fare without a sub. I don't know if the Buchardt is small anyway at 16 liters external.
Have you never heard of anyone having restrictions in space or aesthetics, or just preferring minimalism?
 
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