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Purité Audio are delighted to announce that we will be representing Gradient loudspeakers.
Gradient are a Finnish manufacturer, they are known for their transparency and technical innovation.
We will be initially stocking their new Gradient 1.4.
Three way loudspeaker, which includes a coaxial Seas mid/high frequency driver and cardioid dispersion.
http://www.gradient.fi/en/
Pricing is real world with a RRP of Euros 5600 inc vat.
http://www.gradient.fi/en/

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This design reminds me of the Daleks:eek:. Shouldn't we be concerned that we might get exterminated in our living room?o_O
More seriously, is the coaxial design up to its theoretical promises (that is point source emission)? What is your experience with the coaxial drivers? Any measurements?
 

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The coax drivers I have heard, TAD and Genelec here in my room’s, bother sounded pretty good, although you can’t really divorce the mid/Hf from the whole presentation.
The Gradients appear to be thoughtfully designed, the Kiis and Dutch&Dutch 8Cs have convinced me of the benefits of cardioid response through the midrange.
We shall see when they arrive.
Gradient have been known on the U.K. for their dipole sub which was designed I believe to match with Quad electrostatics.
Keith
 

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WAF friendly versions:

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I really like these, from what I read. I find them very living room friendly, much more so than the the Dutch & Dutch 8Cs. They're not very tall, and the head of R2-D2 can be tilted upwards, which means that one can nevertheless get a direct line from the drivers to the ear, even if seated higher up. The cardioid dispersion makes it possible to place them close to the front wall, and the driver/cabinet construction probably makes them very point source-like.

A couple of gripes: They are ported, which I think is objectively suboptimal... but the port is tuned low enough that the resonance probably won't make itself noticed for acoustic material, which comprises the majority of my liestning. Also, they are passive, which is an unnecessary design choice. Still, hope to get to hear these.
 

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I am looking forward to hearing them, Gradient as a company appear to be objective and measurement led, I sort of agree re ported and passive, they are considering an active version.
I will compare them to the Kiis/8Cs when they arrive, cardioid makes a positive difference I have heard some good co-axials and although hardly cheap they are quite reasonably priced compared to the nano, graphene, brass with leather covers marketing led tosh which is available.
Keith
 

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they are known for their transparency
There's that word again! They don't appear in the least bit transparent to me.

Let's kill the word in relation to high fidelity- it's meaningless.
 

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Pricing is real world with a RRP of Euros 5600 inc vat.
Keith, I think you need to adjust your view of the world.
$6500 isn't a "real world" price for a pair of speakers most anywhere I'm aware of. :confused:
 

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I'm ambivalent to the prices seen in hifi. Most of it is obviously insane. But then there is some stuff that is decently engineered, where the manufacturers seem to charge about what they need to break even. I would assume that these Gradient speakers fall in that category. Still, 6500 USD is obviously a lot of money. At the same time, given that one buys these speakers and keeps them for a minimum of 10 years - is it that expensive then? After all, many people buy new mobile phones every second year, go on yearly vacations, etc. It's about priorities.

Personally, I never fly, I don't own a car and I don't eat meat. So that saves me quite some bucks. But I spend a big chunk of my disposable income on sound reproduction. But I know that there are lots of people who would never be able to spend 6500 USD on a pair of speakers anyway, even if they stop buying new phones or stop travelling abroad.
 

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Keith, I think you need to adjust your view of the world.
$6500 isn't a "real world" price for a pair of speakers most anywhere I'm aware of. :confused:
London is where international multi-millionaires and billionaires invest in real estate and make a home away from home. For many, $6500 is less than what they drop in tipping when they are there. And then there are the stock exchange jockeys, bankers, lawyers, corporate 'suits', etc that congregate there. A HiFi shop doesn't pay its London rent selling cheap stuff.

Meanwhile, back in the real world 'ordinary folk' can't afford to live in London or buy 6 grand speakers with additional sub-woofers. Those funny speakers that talk or respond and can be put anywhere are probably 'hifi' for the modern consumer. Baby boomers are dying out.
 
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