Gayle Sanders, co-founder of electrostatic loudspeaker legends Martin Logan, has reportedly emerged from pseudo-retirement with a new brand bag – Gayle Sanders Eikon – and a new high-end active audio system: the Image1 loudspeakers and outboard Eikontrol box.
The gloss black-finished Image1 are floorstanders with two opposing 8″ bass drivers, a 5″ midrange and an AMT “wave guided” tweeter. The cabinets were reportedly designed using a proprietary constrained-layer system. Going beyond the press release, each loudspeaker houses
The Eikontrol box takes care of digital and analogue inputs, source selection and handles amplification at the driver level.
From the press release: “This sophisticated system is easily accessed and controlled from any smartphone, tablet, etc. (iOS/Android), and controls all of the basic preamp functions as well as multiple contour mapping settings, fine adjustments and environmental settings.”
That leads us to what sits between the Eikontrol’s input and its output: a DSP-powered engine room that (presumably) executes the loudspeaker’s crossover in the digital domain as well as “acoustic wave-shaping in the room, minimizing sidewall interactions and helping to achieve energetic bass lines as well as phase-perfect mids and highs.”
The Gayle Sanders Eikon system is hand built in Connecticut and will sell for US$24,500.
Those attending AXPONA this weekend can catch a preview of the Image1 and Eikontrol in Rooms 742 and 744.
Further information: Gayle Sanders Eikon