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Hitting hard: concrete active loudspeakers from Gravelli

  • Tables, outdoor chairs and light fittings – everything including the kitchen sink – are just some of the products made by Prague’s Gravelli. The company’s USP is that each product’s base material is concrete.

    Recently tapped by Austria’s EAT for a concrete turntable plinth, Gravelli has turned their hand to active loudspeakers. The Virtuoso standmount (€5000/pair) is a DSP-fuelled two-way whose enclosure is cut from concrete with each speaker tipping the scales at 16kg. Augmenting a front-facing wide-dispersion 4.5″ full range ‘BMR’ driver is a pair of side-firing bass drivers: a 7″ passive, and a 5″ active. Internal amplification is Class D and comes from The Netherlands’ Hypex.

    Inputs include a pair of RCA, coaxial S/PDIF and USB that supports PCM up to 24bit/192kHz.

    Company co-founder Ladislav Eberl reports that a second version of the Virtuoso is already in development and will likely feature an HDMI input and smartphone-powered output voicing (according to taste):

    Further information: Gravelli

    John H. Darko

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