in , ,

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

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

    Follow John on YouTube or Instagram

    Andrew & The Argo-nauts: ELAC @ Munich High-End 2018

    Arresting simplicity from the Rupert Neve RNHP