The HR824 in action really is a revelation. The stereo sound field is wide, deep, and incredibly detailed. High frequencies and midrange are clean and articulated. Low frequencies are no more or less than what you recorded - you can actually hear the distinct tonal qualities (and harmonic quantities) of a particular bass instrument - instead of just a "generic" bass note. Most important, the sweet spot is a broad, 3-dimensional area that gives you room to move up, down, and across the console. In short, instead of having its own distinctive "sound," the HR824 sounds like the outputs of your mixer.
Part of the reason the HR824 has such a transparent stereo image and large sweet spot is the gently curving wave guide that encloses its alloy dome high frequency transducer. This waveguide greatly improves vertical and horizontal dispersion. In effect, it "nurtures" high frequencies created by the tweeter, guiding them as they expand out into the listening field. In comparison, a flush-mounted high frequency transducer on a passive monitor's front board has trouble coupling with the air mass of the room. It does OK directly on-axis, but can't disperse high frequencies to create a wide panoramic stereo image.
There's more. In a conventional monitor, treble (high frequency) and bass (low frequency) transducer dispersion patterns often differ significantly. Since midrange is spread between both high and low-frequency transducers, audible anomalies can occur at the crossover point. The HR824's wave guide lets us match the high frequency dispersion pattern to that of the bass transducer for a seamless midrange transition. It also recesses the high frequency transducer so that its active area is on the same axis with the woofer, providing acoustic alignment of high and low frequencies.
Shouldn't a soft, light fabric dome tweeter perform better than a metal dome? Our exotic FFT laser vibration analysis proves otherwise. Fabric tweeters undulate and ripple like a pond disturbed by a big splash. After performing about a zillion tests, we found a 1 in. alloy dome tweeter that has unusually smooth response along with excellent power handling. It creates true, pistonic motion up to 22kHz and couples perfectly with our logarithmic wave guide. You get pristine, uncolored treble that defines the finest details and upper harmonics of your recordings and mixdowns.
The visible portion of the HR824's low frequency transducer system is an 8.75-inch woofer with a mineral-filled cone and extra-long-throw voice coil with an exceptionally long peak-to-peak excursion. On the business end is a massive magnet structure far larger than what could be effectively used on a passive monitor. This mono bass transducer is directly coupled in a servo loop with a 150-watt FR Series amplifier. Amp circuitry constantly monitors the LF transducer's motional parameters and applies appropriate control and damping. This constant correction produces tight, articulate bass that accurately delineates individual bass notes and kick drum impacts - without the tubbiness, distortion, or overhang common among small monitors.
Like other near-field monitors, the HR824 augments bass transducer output by constructively adding the woofer's back wave 180 degrees out of phase. Unlike other monitors, the HR824 avoids the drawbacks of ducted ports or slots that can induce power compression and low frequency distortion or cause audible vent noise. Instead, the HR824's low frequency transducer is coupled to a composite honeycomb, mass-loaded 6x12-inch elliptical passive driver that "fires" out the rear of the enclosure. With a radiating area equivalent to a 12-inch woofer, it efficiently couples the servo-controlled woofer with your control room's air mass to deliver honest, verifiably-flat response to 42Hz with a 38Hz 3dB-down point.
Naturally, the HR824's enclosure is built like a proverbial tank with 0.75 and 1 in. high-resin wood composite. But our damping extends even farther
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