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Rockport AviorRockport, Maine-based Rockport Technologies is now shipping its brand-new Avior loudspeaker. The Avior is 46.5"H x 15"W x 24.5"W and weighs 220 pounds. The Avior's sensitivity is rated at 89.5dB (1m/2.83V) and the impedance is said to be 4 ohms. Frequency response is claimed to be 25Hz to 30kHz, +/- 3dB. 

According to Andrew Payor, designer and president of Rockport Technologies, the Avior possesses the "newest generation of custom, carbon-fiber-sandwich-composite cone drivers designed and developed from the ground-up by Rockport Technologies. Both the bass drivers and midrange driver utilize a revolutionary new carbon-fiber fabric in their cone construction that further increases the stiffness-to-weight ratio of the composite cones ensuring pure pistonic behavior throughout their entire operating range. Both drivers also feature newly designed cone profiles as well as state-of-the-art, ultra-linear, high-power motor systems. The result is vanishingly low distortion (-60dB!), incomparable resolution, and enormous dynamic range. Scan-Speak’s spectacular new beryllium-dome tweeter provides the Avior’s astonishingly expressive and airy top end, perfectly complimenting its authoritative, yet nimble lower registers and extraordinarily textured, ultra-high-resolution midband."

The Avior is a three-way, four-driver design with the classic raked-back Rockport form factor. The cabinet structure is also quite ambitious. Payor states, "The Avior’s triple-laminated, constrained-mode-damped enclosure boasts a solid 6-inch-thick front baffle and variable-section-thickness, gracefully curved side panels and crowned top surface. Together, these not only create an elegant form, but also endow the enclosure with immense stiffness and minimum resonant signature. The enclosure’s large sweeping chamfers and ever-changing baffle dimensions virtually eliminate diffraction anomalies." 

The Avior is priced at $29,500.00 per pair. 

Rockport Technologies website

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