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The Rubanoide

Ribbon-like Loudspeaker System

PRICE

US $ 47,500

Rubanoide 3-way Loudspeaker

Simply put, this is one of the finest loudspeakers money can buy, period!

 

Handmade in Switzerland

 

As one reviewer aptly summarized his experience with an AC system : “For lack of any other way to put it, this is a system that has to be heard to be believed".

 

Another comment :   "In its totality, it is not like anything else I have heard before".  

 

Yet another :   "My entire point of reference just went out the window".

 

Finally :   "This is a review about the pure listening experience, because an Audio Consulting system can only be heard, not criticized"

 

 

 

About the Rubanoide Loudspeaker

 

Rubanoïde. The name derives from the French word ruban which is equivalent to the English ribbon. The "oid" suffix turns it into "ribbon-like" as this new driver operates similarly to the way ribbon speakers work while still being different from a true ribbon. The basic Rubanoïde concept was developed by a French engineer who is nearly 80 years old today. He labored over this project for 20 years because his invention, while deceptively simple in concept, is quite tricky to implement and even more difficult to usher into regular production.


Swiss Audio Consulting has advanced the Rubanoïde development further by working on the wooden frame and other proprietary aspects. The Rubanoide development focused on a single driver with extension to 200 Hz.  Audio Consulting offers a double-driver version, the Dvaijnoy, extending bandwidth to about 100Hz, "allowing for most critical fundamentals in natural instruments and human voices to be reproduced by this new breakthrough driver".


​The Rubanoïde works as a bipole unlike Magnepans, Apogees and most electrostatics. The use of very strong magnets achieves the high efficiency with a purely resistive impedance to work well with even single-ended triode amplifiers. The paper membrane's surface is the equivalent to a 15" driver.

"Like the big electrostatics (with however far higher efficiency) and good horns, this stunning driver has velocity impedance air coupling unlike the pressure coupling of almost all other drivers. The efficiency in energy transfer from the membrane to the air is such that even for higher frequencies, the sound is more realistic and dynamic than for example a Raven R3 ribbon. This is particularly interesting as the Raven features a 30mgr moving mass while the Rubanoïde has a 30gr moving mass.



Features for the Rubanoide include 100 dB efficiency from 250Hz to 20,000Hz. The 2-way system's Bass unit developed in collaboration with Sven Boenicke, deploys a 12" custom woofer and extends the system's response down to 35 Hz.



The Rubanoide can be extended at both frequency extremes via Audio Consulting's new 25 cm Ribbon Supertweeter and a pair of Subwoofers, resulting in a truly awe-inspiring system. In the 3-way System the subwoffers utilized are the Rubabass 2

To read more about the history of this remarkable and unique driver, and learn more about its technical specifications, please refer to the PDF document provided in the Button Link below :

RUBANOIDE 3-Way System

Dipole Bending Wave Reference Loudspeaker

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Rubabass 2 bass driver, low passed @ 300 Hz

  • Rubanoide Dvaijnoy medium driver, high passed @ 300 Hz

  • AMT super tweeter  driver, high passed @ 12'000 Hz

  • Over 96dB/w/m efficiency 

  • Impedance 4 ohms

  • Silver wire crossover coils and transformers , and silver capacitors

  • Dimensions: d 80 cm, w 65 cm, h 195 cm

  • Weight 98 kg/unit

  • Veneer to customer's requests

  • Mipa and Meteor Mipa bass amplifiers highly recommend

DVAIJNOY

Dipole Bending Wave Reference Loudspeaker

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Frequency response: from 100Hz to 20KHz

  • Over 103dB/w/m efficiency 

  • Impedance 4 ohms and purely resistive

  • Dimensions: d 32 cm, w 55 cm, h 145 cm

  • Weight 36 Kg

  • Veneer to customer's requests

RUBABASS 2

Dipole Bending Wave Reference Subwoofer

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Frequency response: from 15Hz to 600HzF

  • Over 96dB/w/m efficiency 

  • Resonnance frequency at 10 Hz, which is quite unique , as one octave below 20 Hz

  • Impedance 8 ohms 

  • Dimensions: d 80 cm, w 65 cm, h 55 cm

  • Weight 45 Kg /unit

  • Veneer to customer's request

ACS SUPER TWEETER

Dipole Reference AMT Supertweeter

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • AMT technology

  • Dipole design

  • 97 dB/w/m

  • Special crossover including Silver Rock transformer

INDICATIVE PRICING

ACS Products are customized to your system's requirements

Prices shown are indicative only and reflect a common standard configuration which is described in the page text above

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