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German Physiks UnLimited Speaker (pair)
Up until now, German Physiks Loudspeakers have been enjoyed by only a small number of people with deep enough pockets but that changed with the ‘Limited 11' and now again with the 'UnLimited'.
The German Physiks UnLimited is a new purist design loudspeaker that tips the balance in loudspeaker performance at this price level with astonishing dynamics, transparency and musicality. The true trademarks of a German Physiks loudspeaker.
'Unlimited' uses a single carbon fibre DDD driver of the same quality as is used in all German Physiks loudspeakers and a downward firing 20cm woofer.
Unlimited 11 MKII
After the outstanding success of our Limited 11 model, which was made in a special production run of only 100 pairs, we have decided to reintroduce it to our range as a regular product under the name of the Unlimited MK II. The Unlimited MK II is exactly the same loudspeaker, but there is now a wider choice of colours – white, grey, black and dark brown
The Unlimited MK II is a purist design. It provides the famous German Physiks trademark dynamics, transparency and musicality, but at a new lower price point. It is exceptional value for money and makes the unique enjoyment that German Physiks loudspeakers can provide available to a much bigger audience. The Unlimited MK II uses a single carbon fibre DDD driver and a downward firing 8-inch woofer
The most important design objective for the Unlimited MK II was that the lower price would be reached without compromising the sound quality and musicality that our loudspeakers are famous for. We have achieved this by designing a simpler cabinet and reducing the number of finish options compared to our other models.
Not only is the Unlimited MK II an exceptionally good sounding loudspeaker, it is also our design statement. The design is intended to be both elegant and simple, so that it blends into its surroundings rather than draws attention to itself. We want the listener’s attention to be concentrated entirely on the music.
To preserve the Unlimited MK II’s clean appearance, we have deliberately not put our logo on the front of the cabinet. Attention to fine detail extends to the back of the cabinet, where we have selected titanium finish loudspeaker terminals, which better match the solid colour finishes we are using. Although these cost more than the equivalent gold finish terminals, we were not prepared to compromise: even on parts you would not normally see.
The Unlimited MK II’s cabinet footprint is only 24cm by 24cm (9.5” x 9.5”), so it takes very little space on the listening room floor. The cabinet itself is covered with a high quality acoustic vinyl. This has a satin textured finish and is available in white, grey, black and dark brown. These colours will match a wide variety of interiors. This finish is also extremely durable and will withstand knocks and bumps that would damage conventional wood or paint finishes.
One of the first things that will strike you about the Unlimited MK II is the excellent quality of the bass, especially considering the compact size of the cabinet. The bass is deep with real weight, but it is also clear, articulate and in time with the rest of the audio range. It is easy to follow the bass lines and drums have an authentic impact to their transients. The correct bass balance is maintained even when listening at low levels, so you can continue to enjoy your Unlimited MK IIs when you would otherwise have to use headphones.
The key to the exceptional performance produced by all German Physiks loudspeakers is our DDD driver. The Unlimited MK II uses the same design of DDD driver as our top of the line Gaudi, which retails for over $300,000 a pair.
The DDD driver in the Unlimited MK II covers the frequency range from 200Hz to 24,000Hz. This avoids the need for a crossover point in the mid-range that conventional 2-way designs must have. The consequent outstanding mid-range clarity combined with the DDD driver’s naturally low distortion, allows the Unlimited MK II to better reproduce the very fine detail in the music that you would expect to hear in a live performance.
Another important factor affecting a loudspeaker’s ability to provide a convincing recreation of a performance is the quality of its stereo imaging. The DDD driver enables the Unlimited MK II to produce well-focused, three-dimensional stereo images that are accurately proportioned and can be almost palpable in their reality. This combined with the DDD driver’s exceptional transparency and its lightning fast transients provide the listener with a performance that is both emotionally involving and musically satisfying.
Because the DDD driver is omnidirectional, the Unlimited MK II’s excellent stereo images can be enjoyed from a wide range of positions in the listening room, rather than from just the small “sweet spot” that many conventional designs produce. This allows several people to enjoy the Unlimited MK II at the same time. It also means that long listening sessions are not fatiguing, as you do not have to worry about staying in a small “sweet spot” in order to enjoy the best sound.
Additional advantages of the DDD driver’s omnidirectional radiation pattern are that it makes the Unlimited MK II less fussy about its position in the room than many conventional designs and it allows the Unlimited MK II to provide an even tonal balance in almost all positions in the room. Loudspeakers that use conventional drivers will only produce the correct tonal balance in a narrow range of positions in the room, due to their tendency to beam at high frequencies.
More information on the DDD driver, its development and advantages may be found on the Technology page of this web site.
Resonances in a loudspeaker cabinet can seriously degrade the sound quality by obscuring detail. To prevent this, the Unlimited MK II’s cabinets are constructed from heavy panels of MDF, with internal re-enforcements fitted at critical points.
As a further anti-resonance measure, a special damping material called Hawaphon® is applied to the inside of each panel. This adds mass to the panel to reduce the resonant frequency and its special internal structure very effectively converts vibration energy into heat. Hawaphon achieves a broadband attenuation of structure-borne sound of more than 50dB: a remarkably high figure. In addition, the special acoustic vinyl material used on the outside of the cabinet provides a further reduction in vibration of up to 17dB.
Finally, to damp resonances of the air within the cabinet, the whole of the inside of the cabinet is lined with a thick layer of high-density felt.
We use the same quality of parts in the Unlimited MK II as in our reference products, where we design for a minimum life expectancy of 25 years. For this reason we have selected highly corrosion resistant V4 grade stainless steel for the DDD driver support pillars, terminal mounting plates and all the screws.
We apply the same meticulous care and attention to the manufacture and testing of the Unlimited MK II as we do with all of our other products. After assembly the performance of each loudspeaker is measured. Then it is burnt in for at least 12 hours and measured again. Finally, we carefully match the loudspeakers in each pair.
|With Carbon Fibre DDD Driver|
|Amplification required||Minimum 90W/4 ohms|
|DDD section||6dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic|
|Woofer section||18dB/octave electronic & 18dB/octave acoustic|
|Sensitivity||88dB for 1W at 1m|
|Operating principle||2-way loudspeaker with 360° surround radiation using the German Physiks DDD driver|
|Input connectors||1 set of binding posts|
|Drivers||1 x Carbon fibre DDD driver|
1 x 8-inch woofer
|Finish||Acoustic vinyl in satin finish white, black, light grey or dark brown|
|Dimensions||240 mm W x 1050 mm H x 240 mm D|
9.5” W x 41.3” H x 9.5” D
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