Airpulse A100, A200, A300 active speakers are budget versions of the renowned $12,000 AAD 7001 reference monitors designed by legendary speaker designer Phil Jones whose most famous work is Acoustic Energy AE-1. Much like the AE-1 speakers were chosen by Abbey Road studio in London in the 80s, the 7001 was the studio monitor choice of famed musicians such as Bob James, Victor Wooten and Grammy Award producer Don Murray. The superb sound accuracy of 7001 is the reason many music artists adopt it.
The Airpulse series inherits 7001's mechanism that matches horn-loaded ribbon tweeter with aluminum woofer for a balanced, detailed and accurate sound. All technical and design aspects of Airpulse products were crafted by Phil Jones to reflect its commitment to providing premium studio-quality sound at affordable prices.
The horn loaded ribbon tweeter on A100 has a thin aluminium ribbon diaphragm that is highly sensitive with superb transient response. It can deliver extended frequency range with well-defined resolution. The horn shape directs an optimized high-frequency to the listener and minimizes room reflection.
The woofer is a 5” unit with a hard anodized aluminum alloy cone suspended in a heavy, ultra rigid cast magnesium alloy frame. The proprietary aluminium alloy cone was designed through a meticulous analyzing process using a Klippel Laser Doppler Interferometer. A100 adopts underhung coil design, which requires a much larger magnetic field and costs more yet it has a lower distortion and more linear electromotive force.
A100 comes with a XMOS processor that supports Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for active crossover. Comparing to traditional passive crossover networks, active digital crossovers done in DSP can better distribute sound frequency to tweeters and woofers in a more effective manner but cost more. Benefited by the cooperation with Edifier, the largest Chinese loudspeaker manufacturer, Airpulse managed to offer DSP at an entry level price range of traditional HiFi. It also comes with Dynamic Range Control that can minimize distortion when volume changes.
XMOS of A100 supports USB asynchronous mode up to 192kHz. Via asynchronous USB input, the amount of digital data transferred in the frame can be controlled and avoid distortions caused by high levels of jitters.
A100 produces 10w×2 rms for tweeters and 40w×2 RMS for woofers using TI TAS5754 digital amplifiers. The amps operate at ultra high 768khz PWM frequency for low distortions. Each speaker has a rear facing bass reflex port for better bass extension. The port is rounded smoothly to achieve low turbulence and high velocity, thus provide better sound performance. The cabinets are made of 18mm MDF with piano glossy finishing which can minimize unwanted resonances. Interior of A100 is lined with professional-grade sound absorption materials to reduce coloration. Internal wiring is produced by TRANSPARENT to lower signal loss in transmission. The result is full and three dimensional sound with each detail well defined.
The A100 is equipped with both digital and analog inputs. TI BurrBrown PCM9211 and PCM1802 digital ADC chips together with the XMOS processor are used for AUX, RCA, USB, Optical inputs. Located on the rear panel of the A100 speakers are three knobs for treble, bass and volume adjustments. There is also a wireless remote for you to control the bookshelf speakers while sitting in chairs comfortably. If your Bluetooth device is compatible with AptX, you can enjoy more premium Bluetooth sound quality thanks to the CSR8645 chip inside. Easily identify which input your speakers are set to via the LED status indicator on the front. Feel like needing more bass? A100 has the subwoofer out for you to add a subwoofer and assemble a 2.1 system!