AUDIOSOLUTIONS OVERTURE MK3 LINE EXPANDS

Audiosolutions is expanding their Overture MK3 line with center, bookshelf and smaller floorstander speakers. "Overture MK3 is a third-generation entry-level speaker of AudioSolutions. Overture MK3 has a marking O3** and is changing older MK2 version marked O2**; Third series Overture (prices from 1000 - 4100 EUR) introduces completely new looks compared to its predecessor. These rather drastic visual changes mark completely reworked speakers - a cabinet, drivers, and crossover structure. We proudly present Overture – the ultimate marriage of art and technology. The cabinet. Overture MK2 was equipped with a self-locking cabinet structure which was a major breakthrough back then compared to typical non-complex cabinet structure. Working with huge potential of the self-locking cabinet we came up with another cabinet type – Box-in-a-Box structure." 

"This type of cabinet is being used in our award-winning Virtuoso speakers and is remarkably stiff yet shares extremely good dampening properties. Seeing its flexibility to work with and potential of Box-in-a-Box cabinets in general, we decided to adapt this expensive technology to our cheaper entry-level products. Overture MK3 shares Virtuoso cabinet technology and is equipped with a Sectional-Box-in-a-Box cabinet system. The whole cabinet consists of two intersecting cabinets – lightweight inner box and heavy outer box. The polyurethane layer in between the two boxes acts as dampening material. The thin but stiff inner cabinet provides the necessary support for the structure itself as well as transfers the energy of radiated back-wave to outer cabinet layers without storing energy inside the material and preventing the back-wave being reflected the listener. Fast energy transfer is essential to prevent low Q oscillations which can last relatively long and ruin precise sound reproduction. To illustrate low Q oscillations think of the swings where energy is stored for a prolonged period and oscillations die slowly due to high mass and lack of dampening. 


With just one push you will have prolonged oscillations that are unwanted in the cabinets. So, transferred from an inner box, energy reaches outer box which has a huge mass to absorb the received energy (compared to the inner cabinet) and have low inner tension forces and thus high dampening properties to dissipate energy in to heat as fast as possible without generating unwanted prolonged oscillations. However, these two layers alone cannot provide efficient energy exchange and dissipation into heat. That’s why the third layer in between outer and inner boxes is so essential – a polyurethane layer joins two cabinets (which are separated by a fraction of millimeter) and provides additional dampening due to high viscosity. This layer not only acts as an additional barrier for energy to be dissipated into heat while traveling from the inner box to the outer box but also helps outer high mass box to quickly stop its movement. To illustrate its working principle we can imagine swings being suddenly stopped with the help of a soft pillow. 

The drivers 


Overture MK3 equips heavily upgraded drivers. After seeing how potent and successful Figaro drivers are we decided to use similar materials, Figaro-based drivers, in our new Overture MK3. Now both speakers share the same ER cones giving an incredible performance. Magnetic system and dampening rings were reworked to suit Overture MK3, as well as high power voice coils, were added compared to its predecessor. High frequencies are being reproduced by lightweight silk dome tweeter which is upgraded version of MK2 tweeter. With this reworked driver, we were able to use a more selective and more efficient mini-horn system. The new mini –horn system is a bit deeper and a bit wider. Calculated to cover bandwidth where soft dome should start to flex and preventing it from happening, especially when driven hard. Furthermore, new Mini-Horn time aligns drivers better.


Mini – Horn


All our speaker series are equipped with Mini Horn loading. This is a special treatment for soft dome tweeters. Soft dome tweeters are known to have high distortions when driven loud. Distortions rise exponentially because the center part of dome stops moving at certain levels and frequencies thus flexes uncontrolled by the suspension. This is due to soft dome nature. Some manufacturers use an ark over tweeter’s dome with dampening material touching center of the dome to dampen this unwanted flex. The problem with such a system occurs at different listening levels. It is simply not linear because the force in which the center of the dome is rammed by dampening material is fixed and doesn’t change with tweeter’ excursion. Others use stiffening materials like titanium bracing glued to dome i.e. This solution is far better, however, it is not without flaws as well. Yes, it stiffens the structure, but adds mass to it and thus inertia of dome spoiling impulse characteristics and sensitivity. Also, this is quite expensive to manufacture with low tolerances so that electrical and acoustical parameters wouldn’t differ between samples. Our Mini Horn on the other hand is much more efficient to manufacture and repeat the process with low tolerances. Mini-Horn is based on acoustical dampening just as it is in usual horns. We carefully measure at which frequencies tweeter starts to flex and emit avalanche of distortions. Mini Horn is calculated and manufactured according to desired specifications to dampen those frequencies. The result is the proportional dampening of the tweeters’ movement. The louder it plays the more dampening it gets from its own emitted sound. It is described as acoustical impedance and is highly dependent on mini-horn shape. Another aspect is that Mini Horn adds sensitivity (because of - horn) rather than lowering sensitivity (because of restricting movement) like in previous examples.


Features


Overture MK3 comes with carpet-piercing spikes for stability and improved performance. In the set, you will also find protective caps for spikes if you want to place a speaker on hardwood floors. Spikes are threaded with M6, this standard allows customers to experiment with other types of spikes or dampening feet to his taste. 


We upgraded binding posts to massive metal ones finished in nice frosted satin silver. These binding posts can take any high-end cable manufactured today with any terminations and provide proper grip for tightening. 

Overture MK3 is being offered in two standard colors Gloss Black and Gloss White. At extra options, we offer three kinds of wood – Oak, Mahogany and Wenge."