New Estelon X Centro & Diamond Mk II

Estelon writes: "The X Centro Mk II is intended to be used as a centre channel to provide an unparalleled sound performance in its category and price point, with an unprecedented level of musical accuracy in multichannel music systems and home theatres. Like its predecessor, the X Centro, the design was based on the XC model and is perfectly matched the outstanding tonal reproduction and sophistication of all the Estelon products." 


Offering two variants, the X Centro Mk II comes with a ceramic inverted dome tweeter, and the X Centro Diamond Mk II comes with a diamond tweeter, and like all X Series models it uses high-quality drivers designed and produced by the highly regarded, German driver manufacturer Thiel & Partner GmbH (Accuton). Accuton is arguably one of the best driver manufacturers in the world and highly desired in audio circles. 

 
The two 158 mm (7 inches) ceramic mid-woofers provide an exceptionally clean impulse response with extraordinarily low total harmonic distortion (THD) and intermodulation distortion (IMD).


The ceramic 25 mm (1 inch) inverted dome alpha corundum tweeter keeps the distortion exceptionally low, and the first break-up modes are pushed out of the audible range, while the diamond 25 mm (1 inch) chemical vapor-deposited “diamond membrane” tweeter from Accuton can reproduce sounds up to the highest frequencies (to 60 kHz), with no distortions in the human hearing range.


The X Centro Mk II crossover is revised and it features new and improved resistors and capacitors that offer a wider dynamic range and greater transparency. The new internal cabling is provided by Kubala-Sosna. All filter components are connected directly, via point-to-point techniques, hand-soldered with high-quality silver solder, while using the shortest possible cable runs between drivers, crossover and binding posts.
 
 
The X Centro Mk II’s integrated stand has a well-designed base, milled from thick billet aluminium. The base is then attached to a sleek, aluminium tube that secures the speaker. This construction gives the speaker the necessary stability to eliminate vibrations and improve fidelity.


The X Centro Mk II and X Centro Diamond Mk II benefit from Estelon’s fundamental research into the science of sound. Both visually stunning and functional, the new Estelon models reproduce all the dynamic swings of micro and macro information of the audio signal.