Arrakis

The loudspeaker against which all others will be judged

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Rockport Technologies has added a new chapter to the annals of music reproduction history – destined to become the loudspeaker against which all others will be judged, the Arrakis completely transcends the boundaries of believability. Equally arresting visually as it is sonically, the Arrakis’ uncluttered contours are as elegant as they are essential. The purposeful lack of cabinet discontinuities ensures a clean wavelaunch, free from destructive diffraction effects, while its advanced composites construction prevents sonic contribution of any kind from its enclosure.

At 408kgs per channel, the cabinet is always at rest and presents an ideal platform for housing its custom, variable section thickness, carbon fibre composite cone drivers, yielding the lowest resolution floor available from any direct radiating loudspeaker. The enormous surface area of the drivers, coupled with their pure pistonic behaviour enables dynamic contracts that are alarming in their realism. The ports for the Arrakis are machined from 7 inch diameter aircraft grade aluminium alloy, and feature deeply radiused edges to prevent port turbulence. The port dimensions are carefully selected to ensure tactile, well delineated bass with maximum transient accuracy, while avoiding any of the distortion artifacts associated with excessive air velocity in the ports.

The bi-amplified Arrakis includes Rockport’s own custom, state of the art, 24 dB per octave active crossover module. The unit is a true dual mono design with minimalist topology in order to maintain the absolute highest level of resolution in the system. Each channel has its own dedicated power supply and filter sections that utilize the finest components to provide frequency division between the 15″ side firing woofers and forward firing drive elements. The crossover module also has dual precision attenuators for precise level matching and optimum bass integration within the listening room. In keeping with the elegant minimalist crossover architecture, the entire chassis for the active crossover is exquisitely diamond-machined from a single, solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminium alloy. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, this construction also results in superior resonance control as well as RFI/EMI shielding.

The Arrakis comes standard with a unique new feature: musical realism sufficient to make you forget you’re listening to a loudspeaker. Every facet of the Arrakis has been designed to produce the most stunningly lifelike, natural presentation obtainable from a loudspeaker, and every opportunity has been seized to create a working masterpiece whose distinctive form is truly born of matchless function. Never before has one loudspeaker so seamlessly combined such contradictory elements as huge dynamic range and scale with intimacy and incomparable resolution – all without a vestige of compromise. For those looking for the definitive loudspeaker, your search has just ended.

Specifications:
Woofers 2 x 15″ Custom Composite Cone Audio Technology
Midranges 2 x 8″ Audio Technology with Rockport Carbon Composite Cone
Tweeter 1″ Scan Speak Berylium Dome
Internal Wiring Transparent Audio
Active Crossover – Dual Mono – for Bi-Amplification
Dimensions H2057 x W609 x D927 mm
Weight 408kgs each Shipping Weight 500kgs each
Frequency Response 20Hz – 40KHz, -3dB
Nominal Impedance 4 ohms
Sensitivity 92dB SPL/2.83v
Minimum Amplifier Power 50 watts
Rockport has been manufacturing since 1984 in Rockport, Maine, USA and turns out products that are second to none. Their loudspeakers are “no compromise” in every sense of the words. Custom finishes are available to suit your taste and there is a wide model range optimized for various room sizes and listening environments.