Bookshelf Speakers

Crystal Cable Arabesque Stand-Mounted Monitor Speakers

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Introduction to the Crystal Cable Arabesque Speakers

I first found out about Crystal Cable's Arabesque speaker line from hifi show reports. Their Glass Master speaker cabinet is actually made from glass panels bonded together. At first this struck me as a gimmick, but then I read about how the speakers were designed. The company used the Cosmol Multi-Physics computer simulation package to design a cabinet with a minimum of resonances and optimal acoustic performance using no internal damping or baffling. Their simulations showed that a rigid, hard material like glass offered the best performance, so that's what they used. Unfortunately, this resulted in a very expensive loudspeaker, at $65,000 a pair. Their Mini Arabesque model is a stand-mounted speaker using a similar cabinet shape, but the cabinet is made of machined aluminum. This lowers the cost to a still nosebleed-inducing price of $25,000 a pair with stands. I had a pair of these speakers in my listening room for several months to find out if this small "bookshelf" speaker could be worthy of their price tag.

CRYSTAL CABLE ARABESQUE SPEAKERS SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Two-way, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Beryllium Dome Tweeter, One 4.5" Woofer
  • MFR: 45 Hz - 40 kHz, -3dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 2 kHz, 2nd Order
  • Efficiency: 86dB/W/m
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Power Handling: Max 150W RMS
  • Dimensions: 12.8" H x 14" W x 10" D
  • Weight: 40 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $23,000/pair USD, dedicated stands $2,000 USD
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  • SECRETS TAGS: Crystal, Cable, Mini, Loudspeakers, Speakers, Audio