- Written by Jonathan Scull
- Published on 02 January 2008
Bar-Raising Performance? Price/Performance Kings? Really?
Winner 2008 CES Design and Engineering Innovations Awards
â€œThe Usher Be-718 is simply a great loudspeaker that delivers a level of performance far above what its size and price would suggest.â€
-- Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
Winner 2007 Absolute Sound Product of the Year Awards
â€œThe midrange and highs are ultra-clean ... I've never heard a speaker this small go so deep. I'd swear the Be-718s were moderately sized floorstanders.â€
-- Doug Schneider, Soundstage.com
Winner SoundStage.com Reviewersâ€™ Choice Award
Winner SoundStage.com 2007 Best Product Debut Award
"Usher's new Be-718 bookshelf monitors are spectacular, and I am sold on beryllium tweeters! Even though $2,795/pair is no chump change, you could spend a lot more and get a lot less." â€“ John E. Johnson, Jr., Secrets of Home Theater and High FidelityÂ Â Â Â Winner Secrets Best of 2007 Award â€“ Bookshelf Speakers
â€œIf I were in the market for a stand mount these would be my first choice because, in this price class, I think a speaker that hits all its marks is difficult enough to find but one that is as engaging to listen to as the Usher Be-718 comes along only once in a blue moon.â€
-- John Potis, 6moons.com
Winner 6moons.com Blue Moon Award
Winner Audiolics.com Product of the Year Award
Audition the beryllium-domed Be-718s at CES and find out why everyoneâ€™s talking about their Amazing Sound and Surprising Value!
MSRP: $2,795 without stands â€¢ Available in Piano Black with Pioneer Birch side panels â€¢ Available Soon: More colors and matching stands
The Be-718s (dubbed the Tiny Dancer--the smallest member of Usherâ€™s highly acclaimed Dancer Series) offer lustrously finished cabinets perfectly at home in the most refined settings, and function just as well as the centerpiece of a first or second audio or multichannel home theater system. Home Theater magazine as a set of them now!
The Be-718 features Usherâ€™s superbly extended Beryllium Oxide tweeter, matched with newly-designed woofers that keep up with the tweeterâ€™s speed, clarity and extension. The Be-718s are the first product developed with our Global Design philosophy. The high technology drivers, crossovers, and perfectly timed-aligned cabinets are designed and built by Mr. Tsai Lien Shui at Usher Taiwan, with finishing cosmetics supplied by a firm in the United Kingdom. Dr. Joseph Dâ€™Appolito, Usherâ€™s long-serving technical consultant, provides crossover tuning here in the â€™States. Next, Texas-based Danny Richie, chief designer at consulting firm GR Research, hotrods the standard Be-718 for the U.S. market. Danny reengineers the entire crossover, selects premium U.S. crossover parts, adjusts the speakerâ€™s baffle step compensation and improves vertical off-axis dispersion. Finally, all internal wiring is replaced with premium wire from JPS Labs.
â€¢ Be Beryllium Tweeter
â€¢ JPS Labs Alumiloy internal wiring
â€¢ Front ports for easy placement
â€¢ Dancer-style best quality speaker terminals
â€¢ Cosmetics redesigned by Kam Young in the UK
â€¢ Retuned crossovers featuring all new/upgraded parts:
o Erse high-purity oxygen-free copper air-core inductors
o Mills resistors
o Erse Poly Caps
o Gen 2 Sonicaps
System Type: 2-Way
Tweeter: 1.25-inch Be Beryllium (9980-20BEA)
Midbass: 7-inch Paper Cone (8948A)
Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1 watt / 1m
Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency response: (-3 dB) 42 Hz ~ 35 kHz
Power handling: 200 watts
Crossover: 2.06 kHz
Weight: 37.9 lbs each
Dimensions: (w x d x h) 10.2" x 16.9" x 15.2"
Shipping box: (w x d x h) 24" x 19.1" x 18.9"
Shipping weight: 82 lbs
MusikMatters distributes and markets high end audio brands dedicated to superior products at reasonable prices. Founder/CEO Atul Kanagat explains â€œWe at MusikMatters believe that the considerable achievements of the High End should be captured in new, affordable designs and marketed to a broader, music loving audience. We are dedicated to the goal of understanding the factors driving consumer behavior in todayâ€™s crowded marketplace and to craft offerings that help bring new customers to the industry.â€ Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, MusikMatters works through and wholly supports traditional dealer distribution channels, adding value with optimal distribution of specific audio product lines, unsurpassed support, easy and reliable ordering, and joint marketing efforts. MusikMatters is the exclusive US distributor for Usher and now represents JPS Labs line of cables.
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