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Intuitive Integration, LLC
(425) 771-4343
2125 196th St SWSte 101
Lynnwood, WA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Audio Control, Audyssey, Chief, Cineak, Control4, Crestron, Da-Lite, Furman, Integra, iSky, James Loudspeaker, JBL Synthesis, JVC, Kaleidescape, Lutron, Monitor Audio, NuVision, ReQuest, Revel, Runco, SpeakerCraft, Stewart, Triad, Xtream
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Brown, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Dave Hunt, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Chad Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeremy Knappert, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Tyler Patterson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Fusion 9 Design
(206) 315-9190
10002 Aurora Ave N Ste 36PMB 287
Seattle, WA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Preventative Maintenance, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Lagotek, Netstreams, Sim2, Ad Notam, Panasonic Premier, Nuvison, Oppo, Canton, Bay Audio, Amina Technologies, Denon, Cineak, Audioquest, Chief, Inca, Furman, Nevo, URC, RTI, Cisco
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Suryan, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Definitive Audio
(206) 524-6633
6206 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
 
Definitive Audio, Inc
(425) 746-3275
2045 120th Ave NESte 100
Bellevue, WA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Combs, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Max Delo, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Reference Media
425- 37-4342
2733 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
1130 Se Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 
Heston Technical, Inc.
(425) 822-6940
11155 120th Avenue NE.Ste. 300
Kirkland, WA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Sony, McIntosh, James Loudspeakers, Tannoy, Speakercraft, Paradigm, Crestron, LiteTouch, Stewart, Da-Lite, Stealth Accoustics, Parasound.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ken Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Kirk Siqveland, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Audio Video
(206) 525-1961
6308 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
Services
Home Audio

Bose Showcase Store
(425) 450-9988
Bellevue Square,1018 Bellevue Square Road
Bellevue, WA
 
Best Buy
457 120Th Ave Ne
Bellevue, WA
 

Mark & Daniel sapphires

mark & daniel

Sapphire loudspeakers

as reviewed by John Potis

 

 

 

The Mark & Daniel Sapphire loudspeaker stands a good chance of being one of the least understood and most underestimated products I've ever used. Despite the fact that it's also one of the more interesting ones, in some ways, it could be its own worst enemy. But before I get to why that is, let's get the basics out of the way.

The Sapphire from Mark & Daniel is a small speaker, but it is remarkably heavy for its size. It stands a scant 11.4 inches tall by 6.7 inches wide and only 8.4 inches deep. Even with its extremely heavy and inert synthetic marble enclosure—which is very dense and heavy as compared to the MDF used in most loudspeakers— the Sapphire only tips the scale at 21 pounds. Sapphire uses Mark & Daniel's own proprietary SX 5.5 mid-woofer, with its 5.5-inch high-excursion driver that achieves a full ±10mm linear. That's .9 inches; which is huge. There are subwoofer drivers that can't approach that. All Mark & Daniel woofers utilize long magnetic gaps and NdFeB magnets for superb control. The Sapphire has a system F3 of 45Hz. On paper, that's some excellent bass extension for such a small speaker. In practice, it's remarkable.

Those unfamiliar with the Mark & Daniel line of loudspeakers might mistake the second driver for a ribbon tweeter …you will be forgiven as it's actually something quite different. It's really a rethinking of Oskar Heil's Air Motion Transformer (AMT), which dates back to 1972. Now that the original patents have expired, clever designers are free to use it in their designs or give it a modern spin of their own. What Mark & Daniel does is springboard off the original AMT design to create what they call their Directly Responding Emitter by Air Motion Structure driver, or DREAMS as M&D calls it. In a nut shell, the DREAMS are indeed a variation upon the AMT and if you want to think of it as a folded ribbon that may help in understanding the way it works. Once folded it works—pumps, if you will—in three dimensions as opposed to the two-dimensional pistonic motion of most drivers. Couple that with a radiating surface that dwarfs other such drivers and the DREAMS becomes efficient at coupling with the air that it excites. It's said to move air four times faster than conventional drivers. This all adds up to a driver within a huge surface area that is also extremely efficient, so much so that the DREAMS' driver is capable of frequency response down to 900Hz and an upper limit of 25kHz. That, in turn, means that from 900Hz up through 25kHz the Sapphire uses a single driver. This means that the speaker suffers none of the discontinuities normally associated with separate midrange drivers and tweeters as well as no crossover components in the signal path.

Like most small speakers that make an effort optimize reproduction of bass frequencies in terms o...

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