Imagine that you only launch a new product every three decades. I know, it sounds crazy but that’s exactly what happened at Lowther Loudspeakers. The renowned British loudspeaker manufacturer has announced its first all-new loudspeaker design in almost 30 years. The new model is called The Almira and it’s a modern take on a classic, preserving the clarity and scale of the larger Lowther speakers, but with a more compact footprint.
Lowther Loudspeakers has a reputation as one of the best British hi-fi designers of all time and was born out of a collaboration between engineer Paul Voigt and OP Lowther. The two men collaborated on their first project, the Lowther-Voigt radio, producing a range of high-end radiograms, amplifiers, tuners and loudspeakers offering many different adaptations for home use, including cabinets personalized.
The Almira has been meticulously designed to work just as well in small rooms as it does in large spaces. The design uses a generic 2.3m quarter wave folded Voigt horn with a ground facing output based on the quarter wave Voigt horn with a ground facing output.
Although designed with Voigt’s original principles in mind, the Almira is a slight departure from the Lowther legacy design due to the addition of a handmade super tweeter, as well as an Almira-specific phase compensation board. The Almiras are designed with Lowther’s DX3 drive units and are comparable in sound stage efficiency and scale to larger speakers, such as the TP2.
“The Almira is the first new loudspeaker Lowther has designed in over 30 years,” says Lowther Managing Director Martin Thornton. “We wanted to declare that Lowther is back while recognizing and embracing our heritage. We believe that horn loudspeakers present the highest level of musical reproduction and with Almira we meet the challenges of modern digital reproduction without sacrificing Lowther’s traditional values.
All Lowther loudspeakers are hand made to order in Britain and sold in numbered pairs. Users can choose from a wide range of matching veneer sets, including the elegant Limited Edition Rosewood. The Almira can also be specified with or without top cover grilles and comes with leveling screw feet, which are removable for carpeting.
Price and availability: Lower Pairs of Almira speakers are priced at £12,000.
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