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Muraudio 360' Omni Electrostatic speaker

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Posted on November 9, 2013 at 15:13:39
TitaniumTroy
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Here is a new and freaky combo, now just need to hit the lottery and I'm set.

The Muraudio Domain Omni ESL ($48,000/pair), which made its debut at TAVES, is squarely in the latter category. Pictured here with designer Murray Harman, the Domain Omni ESL is handmade in Canada, and is described as "a 360 degree, point-source, omni-directional electrostatic loudspeaker." The electrostatic elements are curved top-to-bottom as well as side-to-side (not just side-to-side, as in the MartinLogan electrostatics). The design features a horizontal dispersion of 360 and a vertical dispersion of 16. The Domain Omni ESL is a two-way system, with the lower part of the range being handled by two LF drivers powered by a 700W class-D amplifier. The design is nothing if not ambitious, and is the subject of several patents. The sound was promising, with a soundstage that was apparent well away from the central sweat spot, but I had the feeling that the relatively small room did not give these omnidirectional speakers enough breathing room.

 

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RE: Muraudio 360' Omni Electrostatic speaker, posted on November 9, 2013 at 15:17:33
TitaniumTroy
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Here is a link to their website, wonder how it sounds? Hope they will be demonstrating at the AXPONA show in Chicago in April :D

 

RE: Muraudio 360' Omni Electrostatic speaker, posted on November 9, 2013 at 18:41:31
Davey
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It's interesting but not a new concept. I first auditioned a 360 degree electrostatic array over thirty years ago. The rtr DR-1 was a product ahead of its time in many respects. Certainly not as polished as those Muraudio speakers, but exactly the same concept. And waaaay cheaper....even in 1979 dollars. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoNBGqIT0oE

Cheers,

Dave.


 

RE: Muraudio 360' Omni Electrostatic speaker, posted on November 10, 2013 at 02:09:15
Satie
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Maximum SPL 103 dB at 2m on axis


Much as I like the idea, it seems to be limited in overall SPL about 10 db below what is necessary to get a front seat view of an orchestra or a salon chamber music concert, or a Jazz club experience. Just not a "power music" speaker.

 

RE: Muraudio 360' Omni Electrostatic speaker, posted on November 10, 2013 at 10:11:39
Utley1
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Must echo Davey: Owned the Cosmostatic omni electrostatic hybrid, partially designed by Shahanian....(with a buffer amp for the... electrostatic elements-reverse of this model) I think this is a much sounder design. I paid $6000 in 1985...Exciting in its time but left me with many repair problems. Best organ sound I ever heard in a speaker but hardly elegant....glad people are trying again...but will wait for these in an estate sale.

 

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