It has always been AUDIO PHYSIC’s aspiration to offer customers the best possible and most authentic music experience for any musical taste and in any given price range. In this endeavour, we have reached another important milestone with the new CLASSIC 22. It combines traditional virtues of loudspeaker design with innovative AUDIO PHYSIC technologies and an appearance of classical elegance.
The CLASSIC 22’s elaborate cabinet is made from solid MDF with real wood veneer and features numerous internal bracing structures, resulting in a very rigid enclosure. Tweeter and midrange driver share most of the available volume of air inside the cabinet, in which an additional woofer with its own sealed-off volume is hidden, completely invisible from the outside. Compared to the predecessor, the successful CLASSIC 20, the woofer has grown in size and now measures 8 inches in diameter, providing a significant improvement in low-end performance. A bass-reflex vent is located at the bottom of the cabinet, opening towards the speakers plinth and thus also invisible. A piece of high-tech Ceramic Foam in front of the opening prevents undesirable chuffing noises common to other bass-reflex designs.
All other drivers represent the current state-of-the-art for our CLASSIC Line. The midrange driver sports the unique AUDIO PHYSIC Dual Basket Design, a woven glass-fibre diaphragm and a Phase Plug mounted directly onto the magnet motor to help with heat management inside the driver. The attention to detail that went into this driver is especially important as the human ear is very susceptible in the frequency range covered by it because this is where most of the human voice happens. The clarity and naturalness of this drive unit’s sound are unrivalled in this price range.
The magnetic motor of the CLASSIC 22’s tweeter is elaborately ventilated as well, so that the soft dome made by a German specialist company always finds ideal operating conditions even under heavy load. Thanks to the powerful motor and the low self-resonance, the tweeter achieves exemplary signal integrity far beyond the audible range. A small horn-shaped sound guide surrounds the actual dome and ensures a seamless transition between mid and high frequencies. So even outside of the so-called sweet spot you will be able to enjoy a relaxed musical experience.
Although the CLASSIC Line is AUDIO PHYSIC’s entry-level range we build these speakers with the same attention to detail that we apply with our REFERENCE Line models. For example, the CLASSIC 22’s drivers are not screwed directly to the cabinet but instead are mounted using neoprene dowels to avoid transmission of micro-vibrations from the driver to the cabinet and vice versa. Also, the robust aluminium terminal at the back is equipped with advanced pole clamps from WBT’s excellent line of nextgen™ products. Extensive listening tests have shown that these terminal posts made by the industry-leading German company are vastly superior sonically to competing products.
We go to great lengths to make sure that all our speakers provide an authentic, natural and relaxed listening experience – what you hear is not the speaker but just pure music, and the CLASSIC 22 is no exception.