An incredible showpiece of Orbitsound technology
The AIR D1 is the rarest of things: a new luxury loudspeaker boasting true originality and innovation in every aspect of its design. Between the AIR D1’s aesthetic presence and its outstanding audio performance, this is truly a high-end loudspeaker fit for the most demanding and elegant of modern homes.
The AIR D1 is the only speaker of it’s kind. It combines our two unique technologies; our patented Airsound technology and our brand new amplifier technology; Airamp.
Airsound™ delivers a full and compelling stereo image — exactly as the artist intended — to each listener wherever they are in the room. This means that you hear music perfectly, regardless of positioning, and there is no need for a second speaker in order to enjoy authentic and accurate stereo sound.Learn more
The higher the audio pitch, the more directional the sound is. That's why we've developed the AIR D1 with a tilting stand; simply unlock and pivot the speaker to best direct the sound towards you.
Being a single speaker, the AIR D1 couldn’t be easier to use. It has high quality physical connections, combined with both Bluetooth and Wifi, giving it the advantages of a wireless speaker, with all the advantages of a studio-grade HiFi system.
The way you interact and use the AIR D1 couldn’t be easier. A beautifully weighted volume dial, a sound adjust dial and source dial give you complete control.
Tune the AIR D1 to your space. You have total control to add or reduce the amount of Airsound, Treble, Mid and Bass to your preference.
The purpose of the AIR D1 has always been to create the ultimate listening experience. While Airamp overcomes acoustic distortions from the individual loudspeaker drivers, the whole unit has to communicate seamlessly within the listening space.
We have learnt a great deal more about the unique approach to acoustics that Airsound technology demands. The following pages contain some insight as to why the AIR D1 is designed the way it is, and why we believe it cannot be bettered in delivering pure acoustic truth.
By raising the loudspeaker off the ground, the bass frequencies are exposed to a sphere of air, as opposed to air with some boundary (i.e. the floor). This ensures that the bass frequencies are kept as linear as possible from the speaker to the listener. The ‘tilt’ mechanism of the stand allows for easy accommodation to a seated or standing listener, reducing the difference in acoustic distance from the tweeter and midrange drivers to the listener.
The AIR D1 has been meticulously designed for strength and acoustic purity. We use wood as the main construction material; the very structure at a microscopic level is organic and irregular. Whereas any man-made material has a much more structured composition. A basic requirement of a quality loudspeaker is non-resonance that is naturally minimised by wood’s core composition. Down to a cellular level, the cabinet resists resonance and distortion.
The AIR D1 is powerful. For a truly high quality loudspeaker, it requires a large amount of power to communicate ‘transients’ in audio accurately. However, too many sources, or drivers that are too large, adversely affect the fidelity of the whole system. The AIR D1 has been designed to achieve the highest quality audio experience in any space, at any listening level.
The AIR D1 is hand-built by specialists in the UK. Great care and attention is given to fitting the components to achieve the best audio possible. Every detail is examined and tested to ensure that whenever you hear the AIR D1, you know it will deliver the ultimate experience.
The tweeter and midrange drivers are hand-picked for their performance with Airamp amplifiers. These drivers are positioned vertically and closely together in order to minimise any distortion and to optimise the crossover frequency. As a point source loudspeaker, using a single driver for each frequency range ensures total freedom from distortion from multiple sources.
There are four acoustically optimised spaces inside the AIR D1. Each one has been designed for the required performance of each driver. The largest is the bass cavity (A) which, at a sealed 31 litres, provides enough volume for a superb linear response from the custom built 10” neodymium bass drivers. The critical tweeter and midrange space (B) is shaped to minimise harmonic distortion and allows for linear movement. Each Airsound driver has its own sealed space (C/D) which are smaller, for tighter control of the spatial frequency range.
Something of a trade secret, the position of the Airsound drivers, their acoustic volume, and their tuning are all highly critical to the stereo soundscape that the AIR D1 produces. These drivers turn the precision point source loudspeakers into one capable of delivering a true and consistent stereo image.
The custom designed, powerful bass drivers are arranged to eliminate the inertial forces from each other which maximises efficiency and linearity.
“The AIR D1 is an audio experience. Our mission has always been to realise Ted Fletcher’s dream of recreating the truest possible sound in every sense - in dynamics, fidelity and breadth.
At Orbitsound we have extensively developed Airsound™ technology, and more recently Airamp technology, to greatly benefit our consumer and experimental systems. As a result, we are extremely proud of all our products, but they all have been built to a certain size, price or some other set of requirements.
There has always been the question of ‘what if we don’t compromise?’. In the early days of this project, we quickly realised that the developments and our understanding of sound made through Airsound and Airamp technology might allow us to create something truly remarkable if we single-mindedly followed this goal — to create the greatest sound possible.
There was no rulebook for making the AIR D1. We had to invent so much, draw on unique experiments, thoughts and experiences from the past forty-two years. Its design is unrestricted by anything as mundane as budget, physical size, or market. It’s about Ted’s dream. The story of its making is in some ways the personal journey of Ted and I. The AIR D1 is special in its entirety. It represents Ted’s life work, and the sum of my career to date.”
Available to order in the near future, each AIR D1 will be handmade to order in the UK and tested to the upmost highest standard by our highly trained audio engineers. Exceptional quality, always.
Electronically limited to: 35Hz - 25kHz
LF: +/- 12dB @180Hz Low Shelf
MF: +/- 12dB @900Hz Parametric 0.9Q
HF: +/- 12dB @4100Hz High Shelf
Airsound: +/-12dB drive trim
2 x 10” Custom designed woofers
1 x 5” Mid range driver
1 x 1” Textile dome tweeter
2 x 4” Airsound drivers
Digital optical TOSLINK
2 x Professional AUX
(AUX1 has +4/-10 sensitivity switch)
Bass: 32Litre sealed and reinforced enclosure with opposed drivers for inertial cancellation
Mid/Airsound: Sealed individual acoustically designed enclosures
Tweeter: surface mounted
Digital input PCM 16-24bit, 36-96KHz. Upsampled internally to base rate of 96KHz
Processing is 24bit 96-192KHz depending on operating mode
Analogue input THD+N >100dB (input level dependent). Level sensitivity -10/+4 switch available for AUX1
WiFi / Ethernet / Bluetooth with aptX audio routed digitally
Bass: 2x150W Class A/B Analogue bass / sub-bass power amplifiers
Mid/Airsound: 2x100W Class A/B analogue amplifiers with transconductance feedback (Airamp)
Tweeter: 1x70W Class A/B analogue amplifier with transconductance feedback (Airamp)
500W DC switch mode power supply with large power reservoir for transient power delivery over 1000W
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