Its a tag that surprisingly hard fought for – at a spectrum that’s at the diametrically opposite end of being affordable and value for money. But the quality that you do get for not bothering with the price makes it all worth it at the end.
While we are sceptical to grant the expensive tag to Trenner and Friedl ; we would have been more accommodating were it for the most heaviest speakers because at 129 kilos (285 lb), these speakers certainly wont be winning any Miss Sprightly Speakers contests. The cherry on the cake may not just be a figurative term when applied to the Trenner & Friedl speakers which is crowned by a solid Swarovski diamond crystal on the top of the tweeters.
Apparently the diamond helps the super tweeters in achieving a 360 degree surround sound. Hard to believe, but not when you are expected to pay 130,000 Euros (186,000$). Well, it looks great for the blong effect so we are certainly loving it! For the price what you get is free installation and delivery anywhere in the world where experts from the company help in setting up and calibrating your sound system.
Its a great buy for those who love renewable too – the speakers are made from completely natural materials (the company claims this aids the output too) such as bamboo, plywood and genuine leather. Each order is created from an individual perspective and high quality cabling is used in each case. The speakers have a frequency response of 22 Hz to a stunning 80,000 Hz and a sensitivity of 92 decibels at 8 ohms.
More technical details from Stereophile –
Each 12″ woofer uses a fiber-glass–reinforced paper cone and is loaded by what is referred to as “a hybrid form of horn-resonator and bass reflex design.” The mid/HF module is coupled to the woofer modules with spheres of varying hardness, to drain vibrations optimally, and can be adjusted to bring the drivers into proper time alignment at the listening position. The mid-range unit features a papyrus cone with an elmwood phase plug and an alnico magnet, while the enclosure is filled with wool from “locally raised sheep” to reduce internal reflections being retransmitted through the drive-unit cone. The tweeter uses a titanium nitride dome loaded with a Tractrix-flare horn, while the super tweeter is a diamond-diaphragm type. The upper-range crossover is passive; the woofers are fed via a line-level crossover, and internal wiring is all Cardas Clear.