Just for the pure performance
Beautiful form, fulfilling function
Music in all its honesty
Music the artists intended you to hear
A performance takes on new life
Some say some speakers have the best characteristics for jazz, and others the best for Mozart.
We say this makes no sense at all. The best speakers are those that most accurately reproduce any sound recording, whether it is jazz, baroque or atmospheric soundscape, the accuracy should be just the same.
We believe good sound is accurate sound.
<How inaccurate sound reproduction adds false colour>
The term Hi-Fi is short for High Fidelity, and fidelity means 'faithfulness': why do different Hi-Fi systems sound different from each other when playing the same track?
ECLIPSE TD believes the best Hi-Fi will be the one with greatest fidelity.
An 'impulse' is a complex combination of acoustic information. It includes frequency response and time information. Reproducing this impulse accurately is how we ensure we create the most accurate sound possible.
<Impulse response comparison>
Sound is transmitted by air movement. We interpret this air movement as sound.
Sound is transmitted by air movement
A sound recording is the conversion of air movement to data
* Speaker cabinet resonance created by its shape and construction
* Speaker unit's own characteristic sound
* Network circuit error
* Multiple sound sources
The internal standing and diffraction waves generated at the front baffle edges are largely eliminated by adopting a rigid yet tactile egg-shaped form, in which no two radial surfaces are in the same plane.
In order for its floating enclosure to be effective we have achieved an air-tight bond, whereby the drive-unit is sealed to the enclosure, eliminating the transmission of unwanted vibrations. This requires a permanent bond combined with a flexible coupling.
The streamlined form of the stand prevents disturbance of the airflow. It is engineered to offer rigidity with extensive internal damping to eliminate any residual vibration. The structure allows precise reproduction of low frequency waveforms.
The ideal material for the drive unit has been selected to provide the optimum performance from the cone. It needs to be extremely light with great elasticity, combined with high radial rigidity. It is supported by a highly flexible surround and damping system in a magnetic circuit to provide precise piston movement.
A high mass, conical anchor weight has been placed at the back of the drive-unit magnet. This structure acts as a mass sink, which 'grounds' the drive-unit ensuring the ideal piston movement.
Colouration of sound reproduction will occur if the speaker cone is allowed to cause the speaker enclosure to vibrate. ECLIPSE TD speakers minimize this issue with a sophisticated 'diffusion stay' mounting. The drive-unit is held in a floating mechanism so that no residual vibration can be transferred from the unit itself to the enclosure.
ECLIPSE TD speaker models come with an 'all-point' contact design unique mounting structure (excludes TD307MK2A). This design eliminates undesirable vibrations, ensures tighter lower frequency performance and offers a wide range of flexibility in the installation to suit the individual listening environment.
* Time Domain theory is an audio theory proposed by Hiroyuki Yoshii, President of TimeDomain Corporation.
Through ECLIPSE TD speakers you can actually appreciate the quality of sound that makes a Stradivarius an exceptional violin. You can hear the artistry of a guitarist's fingers, manipulating the strings. Without any distortion there is more of the natural sound to experience and enjoy.
When a speaker doesn't add its own resonance, the speaker disappears from the scene altogether and what you hear and experience is the three dimensional stereo image. Natural sound occurs in the space around you, just as it would in the best concert seat or on the set of a film.
Rhythm depends upon recreating the precise beginning and ending of a sound. Our technology captures this pin point timing because the driver can react instantaneously to move the air, and then dampen this movement immediately for the exact timing of every note.