The Note. A Radical Slim Line Array Loudspeaker By Mark Porzilli
A new benchmark in high-end fidelity
The Note. A radical line array loudspeaker by Mark Porzilli offering world class imaging, transparency, dynamics, resolution and musicality.
The Note is available in high quality white or black powder coat from stock but almost any color may be specified to integrate with the interior aesthetic. Contact us to discuss your requirements.
More room friendly than any other high end floorstanding speaker the Note has a very small footprint. The column itself is only 2 inches wide. Height is 83 inches and depth is 3.5 inches. The speaker is mounted on an elegant stone plinth.
Formed from precision extruded aluminium The Note is engineered to the highest standard. Each speaker sports 48 titanium drivers which, together, produce unbelievable dynamics, accuracy and clarity. Because of the efficiency of the multi-driver configuration distortion is negligible. In fact The Note almost certainly has the lowest distortion of any speaker on the planet at this point.
The Note is a speaker for music lovers, opening a vast, intimate window onto treasured recordings and inviting new adventures in the exploration of recorded sound. Hear every detail of the performance or mix like you were there at the moment of music creation. A front row seat, and closer!
Memory Player is among the finest audio source components available. A music server with expandable storage it employs several unique technologies to address the inherent shortcomings of digital audio that we have lived with since its inception. The result is the most analog-sounding digital player in existence. Back in 2011 Ross Wagner of positive-feedback.com said:
"The Memory Player has done for digital what modern turntables and cartridges have done for analog vinyl... optimized the medium. Given: analog vinyl can satisfy the music lover; however, with the advent of the latest Memory Player, one can make a convincing argument that digital has moved substantially ahead of analog. To repeat, I said 'ahead'. I am comfortable defending that position."
Of course Memory Player has evolved since then in refinement, features and ease of use.
Music is a kind of storytelling. The story is going somewhere. Memory Player's ground-breaking approach to addressing timing anomalies present in digital sytems (jitter), brings the vital musical qualities of flow and nextness - anticipation of the story's unfolding, where analog systems have always had the edge, to digital.
Memory Player offers world class resolution, background 'blackness', bass performance, dynamics, soundstaging, transparency and musical coherence.
Memory Player is available as a one box solution, or a two box solution. The two box variant separates the power supply into a dedicated unit with increased capacitance and other refinements.
Liquid Cables are made from Litz. Litz is designed to ensure evenness of resistance irrespective of frequency, eliminating skin and proximity effects which alter the effective cross section of the cable thereby increasing resistance. Litz consists of indvidually insulated fine strands. We make our cables from up to almost half a million strands, employing some proprietary techniques. It is very difficult to do. Which may be why Litz speaker cable is quite rare. Litz is more commonly used for tonearm cables carrying the extremely delicate signal from the cartridge.
My Liquid Cables are an outstanding high-end product designed to allow an effortless, fluid, natural sound presentation, particularly when used with my The Note line array speaker. Liquid Cables come in a Pelican flight case for ultimate protection.
DEQX Gen4 preamp/processors are recommended for The Note. We supply an equalisation curve for the speaker. The new DEQX Gen4 speaker calibration and room correction processors feature an order-of-magnitude improvement in resolution, all-new digital and analog hardware and unparalleled connectivity. DEQX have been pioneers and innovators in the concept of speaker correction for over two decades.
The Benchmark AHB2 redefines 'value for money'. A true giant killer, it is one of the most revealing, clear and quietest amps you can buy. This is why we recommend it as the ideal power amplifier to drive The Note speakers. Hear a wealth of previously obscured detail, revel in the obvious sonic differences between recordings - always a true audiophile pleasure. The AHB2 has been designed to take advantage of the superior resolution of modern digital audio formats. This thing will show you what the Memory Player digital source and The Note loudspeakers can do. We endorse the Benchmark AHB2 amplifier wholeheartedly. A real blast of fresh air in the world of high-end audio amplification.
We love SVS subs, but slightly prefer the non ported versions for clean and accurate bass. Our recommendation for a subwoofer, ideally a pair of subwoofers to go with The Note is the SVS SB-3000. "SB" means sealed box, no port. It's a tight, very musical subwoofer from the experts in the field with an impressive extension down to 18Hz. 'Conservatively' rated at 800 watts with peak power ouput of up to 2500 watts the Sledge amp driving this 13 inch sub offers plenty of power and control to express those low octaves in our recordings. The subwoofer has an app which makes integration easy, but the DEQX system also offers subwoofer integration for a perfectly seamless response from below what we can actually hear into the sonic stratosphere.
A complete system featuring The Note loudspeakers will be: the speakers, The Memory Player transport version as the digital source, a DAC of choice, Benchmark amplification - one or two Benchmark AHB2 amplifiers (the AHB2 can be run 'bridged' as a monoblock), Liquid Cables speaker cable, a DEQX digital equalisation and room correction solution and one or two SVS SB-3000 subwoofers.
We recommend to have the speakers as far into the room as possible, whilst still allowing 8 feet from them to the listening point. Some small toe in may be desirable but The Note is not a difficult speaker to position due to its wide dispersion. Please have a look at our article on soundstaging and imaging blog - imaging and positioning
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You don't, necessarily. There are other digital equalisation systems out there that would work. We recommend DEQX because they are the masters. DEQX have been in the business of digital equalisation and room correction for a long time. The quality is outstanding. Additionally, with the DEQX, we provide an equalisation curve for The Note built in so it is, as much as possible, a plug and play experience.
Line arrays in the near field are affected by 'comb filtering', which simply means that phase cancellation effects occur with high frequencies because the drivers are at different distances from the ear. The wave forms are arriving out of time and can cancel each other if the crests of one waveform coincide with the troughs of another issuing from a different driver. It's worth remembering that all speakers with more than one driver have timing issues to some extent. In a standard two or three way speaker, say, the lower the frequency the more it is delayed as it passes through the crossover, so high and low frequency sounds are out of time compared to the sound issuing from a real instrument. There is no mechanical way to deal with this. Offsetting tweeters backwards relative to mids and woofers does not really address the problem because the acoustic centers of drivers change with frequency. Also a change in listening position – higher or lower, even by inches will reveal different timing imperfections.
With The Note we use a digital equalization system, such as that from DEQX to help flatten the frequency response at the high end. However, The Note is a wide dispersion loudspeaker system, designed to sound agreeable off-axis. Not being 'sweet spot locked' like many other loudspeakers vastly mitigates the effect of synchronisation imperfections. After all, timing anomalies are part and parcel of music, unless we only ever listen to soloists. If two violins in different parts of the orchestra play the same note at the same moment the sounds arrive at the ear at slightly different times, assuming we are not sitting bang in the center of the ensemble. It's not an issue in the concert hall because musical instruments project considerably and have wide dispersion, like our The Note loudspeaker. The Note is more like a fine acoustic instrument than most speakers.
We think The Note is one of the finest loudspeakers available, at any price; a truly musical instrument that will satisfy the most demanding audiophile for life. But there is a Grand Note, a bigger version of the concept with almost 300 drivers per pair. Also there are many different ways to tweak Memory Player - number of cores, memory, internal dac, power supply and so forth. Speak to us about these options if interested.