YG Acoustics’ spanking new speaker is the Sonja XV – the “XV” is to signify the company’s 15th anniversary, as well as mean “eXtreme Version”… and we’re not kidding about the “extreme” part because the whole system comprises four towers (two per channel), each side in a four-way configuration.
Of course, the new model bristles with new technologies, like the proprietary BilletDome tweeter and Visecoil inductors.
Quoting the press release, “the bass, mid-bass and midrange units are made in-house using YG Acoustics’ proprietary BilletCore technology; the drivers are precisely machined out of massive slabs of aircraft-grade aluminium. This unique process offers overwhelmingly superior dynamics, musical delicacy and low distortion due to industry-leading rigidity and accuracy (tight tolerances).”
Each pair of Sonja XV has a total of 18 BilletCore drivers.
Furthermore, the “BilletDome tweeter is YG Acoustics’ most complex mechanical invention to date: a resonance-free soft dome is supported by a stiff, light airframe machined from aluminium billet. The airframe weighs a mere 30 milligrams (a thousandth of an ounce), but its critical sections are up to 14 times thicker than a typical hard dome, so its structural strength is vastly superior even to domes made of the most exotic hard materials.”
The bass crossover uses a brand new technology: ViseCoil inductors that are “CNC-wound in-house, then encased in a vice-like milled structure to eliminate vibration and tighten tolerances.”
We’re informed that this means “better control over the woofers, far greater bass impact, and an easier job for most amplifiers.”
The mid and tweeter crossover uses ToroAir technology: in-house CNC-wound toroidal air-core inductors that eliminate crosstalk common in crossover circuits. The result is preservation of high-frequency detail without harshness, brightness or sibilance, says YG.
The multi-layered cabinets are constructed of precision-machined aircraft-grade aluminium alloy, and allows for the “most acoustically desirable enclosure achievable.”
The company claims that the Sonja XV is the closest that it has has ever come to the natural sound of a live performance. Not surprisingly, no price has been given… and if you already have a Sonja, it can be expanded to the XV without need to replace the speakers.
Each shipped pair weighs a brutal 1,300kg, check with your YG Acoustics dealer for price and availability.