PS Audio Aspen FR30 Loudspeaker, some glorious anticipation

Coming soon to Carlton Audio Visual at around the $50k mark. We will have a demo pair here from May 17th until the Hi Fi show in June.


Hi Fi News Verdict:  "The waiting is over, and the aspen FR30 speakers are nothing short of remarkable, setting new standards of focus, openness, weight and control at this price and well above. The build and finish are as immaculate as the sound, the unusual styling works remarkably well in the room, and the listening experience is a revelation. If you're in the market for speakers in this sector, listen to them - they're a bargain."


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We have been carefully following the development of this product for some time and believe it will transpire to be one of the iconic loudspeaker designs of our age.
The previous transducer reference that Paul McCowan tested and developed his BHK amplifiers on was the seminal Arnie Nudell design Infinity IRS four column loudspeakers. These were legendary for their awesome depth and detail ... also their awesome impedance load, massive physicality, and terrifying expense.
Our consultant Reidun has heard the IRS test reference speakers in the Boulder, Colarado, premises and has viewed the prototypes of the Aspen FR30 under development there

Paul McCowan the head honcho and vigorous blogger of PS Audio notes on the new speakers:

“The Aspen FR30 is the culmination of years of painstaking development and many, many hours of listening and evaluation. Our design goal was to create a loudspeaker that fits easily and works optimally into the widest range of rooms and listening environments, and delivers reference-quality clarity, detail, and tonal accuracy, along with effortless dynamics and most of all, emotionally compelling musical reproduction.”

The Aspen is designed to work with his BHK power amplifies and will be deeply interesting to make a system out of ....

The FR30 incorporates a custom push-pull planar magnetic midrange transducer and dual high-frequency transducers, which feature an identical symmetrical motor structure on either side of their driver diaphragms. This inherently linear configuration provides lower distortion than conventional single-sided magnet structures, along with higher efficiency.
The midrange and high-frequency drivers employ high-strength N52 neodymium magnets with diaphragms made from Teonex® film, a thin, highly stable material that provides exceptional transient response and resolution, with a fast, clean decay. The drivers are housed in a sealed sub-enclosure module, and their performance is optimized by the use of aramid fiber damping material.
The PS Audio Aspen FR30 utilizes four 8-inch cast-frame, aluminum-cone woofers with 12 lb. magnets. The woofer’s motor structure features a split-magnetic gap and double Faraday rings for improved linearity and wider bandwidth, and the woofers’ articulate, agile response complements the speed and transparency of the planar-magnetic midrange and high-frequency drivers.

The woofers are augmented by four 10-inch side-firing passive radiators, for authoritative low-frequency extension. The FR30 presents an easy-to-drive load with an 87 dB sensitivity, making it ideal for use with a wide range of amplifiers.
The enclosure has a unique modular design. The midrange/tweeter section contains the acoustically isolated crossover network and the section is removable, enabling ease of shipping and setup.
The FR30 offers a visually distinctive “floating” appearance, with a curved bottom and complementing anodized aluminum stand with milled brass acoustic isolation spikes. Hard plastic feet are supplied for use on hard surfaces and to aid in initial speaker placement.
The enclosure is made from extensively-braced MDF with a front baffle formed from a dense, rigid and well-damped fiberglass resin composite material. Integrated high-frequency acoustic waveguides are molded into the baffle to enable optimum horizontal and vertical dispersion and a smooth frequency balance both on- and off-axis.
The PS Audio Aspen FR30 loudspeaker will be available in spring 2022 in a choice of Pearl White or Sable Black finishes

FULL RANGE 3-WAY SYSTEM
• 87dB SENSITIVITY
• TWO 2.5" PLANAR RIBBON TWEETERS
• 10" PLANAR RIBBON MIDRANGE
• FOUR 8" LOW DISTORTION HIGH EXCURSION WOOFERS
• FOUR 10" LOW DISTORTION HIGH EXCURSION BASS RADIATORS
• REAR TWEETER LEVEL CONTROL
• BAFFLE STEP ADJUSTMENT FOR BEST SPEAKER PLACEMENT
• FLAT IMPEDANCE CURVE FOR EASY AMPLIFIER LOAD
• SMOOTH AND FULL OFF AXIS RESPONSE
• IN-ROOM BASS RESPONSE TO 20hz @ -6db
• TWO PIECE CABINET FOR EASY SETUP
• ADJUSTABLE FEET
• EASY TO POSITION FOR BEST PERFORMANCE
• HEAVY INTERNAL BRACING FOR LOW CABINET VIBRATION
• CUSTOM FILM CAPACITORS & PREMIUM AIR-CORE INDUCTORS

$49,995
Colour Options
Pearl White, Sable Black
Enclosure Type
Two piece – Sealed upper cabinet mid- tweeter module, Passive radiator lower cabinet (4 10” side-firing passive radiators)
High Frequency Transducer
2 x 2.5” planar magnetic with Teonex diaphragm
Mid Frequency Transducer
10” planar magnetic with Teonex diaphragm
Low Frequency Transducer
4 x 8” woofers, cast frame, aluminium cone, 12lb advanced magnet structure
Crossover Frequency
400 Hz, 2500 Hz – LR4
Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1M)
87 dB
Nominal Impedance
4 ohm (3.2 ohm minimum impedance)
Recommended Amplifier Power
100-600W
Frequency Response
28Hz-20kHz (-6dB)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
60.5” x 16” x 25.75” with base (10” width not including base)
Net Weight
104.5 kg each

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