German Physiks Lands at Melbourne’s New Home of High-End
Melbourne based High-End audio distributor; Nirvana Sound should be chuffed to have received the nod from German Physiks to represent this esteemed brand in Australia.
Whilst indifferent representation in this country ensured German Physiks flew well under the audiophile radar, that’s all about to change according to George Moraitis, Director of Nirvana Sound.
Those who know their loudspeakers also know that German Physiks models compete at the top levels of the audio industry. Moreover, they’re unique and have an approach to high-end sound that is so very different to a traditional box speaker.
After an extensive audition I came away with an appreciation of German Physiks speakers and in particular their lack of directional beaming is a revelation. We are excited and proud to bring this brand to the Audiophile marketplace.
Moraitis should be excited. We are because we know German Physiks loudspeakers are exceptional, having heard a pair of the HRS-130 model a year ago.
They were owned by a merchant banker audio buddy who initially bought these in Europe when he was posted there. He thought so highly of their sound, he decided to bring them with him when he returned to Melbourne.
The outstanding quality heard from the HRS-130 was the lack of “box’’ sound. They also had a sense of coherency that is available only from the very best planar dipole speakers.
At the heart of all German Physiks models is a unique DDD driver that is almost massless and hence lightning-fast to respond to musical transients. Add to this quality a huge frequency range of 180Hz – 24kHz and what you hear is an uncompressed and ultra-linear sonic performance.
The DDD driver has had a long gestation period. It was designed by Lincoln Walsh back in the early 1960s, and he called it “a bending-wave transducer”. The Walsh driver looked like a witch’s hat but enclosed at the brow and powered by a voice coil at its narrow peak.
The driver’s cone was very thin, and it worked like no other driver having a piston movement for low frequencies to a bending wave in the lower mids.
So good was the sound of the Walsh driver, a talented German engineer called Peter Dicks, decided to evolve the Walsh driver in the late 1970s. After a decade of toil experimenting with titanium sheets, Dicks enlisted speaker manufacturer, Holger Mueller to develop this unique driver. By 1993, Dick’s driver was ready to go to market under the German Physiks brand name.
The models available in Australia comprise the $40,000 Borderland MkIV, $21,100 Unlimited Ultimate, $27,200 HRS-130, the $112,000 PQS-302, $144,000 PQS-402, and the two flagship models called the Loreley MKIII ($219,000) and Emperor MKII ($338,000).
In even better news, German Physiks has also launched a new range of Emperor electronics comprising a preamplifier, mono and stereo amplifiers, an integrated amplifier and an analogue and digital crossover.
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.