AUDIO SOLUTIONS Overture-205F floorstandspeakers - dark oak veneer

AS 04 SF 205F
NZ$ 9,495.00 pr (incl. GST)
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6MOONS REVIEW SUMMARY: the AudioSolutions Overture models under review demonstrated unexpectedly high value. This came with competitive performance and an unusually broad swath of finish options. Heck, these are lovely real-world speakers. They're perfectly adapted to everyman's music, not fussy audiophile fare. They can dish it without coming apart; they do strong satisfying bass without playing tricks; and they're totally allergic to the Twiggy aesthetic. Guess what, a weak global economy does wonders for inventiveness in the manufacturing sector. Product must continue to offer more for less lest folks start hoarding not parting with their harder-earned cash. And boy are these Overture models fully on board with that programme. With audio solutions such as these, our times really are good... for hifi shoppers that is"….. Srajan Ebaen - 6MOONS

Overture speaker line is first line in whole AudioSolutions range and inspired by its predecessor Euphony line. Specially designed to be cost effective speakers with classic design. Much attention is placed that Euphony line speakers would provide the same listening effort as top-line AudioSolutions speakers. Overture line is the best solution to enter AudioSolutions world of High-End sound reproduction.

DESCRIPTION
Overture O205F is a 2.5-way design floorstanding speaker equipped with customised silk dome tweeter, two paper cone mid-bass drivers and two long-throw woofers. It can be used with bookshelf and centre channel speaker sets to form home cinema environment. Slim, small and light cabinet will fit in any part of listening room, variety of finishes including high gloss colours, classic wood and piano gloss woods will satisfy all tastes. Unique highly braced, CNC-machined, self-locking cabinet gives incredible performance in bass region, specially shaped front panel with tweeter loaded in mini horn ensures lowest THD in this price range.

HiFi NL REVIEW CONCLUSION:
"The Overture O205F has somewhat surprised us. You don't often come across a relatively unknown brand that comes in and immediately creates something very beautiful. Some people would say: "In terms of sound, they score, because design is not our thing." Well, we would understand that remark, although you have to admit that thirteen finishes offer a bit of personalisation that you do not often encounter elsewhere. Not at this price point. The Overture O205F is also the largest of the Overture speakers,However, the most important thing is the sound quality. The smooth control, excellent timing and coherence of the Overture O205F are the main assets, making these AudioSolutions unexpectedly strong speakers"......…Jamie Bieseman - HiFi.NL 

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Features

2.5-way speaker system.Highly braced, CNC precision and as thick as 36mm MDF cabinet ensure acoustically silent and rigid structure. High-flow bass reflex port with highly rounded flange eliminates air flow noise. Impedance-linear crossover with pin-to-pin construction. High-grade components and bi-wiring/bi-amping binding posts. Light weight paper cone mid-bass driver and light weight customised soft dome tweeter loaded with mini horn to boost its performance and achieve greater sensitivity in critical range.

"STEALTH" GRILLE
Unique protective grille solution - all Overture speaker sets include two detachable front baffles for each speaker. The use of decorative baffle without cloth or protective baffle with a cloth is a matter of choice. These baffles are identical in shape thus they have no influence on speaker performance! You do not need to detach protective grilles to enjoy top quality sound anymore.

FINISHES
Nothing fits in living room better than natural classic wood finish. Three warm shades of oak will satisfy the most fastidious taste. Piano gloss wood finishes are perfect in high-tech surroundings. Their versatility makes them perfect for every environment due to a glossy surface. Choose from two exotic matured wood finishes and create exclusive and unique interior of your listening room.

OVERTURE 205F STANDARD FINISHES @ RRP $9,250/pr: 
BLACK (stock colour), White, Cream, Red, Light Oak, Tinted Oak, Dark Oak. 

OVERTURE 205F EXCLUSIVE FINISHES @ RRP $9,995/pr:
TEXTURED: Rottened Zebrano, Matured Oak, Textured Black, Textured White.
HIGH-GLOSS FINISHES: HG Ebony, HG Olive.

If you are interested in customising veneer type and colours for your taste, do not hesitate to contact us by mail or phone for further information

Specifications

Sensitivity : 92 dB @ 2.83V 1m
Nominal power handling : 200 W rms
Maximum unclipped power handling : 400 W
Impedance : nominal 8,0 ohms; minimal 5,6 ohms @ 170Hz
Crossover frequency : 400 Hz; 1900 Hz
Frequency response (in-room environment) : 34-26000 Hz
Drivers : 2,5 cm silk dome tweeter, two 15 cm paper cone mid-bass, two 15 cm paper cone bass drivers
Dimensions (HxWxD) : 1248mm x 252mm x 428mm
Weight : 36 kg each
Shipping weight : 39 kg each

Reviews

However, the most important thing is the sound quality. The smooth control, excellent timing and coherence of the Overture O205F are the main assets, making these AudioSolutions unexpectedly strong speakers.
JAMIE BIESEMANS

Conclusion: The Overture O205F has somewhat surprised us. You don't often come across a relatively unknown brand that comes in and immediately creates something very beautiful. Some people would say: "In terms of sound, they score, because design is not our thing." Well, we would understand that remark, although you have to admit that thirteen finishes offer a bit of personalization that you do not often encounter elsewhere. Not at this price point. The Overture O205F is also the largest of the Overture speakers, and a large size scares some. The smaller O203F, for example, will integrate better into your interior. However, the most important thing is the sound quality. The smooth control, excellent timing and coherence of the Overture O205F are the main assets, making these AudioSolutions unexpectedly strong speakers.

REVIEW: can you still start a speaker brand and expect to lure people away from names that have had decades to attract a loyal audience? For the young Lithuanian AudioSolutions we hope that the answer is "yes". Because they do have something that is worth hearing.

AudoSolutions

Gediminas Gaidelis is a name that you probably won't sound familiar. This Lithuanian engineer is the driving force behind the young loudspeaker builder AudioSolutions who has won a lot of praise in a short time. Interestingly, and after a brief exposure to a number of speakers from the brand at the recent XFI Show , we decided to get the O205F from the cheapest Overture line for testing. It was not so much the demonstration on the show that stimulated us, but the philosophy of the brand. After all, when designing speakers, AudioSolutions emphasizes scientifically based acoustic design - and that is exactly what we love.

Look mama, no glue

The O205F is the largest loudspeaker from the Overture family, which also has two smaller floor stands (O203F and O204F), a center speaker (O201C) and a bookshelf speaker (O202B) among its members. "Large" is a label that is fully in place here, because the floorstand that we place in our listening room weighs 36 kg and is just under 125 cm high. The width and height are in proportion, in contrast to many slender speakers that we recently saw passing. This makes the 0205F a really solid and very present presence in a room. We can imagine that for smaller living rooms it is too much of a good thing. But remember: there is also a slightly more compact 0203F. The large O205F costs 3,850 euros per pair, unless you choose a more expensive finish.

The O205F is not a loudspeaker that makes our heart beat faster, we must admit that. We prefer a smooth, rounded design. The size and the angularity make this Lithuanian speaker look very classic, although that impression is not entirely correct if you take more time to view and investigate the speaker. Yes, the speaker is basically matte black, but you can get the side panels in many different colors and finishes. Thirteen to be exact. Our test speaker was finished in 'Texture White', a glossy white with very fine, irregular lines. If you look at it better, a relief appears to have been applied, but if you brush it over by hand it is mirror smooth. It is difficult to describe and photos do not do it justice, but it is quite distinct and beautiful. Just like some other finishes, Texture White raises the price to 4,250 euros per pair. Dark Olive and Ebony the price tag rise to 4,650 euros.

So you have plenty of choice with the Overture series. The same Texture finish is also available in black, in addition to four glossy lacquers and seven wood finishes with a lacquer layer. Rotted Zebrano for example, we personally find a great finish. It may have a somewhat unsavory name, but it looks worth it. If you purchase an O205F you must immediately make the right choice, because the side panels cannot be changed afterwards. AudioSolutions first builds the Overture speakers without side panels, but confirms them as a final step in a way that is permanent. The entire speaker cabinet clicks together cleverly, a technique that Gaidelis calls a self-locking cabinet. Both the outer walls and the internal reinforcement (bracing) fit together in such a way that it is impossible to disassemble the speaker at a later time. You can of course replace drivers. The remarkable thing is that the housing appears extremely solid and resonance-free, but that hardly any adhesives are involved. Clicking the cabinet parts together is enough to build a strong whole. 

The front is the grille

What is replaceable is the front of the O205F. That sentence might make you look up, but Gaidelis has a strong opinion about the use of a speaker grille. The drivers of the O205F are mounted flush with respect to the front, with softly curving edges at each opening. As a result, the outer edge of each driver is 'lengthened', as a result of which fewer mini reflections are created at the edge of each driver opening and the edges act as a horn or wave guide to send the sound waves of a driver wider into the room. This is not obscure science, because we often see the same approach with speakers.

For example, with the tweeter of the Paradigm Monitor SE speakers that we recently visited for a test. But, says AudioSolutions, if you now place a grille for this construction, you will change the acoustic properties because it will have an extra layer. The solution according to the manufacturer is a front that is completely replaced by another with a cloth applied over the entire length of the panel. Both panels - with and without grille - are included in the box. The first time you replace the panels you may think "this is crazy to do", but actually it goes very smoothly. Just lift it off, like a conventional grille, but this is one big piece.

Fluent music

For our test we connected the Overture O205F to our fixed amplifier, the Devialet Expert 220 Pro, with Roon. Towards the end of the test we received the Linn SELEKT DSM. The latter is interesting, because this versatile all-in-one amplifier is equipped with Space Optimization - a fascinating room correction system without a measuring microphone and that takes into account the dimensions of your room and the characteristics of your speakers. You can read more about this in our review of the Selekt, which will be online soon.

During testing, we happened to meet a colleague from another magazine who had been working on the smaller O203F for some time. He noted that, in his opinion, Overture speakers are close to Sonus faber in terms of sound. A description that we can agree with, although we would dare say that AudioSolutions is less attracted to a presence presence than the Italians. This is a huge generalization of course, but it gives you an idea how the Overture O205F offers something else.

Overture O205F places the dome tweeter in the middle, between two pairs of midrange woofers. AudioSolutions is certainly not the first to do this. It is also an approach that we do like. Yes, with broad-woofers radiating the sense of detail may theoretically be somewhat lost, but on the other hand we find this driver arrangement often produce a coherent sound image. The tweeters on the O205F are also more or less at the correct ear height due to this placement and that is another plus. During our tests the O205F appears to control very quickly. The specifications support that impression, because the sensitivity of 92 dB means that you do not need an amplifier with an enormous power for this floor stand.

One of the things that we liked very much about the O205F is indeed how the speakers put down a coherent sound image, even with genres that have not been produced enormously. Even at high volumes, the whole remains very well balanced and holographic, in the sense that every instrument is perfectly placed. The brand new re-release of 'Love & Work: The Lioness Sessions' (originally dating from 2000) from Songs: Ohia, aka the early-dead Jason Molina, demonstrated that well. Almost all the songs on this album consist of a voice, a slow electric guitar, a drum that sounds like recorded in the distance, and occasionally some Hammond-like synthesizers. It is not a bad mix, but on some speakers that guitar or synth can become sharp and dominant as soon as you play loud. The O205F, however, presents the entire sound stage as a whole, very fluent and forgiving too. What also helps is that the Overture sets a fairly tight low, even if we switch off Space Optimization - which mainly affects 100 Hz and lower - on the Linn.

The timing of the drivers seems close to perfection, and that gives all music a fresh, accurate sound. The deep, reggae-like bass line at 'Gun to the Head' on 'Merrie Land' by The Good, the Bad & the Queen is also measured but has enough fat. If we once again get the beautifully recorded SACD from Karajan's Symphony No. 9 above, we will be served a relatively open presentation. At this point we did experiment a little with the toe-in (something that is also an interplay with room acoustics), and in the end we ended up with partial but not completely screwed in for the best panoramic view. We also liked the Berlin Philharmoniker to be slightly more attractive when we switched off the Space Optimization function on the Linn, or played it on the Devialet Expert Pro amplifier. Perhaps because a little more energy could be heard in the layer, due to the room acoustics. A case of: not correct, but better.

Conclusion

The Overture O205F has somewhat surprised us. You don't often come across a relatively unknown brand that comes in and immediately creates something very beautiful. Some people would say: "In terms of sound, they score, because design is not our thing." Well, we would understand that remark, although you have to admit that thirteen finishes offer a bit of personalization that you do not often encounter elsewhere. Not at this price point. The Overture O205F is also the largest of the Overture speakers, and a large size scares some. The smaller O203F, for example, will integrate better into your interior.

However, the most important thing is the sound quality. The smooth control, excellent timing and coherence of the Overture O205F are the main assets, making these AudioSolutions unexpectedly strong speakers.

Gediminas, talks about some of the reason on what prompted Overture.

"Overture, the beginning of something more exquisite. The range consists of five models: one centre channel, one monitor and three floorstanders. We developed a special type of protective grill which unlike conventional solutions doesn't distort the sound. Each speaker comes with two detachable front panels, one of which is cloth covered. You get exactly the same sound, tonal balance and overall clarity with or without these cloth-covered versions."

"The tweeters of this range are loaded with a deep waveguide. This raises their sensitivity in a critical region and unloads the drivers themselves to net measurably lower THD. All Overture models are available in an expanded array of exciting finishes - gloss colours, textured gloss never seen before and classic veneers, all protected by a scratch-resistant coating." 

"Naturally the first reason was that I felt how during these past few years, I'd gained knowledge and better tools to make a far superior speaker. The Euphony line played and was balanced extremely well—we even received Fairaudio.de's Product of the Year award—but I felt that I could push it a lot further. To do so, I couldn't simply design a better crossover. It had to be a far more complete complex makeover. I started with computer analysis and blueprints. First I wanted to change the basic enclosure concept. I wanted higher rigidity without excess weight to ease assembly for my employees. We modelled enclosures with modern software to identify the bad spots in our old enclosures. Then we came up with the notion of a self-locking cabinet where all parts would slide into each other, then lock in. Such a concept exhibits great stability and once assembled, becomes monolithic. Weight increased 35% compared to the previous models but rigidity by more than 100%. That was clearly audible. I also exchanged the ScanSpeak tweeter for a custom SEAS silk dome. This change was minor but essential to work with our miniature horn loading. That small horn helps a lot. The Euphony models had small problems with high SPL. The tweeter would start to distort near the crossover region due to low sensitivity and a membrane that was too soft. When loaded with our mini horn, the tweeter in this critical area now has 5dB more sensitivity and lower distortion. The Peerless mid/woofer remains unchanged from the Euphony line. But a different crossover, more precise measurements and stiffer enclosures allowed me to push the Overture performance close to our Rhapsody range. 

"The second reason for the new line was that I felt a bit ashamed about our entry range not looking as good as subsequent models. Finally end users and distributors pushed me for grilles. It was a very hard decision since I am very skeptical about grilles and their inevitable sonic degradation. But finally I agreed that cheaper speakers must have grilles because of children, cats etc. So I started to think about how to make a frameless grill because frames alone distort the sound with a high level of early reflections. We made some conventional trials, then decided to change the entire concept. We arrived at a detachable baffle, then covered it with acoustically transparent cloth. The customer gets two baffle pairs, one with and one without cloth. Measurements prove identical performance. We even demonstrated our speakers at various shows where one had the cloth grill but not the other. Nobody ever heard a difference between the left and right channel. Where the Euphony was a very good line for the price, Overture is a very big leap forward. Finally I'd like to mention our variety of finishes. Usually affordable speakers come only in black or white. We decided to give people 13 finishes to choose from. This raises domestic friendliness. Due to improved manufacturing technologies, we can make any colour very fast so there is no big delay on special orders. Our stock finishes include 7 options for the same price: white, ivory, red and black in high gloss and natural, stained and dark oak in soft-touch matte. For an additional 10%, we have exotic rotted zebrano, matured oak and entirely new textured black or white finishes with a lovely 3D effect. For an additional 20%, we finally have dark Olive and Ebony in high gloss." 

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