AUDIO SOLUTIONS Overture-204FW floorstand speakers - wood finish

AS 03 SF OT304FW
NZ$ 11,000.00 pr (incl. GST)
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NEW OVERTURE Mk3 MODEL RELEASE: 
The Overture MK3 is a third generation entry level speaker for AudioSolutions. Overture MK3 has the marking O3** compared to previous 02** MK2 version. This Third series Overture introduces completely new looks compared to its predecessor. These rather drastic visual changes marks a completely reworked speaker - a cabinet, drivers and crossover structure. We proudly present Overture Mk3 – the ultimate marriage of art and technology at an affordabe price.

The new 304F is a different approach to previous 204F. Both the new 304F and 305F are now 3-way systems like all our other speakers. The 204F was 2.5-way system however I strongly promote our extended band midranges and the whole idea of as wide as possible midrange coverage in order to avoid crossover distortion in the most critical for human ear region - 1000-2000Hz. Thats why I have switched everything to 3-way systems and it is well worth doing so with an extended band mid rage that helps to unload unnecessary load from tweeters (thus less doppler effect and fewer distortions) and widens the midrange coverage which brings mid-performance closer to the wide band driver (I am not sure is this correct parallel as wide banders have a lot of flaws of its own, that's why I use term extended band mid driver). 

The 304F has bigger bass drivers than the 303F which follows our core structure of 3-way systems with every speaker getting scaled up as we go up the line. This approach gives a uniform sound character along the line which is supercritical and not many manufacturers can say that they have uniform sound along the line.

WHATS NEW WITH OVERTURE Mk3? 
A) NEW completely reworked cabinet structure. New Overture series is introduced with the same cabinet structure like Figaro and Virtuoso - a Cabinet-in-Cabinet system which is superior compared to previous Overture cabinet
B) NEW Seas based silk dome tweeters. 
C) NEW reworked mini-horn loading for more effective and time-aligns drivers better. The sound clarity and response is much better.
D) NEW Figaro based Sb based drivers
E) NEW outrigger spikes holders with small spike and cups for sturdy support. 
F) NEW Colour choice - new colours include high gloss HG Black and HG White for the front baffle. The sidewalls and back are matt black. For an additional price customers can also choose between3x Matt Wood colours for the sidewalls - Light Oak, Mahogany & Weng (the front baffle colour does not change with the choice of HG Black or HG White). 
G) NEW redesigned Magnetic Grills.
H) NEW Packing - redesigned and made more sturdy and practical.

There are 3x floorstanding models, 1x bookshelf and 1x centre channel speaker. The models will be named like the old ones just with digit “3” at the beginning instead of “2” indicating that this is third generation of Overture.

6MOONS REVIEW CONCLUSION: "the AudioSolutions Overture models demonstrated unexpectedly high value. This came with competitive performance and a broard 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

MONO & STEREO REVIEW CONCLUSION: "The AudioSolutions Overture O204F braced and thick MDF enclosures were certainly "guilty" of delivering the powerful spatial cues. Micro and macro details are too easily masked within the intreated resonance frequency of the speakers' enclosure, yet Overture O204F delivery of micro decays and delays formed a sensual interaction, that pulled me into more than just one track aural evaluation with my beloved Nancy Brick. That alone is worthy of the praise...

I've especially love to pull this remarkable album out to challenge any speaker ability to deliver the sheer density of tone and how well it deciphers the potency of music's message.....
Overture O204F tone, timbre, and color were on forte, without stepping into the overblown realms. At the O204F given price range, this is something to be proud about......
AudioSolutions Overture O204F offers a stylish and musical package, that is not shy in delivering the balanced sound. These are the "honest" speakers, voiced right and with a healthy dosage of bottom end. The lower end impact will keep bass fans more than just happy. O204F also reveals the potent Overture musical universe to the music lovers in demand of powerful and musically involving sound......
Gediminas Gaidelis pushes himself further by each year, to implement better materials, make speakers better looking and most importantly to deliver better sound.....
For the chameleon musical like nature and the level of dedication, that goes into the creation of the AudioSolutions Overture O204F speakers I'm happily giving out the Mono and Stereo Highly Recommended Award"..... Mono & Stereo
The cabinet. 
Overture MK2 where equipped with self-locking cabinet structure which was a major breakthrough back then compared to typical non-complex cabinet structure. Working with huge potential of self-locking cabinet we came up with other cabinet type – Box-in-a-Box structure. This type of cabinet is being used in our award winning Virtuoso speakers and is remarkably stiff yet shares extremely good dampening properties. Seeing its flexibility to work with and potential of Box-in-a-Box cabinets in general, we decided to adapt this expensive technology to our cheaper entry level products. Overture MK3 shares Virtuoso cabinet technology and is equipped with Sectional-Box-in-a-Box cabinet system. Whole cabinet consists of two intersecting cabinets – lightweight inner box and heavy outer box. The polyurethane layer in between the two boxes acts as dampening material. Thin but stiff inner cabinet provides necessary support for structure itself as well as transfers energy of radiated back-wave to outer cabinet layers without storing energy inside material and preventing the back-wave being reflected to the listener. Fast energy transfer is essential in order to prevent low Q oscillations which can last relatively long and ruin precise sound reproduction. To illustrate low Q oscillations think of the swings where energy is stored for prolonged period and oscillations dies slowly due to high mass and lack of dampening. With just one push you will have prolonged oscillations which are unwanted in the cabinets. So, transferred from inner box, energy reaches outer box which has huge mass to absorb the received energy (compared to inner cabinet) and have low inner tension forces and thus high dampening properties to dissipate energy in to heat as fast as possible without generating unwanted prolonged
oscillations. However, these two layers alone cannot provide efficient energy exchange and dissipation in to heat. That’s why third layer in between outer and inner boxes is so essential – a polyurethane layer joins two cabinets (which are separated by fraction of millimeter) and provides additional dampening due to high viscosity. This layer not only acts as additional barrier for energy to be dissipated in to heat while traveling from inner box to outer box, but also helps outer high mass box to quickly stop its movement. To illustrate its working principle we can imagine a swings being suddenly stopped with a help of soft pillow.

The drivers. 
Overture MK3 equips heavily upgraded drivers. After seeing how potent and successful Figaro drivers are we decided to use similar materials Figaro-based drivers in our new Overture MK3. Now both of speakers share the same ER cones giving incredible performance. Magnetic system and dampening rings was reworked to suit Overture MK3 as well as high power voice coils where added compared to its predecessor. High frequencies are being reproduced by lightweight silk dome tweeter which is upgraded version of MK2 tweeter. With this reworked driver we were able to use more selective and more efficient mini-horn system. New mini –horn system is a bit deeper and a bit wider. Calculated to cover bandwidth

where soft dome should start to flex and preventing it from happening, especially when driven hard. Furthermore new Mini-Horn time aligns drivers better.

Mini – Horn. 
all our speaker series are equipped with Mini Horn loading. This is special treatment for soft dome tweeters. Soft dome tweeters are known to have high distortions when driven loud. Distortions rise exponentially because center part of dome stops moving at certain levels and frequencies thus flexes uncontrolled by suspension. This is due to soft dome

nature. Some manufacturers use an ark over tweeter’s dome with dampening material touching center of dome to dampen this unwanted flex. Problem with such system occurs at different listening levels. It is simply not linear because force which center of dome is rammed by dampening material is fixed and doesn’t change with tweeter’ excursion. Others uses
stiffening materials like titanium bracing glued to dome i.e. This solution is far better, however, it is not without a flaws as well. Yes it stiffens the structure, but adds mass to it and thus inertia of dome spoiling impulse characteristics and sensitivity. Also this is quite expensive to manufacture with low tolerances so that electrical and acoustical parameters wouldn’t differ between samples. Our Mini Horn on the other hand is much more efficient to manufacture and repeat the process with low tolerances. Mini-Horn is based on acoustical dampening just as it is in usual horns. We carefully measure at which frequencies tweeter starts to flex and emit avalanche of distortions. Mini Horn is calculated and manufactured according to desired specifications to dampen those frequencies. The result is proportional dampening of the tweeters’ movement. The louder it plays the more dampening it gets from its own emitted sound. It is described as acoustical impedance and is highly dependent on mini-horn shape. Another aspect is that Mini Horn adds sensitivity (because - horn) rather than lowering sensitivity (because restricting movement) like in previous examples.

Features. 
Overture MK3 comes with carpet-piercing spikes for stability and improved performance. In the set you will also find protective caps for spikes if you want to place speaker on hardwood floors. Spikes are threaded with M6, this standard allows customer to experiment with other type of spikes or dampening feet to his taste.

We upgraded binding posts to massive metal ones finished in nice frosted satin silver. These binding posts can take any high-end cable manufactured today with any terminations and provide proper grip for tightening.

Overture MK3 is offered in 2x standard colours HGloss Black and HGloss White front baffles with matt black sides. As extra options we offer 3x woods options – Light Oak, Mahogany and Weng.

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FINISHES
OVERTURE STANDARD FINISHES:
HG Black-front / black body (stock colour) & HG White-front / black body. 

OVERTURE EXCLUSIVE WOOD FINISHES AT AN EXTRA COST:
 
Light Oak, Mahogany & Wenge

Specifications

Drivers : 2.5cm (1") silk dome tweeter, 1x 15.2cm (6") ER paper cone mid, 2x 15.2cm (6") ER paper cone mid-bass drivers
Sensitivity : 90 dB @ 2.83V 1m
Nominal power handling : 120 W rms
Maximum unclipped power handling : 240 W;
Impedance : 4,0 ohms
Crossover frequency : 500 Hz; 3000 Hz
Frequency response (in-room environment) : 37-26000 Hz
Dimensions : 990H x 210W (357mm w feet) x 330D mm
Weight : 27 kg each
Shipping weight : 34 kg each

Reviews

REVIEW LINKS

 Mono and Stereo "Highly Recommended Product" award.
Mono and Stereo High-End Audio Magazine review and an award. Click here...

 

For the chameleon musical like nature and the level of dedication, that goes into the creation of the AudioSolutions Overture O204F speakers I'm happily giving out the Mono and Stereo Highly Recommended Award.
Matej Isak

SUMMARY: AudioSolutions Overture O204F offers a stylish and musical package, that is not shy in delivering the balanced sound. These are the "honest" speakers, voiced right and with a healthy dosage of bottom end. The lower end impact will keep bass fans more than just happy. O204F also reveals the potent Overture musical universe to the music lovers in demand of powerful and musically involving sound

REVIEW: I'm more then sure, that many of you already heard about or heard the AudioSolutions speakers from Lithuania. The company operates for quite some years pointing back to their beginnings in early 2000. 
 
My main inner interest triggers are in 99% percents ignited by the upper echelon and top of the line high-end audio products. On contrary to my modus operandi Gediminas Gaidelis (owner and CEO of AudioSolutions) asked me to start my exploration of the AudioSolutions loudspeakers in another way around. He wanted me to explore the Overture product line in order to understand, the difference between their flagships and more affordable speakers and how much of the AudioSolutions' gestalt comes already with their entry-level loudspeakers. 

I've asked Gediminas to select, what would be the most proper speaker to start with and a few weeks later the AudioSolutions Overture O204F speakers had arrived at Mono and Stereo... 

THE OVERTURE 0204F

Overture O204F is a 3-way design floor-standing speaker equipped with customized silk dome tweeter, paper cone mid-band driver and two long-throw woofers, that can be also used with bookshelf and center channel speaker sets to form home cinema environment. 

 
 
Slim, small and light cabinet will fit in any part of the listening room, a variety of finishes including high gloss colors, classic wood, and piano gloss woods will satisfy all tastes. Unique highly braced, CNC-machined, self-locking cabinet gives stand out performance in the bass region and specially shaped front panel with mini horn tweeter loading ensures lowest THD in this price range.
 
Overture O204F's highly braced, CNC precision milled enclosure, that uses MDF with up to 36mm thickness is a ground stone of the acoustically silent and rigid structure. High-flow bass reflex port with highly rounded flange eliminates airflow noise. 
 
High-grade components were chosen for the crossover and Overture offers bi-wiring/bi-amping binding posts. Mid-bass lightweight paper cone lightweight customised soft dome mini-horn loaded tweeter loaded elevates performance and delivers greater sensitivity in the critical range.
 
 
With the Overture product line, AudioSolutions have introduced self-locking cabinet system, that is also used with the recently introduced Vantage anniversary speakers. This technique gives very strong joints between different parts. The fully assembled enclosure is much more tough and rigid compared to similar sized and priced speakers.
 

THE INSIGHTS

 
Overture speaker line is the AudioSolutions' entry line range, that was inspired by its predecessor - the Euphony. From the initial idea, Overture line was designed to be a cost-effective speakers with a classic design. Much attention was placed to provide the same captivating audio quality as a top of the line AudioSolutions speakers. Gediminas Gaidelis also described the Overture line as the best way to enter and discover the AudioSolutions world of High-End sound reproduction.
 
 
Overture name was not chosen lightly. Gediminas Gaidelis wanted to introduce something more substantial, than just a mere entry line speakers. It needed to be both delicate and majestic. All that has resulted in an Overture speaker series, that delivers a grand portion of AudioSolutions's top tiers despite being the entry level and a first step into the high-end audio world of AudioSolutions.
 
 
In the usual dealings, the top of the line models creates a blueprint for any lower line models. With Overture line AudioSolutions started the other way around. The overture was set to give the "tone" for the upper series from the very beginning.  

"Downgrade from something better is quite simple to achieve, meanwhile having high-class product from the very beginning and pushing limits in more expensive products it is something that needs a lot of efforts and knowledge." - Gediminas Gaidelis

The development of the Overture took almost a year for the cabinet construction only. Speakers chassis combined with some clever engineering and backed up with the years of experience in making the loudspeakers resulted in much more faster production and shorter assembly time, that translates to the much lower final price. The shorter production time has allowed AudioSolutions to implement more expensive materials and technologies, that are usually associated with the higher priced speakers.
 
 
No usual sound-damaging grilles are used in Overture. Gediminas Gaidelis's engineering heart is not softened by the grilles and he has a very strong opinion about them. 

"However, grilles is a must for cheaper speakers. We couldn't design usual grilles that wouldn't interfere with sound reproduction. Usually, it was not cloth as we thought at first - it was the frame. Even a thin-braced frame was creating a lot of reflections. We decided to raise our expenses for better sound reproduction. We designed double removable front baffle." - Gediminas Gaidelis

One set of the speaker includes four front baffles. One pair is covered with transparent acoustically cloth and the other pair is painted in the matching speaker color. All four panels are identical in shape and have similar performance characteristics.
 
 
Implementation of the waveguide with the soft or hard domes almost comes as mandatory these days. This raises sensitivity and creates controlled radiation pattern. While this is beneficial, AudioSolutions had decided to go a bit further... 

"Since by default we think that customer will have at least little acoustically treated room we do not control radiation, but we unload tweeter in its critical region. As You may notice usually speakers in lower price region plays nice when driven up to 90dB-95db. Troubles starting when they are driven really hard I mean like 100dB (trust me it is VERY loud don't dream about 120dB in a home)." - Gediminas Gaidelis

Usual soft dome tweeters starting to distort because of soft materials and act more like waving sea than piston driver. It can get even worse when the whole assembly of coil and suspension starts to make radial movements at some specific frequencies because the suspension is too soft (better sensitivity for data sheet). All this translates into screamingly/noisy and unpleasant tone. AudioSolutions Mini-Horn is working in quite a narrow band around tweeter's resonance frequency, where most of the distortions described above appear. The result is unloaded drive system in the specific area and lowered distortions. Overture Mini-Horn lowers distortions by 8dB in that region.
 
 
A second no go for the Gediminas Gaidelis's engineer mindset was the use of standard PCB boards, where thin copper layers come as standard. That why a pin-to-pin assembly was used (similar as point to point with tube amps).
 
 
But this was changed recently when Gediminas had found a good supplier, that could provide three times more dense copper signal paths compared to the traditional PCBs. At the end, measurement had shown no difference between pin-to-pin construction and PCB mounted and this is now a preferred solution.
 
 
The audiosolutions team has pushed from the very beginning to finalize a working prototype, that would include all the high-end criteria associated with the expensive models. This might be the very reason, that many people, that have listened to either Overture or Vantage, discovered the same sonic DNA spread across all of the AudioSolutions' models.
 
 

THE MUSIC

 
The technical side was covered quite extendedly, so its time to enter into the musical realms. Overture O204F went through the prolonged listening sessions with quite a few different amplifiers and speakers' cable. Sometimes, the speaker undervaluation points towards the particular music genre, yet with AudioSolutions Overture speakers, there was no specific genre preferring. They've handled the music in equal equilibrium.
 
Donald Fagen - Morph the Cat
 
Gediminas Gaidelis loves to present the AudioSolutions speakers' ability to deliver a grand but focused bass rendition. There is no better record to test the "submarine" depths then Donald Fagen's Morph the Cat. First few notes of the albums' title track will let the speaker to "make it" or "brake/fake it". 
 
Overture O204F mighty bass is consequential to the sum of all the design choices. First and foremost O204F (luckily) won't turn into wobbling sonic momentum, that is too often associated with the similarly priced speakers. The bass expands with the full energy impact and carries over the rawness needed to employ the lower frequency energy into the room. This was positively evident in both smaller sized room and a bigger listening space. 
 
As with all the speakers, you'll need to find the right spot in order to let speakers "breath", but once properly positioned, Overture O204F will lock and load. 
 
When Morph The Cat's music expands with all the instruments in place, O204F allowed the even distribution of complete sonic range, that let instruments to appear with believable three-dimensional rendering. This particular track can bring many speakers to its knees with its demanding energy transfer, yet Overture O204F have kept the sonic projection firm and focus!
 
Nancy Brick - Nancy Brick
 
Nancy Brick belongs to one of my favorite Nordic duos. Mysterious music, sensually packed into the sonic scenery, that penetrates deeply into the subconsciousness. 
 
 
There is an immersive purity in these compositions. In their simplicity, they can instantly reveal any non-balanced nature at the very end of the audio chain, namely the loudspeakers. 
 
The Mountain's ghostly atmosphere expands with the subtle pinpointing of the notes, that call for a highly potent mirroring of the acoustic cues. 
 
The AudioSolutions Overture O204F braced and thick MDF enclosures were certainly "guilty" of delivering the powerful spatial cues. Micro and macro details are too easily masked within the intreated resonance frequency of the speakers' enclosure, yet Overture O204F delivery of micro decays and delays formed a sensual interaction, that pulled me into more than just one track aural evaluation with my beloved Nancy Brick. That alone is worthy of the praise...
 
 
Music For Viola and Cello - Herbert Downes and Jacqueline Du Pre is by no means an easy reference evaluating album for any speakers. It's challenging. This iconic, classical gem, that reaches a crazy pricing on the vinyl is extraordinary and both sonic and musical marvel. 
 
I've especially love to pull this remarkable album out to challenge any speaker ability to deliver the sheer density of tone and how well it deciphers the potency of music's message. 
 
Overture O204F tone, timbre, and color were on forte, without stepping into the overblown realms. At the O204F given price range, this is something to be proud about... 
 

CONCLUSION

 
With Overture line Gediminas Gaidelis wanted to embrace all the qualities of AudioSolutions upper speaker's range at more affordable pricing while keeping the recognized sound quality and design. And he succeeded...
 
AudioSolutions Overture O204F speakers are stylish contemporary take on the "classical" loudspeaker design, but with enough attributes to stand out from the crowd.
 
The hardest thing for any high-end audio speaker manufacturer is founding its own recognizable signature design. After years of exploration, Gediminas Gaidelis managed to develop his own design language, that is recognizable and different enough to draw the attention.
 
I really liked the Overture self-locked and exchangeable front panel system, that allows quick change of aesthetics from more classical to the modern as well as the quality of fit and finish. Even some of the long-standing speaker's brands struggle with quality at the more affordable level, but Gediminas managed to expertly deliver a visually captivating design with the instantly recognizable carpentry quality.
 
From packaging, manual and up to the speakers, everything screams out "quality". I like and love when manufacturers do their homework properly. Its still baffles me, how some, even crazy priced exotic products are being presented. Rather then "we want to please and thank you for your purchase" the very opposite "we simply want your money" applies. Sad, true and unforgiven.
 
AudioSolutions Overture O204F offers a stylish and musical package, that is not shy in delivering the balanced sound. These are the "honest" speakers, voiced right and with a healthy dosage of bottom end. The lower end impact will keep bass fans more than just happy. O204F also reveals the potent Overture musical universe to the music lovers in demand of powerful and musically involving sound.
 
Gediminas Gaidelis pushes himself further by each year, to implement better materials, make speakers better looking and most importantly to deliver better sound.
 
For the chameleon musical like nature and the level of dedication, that goes into the creation of the AudioSolutions Overture O204F speakers I'm happily giving out the Mono and Stereo Highly Recommended Award. 
 
Well deserved Gediminas Gaidelis! Keep the flow on!
 
Matej Isak
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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