Brodmann Festival F2 loudspeaker piano black

BM 07 F2
NZ$ 10,995.00 pr (incl. GST)
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Much research and development has gone into developing the Festival series to enhance your listening pleasure. We built the Festival F2 for people with passion and a sense for precise sound reproduction. Enjoy this fitting entry into the world of serious high fidelity.

Festival series: A New Passion

Our new Festival series introduces a speaker system whose quality seamlessly matches our VC Master series. Combining Brodmann’s traditional values with fine design and materials, the Festival series offers an excellent first step into the audiophile world of high-end sound. No comparable speaker system offers a listening experience so close to your favourite artist’s actual performance.  

The Festival models benefit from a number of technical innovations such as Brodmann‘s new Sound Rod Technology first introduced on our Joseph Brodmann Signiture series. The result is incredible sound performance. Behind the timeless elegance of our Festival speaker systems lies impressive knowledge of the complex patterns of acoustics.  

The woofer/mid-tone drivers are mounted at the sides of our floor-standing models. This aids the sound and keeps the design beautifully streamlined. The tweeters are our own development in the principle of an electrodynamic chassis. They achieve a free and lively reproduction unequalled by other comparable systems.  

At Brodmann, no detail is too small or unimportant. We produce the crossover filters manually and offer matching cables that meet our high standards. All components of our speaker systems are sensitively and carefully tuned to each other as well as the available accessories we’ve either handpicked or produced ourselves. This helps us ensure the kind of listening experience we all look for but find so rarely: one full of perfect calmness and relaxation where the music is the only thing we notice. 

In a rapidly changing world, it’s important for us at Brodmann to remain true to our experience as well as innovation. We make every speaker system by hand from the finest material and with love for the detail. We refuse to compromise. A distinct passion for music and for instrument making defines our role as a trail-blazer of sound in the audiophile sector.  

Our Festival series is where innovative design meets exceptional performance and value. Our standard is set by you, the customer: how you live today, how you decorate your home, how you listen to music.  

In an ideal world, we would listen to our favourite music live: in a jazz cellar, in a philharmonic concert hall, in a stadium. With each speaker from our Festival series, you can have a live music experience whenever you desire, day or night. 

The Austrian company, Brodmann Acoustics, has a background in piano manufacturing as well as sound engineering, and the FS speakers have a unique and interesting design: 8-layer piano lacquer works to stiffen the speaker’s wood enclosures while dried oak sound rods are situated in front of the speaker’s side-firing drivers for dispersion. The cabinet is completely empty; it uses no dampening.

 

The F2 is the the largets of the 2x Festical floor stand loudspeakers speakers. 

Specifications

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Specifications

TYPE : 2 way + horn resonnator 
HIGH FREQUENCY driver: 1x Tweeter Brodmann/HD Calotta Tweeter (silk acrylic dipped).
Bass/medium Speakers : 2x HP de 16cm (one each side)
Cone driver Midrange-Woofer (paper created by hand/Carbon stiffed) plus Acoustic SoundGrill (ASG). 
Fréquency response: 36Hz - 25000kHz 
Power :    20-160W 
Efficiency:    91 dB 
Nominal impédance : 8 Ohms
Crossover : <130 Hz -4,5dB
Horn Resonator: 2,15kHz 6dB 
Color : Piano black high gloss 
Size : 1120H x 270D x 175W 
WEIGHT :34 Kg pr 

Reviews

the incredible finish and natural sound, the Festival F2 shows us that there is another road in the design of a speaker…”
Fotis Fotiadis - HXOS Magazine
The speaker plays with natural elements, and our ears like this.  There are no “technicalities”, enlargements, excesses, or analysis that go beyond reality.  It is a speaker that we must listen in order to enrich our experiences, since it is not like the usual ones.  We liked the way it details, the immediacy of the interpretation, and the naturalness of its presence.  Those who are searching for extremes, dynamics and modern modalities will not find them here.  There are surreal speakers out there, which are difficult to find, and far too few, and one of those is the F2.  Give it a try.
 
Viennois
The speaker, as a concept, troubled Brodmann long before electricity and electro acoustics appeared.
 
The motion of electrons might have been conquered only in the last 125 years, at least in Greece, where electricity arrived in 1889, but the speaker, as a system, has been researched for centuries.  Long before electricity, in the ancient times we had the echoing vases in the ancient theatres, while later on the speaker was studied in the first musical instruments, with its greatest application being in pianos. Even today the acoustic study for the creation of a speaker continues, and this is a process that will never cease. The new tools for measurement provide significant help in this direction, as do the constant improvements in the technology of the materials. Hence the speaker is not something new, and surely during these centuries various techniques and technologies have appeared and then disappeared, becoming “lost knowledge”. With the appearance of electricity and then audio, speakers entered our homes and are now a necessary part of our daily life, especially when they belong to audiophiles and people who love nature and the senses, an element of which is sound.
 
Today we know of acoustic suspension speakers, bass reflex, line transfer and even panels. There are however, some different approaches to speakers, such as point source speakers, radiating 360 degree speakers, nanotechnology, and even patents such as the Brodmann ones that we are testing here. As a piano builder since the 17th century, the Austrian based Brodmann did not wait for electricity to appear before it started creating speakers. Brodmann had been working on the issue for a long time thanks to its pianos, and had studied acoustics extensively. So, when electro-acoustics appeared, it started to circulate speakers as independent units.  Inspired by the musical instruments that it was building, Brodmann made public its first electro dynamic speakers just a few years ago. The mind behind this creation is Hans Deutsch, who has approached the issue of “musical reproduction” by a “wooden box” from a different angle, based on the way the horn functions as a musical instrument.
 
Originally Hans Deutsch had provided his patent to another Austrian piano maker, Bosendorfer whose speakers we had reviewed at that time.  When Bosendorfer withdrew from the speaker market, Brodmann with the blessing of Hans took over.
 
The design of the speakers is so straightforward, that it impresses.  Practically without crossover, without exotic materials, without “insane” speakers, without  internal attenuation, and without hi-fi marketing bombast, the speakers are a surprise in the audio market.  They contain typical speakers, “hiding” their magic in the design of  their cabin.  The speakers impress by their twitter which is the only visible units on the cabin.
 
Brodmann in its catalogue has very expensive models, such as those of the VC series, as well as those of lower cost such as the Festival series.  The pair we had in the studio of the magazine the last weeks was the model F2, which is in the category of 6000 Euros.  It is a floor stander of three speakers with a height slightly more than a meter.  On the face of the speaker is a twitter while on the sides there is a panel on each side whose function is to reverberate from the low frequencies while the support of the speaker is a wooden board, leveled with spikes of brass.
 
As a maker of pianos, Brodmann is conversant with finish and, it is after all one of their strong cards.   They apply the same techniques of “presentation” to their speakers. The F2 is ”brilliant”, exactly like a piano’s finish, and creates a positive acceptance wherever it appears.  The pair comes in separate boxes, well packed, and their placement is extremely easy.
 
ECHOING SPEAKERS 
If we put aside their supreme finish, there is no exotic part for us to mention. They are so simple that it is frightening.  Inside there is total void.  Even though the cabin is from thick MDF, there are no subdivisions, no “clever” bindings or absorbing materials.  The only thing that one finds is a simple crossover with two elements (coil and resistor), quality wiring by Synergistic, and that is all.  Behind the left and right side panels there are mid/woofers of 6 inches from pressed paper.  In other words there are two speakers placed one on the right side and another on the left side.  These speakers “see” a special panel with five line openings and a cloth of about 1 meter height and 18cm width.
 
Each side of the F2 functions as a “sub speaker” , this is one of the elements of  Hans Deutsch’s patent.  The other is a long and narrow slit on the base of each unit.  The function is not as a bass reflex, but as a low frequency filter, hence the simplicity of the crossover.  The major work of the F2 is done by the opening of this slit.  The company mentions that it functions as a door.  When we play music in a room with a large door open we hear all the frequencies outside.  As we close the door the high frequencies do not pass through.  Having the door open very slightly, only the low frequencies will pass through, so the slit on the F2 allows only the frequencies below 130Hz to pass through, functioning as a filter with a 4.5dB slope.  It is absolutely true, that this idea works and it is impressive.
 
There is a reason finally why the inside of the cabin is so empty.  The air is compressed from the movements of the mid/woofers and functions as an additional speaker from 130Hz and below (36Hz).  The basic secret of the Brodmanns, in other words, is the opening slit at the base and the side panels.  Additionally, there are high quality speaker binding posts.  
 
In our tests the F2’s proved easy to drive and very pleasant to listen to.  We connected the speakers with the YBA Passion system and additionally with the integrated-revellation ModWright KW200.   Even though the F2 is not the top Brodmann speaker it proved that the unique design approach of Hans Deutsch is effective.  The sound we heard was natural and without colorations.  With many different pieces it was revelatory and impressive.  The low frequencies indicated that there was a subwoofer.  Even though the largest speakers in the F2 were 6 inches.  The stereo imaging had pin accuracy and the musicality was………as from a musical instrument.
 
The speaker plays with natural elements, and our ears like this.  There are no “technicalities”, enlargements, excesses, or analysis that go beyond reality.  It is a speaker that we must listen in order to enrich our experiences, since it is not like the usual ones.  We liked the way it details, the immediacy of the interpretation, and the naturalness of its presence.  Those who are searching for extremes, dynamics and modern modalities will not find them here.  There are surreal speakers out there, which are difficult to find, and far too few, and one of those is the F2.  Give it a try.
 
Comment
A speaker for those who loves truth, reality, and nature.  A speaker that is based on a musical instrument and a design that is like no other in the market.  Return to nature…. 
the incredible finish and natural sound, the Festival F2 shows us that there is another road in the design of a speaker…”

Testimonials

Thanks again for all your help in getting this gear together. I am thrilled......
Hi Terry,
Quick email to say how wonderful the Brodmann F2s sound driven by the TRV-845SE.

The Woo WA5 is a great headphone amp, but it really isn't an amp to drive speakers. The TRV-845 just kills it.

I have replaced the stock 6SN7s with some nice Shuguang Treasures and also replaced the 2A3s too the 845s are stock. Even with the standard stock output tubes this amp sounds great. I wonder how much better it will be with some burn in time and some higher-end tubes.

Each tube upgrade bumps the amp up another notch - this is a stunning bit of kit. The Brodmann F2s are really 88dB sensitivity speakers when calculated at 1m for 1W, and the TRX-845 drives them easily. I have volume knob at around 8 o'clock (barely on) and it fills my lounge with great. 

Thanks again for all your help in getting this gear together. I am thrilled with the SET + Brodmann combination.with the SET + Brodmann combination.

........Tony

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