CLOU


Art. No. 5961


Characteristics and sound properties

The CLOU is a slim-line 2-band column speaker offering real value-for-money as a key feature, as shown in the choice of two WS 17 E - 8 Ohm for the low-to-medium frequencies and the SC 10 N - 8 Ohm for the higher frequency range. To guarantee balanced overall sound quality using these less-expensive drivers, the two mid-bass units are physically separated from each other and each has its own enclosure. The lower WS 17 E - 8 Ohm is mounted in a 36-litre compartment. This produces a uniform increase in the frequency response from 60 Hz up to 600 Hz. The upper WS 17 E - 8 Ohm, on the other hand, is mounted in a smaller 16-litre compartment, which causes a slight increase in the range of frequencies between 60 Hz and 150 Hz. However, taken jointly, the two mid-bass units create a harmonious bass foundation which deliberately emphasises the frequencies between 60 Hz and 130 Hz. To ensure a seamless transition between the tweeter and the bass drivers, you need a properly balanced damping circuit to cut out any unwanted peaks and resonance.

The result of this unusual combination of drivers and cabinet is a column speaker that has to be seen and heard to be believed and one which produces a sound quality well above its moderate price range.

Technical Data

Rated power 120 W
Maximum power 180 W
Nominal impedance Z 4 Ohm
Frequency response 38–20000 Hz
Mean sound pressure level 82 dB (1 W/1 m)
Cut-off frequency 3200 Hz
Principle of Housing geschlossen/
closed
Net volume 36 l + 16 l
Outer dimension height 1000 mm
Outer dimension width 220 mm
Outer dimension depth 320 mm
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Frequency- and impedance response

Press

Extract from Hobby HiFi 05/2008

In the editorial listening room, the Clou speakers demonstrated a convincing liveliness right from the start. They played everything from pop to jazz and classical music - anything our CD player offered them - in a bubbly, impulsive manner. But, at the same time, they remained unobtrusive and fully in control, even at maximum volumes. They coped effortlessly with even the most dramatic dynamic attacks. (...)
Bass runs came across beautifully clearly. (...)
Voices were reproduced as realistically and three-dimensionally as possible, and were easily differentiated even with complex choral recordings. (...)
An excellent speaker, this Clou. So much loudspeaker for so little money -...- you do not find offers like this often, and, if you do, you never get this sound quality. A real insiders' tip.

Press

Extract from Audio 2

The Clou speakers are one hundred per cent fun. The subtle emphasis on bass frequencies and the slightly subdued medium range presence give these speakers a pleasant, well-balanced, smooth tonality which is bound to be a hit with the intended target group. Extracting a solid 50 Hz from an enclosed cabinet is quite a feat. During our tests, we could not resist the temptation of trying the system to its limits and opted for Ramstein's "Engel". Not a hope. The speakers remained totally under control and non-invasive, but delivered a fair share of dynamism. So, if you want to get clued up, get yourself the Clou.

Press

Extract from HiFi Sparbuch

“In the listening room, we could hardly believe the pleasure this remarkably low-priced loudspeaker was able to generate. Without the faintest hint of severity or obtrusiveness, the Clou wasted no time getting into its stride and, in contrast to many sets favoured by audiophiles, its gently rounded balance made even moderate-quality pop & rock recordings sound good, poor quality recordings sounded acceptable and with really good quality recordings one felt one was part of the action. Its spatial separation was credible and its vocal reproduction very good. It is in particular the dynamic qualities of the Clou that really stand out, especially the physically tangible punch in the bass department which is very taught, which will please many aficionados.”