Audio Physic Cardeas 30 Limited Jubilee Edition (LJE) Loudspeaker

Description

Special features in comparison with CARDEAS plus+

  • Limited to 30 pairs, every Serial No. is embossed on the name plate
  • Exclusively available in the Jubilee veneers Black Ebony High Gloss and Rosewood High Gloss
  • Black High Gloss aluminum front plate
  • Black High Gloss bottom plate
  • Modified new HHCT III tweeter, easy recognizable on the aluminum-grey inner felt ring
  • Exclusively modified VCT+ terminal
  • Further optimized foot construction including VCF V Magnetic feet
  • Exclusive Clarity Cap capacitors with copper foam technology

Technical data

Height1190 mm / 46.9″
Width305 mm / 12″
Depth595 mm / 23.4″
Required Space Width x Depth410×595 mm / 16.1×23.4″
Weight74 kg
Recommended amplifier power40-350 W
Impedance4 Ohm
Frequency range25 Hz – 40 kHz
Sensitivity89 dB

This is my personal reference speaker

Audio Physics speakers have been a long-time favourite of mine. Manufactured entirely in Brilon, Germany, their attention to detail, finish, presentation and tonal balance rank with the best  available.

My reference speakers for the past 2 years have been their flagship model “ Cardeas Plus +”. For more information on this superb speaker, please click here. I was recently advised by the Australian Importer, Radiance Audio Visual, that a “Jubilee Limited Edition “ version was to be available and that they were limited to 30 pair worldwide. Naturally, being an ardent supporter of the brand, I put my hand up for a pair. Considering, the superb performance available from the Cardeas Plus+, I wondered how this LE version would better that model. The LE version arrived a week ago, Serial number 2, and after a customary burn in period, I sat down to do some serious auditioning.

Whilst there is a sonic familiarity between the Cardeas Plus + and the LJE let me say from the outset that these speakers bettered the Plus + in every dimension. And so they should, considering they cost 50% more.

My listening room is quite large – 10 meters by 6 meters, treated with Vicoustic Super Bass Extreme Absorbers and very neutral in tonal character, additionaly I do listen to my music at realistic levels.

I am not a reviewer and I will leave it to the experts to justifiably praise these speakers for what they are. Let me in a nutshell state that they are a true full range speaker, with a large three dimensional soundstage, (likely aided by my room), the sweetest and most cohesive sound I have heard with dynamics to die for, superb transparency and tonal balance, detailed but never etched, revealing to even the most minute whisper or symbol.

A friend dropped in to listen to these speakers. He was quite familiar with the Plus+ model and thought they were the best he had heard. After a short listening session, he asked “How can you ever improve on this “. That about sums it up.

There are several special features found in the LE Version. They are:

  • Special Jubilee veneers- Black Ebony High Gloss and Rosewood High Gloss
  • Black High Gloss Aluminium front panel and Black High Gloss Bottom Plate
  • Modified new HHCT lll tweeter recognised by the aluminium grey inner felt ring
  • Exclusively modified VCT + Terminal
  • Further optimised foot construction including VCF V magnetic feet
  • Exclusive Clarity Cap Capacitors with copper foam technology

Components in my system

  • Torus AVR 2 16 Amp Power Conditioner
  • PS Audio BHK Pre-Amp with original Tungsram PCC88 Tubes (NOS)
  • Chord SPM 1400 MKII Mono-Amps
  • Chord DAVE  DAC & Chord Blu 2 M Scaler Transport
  • Vertere Pulse Ref speaker cables and Interconnects
  • Analysis Plus Power Oval Ultimate Power Cables
  • Music played through High Res Streamer (Auralic Aries G2 )using Kimber Select 2436 USB and Audioquest Diamond RJ/E cables

 

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Click here for Absolute Sound review