I want to see if I can use them in place of the Gaia-1’s. But in all fairness, it is possible that this is caused by the fact that our perception has changed now that the amount of bass frequencies has lowered. FOMO abounds. At the start of this year, Buchardt Audio announced the A500, a set of active and wireless monitor speakers that look a lot like the S400 from Buchardt Audio. I'm pretty sure you can do it. Having said that, even though it's our best room by far, it's still not the perfect room. Both speakers are toed in, with them pointing roughly 40cm behind the listening position. You can find our Buchardt Audio S400 review over here: Buchardt Audio S400 The second part of the system is the Hansong Stereo Hub that Buchardt sells along with the speakers. Too bad they can't do the room correction from the phone app direct to the speaker, thus bypassing the need for a hub. What more could I ask of the Hub? Naturally one curious journo, that would be yours truly, became incentivized to conduct more thoroug… As a result, you will not get the same wide frequency response as the 2.5 way tuning, but it potentially offers increased sonic transparency in the critical mid-range, as the woofer in the front doesn't have to work nearly as hard since it doesn't have to recreate the bass frequencies. Another unique behaviour that caught our attention was the incredible bass performance when listening at moderate levels. The new model is called the A500, and it's based on the super-popular S400 speaker we reviewed last year. iPhone 11Pro MAX Camera and control point, Dutch and Dutch 8C speakers I can hook just about anything up to that input. https://www.buchardtaudio.com/products/a500black, The "today we build our studio pc" thread, Audio Interface - Low Latency Performance Data Base. Review | Buchardt Audio A500 Speaker System, While the soundstage wasn’t especially deep, it was very wide, with solo and grouped instruments in clearly defined positions.”, Buchardt Audio A500 Speakers — Walnut W/ Hansong Hub. While the result showed us that studio 2 clearly needed less extreme correction, there was still some room to improve upon and we quickly started listening to the changes it made. Shutdown the speaker. That means it will be a continuing process of exploration and discovery rather than to reach a final goal. When listening to some of our favourite female singers, we occasionally had the feeling they could use just a tiny bit of extra sparkle to make them breathe a bit more. So with this new studio master tuning and room correction applied, we did a new sine sweep test. It will never end because it is a hobby. Now, every bass note sounded equally as loud (as intended), where at first, you noticed some difference between them. Since I mainly use AirPlay and Spotify Connect, this has not been a significant issue for me. They are not shipping in the USA yet. Test Setup Studio 2 So after a while we felt it was time to try the room correction. In closing they do not have quite the weight of the Dutch and Dutch 8C. It is a great way to discover music. It sounded good enough that I felt it would be difficult to find a speaker that was a clear upgrade without opting for something … The Altair G1 has a better presentation than the Hansong Hub. There is another chapter going on as I type this. But let this particular quality not stand in the way of all the other amazing qualities this speaker has to offer. Sure it's better than Tidal, which is just frustrating on a mobile, but it's way way way behind all the easy functionality that Spotify offers for music aficionados. But I am getting ahead of myself. It's not only more powerful than the A500 … Curious as we are, we ran the sine sweep test again, to find how the lows behave in this room. In this case, the Living Room has to function as a Listening Room, and I really cannot embellish it with acoustic add-ons. Do you think the A700 might get you there? The Buchardt Audio A700 is intended for use as a speaker in the better audio installation for music or home cinema. Let's Summarize I can enhance them with my Altair G1 and that has been three steps forward for me. I may note them in a separate thread here on Audiophile Style to not confuse this report. To our ears, the midrange gained clarity and focus, allowing us to disable the 1dB high shelf boost we had set up before on the RME output. On the Altair G1, I have my local music with Tidal and Qobuz. The other was an abstain as we did not have enough time. We have to have fun with it. Because the speakers are tilted slightly backwards by design, this makes the middle of the speaker basically point directly to our ears. The stereo image seemed a bit bigger than before and much more stable with also a razor sharp phantom center. The likely smartest WiSA solution is Buchardt's hub. I know J Darko has compared these, but what do you get for the extra £1200 of the A500’s and what could it buy you to go with the KEF’s. While we were already impressed with the bass performance, once we had the room correction activated, it became so much better. Taking the award winning performance of the Buchardt S400 as a starting point for further improvement, the next step in performance evolution is to take control of the rest of the reproduction stages. I like the production value, the guy. And on top of that, you have a speaker that has the ability to load different master tunings, which makes them very versatile and flexible. PSM-156 Power Line Filter The Buchardt A500, for example, has a slightly more focused soundstage than the L82 as positioned, but I preferred the L82’s sheer sense of scale in direct comparisons. These are truly what I consider “Performance Listening” speakers. of February. We used the remote control from the WISA hub to set the levels. In Eva Cassidy's Live at Blues Alley I can hear more of the human sounds in the recordings, breathing, mic distance changes, etc. It is my understanding that they have tested/modeled iPhone microphone systems to optimize the inputs. Yes they turn off. As mentioned in the intro, the A500 is a wireless and active monitor speaker, which means that there is no need for an external amplifier and no need to connect them with an audio cable at all. Buchardt Audio is back!‌ This time around, they have a pair of active bookshelf speakers, which, according to the company, is three years in the making. I am going to leave this for later. Buchardt has started shipping their A700 system. These woofers are in their own separate chambers inside the cabinet, to make sure they don't interact with each other. For me the Buchardt A500 is the clear winner here. It uses the microphone of an iPhone 6S or higher and how can that be good enough to measure the room correctly, we asked ourselves. Insert the USB stick. As I write this, there are multiple Mastertunings profiles available for download on the Buchardt Audio website. Because we've been able to incorporate the A500 in our daily work for some time now, which is mostly sound design, sound editing, producing and mixing (and some demo mastering), we really feel we know them inside and out by now. I am using the Hansong Hub to do the "casting stuff" and have the analog input for my turntable. Studio 1 is roughly 5,5 meters long by 4 meters wide, with some broadband absorption panels and a few bass traps, but it's still far from the perfect space when it comes to acoustics. If now I had to pick a simple versatile turnkey setup for my living room, Mads Buchardt’s newcomer would be my choice. But with the A500, it's on a completely different level. SHIPPING, TAX & IMPORT COSTS INCLUDED. This time, the speakers seemed to be basically flat down to 42Hz, becoming inaudible once it reached 30Hz. I am very interested in the WiSA hub that goes with the Buchardt's! . Many reviewers on YouTube and CNET review were praising Buchardt Audio S300MKII as new speaker God was born to save us from buying expensive speakers, some even said better than speakers from mainstream brands … IsoACOUSTICS Gaia 1 isolators Additionally, other then size their pretty simplified as is, being active. He indicated that I should keep them further apart because of the way that the tweeter waveguides work. The A500 is a nicely sized self-powered bookshelf speaker from Denmark available in three finishes, White, Black, and Walnut. Buchardt Audio has released the new A700 active speaker, including matching hub and other accessories. I want to try different mastertunings. I am comparing the A500's and the Hansong Hub against the Dutch and Dutch 8C and the Kii Three with BXT. Something you will not find anywhere is a passive radiator or bass reflex port, the A500 is a sealed design. Once the sine sweep dropped to 25Hz, it became pretty much inaudible to us. This time, the speakers sounded basically flat down to 33Hz from where they started to roll-off gently, until we couldn't hear them anymore once they reached as low as 22Hz. When we loaded this tuning, we immediately did a re-calibration of the room, as the correction should not be based on measurements done with another master tuning. Price: $1200 (April, 2019) Overall Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ¾. Everything was presented with a very high sense of realism and detail. Musical Fidelity MZ-VYNL phono stage There are other speaker systems using the same hub and they also private label the app. The LED's will do a little circle dance to indicate success. Its agile tectonic bass was its own insanity already, but everything above it had tastefully executed to elegantly emphasize music as a whole rather than dissecting it. With the A500's the number of recordings that exhibit that problem seems to be shrinking one by one as I listen to them. The Elac's have been returned. I have played with MConnect, Bubble UPnP, and a couple more control point apps on iOS and Android. All of the speakers I have been testing do echo the quality of the source. This is made possible because the A500 accepts different master tunings, an amazing feature of the A500 that we've not seen before (to this extent). At first, we spent a lot of time listening to songs we are very familiar with, to hear how all these different songs are reproduced. Just sitting in the room it is closer to feeling of being there with the music. We've critically listened to some of our favorite songs from Peggy Lee, Donati, London Grammar, Pensees, Azaleh, deadmau5, Anne-Marie, Khalid, John Mayer and many more. I would like to see Roon Ready on both the 8Cs and the A500 hub. That will be remedied shortly when my AudioQuest Water cables arrive. But it's hard to trust a reviewer that says Apple Music user experience is stellar. Use Spotify and come back to compare. So I am a kid on a merry-go-round, dizzy and laughing! This is still rather expensive! The drivers have individual 150-watt class D amplifiers. There is a USB port on the rear of the speaker for loading DSP configurations called Mastertunings. This little Swiss Army Knife has so many possibilities for digital, wireless, and analog my head spins. As mentioned in the intro, the A500 is a wireless and active monitor speaker, which means that there is no need for an external amplifier and no need to connect them with an audio cable … The first path is the Buchardt supplied WISA Hub. We will also do another video when I am “Finally Done”, IsoACOUSTICS Mini-Pucks for the Altair G1 and Melco, Rega Planar 8 Turntable with Ania cartridge They give you lots of insight, but they don't become boring or over analytical. After the minute was over, the noise stopped and the app started calculating for maybe 7 seconds or so before it showed us the room measurement and a correction curve. It comes with a nice wireless remote for controlling volume, input selection, and more. Specific models don't really matter. While not as impressive as the 2.5-way tuning, we still believe it's a very commendable achievement, knowing that only the woofer on the back handles the lows. 8c's sonic presentation has more midrange detail, and they have a lot of weight. And lastly there is a bit of FOMO going on here. I am still hoping to drop this further down. My two friends and I have a lot of fun with our YouTube channel. It's totally possible that the speakers are not the ones to blame though, our ears might need some time to adapt and we understand the room plays a very big part in the equation as well! I hope you get the A700s to review, that's the one I'm considering. I have spent a year and more money that I care to count to keep up with the Kii's. Sitting in the sweet spot they almost disappear and the image really locks in! Out of the box, the A500's did something new for me. Mads Buchardt describes them as having the same character as the A500 with more flavor! This makes the A500 a game changer in our book and very … There is just too much to do. They seem more present. Of course it was my business at the time! When there are some software updates, I will look into other uses. Too many great products are available at too few dealers, and only a dope or hopeless optimist would commit >$4K without a trial. Not much mentioned in the manual. The Buchardt monicker is Low-Level Enhancement (LLE). I have too much hardware now that I have closed my audio business. The speakers are on Elac single post filled stands using Isoacoustics Gaia-1 isolators. In Use Chapter 2 I am not sure. While that model is still only available for pre-order, it hasn't stopped them from announcing a new Active model called the A700. The Hansong hub and the AURALiC Altair G1 are both Roon endpoints. The audiophile in me almost giggles to see that. They have a similar design to that much sought-after model,… Tony does the video production work, he is great. This plain, small black plastic box with its lone white LED becomes a universal transmitter for all manner of signal. The only requirement I am still observing is to make sure I listen through both the Altair G1 and the Hansong Hub in the same session. Each of these tunings changes the performance/operations of the DSP crossover. @bobfaDo the speakers have auto on/off functionality? I have also completed a SHORT comparison of the Buchardt A500's to the Dutch and Dutch 8C speakers this weekend. For the A500, it is $50. It gets €750 after the fact but just €250 when ordered as the A500 package. Anyway thanks for the review. I honestly had no clue how cool these speakers are. Buchardt claim stable 10-15m reach through two walls, 40 meters for line of sight. Kick, bass guitar, synth bass, you name it, everything was so much more in control and it was so much easier to distinguish different elements in the lower frequencies. I am also playing with Spotify Connect to see if I can tell the difference between it and Apple Music. October 24th, 2020  -- 30 days and counting. Done! Audioquest Evergreen RCA cables for Phono to Hub One of their most unique qualities has to be their ability to offer you a genuine full range sound, as if you are listening to a set of monitors with a subwoofer that is perfectly integrated into the setup. While the low frequency reproduction improved a lot, we also had the feeling we could hear a subtle improvement (to our taste) in the mids and highs, most likely because of the studio master tuning we had applied. With this low latency 3-way tuning, the front woofer is no longer helping with the lowest frequencies anymore, the woofer on the back has to do all the heavy lifting now. I just use Roon with Qobuz and my NAS. I consistently find vocals to be very pleasing with these speakers. A couple, in particular, are Dominique Fils-Aimé and the lead singer from Blues company. While mixing, we could easily identify changes we made to reverb settings and setting up EQ and compression for example was a breeze. Let's take a closer look at the A500. So we started the app, connected with the WISA hub, opted for the room correction feature and we pressed "start". The flexibility that the Hub provides to this system is an almost perfect intersection of services for streaming music playback. I thought I had a problem. The A500’s show you when you have all of the pieces linked up to produce amazing sound in your own living room. An HDPLEX-200 LPS powers the Stereo Hub. It allows me to dig in and play around. In this particular room, we would describe the A500 as being fairly neutral. On top of that, they feature a quad core DSP that will, among other things, handle signal optimization for each individual driver, to make sure they reproduce recordings with the utmost precision. I am sort of casual in what I do. I realized that I had been using a loaner set of XLR cables in the system before this test, and that has changed the Analog character of things. We are not saying the Buchardt Audio A500 is the best monitor speaker we have ever heard regardless of price or size. They really perform well, but not to the level I wanted. The  8c's are around triple the price of the A500's. When something soars to great heights, the shine a light on it. Wait for the lights to blink rapidly one by one. Unless a manufacturer has a true national network, such as McIntosh's for example, they need to enable direct or etail trials for a modest fee/commitment. You have to format a USB stick and put the master tuning file on it. His support has been very encouraging. I used the Hub and the G1 as two Roon Zones in my testing, comparing the WiSA path vs. the Analog XLR path into the A500 speakers. It has been wonderful to sample Annie Lennox across the years. We connected the WISA Stereo hub with an optical digital cable to the output of an RME Fireface UFX+ interface. As we quickly found out, enabling the EQ on the RME interface and boosting a high shelf just 1dB at 4kHz solved this tiny problem completely for us, something which can be done directly in the Buchardt Audio app once the advanced EQ is added. The A500 has a unique feature that Buchardt calls Mastertunings. Make sure you have that part of the audio chain well in hand. I would only need the XLR input. You have to do this for each speaker. The stereo hub has some smart tricks up its sleeve. A500 Active Loudspeakers. The staging on A500 speakers is amazing. The bass response was jaw-dropping. How much $$$ will it take to get there, and is the improvement really worth the cost to you? I will pass on your comment on the Video. In my testing, I have exposed several software issues with the Hub, mostly with Google Cast. While I was still operating my business I got the Dutch and Dutch 8C system. They only talk about an iPhone in their literature. Search for Buchardt Audio A500 Test on Spotify and you will find the playlist that we've used a lot. The second side is the Hub. You purchase the system, and you have 45 days to evaluate and possibly return the gear. Nothing seems to be pushed up front, but everything seems to be very well balanced over the entire frequency spectrum, in combination with the agility to present you even the smallest sonic details, but at no time we felt it became overly analytical. One would hope, for a price tag starting at €3,500 (roughly $4,150). Let me level set my decision here. Thanks @bobfa - how is the soundstage depth on these? WISA I am repeatedly amazed at the depth and breadth of the sound stage. As I've said before: I think subjective-only speaker reviews are legit with sound impressions -- recessed mids, bright highs, etc (if they weren't many harman studies wouldn't work!) No listening room is perfect! Office: Beelink GT-King (via LPS4) → Singxer F-1 → LH Geek Pulse Infinity (busted USB) → Senn HD600 w/ balanced FAW Hybrid Claire cable. I am also listening with Spotify Connect, Tidal app, Qobuz app, Audirvana, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc. The Primary Paths that I have chosen are as follows: I am streaming via Google-Cast and Apple AirPlay from apps on my iOS and Android devices. As I mentioned early in this process, this is not a fair comparison. WiSA is a growing wireless audio standard involving a multitude of brands — if you happen to have another WiSA hub, you don’t technically need to buy Buchardt… Often, speakers need to be driven loud enough to "wake up" the bass frequencies, but the A500 doesn't need that at all. But in it's price range - and even a substantial amount above it - we seriously can't think of a set of studio monitors that can compete on all levels. Why go active? I got lost in it. I have proven to myself that the Hansong Hub and WiSA streaming sounds excellent and provides a lot of functionality I want. They still have the potential to be a complete stand alone system once they get direct streaming. I found that after about 20 hours or so, things started to relax a lot! They have helped me with a couple of cases where I was doing the wrong thing. The app allows you to instantly enable or disable the room correction and the difference was so apparent when toggling between them. I am also trialing Spotify Premium to test Spotify Connect and understand their systems better. We decided to connect the RME BabyFace Pro FS interface with an optical digital cable to the WISA hub and we put the output of the RME at maximum level without clipping (0dB). A review of the new Buchardt A500 active speakers is now available over on Gearslutz: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/reviews/1322565-buchardt-audio-a500… The highs are clear, but in a mellow fashion, making it possible to work on a daily basis with them without any ear fatigue. The A700 fits the A500 bookshelf speaker (released earlier this year by the Danish manufacturer). How did the Buchardt Audio team make this happen? The A500 is capable of providing you with an expansive stereo soundfield, with a great sense of depth. When something is not right they show it to you. I am fascinated by the Hub. I am used to open baffle LX521’s which present a different soundstage to what you’d get off traditional box speakers. Although JK did not review subs, would subs with the KEFs be a better option? But if such qualities were true with the S400, they are doubly so for the company's new flagship bookshelf, the Buchardt A500. Think of a tuning where max SPL is most important, which can be done by limiting the amount of bass frequencies that the speaker has to reproduce. The balance between the lows, mids and highs sounded really good to our ears, we didn't feel the need to apply any EQ changes in the RME interface. And your review style is different, well laid out, and refreshing. With a combined total of 450W RMS, this means there is a lot of power available with headroom in spades. I reviewed the speakers using Buchardt’s WiSA hub, an optional accessory that turns the A500 into a surprisingly capable wireless streamer (the speaker costs €3,750 or $4,434 with the hub). And there is a surprise coming in the next couple of weeks! Out of the box they really impressed me. The stereo hub is the WiSA transmitter and provides multiple inputs along with Wi-Fi streaming. The first is their analog side. I have decided to keep both of my streamers in the system. I am using the Analog XLR interface from the Altair G1 for my listening. It can wirelessly control up to 16 WiSa-capable speakers. In spite of going fully operational not too long ago, Buchardt Audio has been on my radar for a good while. This showed us that even in a room that has some significant acoustical treatment, the room correction provided by Buchardt Audio still manages to improve the bass response. Buchardt Audio has told us that they will listen to their clientele and based on their feedback, will create a wide variety of master tunings, to make the A500 the ideal compact speaker setup for a lot of people and their different expectations and wishes. I have sent them the list of issues I have found so far. Unexpectedly I also still have my Dutch and Dutch 8C system, and I tried the Elac Navis ARB-51 system, which falls on either side of the Buchardt A500's budget-wise. An extremely impressive feat in our opinion! The second path for my music is through my AURALiC Altair G1 directly to the A500 speakers via their balanced analog inputs. Also, the speakers contain a multi-core DSP system that manages the crossovers and a bit more. Or is the light at the end of the tunnel a Freight Train headed my way? While they are "upgrades" and optional, they add significant value! Congrats! Before we continue, please understand that the room correction focuses on everything below roughly 300Hz. Buchardt A500 review and measurements: This feels like the future of hi-fi speakers Last year I wrote that Buchardt Audio‘s popular bookshelf speaker, the S400, was near endgame material. The biggest difference for us was again the ability to better distinguish different instruments competing in the bass frequencies. And it's not a boomy kind of bass that tricks you in believing that the speakers have a great bass response, it's totally in control, never over done, but simply digging very very deep. They really do punch-above-their-weight! I have been listening to Apple Music. At the end of January 2020, Buchardt Audio announced the A500 standmount — the Danish company’s first pair of active loudspeakers that took the S400 as their starting point and a full three years to develop.. Six months after the initial announcement and with a pair of the A500 in situ in Berlin, I spoke with company CEO Mads Buchardt … Thankfully, Buchardt Audio just had the first beta of their smartphone app available, so we could start playing with the room correction as well! It’s a rare thing to see a fairly new audio business this successful and with coverage on forums and in professional press this positive. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Getting a piano recorded well, and playing that back in a home environment is challenging. Their presence is very good. Not much mentioned in the manual. Playing back Apple's streams of AAC  audio is a pleasure on the A500's. While it is no problem to connect the A500 with a balanced (or unbalanced) XLR cable and use them the "traditional" way, in order to take advantage of the room correction software that Buchardt Audio provides, you will need to connect them wirelessly to a WISA hub. This leads to the development of the Buchardt A500 and A700 (soon coming floorstander) digital wireless DSP controlled active speakers. We've been lucky enough to have been working on this set for a few months now, as Buchardt Audio kindly sent us one of the first sets available of a pre-production run. The DSP implements an equal-loudness contour called the Fletcher-Munson Curve (ISO 226:2003) that compensates for human hearing at lower volumes. While we were testing the A500 in both our studio's, we noticed some latency when playing a soft synthesizer for example. 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