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NoBox 170 Speaker Kit

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    SKU: V-5885-NoBox-170 NoBox 170 Speaker Kit

    $1,445.00 per pair without cabinets
    Brand: Visaton
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    Visaton Speaker Kit - NoBox 170
    Art. No. 5885

    Visaton NoBox 170 - shown assembled with suggested cabinets, not supplied.
    Visaton NoBox 170 - shown assembled with suggested cabinets, not supplied.


    Characteristics and Sound Properties
    Electrostatic tweeters have maintained unbroken popularity for several decades. The large but light diaphragm, which radiates sound to both sides of the diaphragm, generates light, overall unfussy sound with excellent spatial qualities that is not attributable to a particular source and fills the room evenly with music. This type of speaker is generally extremely complex to manufacture and, as a result, not easily affordable. However, it is possible to create a sound experience very similar to this using conventional cone speakers mounted in an open baffle.

    For the NoBox 170, four high-grade WS 17 E - 4 Ohm bass drivers with paper diaphragms were selected that are optimised for free-air use. Due to the fact that they have no cabinet, they produce wonderfully clean low-frequency bass. Also, thanks to the dipole principle, they generate fewer standing waves, which means the bass tends to fade more quickly, so it can never become fuzzy and does not drone. On top of this, there is the WS 13 E - 8 Ohm mid-range driver that also features a paper diaphragm and a high quality standard, making it ideal for free air use. In order to maintain the same standard of visual appearance, acoustic quality (and to stay in a moderate price range) paper diaphragms have also been used for the tweeters. The TW 6 NG - 8 Ohm provides a fitting finish with finely detailed, clearly defined high-range frequencies to ensure the sound produced by the NoBox 170 is a harmonious whole. Since the tweeter is the only driver that is closed at the rear, a second driver is mounted back-to-back to emulate the dipole principle right through to the higher range. The level can be regulated and even switched off via a potentiometer. In this way, the tonal balance and the depth of the stage can easily be adapted to suit the actual listening environment and personal preferences. It is important to place the NoBox 170 at a sufficient distance from the rear wall to allow the considerable low-frequency bass to develop and so as not to restrict the depth of the stage layout.

    Once correctly positioned and set up, the sound experience is fascinating: the NoBox 170 reproduces voices and instruments in the centre of the room with an airy lightness without artificially inflating them or shifting them laterally or in terms of depth. When seated in the middle of the listening space, the listener is treated to excellent clarity, but even in the seats right at the fringes of the space, the overall sound quality does not break up but remains faithful to its position and lively character in the room. Listening pleasure with the NoBox 170 is unusually stress-less, the tonal balance and large-format diaphragm ensure superior performance down into the deepest bass regions of a standard one would not expect from such a small-sized speaker.

    Anyone looking for a speaker arrangement with plenty of diaphragm area that can import a special atmosphere into the sitting room as a full-range dipole, close to the results produced by large electrostatic speakers, should look at - and listen to - the NoBox 170 very closely.


    Technical Specifications

    Rated power 120 W
    Maximum power 180 W
    Nominal impedance Z 4 Ohm
    Frequency response 22-20000 Hz
    Mean sound pressure level 76 dB (1W/1m)
    Cut-off frequency 450 / 6200 Hz
    Principle of Housing Open baffle
    Outer dimension height 1059 mm
    Outer dimension width 264 mm
    Outer dimension depth 280 mm


    Frequency and Impedance Response

    Frequency Response and Impedance Graph
    Frequency Response and Impedance Graph


    Exploded Cabinet Drawing

    Exploded Speaker Box Drawing
    Exploded Speaker Box Drawing


    The boards are cut out as given in the parts list and prepared as in the drawings, then stuck together as butt joints. We recommend using wooden splines to ensure sturdy joints between the baffle and the side walls.

    The plinth is also glued using butt joints and then either glued or screwed to the rest of the cabinet. The crossover is screwed in place in the plinth as are the connection terminals and output controls. A hole has to be drilled through the plinth base to pass all the cables through from the crossover to the drivers.

    If a more conservative appearance is required, it is possible to make cover frames as shown in the drawing that can be fitted with special acoustic fabric (available to order) and fitted between the side walls. This enables a closed appearance from the font, back and top.


    Internal Damping
    None used.


    Component Parts List for Each Box - Supplied with Kit
    The kit comes with all necessary components (see list below for one box), one set if the speaker is an each, or two sets for a pair, see price above for details.

    Tweeter TW 6 NG - 8 Ohm 2 pcs.
    Mid-range driver WS 13 E - 8 Ohm 1 pc.
    Woofer WS 17 E - 4 Ohm 4 pcs.
    Crossover NoBox 170 1 pc.
    Terminal PT 57 NG 1 pc.
    Level Control LC 57 1 pc.
    Round head screw 4 x 20 mm 28 pcs.
    Countersunk screws 3.5 x 25 mm 8 pcs.
    Cable 2 x 1.5 mm² 5 m


    Speaker Cabinet Material List to Make 1 Box - Not Supplied with Kit

    Parts for One Box (not supplied) Size (mm) Quantity
    Material: 19 mm chipboard or MDF recommended
    Front panel 970 x 190 1
    Side panels 980 x 150 2
    Base 264 x 280 1
    Plinth front / back 264 x 60 2
    Plinth sides 264 x 242 2
    Material: 8mm MDF
    Frame, front / rear 188 x 978 2
    Frame, top 188 x 148 1
    Recommended accessories for 1 box:
    Dowels for mounting the rear tweeter: 4 pcs. of 40 mm length, 12 mm diameter


    Speaker Cabinet Dimensions

    Loudspeaker Box Construction Diagram - all dimensions in mm.

    NoBox 170

    Loudspeaker Box Construction Diagram - all dimensions in mm.


    Crossover - Supplied with Kit Already Assembled

    Speaker Kit Crossover Circuit
    Speaker Kit Crossover Circuit