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Visaton Speaker Kit - Bijou
Art. No. 5917
Visaton Bijou - shown assembled with suggested cabinets, not supplied.
Characteristics and Sound Properties
The BIJOU is a compact shelf-top speaker with high-end drivers. The AL 130 - 8 Ohm, which is responsible for the lower mid-range in the compact, 10-litre cabinet, together with the large bass reflex vent at the front generate powerful, deep bass reproduction. This is magnified still more if the speakers are positioned near a wall.
In the BIJOU speakers, the tweeter is the KE 25 SC - 8 Ohm ceramic dome driver which cuts in at 2000 Hz. Due to its low resonant frequency, this driver is ideal for full-range use. Thanks to its high level-accuracy, this driver produces crystal-clear, distortion free treble whatever the volume level.
It is in part thanks to these high-quality drivers that the sophisticated crossover, which uses only very few components, produces a virtually linear frequency response from this classic 2-band combination. The result is a compact loudspeaker whose balanced and yet fully-developed overall sound quality is totally convincing.
Extract from Klang & Ton 03/2008: Bijou - French for a jewel - is also the name of this small-sized loudspeaker launched by VISATON to welcome in the new season. And indeed, it is a fine little fellow, with a capacity of only 10 litres and dimensions that make it fit virtually anywhere - (...).
The compact outer dimensions are in stark contrast to the fact that, in terms of their ability to reproduce music, these loudspeakers are - in terms of their capabilities - among the top loudspeakers available - (...). (...) - they came across as extremely well-defined and clear as regards musical finesse without the slightest trace of effort or compression.
The impression of airy lightness is also created by the unbelievably three-dimensional spatial sound reproduction with which the Bijou speakers transport music recordings, in particular live recordings, into the listening room in a remarkably tangible way. (...) - the Bijou speakers can produce real bass and this also applies if they are turned up a bit.
In view of the quality of the component parts and, in particular, the audio performance of the speakers as a unit, one can hardly avoid praising the VISATON Bijou for its exceptional value for money. To put it another way: an excellent little speaker!
|Nominal impedance Z
|Mean sound pressure level
|83 dB (1W/1m)
|Principle of Housing
|Outer dimension height
|Outer dimension width
|Outer dimension depth
Frequency and Impedance Response
Frequency Response and Impedance Graph
Exploded Cabinet Drawing
Exploded Speaker Box Drawing
All the cabinet panels are cut from 16 mm chipboard or medium density fibreboard, butt-jointed and glued. After that, the openings for the driver and terminals are cut out and any necessary recesses cut. The chamfer on the outer baffle can be made either before the cabinet is glued together or afterwards.
Since the cabinets are relatively small, it is hardly possible to mount the crossover inside the housing. The PCB can, however, simply be wrapped in damping material and placed inside the speaker if the rear wall is not removable.
The damping material is loosely pushed into the cabinet. The space immediately behind/above the bass tunnel must remain free.
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.
|KE 25 SC - 8 Ohm
|AL 130 - 8 Ohm
|3.5 x 19 mm
|3.5 x 25 mm
|2 x 1.5 mm²
Speaker Cabinet Material List to Make 1 Box - Not Supplied with Kit
|Parts for One Box (not supplied)
|Material: 16 mm chipboard or MDF recommended
|330 x 200
|330 x 214
|214 x 168
|314 x 168
|198 x 168
|BR tunnel top
|132 x 178
|BR tunnel side
|20 x 178
Speaker Cabinet Dimensions
Loudspeaker Box Construction Diagram - all dimensions in mm.
Crossover - Supplied with Kit Already Assembled
Speaker Kit Crossover Circuit