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Clou Speaker Kit

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    SKU: V-5961-Clou Clou Speaker Kit

    $695.00 per pair without cabinets
    Brand: Visaton
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    Visaton Speaker Kit - Clou
    Art. No. 5961

    Visaton Clou - shown assembled with suggested cabinets, not supplied.
    Visaton Clou - shown assembled with suggested cabinets, not supplied.


    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.

    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. .


    Technical Specifications

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


    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.

    The crossover has to be mounted on the inner side of the rear panel across from the lower woofer.


    Internal Damping
    The damping material is loosely pushed into the cabinet.


    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 SC 10 N - 8 Ohm 1 pc.
    Woofer WS 17 E - 8 Ohm 2 pc.
    Crossover Crossover Clou 1 pc.
    Terminal ST 77 1 pc.
    Damping material Polyester wool 2 bags
    Wood screws 3.5 x 19 mm 12 pcs.
    Countersunk screws 3.5 x 25 mm 4 pcs.
    Cable 2 x 1.5 mm² 2.5 m


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

    Parts for One Box (not supplied) Size (mm) Quantity
    Material: 16 mm chipboard or MDF recommended
    Side panels 320 x 1000 2
    Front panel 188 x 1000 1
    Rear panel 188 x 968 1
    Separating board 188 x 288 1
    Reinforcer 188 x 50 1
    Top 188 x 304 1
    Bottom Panel 188 x 304 1


    Speaker Cabinet Dimensions

    Loudspeaker Box Construction Diagram - all dimensions in mm.
    Loudspeaker Box Construction Diagram - all dimensions in mm.


    Crossover - Supplied with Kit Already Assembled

    Speaker Kit Crossover Circuit
    Speaker Kit Crossover Circuit