Connected Distribution, exclusive UK distributor of Cabasse, the French loudspeaker brand, has announced the launch of The Pearl, an active, high-definition connected speaker, that concentrates all the expertise and technology from the company’s flagship La Sphère speaker into a compact form.
After three years extensive research and development, its refined and powerful design presents ultra-pure acoustics, faithful to brand signature sound, and perfect reproduction of music, says the maker.
The Pearl has been designed to have the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that appeals to demanding music lovers looking to acquire a compact and wireless speaker, without compromising on acoustic quality.
In keeping with the familiar Cabasse aesthetic, The Pearl’s spherical shape is good for spatial coherence and also makes the most of the decorative jewel-like casing. Manufactured and finished to high standards, the materials chosen for its construction help channel the performance.
No fewer than six layers of lacquer were necessary to obtain the finish on the reinforced double-shell cabinets, in either metallic black with pure chromium rings, or pearl white with silver rings.
As the inventor of coaxial technology, which has in no small part helped forge the reputation of the brand, Cabasse has introduced a new technological feat with The Pearl.
In short to develop and integrate into a much smaller volume (32cm for The Pearl, compared to 130cm in height for La Sphère), the first compact triaxial loudspeaker.
Its new 25cm bass driver has a linear excursion of more than 30mm, offering rich bass, and is coupled with the coaxial midrange and tweeter in Cabasse patented carbon.
Quality power handling and a wide smooth frequency response from 14Hz to 27kHz, without directivity issues, coloration or distortion, makes it possible to free the music from technical constraints, leaving only the essence of the performance, says its creator.
With the sound output equivalent to that of a Formula 1 car (118dB) from its 1600W RMS (3200W peak) amplifiers and Cabasse acoustic expertise, the Pearl can certainly pack a punch.
Cabasse engineers have also equipped The Pearl with an automatic calibration system (CRCS) that takes full advantage of the integrated microphone and Cabasse patented technology from the flagship La Sphère, to achieve quality audio in a variety of settings.
It is also possible to link two Pearl speakers through a simple direct Wi-Fi connection, without then need for an additional box or hub, making it possible to listen to digital audio sources in stereo.
Connectivity options also permit the use of external sources such as a television, CD player, or a turntable/phono stage combination via the optical and analogue inputs. Easy to add to any interior decor, thanks to the stands or wall brackets, two Pearls present music and movies with precision.
The Pearl, with its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, integrates within the Cabasse StreamCONTROL multi-room system and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files including 24bit/192kHz high definition, whether they are stored on USB connected hard disks, networks or computers, internet radio or online music services (Spotify, Qobuz, Napster, Deezer, Tidal).
The Pearl is compatible with the Google Assistant and soon Amazon Alexa and permits streaming anywhere in the home of any source connected to the speaker, as well as phones or tablets connected via Bluetooth.
For simplified use, The Pearl is also supplied with a remote control with the same finishes and clean, ergonomic design.
The Bluetooth connected remote can control The Pearl’s volume by rotating the ring, and select the choice of input, operate play and pause and selection of a favourite radio station or music track from the presets.
The Pearl is available now.